FESTIVE folk are being urged to light the way in Stratford.
The Royal Shakespeare Company is inviting families to create special star shaped willow lanterns and take part in a festive winter procession followed by a ceilidh, as part of the company’s Winter’s Night family activities this December.
People taking part in the free procession, which starts from the Bancroft Terrace at 6pm, on Saturday December 3, can create their lanterns at one of three workshops devised by artists Julia Clarke and Emily Tracy. Workshops, running at The Other Place from 2pm to 5pm, take place on Saturdays November 19, 26, and again ahead of the parade on December 3.
The procession will be followed by a festive ceilidh – similar to a barn dance where a caller explains the moves – in the Studio Theatre at The Other Place with music provided by English folk dance band Banter.
Hot dogs and festive punch will also be on offer. The lanterns will then be on display in the foyer area of The Other Place together with a shadow box, reflecting silhouettes of winter trees and birds, which will light up the theatre space during December and the New Year.
RSC events manager Louisa Davies said: “We hope people will come along and take part in these fantastic festive winter workshops, show off their creation in our special procession and then enjoy some ceilidh dancing.”
Workshops costs £5 per child (all children must be accompanied by an adult), while tickets for the ceilidh cost £9 or £30 for a group of four. Includes food and drink.
Visit www.rsc.org.uk/events/a-winters-night for further details.