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The Food Play Workshop by Hester Welch

Inspired by and with help from local children and their parents/guardians, international theatre maker Hester Welch finishes her residency with The Food Play Workshop.

The Food Play Workshop

Exploring the theme of messy play as a creative process, Hester uses food to take children on a sensory journey full of natural colours, textures and smells!

This workshop for early years participants and their parents is the result of a week’s residency at Poplar Union where Hester has developed new work through a process of laboratory research and community engagement and participation.

Please notify us of any food allergies when booking and wear clothes to get messy!

Please note that for every two children attending the event, there must be at least one accompanying adult (18 years or over).

About Hester Welch

Hester Welch is Poplar Union’s first Artist in Residence and will be developing her new project exploring messy play, food and creative processes in children throughout the week (23-29 October).

Hester holds a BA(Hons) in Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Here her training focused on Theatre Making and Applied Theatre.

As an Artistic Associate with the David Glass Ensemble, Hester has directed the first ever immersive performance for children in the South West of China, The Forest (Marphy’s Play House, Chengdu). She has also trained adults and children from across China in drama and creativity. Hester has been Assistant Director with the Ensemble on A DEvine Comedy (Soho Theatre, London), City of Darkness (PSBK, Yogyakarta), The Brides (Teatro Dei Rozzi, Siena) and Mortgage (Theatre Delicatessen, London and The Bike Shed, Exeter). In her next venture, she will be continuing to assist David Glass with the international social art project, AB Project.

In addition to this, Hester is an Associate Artist at Omnibus. Here she has directed and devised performances including Colour and The Dream. Hester’s other work ranges from making ensemble spectacles for festivals (Bee Conscious, LeeFest, The Stretch) to applied theatre in care homes.