BUILDING on the success of its digital offerings during the pandemic, Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre has collaborated with Lancaster arts venue The Dukes and theatre producers The Big Tiny to create an interactive theatrical experience for seven to 12-year-olds to enjoy at home.

Called Charlotte Holmes, it unfolds over seven days, packed with games, recorded performances, activities, puzzles and online content. Inspired by Sherlock Holmes, the adventure is about a girl evacuated to Yorkshire during the war. An alternative to summer schools, which in many cases have been cancelled, the creative project is aimed at getting children out and about during the holidays.

Within days of lockdown, the Lawrence Batley Theatre had launched a free online channel, LBTV, filled with workshops and masterclasses, storytelling sessions and backstage videos, reaching over 17,500 views. It also produced two online plays; The Understudy and Nigel Slater’s Toast, which drew digital audiences from over 40 countries.

Artistic director Henry Filloux-Bennett says: “ We’re thrilled to be working alongside our friends at The Big Tiny and the Dukes in Lancaster. Charlotte Holmes builds on the success of our digital programme, allowing us to reach new audiences by keeping young people and their families entertained and educated during the summer holidays.”

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