|Posted by Danny Nutt on August 31, 2017 at 12:00 AM|
The nights are drawing in, the rain is lashing down and most familes have come home from their annual holiday. It can only mean one thing; the end of summer is upon us.
Some people really lament about this and dread the impending autumn. But I personally love autumn. Especially in this country. I mean, most of the summer is spent with us all moaning it's too cold, too wet, too hot. But when the leaves start falling off the trees and the warm clothes come out of the attic, we are prepared for all strands of meteorology and so I feel we should, therefore, focus on the good things that come out of autumn: spicy homemade stews, mugs of steaming tea by the fire, beautiful colours in the trees, seasonal friuts and veggies and brillliant drama on TV. The list goes on...
It's also a real time of change. Kids going back to or starting school (hallelujah I hear some of you cry!) and new work and personal goals, for example.
So don't worry, be happy. The end of summer isn't so bad after all...
|Posted by Danny Nutt on August 9, 2017 at 12:05 AM|
What a brilliant two weeks at our Summer Sports and Drama Camp in collaboration with Moving Matters. It was super hard work (we had extended hours so we were working 8am-5pm most days) but very rewarding. Some of the regular kids started off shy and quiet but were soon laughing their heads off and really getting stuck in to all the activities.
And some of the things the kids came up with were truly inspired! From our devising day where two of them came up with an elaborate scene where they were playing two adults arguing who should drive them home from the pub (the boy or 'husband' was playing drunk!) to some superb tableaux work to seing them really enjoying the drama games we played, it really was an eventful two weeks.
We can't wait for the next one!
|Posted by Danny Nutt on July 20, 2017 at 7:35 AM|
We can't believe that the Summer Sports and Drama Camp we're running with Moving Matters starts next week!
There's been so much to do: signing off artwork, marketing via our email newsletter, regular social media posts, creating the plan of activties, meetings, taking bookings, liasing with the venue, etc etc. Phew, it's been busy!
However, we can't wait to get stuck in and if you wish to book your kids in, hurry, spaces are filling up fast! You can do it here- https://www.moving-matters.org/index.php/holiday-camps-2#sport-and-drama-camp-at-julians
Hopefully we'll see you there
|Posted by Danny Nutt on July 6, 2017 at 6:10 AM|
Often all a simple question requires is a simple answer. So, what would you like our next blog to be about?
Maybe you want to hear the craziest story from one of our parties? Or how a new chacrtesr is devised? Or what we do when someone asks for a really strange new theme?
Whatever it is, please let us know by commenting on the post about this on our Facebook page- www.facebook.com/nuttyschildrensparties
Whichever subject matter we choose will WIN a Nutty's Children's Partis Official Album on CD!
We look forwrad to your suggestions...
|Posted by Danny Nutt on June 21, 2017 at 10:50 AM|
Wowsers, it's apparently 32 degrees celsius in London today and I'm sure no one will deny: that is VERY hot. And despite a lot of poeple, kids and adults alike, loving the heat, it's usualy when we're on a beach or by an outdoor pool- not at work or school.
So how can we cool down AND, perhaps, have fun at the same time? Well, here's our top 5 tips to help you...
1) Have a cup of tea in the shade. Yes, believe it or not, a hot mug of tea will cool you down. It will create fresh sweat that will cool your skin down.
2) Buy a paddling pool and fill it wilth cold water. A timeless classic summer activity. Or, head to an outdoor fixed one in your local park.
3) Go to your local hardware store and buy a desk fan. Gauranteed to cool you down. Also, to add fun, get your kids to make paper aeroplanes and watch them fly off when you hold them in front of it!
4) Make sure you have LOTS of ice. Use it for a drink- alcoholic or soft for the kids. Plus, rubbing an ice cube on your temples or wrists will help you reduce your body temperature too.
5) Have a water fight! Kind of an extension of No. 2 but you can use water pistols, watering cans, even plastic bowls! Lots of fun of be had with this one.
We hope these tips will help you keep cool in the heat!
|Posted by Danny Nutt on June 7, 2017 at 11:30 AM|
As most of you are aware, all of our parties are carefully scripted to give our actor-entertainers a solid structure to work with. And through our Nutty's rehearsal process, it helps give the performance lightness and shade, a sense of journey within the story and, above all else, lots of differnet activties to keep the kids constantly involved and engaged,
But what happens on the day? How much of the script do we actually stick to? And how much is improvised? Well as any live performer willl tell you, every performance is unique. But unlike a play, for example, where every line has to be delivered accurately each night to give the story the justice it deserves, we rely on the kids and what they bring on the day (imaginitively speaking) to help deliver that unque party.
For example, on a recent two hander 'Super Dans' Adventure Party with me and Jack (Vine) there was a boy who had a T Rex T shirt. As soon as I saw him during the meet and great session at the beginning of the party, I pointed at it in mock horror and shouted to Jack 'Oh my godness Super Dan 2- there is an actual T Rex on that boy's t shirt- argghhh'!!! Jack then played along and every so often throughout the party we drew attention to it. It garnered lots of laughter and enjoyment from the kids and brought an extra element to the party. And when the kids notice we've done something fresh and new for them, they know we are living in the moment and making their special day unique for them.
How does this make us feel? It feels great. If we can give that little bit extra for the kids and they appreciate it, it makes it all worth while...