PLAYtime! 2023: A Children Theatre Experience To Explore Social and Emotional Development



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PLAYtime!, a theatre series for children designed to spark creativity and encourage conversations and learning through the performing arts.

PLAYtime! is an exciting theatre series by the Esplanade for children aged 3 to 6 and is designed to spark your child's creativity and encourage conversations and learning through the performing arts. Themes of social and emotional development are central to PLAYtime! 2023, helping children to explore questions such as "Who am I?", "What makes me special?", and "Why do I feel this way?".

Encouraging Meaningful Conversation

The PLAYtime! productions are child-centric, taking into account the perspectives, joys, and anxieties of young children. The productions aim to provide families with opportunities to be open about their feelings and to find conversation starters through these stories. You can expect lots of movement, interaction, and parent-child bonding moments in the performance. 

Let's take a look at each of the performances that will be taking place at PLAYtime! 2023!

Us

Venue: Esplanade Theatre Studio
Dates: 24 Feb - 12 Mar 2023, 45 mins with no intermission
Admission: $20 (Check show timings and get tickets)

Peek into the lives of two best friends as their world is turned upside down when another friend wants to play too. Through movement, music and fun, Us explores loneliness, understanding, empathy and love. Discover the importance of friends and how simple acts of kindness can change the world.

A PLAYtime! favourite, this text-and-music-based performance shares how we can be better friends with one another through acts of kindness and generosity. There will be some moments during the performance where children can choose to participate by moving and singing along with the performers.

Note that audiences will be seated on the floor and tickets are required for everyone, including infant-in-arms. 

Just As I Am

Venue: Esplanade Theatre Studio
Dates: 21 Apr - 7 May 2023, 45 mins with no intermission
Admission: $20 (Check show timings and get tickets)

Z and B are quite alike, but Z wonders why he can't be perfect while B is confident about who she is. Journey with Z and B in a theatrical dance performance and discover the joys of celebrating and loving all the wonderfully special parts of your unique selves.

This dance performance may include the occasional use of text. There will also be move-along moments which children can choose to participate in, with the support of their accompanying adults.

Note that audiences will be seated on the floor and tickets are required for everyone, including infant-in-arms. 

A Prince, An Explorer and A Girl - The Story of Batu Bulat

Venue: Esplanade Theatre Studio
Dates: 11 - 27 Aug 2023, 45 mins with no intermission
Admission: $20 (Check show timings and get tickets)

Once upon a time, a prince, an explorer and a girl lived on the idyllic island of Batu Bulat. Whilst each of them led their own exciting life, which at first glance seemed as different as night and day, they soon found out that they were more similar than they were different.

Join the islanders as they encounter an adventure together which takes them on different paths but ultimately lead them to understanding what empathy is and that there is always more than one perspective to any story.

This is a text-based performance that requires children and their adults to figure out what really happened at Batu Bulat by watching and listening closely to each character's story. Children will be invited to express their opinions and thoughts as part of the performance. It is an excellent opportunity to introduce the idea of putting oneself in someone else’s position and feeling what they are feeling to build respectful and caring relationships.

Note that audiences will be seated on the floor and tickets are required for everyone, including infant-in-arms. 

Relaxed Performances

The productions have been designed to encourage meaningful interaction during the performance. All performances are Relaxed Performances, open to children with diverse needs, and provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for all families to enjoy.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to find magic in the ordinary and create meaningful experiences with your child. Catch the PLAYtime! 2023 performances where learning and fun go hand in hand.

Get A Season Pass

Purchase a min. of two tickets (max. four tickets) each, for all three PLAYtime! productions to enjoy 10% off and a PIP backpack worth $25.90! 

The Season Pass is exclusively for PIP's Club. Get the Season Pass now and have an unforgettable theatre experience for the family.



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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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