Published Sep 2019


Sunday 6th October, 11am to 3pm – FREE EVENT

‘I really do believe in community’ – Joan Littlewood

Visionary theatre director Joan Littlewood established her Theatre Workshop in Kendal after WWII in 1945 with a travelling troupe of storytellers and outlaws to overthrow the established order! Littlewood is known the world over as the mother of modern theatre and her devoted her life to putting the community at the heart of all her work.

Joan took Theatre Workshop to London and found a new home there in 1952 at Theatre Royal Stratford East where she came up with the notion of a FUN PALACE something she described as a ‘laboratory of fun’, sadly she never found the ideal space for her palace of adventure before her death in 2012. However, in 2013 maverick artists Stella Duffy and Sarah Jane Rawlings revived Joan’s passion project and established FUN PALACES a free, nationwide campaign for culture at the heart of community and community at the heart of culture happening every October weekend.

The Brewery’s 1st FUN PALACE on Sunday 6th October from 11am to 3pm celebrates the unique skills and passions of local people – run by, for and with the local community. Come and take part in a host of FREE activities for ALL THE FAMILY including

  • Where’s my Igloo | from 11am (all ages)
    Get creative with our drop-in draw your-own-Igloo competition to win tickets to our Christmas Show of Outside The Igloo
  • Stage Science  | 11am & 1pm (all ages)
    Learn how to make theatre blood and fake booze with Claire Dunk
  • Do the Doodle | 11am & 1pm (all ages)
    Join choreographer Zoe Leigh-Gadd for a fun-filled movement session
  • Puzzling Mysteries | 11am & 12pm (+10yrs)
    Learning about creating the ultimate murder mystery and interactive puzzles with Highly Suspect
  • Nobutt Words | 12pm & 2pm (all ages)
    Join Meg Robison for a fun workshop on reading and performing Cumbria poetry
  • Mix it up | 12pm & 2pm (+11yrs)
    Try your hand at being a DJ with Ian Trickett
  • 5X5 | 1pm & 2pm (+8yrs)
    Short Film Making Workshop with Stuart Sutton
  • Shed 1 | 1pm & 2pm (+18yrs)
    Join Andy & Zoe Arnold-Bennet and learn about how they make their amazing gin
  • Heroes | 2pm (+5yrs)
    Come and make your own comic-book hero mask.
  • Go Potty | 2pm (+5yrs)
  • Join Amy Williams for a beginners pottery session
  • PLUS… At  3pm a free screening of Joan Littlewood’s
    Oh What A Lovely War! (PG)

Miriam Randall the Brewery’s CEO & Artistic Director said
‘Like Joan the Brewery puts the community at the centre of what we do and we’re excited to be opening our doors for our first FUN PALACE on Sunday 6 October with a day that brings together art, science, craft and technology but above all people to create and connect in a friendly environment’

For full details of the FUN PALACE programme click here or simply pop along to the Information Desk in the Intro Bar on the day to sign up! – Registration for all the workshops will be open from 10:30am on the day and places are allocated on a 1st come 1st served basis.

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