When will we 300 meet again?
In Eastbourne, East Sussex,St Bede's Prep School produced Macbeth with a difference. Not content with three witches, the school found room for 300 in its production.
At the Globe Theatre, more than 400 children from 17 schools in Southwark, its local south-eastLondon borough, presented a performance with actors from Globe Education. The Our Theatre project incorporated African tribal drumming, brass percussion and choral performances with acting and improvisation to create a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural show, bringing together disabled and able-bodied children. The show was presented as the grand finale of the Globe's opening festival.
Wolsey Youth Theatre is presenting a musical version of Animal Farm, adapted from the original novel by Roger Parsley and directed by Jon Tavener, a former member. Performances: from July 30 to August 2 at the Wolsey Studio, St George's Street, Ipswich. Bookings on 01473 253725.
Bowen West Theatre at De Montfort University in Bedford is running a series of all-day, week-long theatre workshops for young people throughout the summer, led by practitioners from the Trestle, Kaos and Ersatz companies, ranging from physical theatre to mime and mask and contemporary dance. For information, ring Angela Ayres on 01234 219333.
For younger children, theUnicorn Theatre in London's West End offers a range of workshops and activities. From August 18 to 24, children are invited to join in the summer community project, Tales of the Thames, an exploration of the history of the riverside area in London, culminating in a pageant on the river. There are also day-long workshops on specific themes and week-long summer schools on All the World's a Stage and An Actor Prepares. Unicorn Theatre box office: 0171 836 3334.
BAC in Battersea, south London, is also running workshops through the summer for different age groups. Included in the areas covered are making magic with paper and junk sculpture, stories from around the world using masks and shadow puppets, music and urban myths. Ring Lisa Mead on 0171 223 6557.
The Creation Theatre Company in Oxford is offering free seats to 500 young people for its open-air performances of Macbeth. The seats are aimed at those educated at home, who do not often have the opportunity to see live theatre. July 17 to August 30 at Magdalen College School, Oxford. Call Debbie Richards on 01865 250636 for the free seats. Main box office: 01865 794490.