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Lots of fun had at Elgiva Open Day 2023

From African drumming to Flamenco, and from craft workshops to backstage tours, we had it all at The Elgiva Open Day 2023!

We had just the best time at this year’s Elgiva Open Day!

It was lovely to see so many people of all ages enjoying the free displays, exhibitions and workshops, as well as getting to know their friendly, neighbourhood theatre just that little bit better!

Some of this year’s highlights included:

  • Elgiva Youth Theatre Western Workshop including stage fighting technique!
  • Mad Hatters Tea Party Workshop with P.S Theatre
  • P.S Theatre Audition Technique Talk, including agency tips and tricks!
  • Flamenco Dance workshop with Royal Ballet Teacher Lucia Caruso.

Visitors to The Elgiva also enjoyed:

  • Theatre tours.
  • Amersham Mobile Museum.
  • Creative Hearts paper craft workshop – celebrating Chinese New Year with a very special dragon!
  • Roald Dahl craft and unseen extracts from The Roald Dahl archives!
  • The Oasis Partnership arts and crafts and podcast consultation!
  • Screenings of Belleville Rendezvous and The Illusionist with the Chiltern Film Society.
  • Joining the Addams Family with craft and face painting from the Panda Players.
  • Chesham Museum artefacts – learning about some local history!
  • Meeting Peter Hawkes from the The Good Earth Gallery and enjoying some arts and crafts activities.
  • Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity – meeting Marvellous Marvin!
  • Chiltern Voice – being part of their live show from 10am as they broadcast coverage of the event.
  • Trying out some of the numerous instruments provided by Bucks Music Trust!
  • Taking a look at the stunning costumes from our Pantomime production of Sleeping Beauty!
  • A special showcase from Hartbeats African Drumming – plus visitors had a chance to try out the drums for themselves.

David Cooper, Theatre Manager, The Elgiva, said: “The Elgiva Open Day is a chance to welcome the whole community through our doors; some people are regular visitors, and for some, it’s their first time to The Elgiva – we certainly hope it won’t be their last! 

“Community is a pillar of everything we do at The Elgiva, and it is wonderful to see so many people trying new things, making new friends and discovering the wonders both their local theatre and their local environs have to offer. I am so grateful to the many businesses and organisations that gave up their time to be here today!”

Liberty Hobbs, Business Apprentice at The Elgiva was responsible for organising the event.

She said: “The success of the day is really down to both the number of people who gave up their time and our wonderful volunteers who kept everything running smoothly. It was terrific to see such a variety of talented locals, interesting displays and busy workshops. Where else could you dodge a skeleton, buy local honey and check out pantomime dame costumes? Not to mention make a Chinese dragon, try your hand at African drumming and experience Flamenco! We all had a fabulous time introducing people to all the different facets of The Elgiva, and judging by the buzz, our visitors had a marvellous time, too!

We can’t wait to do it all over again… next year!

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