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  • Writer's pictureSophie Fox

Magic Online - Early Years Creation Course.

Updated: Feb 13, 2023

Join us for this amazing opportunity to learn with theatre maker, designer and performer Joy Haynes on this very special Magic Digital course exploring creating theatre and interactive experiences for Early Years .

The course will run for five Thursday evenings in March 2023 starting on the 2nd March and finishing on the 30th.

Joy will present a framework of reference drawn from her own experience, and draw on national and international models of creative practice including performance, installation and interactions in varying spaces that follow and learn from the unique perspectives of young children.

During the course participants will be invited to work independently and collaborate, taking part in practical exercises that playfully explore ideas for early years performance, workshop and installation interactions using objects, materials, puppetry, light and sound. The group will be small and there will be opportunity to share and receive feedback for further development.

The sessions will be delivered via Zoom.

Course Structure:

Each session will be 2 hours

Session 1 Production & Collaboration

Session 2 - Residencies & Installation

Session 3 - Developing ideas

Session 4 - Sharing play

Session 5 - Closing & opening

The sessions will be a mixture of presentations. practical exploration and time for reflection and discussion. There will be opportunities for you to share your practice and Joy will also set some homework tasks between the sessions.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at early years arts practitioners and artists who want to extend knowledge of making theatre and performance, and for experienced puppeteers or puppetry companies who want to explore developing work with early years audiences.

This course will be a masterclass for anyone serious about developing theatre and interactive experiences for Early Years.

About Joy

Joy Haynes has 30 years experience working as a designer and theatre maker, director and performer. She is a passionate advocate for the development and recognition of Puppetry as a distinct and vibrant art-form in the UK. She is committed to building Early Years arts into the mainstream and increasing respect for very young children and babies as participants and collaborators. She is a co-director of Magic Acorns CIC.

In 2015 Joy collaborated with The Royal Opera House and Polka Theatre to direct the innovative multi disciplinary performance ‘Dot Squiggle and Rest’. In 2014 ‘Three Colours’ created in partnership with Norwich Puppet Theatre and Polka Theatre and successfully toured China twice over during 2016/17.

In 2016 she was invited by Little Angel Theatre to adapt and direct Tim Hopgood’s illustrated book ‘Wow Said the Owl’ for Early Years audiences, and in 2018 the sequel Wow It's Nighttime.

Dates and times

7-9pm (London time)

Thursday 2nd March

Thursday 9th March

Thursday 16th March

Thursday 23rd March

Thursday 30th March

More information and booking can be found on our EventBrite page.


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