Theatre at home for youngsters

Published: 7 August 2020
Reporter: David Upton

Charlotte Holmes

Bringing theatre into families’ living rooms during the summer holidays, The Dukes in Lancaster and Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield have collaborated with theatre producers The Big Tiny to create a new interactive theatrical experience for 7- to 12-year-olds to enjoy at home.

Charlotte Holmes invites budding young sleuths to find clues and solve mysteries over the course of seven days, with an Adventure Box packed with games, activities, puzzles and links to online content and recorded performances with actors.

Set in 1940, Charlotte Holmes follows the story of a young girl who has been evacuated during World War II from London to Yorkshire, and takes inspiration from super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes.

Interested families can order an Adventure Box delivered directly to their front door for £25 from either theatre's web site, whilst a Charlotte Holmes book is also available.

It marks another digital step forward for the two venues who both adapted their artistic output to online platforms and interactive activities when buildings closed in March.

The Dukes launched Digital Dukes, a virtual cultural space featuring masterclasses from the Dukes staff.