Youth Festival Brings Favourites Back and New Workshops for Schools

Henley Youth Festival provided a jam-packed timetable of school workshops again this year over the last two weeks offering art, photography, science drama, flamenco and Bhangra dancing at 11 schools in and around the Henley area.

BBC’s Gastronaut Stefan Gates came to host Fartology at the Kenton Theatre for pupils from Years 4-9, demonstrating the workings of the human body from head to toe through thoroughly disgusting but utterly scientific using  using lots of spectacular stunts and audience interaction.

Scarlet Oak Theatre group delighted young audiences with their playful Along Came a Magpie play about a gardener and magpie in a heart-warming journey as they navigated the intricacies of friendship.

Longstanding HYF providers, Young Shakespeare Company, returned to perform their rendition of a Midsummer Night‘s Dream for Years 5 and 6 when they had the opportunity to act alongside four members of the cast in this enchanting comic tale in a fast moving fully-costumed interactive production.

New for 2024 for drama were the Globe Players who performed An Inspector Calls for Years 10 and 11.

Art workshops were hosted by artist Emily Cooling and Michaela from Create ‘n Make who made photo frames with the children decorated with the children’s favourite things to tie in with the HYF 2024 theme of My Favourite Things and Kathyrn Fell Willis ran photography workshops.

Bhangra dancing workshops also new for 2024 provided by Wise Moves.  Rachel Jones from Wise Moves said, This is the first time Wise Moves has been involved in the Henley Youth Festival and it has been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be part of something so special. We had a wonderful time delivering Indian Bhangra Dance workshops into Valley Road school and Shiplake CE Primary School. The children responded so positively and were very well focused and enthusiastic. It was a joy to share what we do with so many lovely children and staff. Thank you for having us!”


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