A Day to Play is our performance workshop programme for children and young people
We offer truly unique dance classes for children and young people that are based on our critically acclaimed productions.
A Day to Play is the perfect mix of performance by professional dancers with an interactive workshop designed for all the family to take part in (even the grown-ups!) Each session is led by professional dancers and our award winning director and first ever Artist in Residence at BBC Radio 2, Thomas Small.
Each month, in partnership with brilliant cultural organisations in Dundee, we present brand new versions of our critically acclaimed productions that have toured the world, in the coolest locations! A Day to Play allows children and young people to be adventurous and explore creativity alongside expert pro dancers.
The sessions help children and young people to develop their self-confidence through a range of stimulating exercises and encourage problem solving and collaboration with others. From the moment you arrive at A Day to Play until the moment you leave, you are immersed in new, exciting worlds!
A Day to Play is intergenerational so they are suitable for children and young people from the age of 2 to 16 and we would LOVE for families to come along too and either join in the playtime with a creative adventure with your kids or just sit back and watch the show. Carers, grannies, aunties and best pals are all welcome - the more the merrier! You don't need ANY experience to enjoy A Day to Play so come give it a whirl.
No workshop is ever the same and there is NOTHING else like this in Dundee! So, come spend a magical Sunday afternoon with Shaper/Caper! Check out our programme of performance workshops below! Looking for something for adults? Check out The Shaper/Caper Social Club here!
The next workshop takes place on Sunday 12th March 2pm to 3.15pm at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum as part of The People’s Story celebrating McManus 150, the 150th anniversary of the The McManus and is FREE!
The Adventures of Isabel
Sunday 12th March - 2pm to 3.15pm at The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum.
Come join the exciting escapades of the frightfully fearless Isabel as she embarks on an epic adventure, encountering four fearsome foes along the way.
This production is a fable for young and old alike is inspired by 19th and 20th century poetry about childhood and uncovers universal truths about overcoming obstacles, adversity and challenges before returning to the sanctuary of home.
Audiences are welcomed into Isabel’s garden, to sit in the flower beds (raised panels that reveal treasures throughout the show). This world is transformed through Isabel’s imagination, and the audience join her on this journey. The performance is an epic voyage through different worlds and landscapes – water, forest and circus – as Isabel faces many challenges, confronts her fears and learns about her emerging independence. The audience are encouraged to take part in various sections of the show and get out of their seats to dance alongside the cast.
Our last 2 events have sold out so book now so you don’t miss out!!
Suitable for children and young people of all ages (2+) Younger children are welcome but please not the workshop is designed for those over the age of 2. Adults are very welcome to join in and play along or watch with their child.
Book tickets here! Tickets are FREE as part of The People’s Story celebrating McManus 150, the 150th anniversary of the The McManus! You MUST book a free ticket here as we expect this show to sell out as there are only 40 seats available!
Future A Day to Play's
9th April, 7th May, 11th June, 13th August, 8th Oct, 10th Dec. Details below!
9th April - Shakespeare Shuffle
This workshop is part of the national Get Creative weekend and explore's Thomas' dance film Shakespeare Shuffle originally created as part of his role as Artist in Residence at BBC Radio 2. Bringing to life various Shakespearean texts in a fun, interactive environment! To book your FREE tickets, click here
7th May - Reggie The Veggiesaurus
This workshop explore's Thomas' dance film Reggie Veggiesaurus originally created as part of his role as Artist in Residence at BBC Radio 2 and inspired by children's writing for the short story competition 500 Words. To book your FREE tickets click here.
11th June - Wacky Wheelie Bin Races
This workshop explore's Thomas' dance film Wacky Wheelie Bin Races originally created as part of his role as Artist in Residence at BBC Radio 2 and inspired by children's writing for the short story competition 500 Words. To book your FREE tickets click here.
13th August - Alex In Wanderland
Alex in Wanderland is a brand new production coming in summer 2018. Get a sneak preview of some of the ideas based on the classic children's tale, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. To book your FREE tickets click here.
8th October - The Grannies Who Flew To The Moon
This workshop explore's Thomas' dance film The Grannies Who Flew To The Moon originally created as part of his role as Artist in Residence at BBC Radio 2 and inspired by children's writing for the short story competition 500 Words. To book your FREE tickets click here.
10th December - Isabel's Christmas Adventure
Our Christmas 2017 A Day To Play is an epic adventure with our popular heroine, Isabel from our critically acclaimed production The Adventures of Isabel.
Isabel isn't really feeling the Christmas spirit so her friend Mr Elf tries to help her find some! They sail off to the North Pole in the hope of meeting Santa Claus, and make some friends along the way! Come join us on Isabel's Christmas Adventure! Featuring sing-a-long Christmas tunes, interactive animations and opportunities to dress up and play - this is a proper Christmas treat for all the family! If you're looking for a Christmas show.....look no further! To book your FREE tickets click here