Kids set to get in on the act at work­shops

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE -

HOT on the heels of a suc­cess­ful Arts Car­ni­val, Aberdeen Arts Cen­tre is con­tin­u­ing its run of weekly theatre work­shops for all ages. Paula Gib­son, ex­ec­u­tive man­ager of the Arts Cen­tre said: “The arts car­ni­val has been bril­liant. We’ve had a very pos­i­tive re­ac­tion from our par­tic­i­pants.” And she hopes that suc­cess will con­tinue through the rest of the year with the Arts Cen­tre’s eight weekly work­shops. She said: “These were es­tab­lished decades back by An­nie En­gels who got the Arts Cen­tre off the ground al­most 50 years ago now.” “What they’re giv­ing is a solid ground­ing for young peo­ple, so that they are learn­ing to com­mu­ni­cate, co-op­er­ate and work to­gether and de­vel­op­ing so­cial skills – ob­vi­ously hav­ing loads of fun along the way. “We’re open to ev­ery­body. Ev­ery child has a value.” “We all ap­pre­ci­ate these chil­dren are our fu­ture and they have to be given the very best and widest op­por­tu­nity for cul­tural ac­tiv­ity.” But Paula says that the work­shops aren’t just a chance

Kids at the car­ni­val. for kids to get to­gether to laugh and learn. “We have gen­er­a­tions of peo­ple com­ing – Satur­day morn­ings rock. They’re so much fun,” she said. “You get grand­chil­dren right up to grand­mas and it be­comes a so­cial hub for them. “Be­cause it’s a cen­tral place, it fits all and ap­peals to so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple.” While she’s keen to stress that the aren’t “Stars in Their Eyes” – all kids have an equal chance. Paula added: “You’ll find through­out Aberdeen and be­yond lots of peo­ple that started off life in our chil­dren’s work­shops are do­ing lots of ex­cit­ing things and not just in theatre.” Var­i­ous events, run for chil­dren aged three to five, six to 10, nine to 12 and 12 to 18, take place on Satur­day, with other groups meet­ing dur­ing the week. Work­shops for younger kids fo­cus on mu­sic, drama, make­be­lieve and craft while older theatre fans can take on the chal­lenge of im­pro­vi­sa­tion, char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion and de­vis­ing their own pieces. And a group for 18 to 25-yearolds con­cen­trates on the pro­fes­sional side of the theatre. For de­tails of the times and days of the work­shops log on to www.evening­ex­press.co.uk

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