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Unique post-COVID idea these school holidays

While a lot of us might be frustrated we’re stuck back at home again – don’t worry, the Sydney Opera House has you covered.On top of their actual school holiday program – which is going ahead after events were cancelled during the peak of lockdown – the iconic venue is bringing the entertainment for kids…

While a lot of us might be frustrated we’re stuck back at home again – don’t worry, the Sydney Opera House has you covered.

On top of their actual school holiday program – which is going ahead after events were cancelled during the peak of lockdown – the iconic venue is bringing the entertainment for kids to you.

Usually the Opera House’s creative Creative Play program is offered in the precinct so families seeing shows can stick around and lets the kids get involved in the action.

But with social distancing in play and hands-on activities a hygiene risk, the venue has turned to a unique offering.

Creative Play has become an at-home adventure – Feather Quest by Threshold – designed to extend the experience of seeing a show on their stages.

The offer is available to people seeing The Gruffalo’s Child and Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark.

“Our gift to our audiences is having a theatre experience at home,” Sydney Opera House Head of Children, Families and Creative Learning, Tamara Harrison, said.

“These guys have become a bit of a hit of the COVID world in terms of children and young families.”

The Gruffalo’s Child, running from January 2 to 19, is for kids aged over three and is an adaptation of the best-selling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, produced by award-winning Sydney based theatre production house CDP.

Comedy maestros The Listies’ Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark, which runs from January 4 to 22, will “bring the LOLs, with a stinky, silly extravaganza for ‘kidults’ aged 5-plus”.

The Listies twist the classic Shakespearean tale into a hysterical “badaptation” of the bard, with plenty of hilarious costumes, supersonic gags and expertly timed stage magic.

Ms Harrison said their pre-Christmas show, Diary of a Wombat, was sold-out and they expected crowds to return after Christmas, following a successful digital program offering during lockdown.

“We saw incredible numbers of people watching at home (during lockdown) having a dance and a sing along,” she said.

“There’s been an appetite out there still for everything. We’ve seen really good numbers coming back to the building so that’s exciting and such a relief.”

As a registered COVID Safe business, the Opera House is implementing a number of onsite measures, in line with NSW Health guidelines and its commitment to the safety and wellbeing of artists, audiences, visitors and staff. Full details here.

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