Cast theatre in Doncaster is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a Culture Week from Saturday 21 July – Saturday 28 July. Organised as part of Doncaster’s Creative and Cultural Strategic Partnership, the week will see a host of family events, workshops, and performances.

On Saturday 21 July, Cast will hold an EXPECT Arts Celebration, a day of family fun to celebrate young people’s activity in Doncaster, including parachute games, workshops, and a scavenger hunt. Also on Saturday, Cast’s brand-new Safe Space, an informal, sensory break-out space specially designed for children with additional needs, will be open throughout the day. 

On Sunday 22 July, Oddsocks Theatre Company take over Sir Nigel Gresley Square with a mods and rockers themed Romeo & Juliet, which featured in The Guardian Readers Favourite Theatre of 2017.

The week continues on Tuesday 24 July with a whole host of activities, including Bhangra Tots, an exciting, new concept of using Bhangra dance and music especially for Early Years children, Family Bollywood Dancing, an interactive, high-energy Bollywood dance workshop for all the family, and Middle Eastern Bellydance, a fun and active dance class exploring one of the most famous dances in the world.

Cast’s Afternoon Tea & Tour offers a unique opportunity to have a look into the backstage spaces not normally on view, from down under Cast’s stage right up to the fly tower above, followed by an afternoon tea in Cast’s Café Bar. Meanwhile, Cast’s weekly Play Reading Club will be reading and discussing Federico García Lorca’s iconic play Yerma.

At the Quaker Meeting House, there will be an informal theatre workshop exploring Othello (at Cast in October), shining a light on the contemporary relevance of the play, breaking down barriers to Shakespeare and championing cross-cultural dialogue amongst communities.

Cast Associate Artists, Stand and Be Counted Theatre Company, invite makers, practitioners and professionals to share practice and open discussion about how performance work can do more to engage and support those seeking sanctuary. Open Mic Mehfil is an open mic event that will see guest poets and local artists share poetry, prose and songs. 

Vamos Theatre return to Doncaster on Wednesday 25 July for a walkabout performance, an interactive style of performance which brings Vamos’ trademark, full mask characters off the stage and, on this occasion, to the Frenchgate Shopping Centre.  

On Thursday 26 July, Cast will be running their weekly Storymakers class, a creative session especially for under 5s, in which a picture book is explored through craft, drama and creative play. Cast will also be running a number of free Drama Workshops for children aged 5 – 8, 8 - 11 and 11 - 14. Led by Cast’s professional workshop team, the workshops will be a great opportunity for children to develop their performance skills and to play some games and drama activities.

On Friday 27 July, the Safe Space will be open once more to host an exciting and original multi-sensory session for children and young adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).

Friday also sees the start of DNFestival, an annual Summer festival of arts and performance, which this year is SPACE themed. The festival begins in the evening with a pop up cinema event screening Wall-E and Blade Runner.

On Saturday 28 July, an all day, creative, fun event will be held in Sir Nigel Gresley Square between 10am and 5pm, including a special pop up Family Space Rave Event in a pop up inflatable venue ‘The Big M’ and The Black Stuff by Lioness Theatre, will tells the dark true tale of how a bankrupt button-maker became one of the most important inventors of all time – and the terrible price he paid. 

Tickets for all events are now available online. For full details of Cast’s Culture Week, including times and ticket prices, please visit www.castindoncaster.com.