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Canterbury Shakespeare Festival Community Activities Day – all welcome!

  • Date: Sunday 12th August
  • Times: 10:30am - 5:30pm

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival Activity Day

Sunday August 12th :11.00am-5.00pm

On Sunday August 12th, as part of our 2018 season we will be running our first Activity Day in Canterbury. The day will comprise two streams of events to suit all ages and tastes, a Festival Workshop Programme and a Time Traveller’s Treasure Hunt, and participation will be free at all events.

Our Festival Workshop Programme gives you a chance to explore Shakespeare’s world and his relevance to us today.  Hear from our team of experts and then get involved through participation in our Combat, Writing, and Acting workshops.

Families can also join the Festival’s very own Time Travelling Tash and her assistant Navigator James and Junior Cadet Alfie for our Time Traveller’s Treasure Hunt – this is a treasure hunt for children, running from 11.00am – 3.30pm

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsorship partner, Canterbury Connected BID we can bring you all of our activities for free. Canterbury Connected Business Improvement District represent the businesses of Canterbury. Their aim is to help make Canterbury a vibrant, exciting, well connected and successful business community; an attractive, clean, green, safe and enjoyable destination for customers.

What’s happening on the Day?

Festival Workshop Programme

On Sunday 12th of August at Westgate Hall we will be presenting a series of workshops for adults which will introduce our audiences to our creative processes we have and how we can all make Shakespeare more accessible.

Workshop Programme


Time Activity Leader
11.00 – 11.30 Welcome Introduction – Interpreting Shakespeare in the 21st Century Philip Hunt
11:30 – 13:30 Combat Workshop Duncan Woodruff
14:00 – 15:30 Writing Workshop Fergus Macdonald
15:30 – 16:00 Lecture – Que(e)rying the Early Modern Stage Philip Hunt
16:00 – 17:00 Acting Workshop Elliot Huxtable


Philip Hunt


Philip Hunt is the Festival’s Early Modern specialist and has been involved since its inception, organising, performing and directing. He holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Kent and is currently a postgraduate at Worcester College, University of Oxford.


Philip has an interest in interpreting Shakespeare for the contemporary world and will be reflecting on the Bard’s work as a source of insight for the political, social and gender issues of today. He will be speaking on his special interest subject, queerness in Early Modern drama in Que(e)rying the Early Modern Stage.


Elliot Huxtable


Elliot D Huxtable has been a Kent-based director for the past five years, and is a frequent collaborator with Canterbury Shakespeare Festival, having directed five productions with them.


Elliot runs his own theatre company, Theatre Ad Hoc, who have performed at the Jolly Sailor and as part of the Faversham Fringe (this year Sylvia will be performed at the end of August), and has often worked with Whitstable-based community group Kent Coast Theatre as director, technician and workshop facilitator. He has worked with professional groups such as Three4All Theatre, 2Theatre and Northsee Theatre.


Fergus MacDonald


Fergus MacDonald is a University of Kent English Literature and Drama graduate. He has performed, directed, and written various works centred on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, and has worked with the Festival since its inception in 2015.


Last year Fergus wrote a piece The Lamentable Tragedy of the Canterbury Strangler which was featured at the Canterbury Festival in October. In our 2018 season he co-directed our production of Much Ado About Nothing.


Duncan Woodruff


Duncan is an actor and stage combat instructor local to Kent. After graduating from the Bridge Theatre Training Company in 2012, he has worked with theatre companies all over the UK, and continued to train in stage combat under Andrew Ashenden, one of the UK’s leading Equity Fight Directors. Duncan was accepted onto the Academy of Performance Combat’s (APC) apprenticeship programme under Andrew in 2015, and is an APC qualified fight teacher for theatre and film. He currently teaches at the Guildford School of Acting, Freelance Workshop’s courses, and performs and choreographs in shows and film all over the UK.


For the last three years he has worked with the Canterbury Shakespeare Festival to provide the fights that Shakespeare was all too keen to present in his work, and is very happy to provide an insight into this world of fighting for the stage.


Time Travellers Treasure Hunt


For families and children we are presenting the Time Traveller’s Treasure Hunt.


Time Travelling Tasha has brought Shakespeare himself, and some of his characters back in time to help bring some magic to The Festival. Unfortunately Tasha’s Time Travelling Device was broken on the journey and now all the characters are scattered across the city centre!


We challenge our Time Travelling Agents to explore the city, find the characters and their magical objects. With a sticker sheet given to you by Tasha’s assistants Navigator James and Junior Cadet Alfie, the children can help send everyone home again.


Our intrepid agents will begin at Westgate Hall, there you will meet Time Travelling Tasha and she will explain the story and provide each the family with sticker sheets (one for each child partaking) and send them off into Canterbury with an adult member of their family.


There will be clues as to where the characters are on the sheet and you must go out and collect the sticker from each area. You may also want to take a photo of the magical item to show to Time Travelling Tasha at the end. Once you have completed your sticker sheet, return to Westgate Hall to confirm that you have completed it.


The City Trial will begin and end in Westgate Hall and you can return any time if you need help and/or get stuck.


This activity is suitable for children between the ages of 4-11. For child protection reasons children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.




Taking part in the Activity Day


Please email us in advance if you are interested in taking part in the Time Traveller’s Treasure Hunt.


In the interest of Health and Safety we do require anyone who would like to take part in the Fight Workshop to email ahead of time. Your interest can be registered by email info@canterburyshakespeare.co.uk


You do not have to stay for all the workshop sessions and you don’t have to arrive at 11.00 to take part. You can choose to come to as many or as little as you wish.


If you have any questions about any of our activities, please email info@canterburyshakespeare.co.uk