May Half Term

8–11 year olds are invited to spend their summer half term with The Old Vic for an exciting and creative week of drama workshops.

Your child will meet new people, build their confidence and creativity, and learn how to create and operate their own puppet. Over the course of five days participants will work with industry professionals to learn theatre-based skills, culminating in a special, celebratory performance for an invited audience of friends and family.

This course has been designed to be inclusive and fun. Everyone is welcome and you do not need to have any experience to take part.

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  • Meet new people and make new friends.
  • Gain key skills – confidence, creativity and team work.
  • Learn how to create and operate their own puppet.
  • Create a show to share back with family and friends.


Mon 25–Fri 29 May, 10am–4pm


Course fee: £350 (£320 for additional sibling place)

Fees do not include meals and refreshments, travel or accommodation.

We don’t want cost to be a barrier to taking part so bursary places are available. To apply for a bursary place please click here*.


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Location TBC.

If you have questions about this course please contact the Education & Community team at or 020 7928 2651


Freyja Winterson
Freyja Winterson is a theatre director and practitioner, she is co-artistic director of Yet Another Carnival and Youth Theatre Programme Director at the Orange Tree Theatre.

Currently, Freyja is developing A Dad’s Guide to Losing A Child with YAC and is directing Riot Act, a devised play in a Council Chamber as part of People Power Passion, Luton’s pilot year of culture. She has been lead artist for large-scale, community led arts projects including the community launch of Storyhouse and When The Light Goes Out for Cheshire East Council.

Freyja works extensively creating performance with, by and for children, young people, and non-professional performers. She has worked on creative projects and performance-making processes with icandance, Hammersmith and Fulham Mencap, Perseid Upper and Lower Schools, Reserve Power (formerly Adults with Autism), Queensmill Autism Units, and in Pupil Referral Units. She has trained teachers, facilitators, and other professionals in creative and inclusive practice.

At the Orange Tree Theatre Freyja is responsible for the artistic leadership of the youth theatres and Young Company. Freyja has also directed the Orange Tree’s Over 60s Company and is a Lead Facilitator for the Old Vic Theatre, Shakespeare Schools Foundation, Tender, DreamARTS, and Artis.

Maia Kirkham-Richards
Maia is a designer, maker, director, and performer of puppetry and enjoys collaborating on puppetry projects to create exciting and imaginative new work. Maia is also the founder and Artistic Director of House of Stray Cats (HOSC), a theatre company that produces original and engaging, puppet led performances.  In 2018, Maia was selected as the first Puppetry Consultant as part of the Old Vic 12