On numerous occasions we had to face a sensitive issue regarding the theatre performances at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus: Many families arrived full of expectations regarding the day’s performance at the theatre without checking if the performance is actually suitable for children and, without knowing, that children under the age of six are not allowed (for obvious reasons) in any of the festival’s performances. At the same time, there are quite a few people who decide not to visit Epidaurus because they don’t have someone to take care of their children.
With all the above in mind, last year the artistic direction of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival launched a pilot programme entitled: “A creative summer activity programme for children at Epidaurus”.
The programme which was warmly received by both children and their guardians continues its run in 2017.
The programme is suited for children between the ages of four and twelve and it aims at engaging them in creative activities for the duration of the theatre performance at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus (the one their guardians are to watch).
The themes of the theatre, movement, music and art labs will be inspired by the day’s theatre performance, and will be divided in categories shaped according to the children’s age and knowledge, so that the lab can act as a communication bridge, where guardians and children can afterwards share and discuss, through their own individual filter, the themes of the day’s performance.
Children are separated in groups of 12 to 15(max), according to their age: Thematic activities are shaped according to children’s age and knowledge. The age groups are: a)4.5-5 (pre-kindergarten),b) 5.5-6.5 (kindergarten), c) 6.5-9 (first grades of elementary school),d) 9-12 (last grades of elementary school).