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Stamford Arts Centre and Grantham Guildhall Arts Centre join forces to create programme of events for audiences to enjoy at home

Stamford Arts Centre and Grantham Guildhall Arts Centre have joined together to create a programme of events for audiences to enjoy at home.

Poetry swaps, sketching classes and jazz concerts will all be held online, as well as a cabaret of local favourites.

Creative play sessions for young children have also been brought online, in the form of interactive storytelling by Kirsty from Rhubarb Theatre. With a new story each week, available to watch at 10.30am on Mondays, families can join in with the actions at home and make crafts to help tell the story. The Gingerbread Man is this Monday’s theme.

Barmpot Theatre
Barmpot Theatre

Meanwhile, Barmpot Theatre has been commissioned to create a short film for children, which will be released on the Guildhall Arts Centre’s Facebook page on Wednesday.

‘To The Moon And Back’ is a beautiful and magical story for children, created using puppetry and original music, about a barn owl family living in Lincolnshire.

Also on Wednesday is Cinema Speak, held on Zoom and hosted by programmer Ben Reynolds.

Audiences at home have the chance to stream Parasite (15) to watch, then talk about it together on a Zoom call. Cinema Speak is on Wednesday at 8pm.

To join in, e-mail boxoffice@stamfordartscentre.com

There is also a sketch class with artist Karen Neale on Thursday, 11am-midday, an interactive Zoom sketching sessions of ‘what is on your table’.

Karen’s passion is sketching the world around her. She said: “Now that our worlds have shrunk to our homes why not draw your coffee mug or bowl of fruit? Drawing can be a great soother for anxious and stressed brain cells – and if you can hold a pencil and write your name, you can draw. All you’ll need is a pencil or pen and a piece of paper.”

Book your place on the workshop by e-mailing boxoffice@stamfordartscentre.com

Councillor Rosemary Trollope-Bellew (Con), the cabinet member for culture and visitor economy at South Kesteven District Council, said the online programme “celebrates some of the regular, familiar programming enjoyed by our arts centre audiences”.

She added: “With the message to stay safe and keep up social-distancing measures, we will continue our work by sharing safe options to entertain and inspire residents across the district.”

Find the arts centre Facebook page by searching for @stamfordarts or more information is available at www.stamfordartscentre.com

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