My Raynes Park Fun Palace

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Conceived In 1961 by theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price the idea of a Fun Palace was to be a temporary and movable home for the arts and sciences that would be accessible to all and work on the principles of being free, local, innovative, transformative and engaging. As part of the wider Fun Palaces festival, on Saturday October 4, on the centenary of Joan Littlewood’s birth, each of the spaces in Raynes Park Methodist Church will be transformed into the rooms of a palace. The ballroom will be full of music and theatrics with comedy, ukulele sessions, babysong, a violin workshop, face painting and fancy dress. In the study a virtual Fun Palace will be taking place online. Visitors can take along an iPad or laptop to join in the multiplayer Minecraft game. Merton Poets Group will be coordinating poetry workshops and readings in the library whilst a sit and knit (bring your own materials) session will take place in the banquet hall. In the drawing room there will be all sorts of arts and crafts including balloon modelling, giant collages, Lego, book art and loom bands. The lounge will be a dedicated quiet space with calming activities for children with autism to visit if they feel overwhelmed. An interactive game of Cluedo, led by actors, will tie the all the rooms together.

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