The Ark: Whiny Orangutan and the Brilliant Banana

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Online, Thursday 20th August

The Ark: Whiny Orangutan and the Brilliant Banana – Online Early Years Drama Workshops for children aged 2-4 and their grown-ups.

Using a fun reimagined version of Aesop's Fable of The Dog and the Bone, little ones and their grown-ups will explore the idea of being content in this interactive early years drama workshop with Joanna Parkes.

There was once an orangutan who was never happy with what he had. He was always looking for something better. His friends were fed up with him always comparing and complaining. They just wanted him be happy, so they invited him to a picnic. While he was there, he spotted the best banana ever! Do you think the orangutan was happy with the brilliant banana or did he try to get something even better to eat? Join us on our imaginary picnic together at home and find out! Using our imaginations, let's see if we can come up with ways to help the orangutan be happy with what he has. For our indoor picnic, all you need to bring with you is:

  1. A blanket, rug or picnic blanket.
  2. A couple of soft toys to come on the picnic with you (any favourite cuddly animal will do).
  3. A cushion to sit on.
  4. Plastic or paper plates and cups if you have them.

If you don't have any of these things, don't worry – we can simply use our imaginations instead. Combining drama, story and play, this interactive online drama workshop with Joanna Parkes invites little ones and their grown-ups to enjoy imagining together. So if you're a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunty, godparent or carer, join in with a 2-4 year old to discover, explore and create together in this delightful workshop adventure.

Requirements for Participation

  • Computer/Tablet/Phone with internet access for Zoom – placed on a table at children's eye level.
  • A clear floor area of about 4 paces square – free of movable furniture and any trip hazards.
  • Children and adults should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Important: A parent or adult in the family must actively engage in the workshop with their child and be present in the room throughout the workshop.

The Ark: Whiny Orangutan and the Brilliant Banana workshop will be delivered using the Zoom video call software. This will be a private Zoom session which will only be accessed by those booked into the workshop, the artist and The Ark's staff. The session will be recorded for the safety and security of all participants, however this recording will not be shared publicly and will be deleted within 30 days.

Booking information
Tickets: €10 per child | €8.50* | 20% off for Members
Dates: Thursday August 20th @ 10.15am & 11.45am
Duration: Approx. 25 minutes
Age Range: 2-4

*The Concession price is available for Children accompanying third-level students, senior citizens and those in receipt of social security. Concession tickets can only be booked directly through the box office by emailing

Thursday 20th August
10.15am | 11.45am




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