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Early Years Video Workshop: Shy Mouse & Show-Off Lion 23 Oct - 31 Dec 2020

Explore the importance of all creatures small and large in this video drama workshop for ages 2-4 with their grown-ups led by Joanna Parkes.

Mouse may be small and shy, but does that mean he can’t help the lion? Let’s see!

Using the Aesop’s Fable of The Mouse and The Lion as a starting point, pack your make-believe backpacks, set off to find the proud lion and see where your imaginations can take you.

If you like, you can bring a few things with you:

  • A cushion
  • A small bag or backpack
  • A soft toy (any favourite cuddly animal will do)
  • Wear an adventurer’s hat of any kind if you want!

Combining drama, story and play, this video workshop invites little ones and their grown-ups to enjoy imagining together. So if you’re a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunty, godparent or carer, join in with a 2 to 4 year old to discover, explore and create together in this delightful workshop adventure.


  • A clear floor area of about 4 paces square – free of movable furniture and any trip hazards.
  • Children and adults should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

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Joanna Parkes Profile Circle

About Joanna Parkes

Joanna became the second recipient of the John Coolahan Early Years Artist in Residency at The Ark in 2019. She has been working in the field of Creative Arts Education as a Drama Facilitator for many years, in many diverse contexts. Her practice uses participative process drama methods, underpinned by her belief that drama provides people of all ages - from toddlers to 90 year olds - with wonderful opportunities to investigate the world, and their role within it, through play and imagination. Joanna also completed a Masters in Early Childhood Education which specifically examined the role drama can play in supporting children’s holistic personal development, reinforcing her belief in the profound, transformative power of drama and early engagement with the arts.

Part of The Ark's 25th birthday season, sponsored by BDO.