When: 16th July 2011, 11am – 11pm
Where: Pleasance Theatre Islington, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF
£: Prices vary, some events are free
What is it?
Pleasance Islington hosts its second annual summer festival, the Big Day Out for all the family as part of the Islington Platform Festival. They will be filling their 298-seat Main House, 54-seat Studio and 50ft garage with shows, workshops, market stalls, live music, comedy and a barbeque.
Build large Batonkas and play as a junk band at the Re-Tune It workshops. Explore your physicality, co-ordination and dexterity with their multi-award winning show STOMP rhythm and movement workshops, or make banners and get your views heard at the Mischief Makers Protest Camp.
The Garden Classroom workshops are a good place to get your hands dirty and plant up some pots, make your own smoothie on the smoothie bike or take part in a raw cooking demonstration and buy some produce grown, packaged and sold by pupils from Holloway and Highbury Grove Schools.
At the Big Day Out 2D Animation Workshops you can experiment with stop motion animation with experienced Animator Angela Alhucema. Learn about drawing backgrounds, collage, pencil drawing, colour drawings, puppets and card and how to bring your own animations to life.
In the theatre Perrier Comedy Award-winner Tim Bat takes over the main house with his quirky comedy and skilful trickery, before John Hegley delights with the wonder of words in the preview of the Edinburgh preview of his show Family Wordship. Islington Community Theatre presents Beginnings; five amazing new plays for and about young people written by some of the UK’s best new playwrights followed by an afternoon of story telling with Red Table Theatre and their Snuggle Pit in Storyteller General.
From 5.00pm you can show your support for seven Islington Secondary Schools as they battle to win the Schools 4 Rock 2011 title and a day recording their songs at the Berry Street Studios.
If all of that still isn’t enough, the Big Day Out Market will run from 11am-5pm offering arts and crafts, toys, books, jewellery, health and beauty, clothing, cake stalls, face painting, The Pleasance Kids Café and Play Area, and operatic treats and gourmet ice cream from Opera Ice cream! With live music from Robin Grey and The Sax Pastilles. So why not spend a sunny summer day at the Pleasance?
More info: Places on workshops can be reserved in advance. To book, or buy tickets for any shows or workshops call the Box Office on 0207 609 1800 or visit the website at www.pleasance.co.uk.