Milton Keynes Theatre Creative Learning
Creative Learning at Milton Keynes Theatre aims to deliver a varied programme of theatrical events, workshops and classes for our community.
From weekly classes, to show inspired workshops, schools events and our annual Stage Experience project, we create experiences for everyone no matter your abilities or desires.
Creative Learning will put everyone who gets a theatre stamp into a prize draw to win a backstage theatre tour for their family and friends (max of 20 people, to be carried out during a weekday school holiday morning).
The Green Challenge No 1:
In our ground floor theatre foyer can you find the location of our Electric Sheep by artist Bruce Williams?
The sculpture features two identical images of sheep, laser-cut into both sides of a large steel structure and backed by glass. Coloured lights inside the artwork slowly fade and change, making the work clearly visible from Powell Square, as visitors approach the Theatre. This work commemorates the generosity of benefactor Margaret Powell, whose trust supported the enhancement of facilities for the elderly and disabled in the Theatre. Margaret Powell’s life as a sheep farmer and the fact that the city of Milton Keynes was built in a formerly rural area, influenced the artist’s designs for the work.
The Green Challenge No 2:
If you are able, count how many steps there are up to the second floor of our theatre foyer (or take the lift) and see if you can find on this level – The Moon by Alison Turnbull.
Copied from a 19th century map of the moon. Reflective pencil was used with the intention that the moon could be seen from the road outside. Light “clutter” means that this does not happen, but the painting is reflected onto the glass and at the right times it is possible to see full moon through the reflected moon. The artist created this work before the balcony floor was in place so had to be strapped to scaffolding!
The Green Challenge No 3:
Which is your favourite flyer?
We are a receiving house, which means we don’t create any of our own shows, but receive shows, that are on tour, into our venue. This is great because it means we get a variety of big West End shows in Milton Keynes. We have flyers in our foyer for all the shows coming to our theatre next year. Pick one that you think stands out the most
Address: Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3NZ
Telephone: 01908 547500
Usually 12 – 7.15pm (only open Sundays when there is a show)
The best time to come is between 1pm – 4pm to avoid the busy periods before a show.
Robin Hood Family Workshops A fun filled session suitable for all the family with an interactive tour behind the scenes of Robin Hood followed by an on stage workshop where you will need to work together as a family in order to succeed in Sherwood Forest!
Sat 15 Dec or 05 Jan 18 10.15am-11.45am – Ages 4+ £8 (children must be accompanied by an adult who has purchased a ticket) More info
Adult Acting Night School Course
Chase away the January blues by coming to immerse yourself in one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During our week-long night school you will be directed in a smaller scale production of this classic play, which will be performed to an invited audience in one of our backstage spaces on Saturday.
Please note, this workshop is suitable for all abilities. No experience necessary.
Tue 8 Jan – Sat 12 Jan 7.00pm – 9.30pm – Ages 16+ £125 per person
Spring Half Term Youth Performance Course
During the autumn half-term we will be running another hugely popular youth performance course led by the Leading Edge Arts Project (LEAP) a theatre company who provide workshops and courses for young people with the main emphasis on exploring the creativity and building the confidence of each student, with the opportunity to co-create work alongside a team of professionals.
Mon 18 Feb – Fri 22 Feb – 10.30am-4.30pm – Ages 11-16 years – £150 per person