Lockdown Legends Challenge

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Creative Challenges just for fun!

Even though our building is closed, we don’t think this should mean that we can’t still be creative, feel inspired and stay connected with you all. So we’ve come up with a series of theatrical challenges for you to take part in whilst we are all staying safe at home.

Our Lockdown Legends Challenges are open to all ages and just for fun. Including willing family members and pets is actively encouraged. Send us your responses to lockdownlegends@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk and we’ll share these on our social media pages!

PLEASE NOTE: if you are under 18, you’ll need to get consent from your parent/guardian before sending us your response.

Get involved with every challenge and you could be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Challenge 1

One Minute Play

Create a play, do some comedy, perform a monologue, tell a story, or make up a show. But it can only be one minute long! Let your imagination run wild and, most importantly, have fun.

You can post your video on YouTube and send us a link to lockdownlegends@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk or send us your video file to this email address.

Remember to get consent from your parent/guardian before sending us your video.

Challenge 2

Costume Creation

Did you know that York Theatre Royal has an amazing wardrobe team who make all the costumes for our productions? Your challenge is to design or create a costume of your own.

This can be for a character from a story or play that already exists or your own creation, you can draw it, paint it, make it and wear it. Don’t forget to send us a photo or video of your creation in whatever form you choose to lockdownlegends@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk. Always get permission first and have fun!

Check out the costume sketches below from our 2019 production of Swallows & Amazons for some inspiration! Designs by Katie Sykes.

Challenge 3

Puppet Shakespeare

“All the home’s a stage.” Wait, that’s not quite right…

Recreate a scene from Shakespeare with household objects! We want to see you best sock puppet Macbeths and wooden spoon Hamlets.

By the way, did you know that York Theatre Royal work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and 13 York schools to change the way children and young people engage, experience and take ownership of Shakespeare? Check out the RSC’s #ShareYourShakespeare project – lots of creative activities to get stuck into!

Challenge 4

Shoebox Model Box

Theatre designers create incredible sets for our productions. They often they build a scale model of the set they have designed, which is called a model box. This gives people an idea of what the real set will look like and lets them make any changes.

We want you to create your own model box out of materials you have lying around the house. This could be cardboard, plastic, anything! It could be of a show you’ve seen before or one from your imagination.

Check out designer Katie Sykes’ model box designs for our 2019 Youth Theatre production of Hetty Feather below for some inspiration! Send us photos of your boxes to lockdownlegends@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk.

Challenge 5

Dance It Up

Create a dance routine! It can be in any form – ballet, contemporary, ballroom, or inspired by TikTok or Oti Mabuse! Just get dancing.

Here at York Theatre Royal, we’re missing all the incredible dance companies that perform on our stage – check out the Gary Clarke Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Ballet Black for some inspiration.

Send us a film of your routines to lockdownlegends@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk.

Challenge 6

Guess The Play

The bard, but in your own words – modernise it! How would Romeo chat up Juliet in 2020? What would a TikTok look like with the Macbeths? Choose any famous play or film and see if we can guess what it is. And please bring back the sock puppets!

Send us a your modernised play to lockdownlegends@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk. Can we guess the play?

Challenge 7

Get Gobby

Write a poem, rap or piece of spoken word about something you have experienced during lockdown. It could be a haiku or even a sonnet. Be inspired by your favourite artists – check out Kate Tempest, Hollie McNish, Benjamin Zephina and Michael Rosen – get your parents to do their best John Cooper Clarke impression or simply read us your favourite poem. Anything goes!

If you wish perform straight to camera, we’d love you to send it in to us at lockdownlegends@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk.

Challenge 8

Skills Share

Have you learnt or created anything new during lockdown? Maybe you’ve learnt how to knit, taken up the ukulele or bossed a viral dance routine? Find a way to share it with us at York Theatre Royal and maybe even give us a lesson!

You could send us a tutorial of your skill to lockdownlegends@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk.

Make sure you check out our Home-Based Arts Award, a great way to get creative and earn a certificate at the end of it!