If you went down to the woods this weekend (well to Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire) you certainly would have had a big surprise. The Victorian Pleasure Grounds of this beautiful park were transformed by The House of Fairy Tales and their travelling troupe of artists, musicians, puppeteers and storytellers. I was invited along to represent New Fairy Tales and I had a fantastic day working with children to make up their own new fairy tales. Over 80 wonderful stories were created and these certainly were new fairy tales - featuring aliens, robots and elephants alongside the more traditional trolls and princesses. The children were inspirational and I had such a wonderful time (based on a giant four poster 'Grandmother's bed') that I was only sorry I was so busy that I didn't get to see any of the other workshops and performances taking place, which included the magical Feral Theatre, Matthew Robins' Death of a Flyboy Opera (fresh from The National Theatre) and Jim Bond's Kinetic Art.
The House of Fairy Tales is an arts education charity set up by artists Deborah Curtis and Gavin Turk which 'uses the vast narrative scope of fairy tales to provide creative, innovative and transformative learning experiences for young people of all ages and their families' visit their site to find out more about their brilliant mission (and there are some fun games on there too!).
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