Free Family Fun Kicks Off at the Royal Shakespeare Company this Autumn

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is celebrating difference and its upcoming brand-new musical, The Boy in the Dress, with a host of football, fashion and fun themed activities this autumn.

The fun kicks off with a day of free football and fashion across the Swan and Bancroft gardens on Saturday 26 October. Local youth footballers Stratford Town Colts FC will be playing matches across the afternoon, while Guinness World Record holding freestyle footballer Rebaz Mohammed will be giving performances and a workshop. Elsewhere in the gardens, visitors can join a human foosball game, play table football, or pick a beautiful dress to play in.

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Saturday 26 also marks the start of a brand-new week of completely free half-term activities at the RSC, running until Thursday 31 October. Visual artist and social maker Megan Clark-Bagnall will be on hand in the PACCAR room to help visitors smash stereotypes by discovering and celebrating their identities through art, craft, and fashion. Children will be invited to make ID cards and badges to showcase their own special talents and qualities, then take part in a range of fun, creative activities to inspire them to think about who they are and what they can be at 4pm on Thursday 31st to smash stereotypes.

Ideas and artwork created by our half term visitors will go on to feature in the newest PACCAR room exhibition, RULES DON’T APPLY, which will open with the first previews for The Boy in the Dress on 8 November. RULES DON’T APPLY is a playful, interactive exhibition with many different things to do for children and families that celebrates individuality and friendship. Highlights include activities where visitors can make themselves a cover model for a life-size interactive magazine, design their own T-shirt slogans, and make friendship bracelets.

All activities listed are FREE. No tickets required. Half-term activities are recommended for ages 7+.

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