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 26th November 2pm to 3pm 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! 

 


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Travel Chaos

Sunday 26th November - 2pm to 3pm at The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum.

FREE TICKETS! 

This workshop explore's Thomas Small's dance film Travel Chaos 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 documenting the adventures of the Tooth Fairy!  To book your FREE tickets click here.

ALL of our previous A Day To Play events have sold out so book now so you don’t miss out!! 

Suitable for children and young people of all ages (2+).  Adults are very welcome to join in and play along or watch with their child.  Click here for more information or here to book tickets

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 50 seats available!


Future A Day to Play's

26th Nov, 10th Dec, 21st Jan, 18th Feb, 18th March. Details below!

 


26th November - Travel Chaos

This workshop explore's Thomas Small's dance film Travel Chaos 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 documenting the adventures of the Tooth Fairy!  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


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21st January 2018 - Paper Moon

Poppy’s paper moon sails over a cardboard sea.  The moonlight is beautiful, shining across her bedroom floor as she dozes off.  Poppy wakes up to discover that someone has switched off the moonlight! She notices, that in all the commotion, the MoonMoo (the cow that jumped over the moon) has got stuck on the Moon! Poppy’s mission is clear! She calls upon her friends in the audience to rescue the MoonMoo and switch the light back on! Poppy trains the audience at Astronaut School where they build paper rockets to get to space.  5-4-3-2-1-BLAST OFF!  But, all is not as it seems! Join Poppy as she launches across the canvas sky in a race against time to discover who switched off the light! A story about space, environment, climate change and sustainability.  To book your FREE tickets, click here.


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18th February - Mission: Treasure

Far off the coast of Dundee, HMS Boohoo has sprung a leak and it's dastardly pirates are heading this way! They've heard about all the swag in the museum and they're looking to recruit some bounty hunters at A Day to Play.  Join Captain Caper in this swashbuckling adventure suitable for all the family.  To book your FREE tickets, click here


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18th March - Pretty Grimm

Pretty Grimm explores the fairy tales of Brothers Grimm.  These are not any old ordinary fairy tale though! Get ready for an adventure with lots of Brothers Grimm characters such as Hansel & Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Snow White and Cinderella coming together in a brand new fairy tale.  To book your FREE tickets, click here.