Participants need to get set for a time travelling experience they’ll never forget as the quirky Professor Martin and Associates and their techno-magical machine take them to eras and places as far apart as the golden age of Greek heroes and the early days of bushranging in Australia. Education has never been so much fun!
Features creative modalities spanning:
Dramatic Make Believe
Live-Action challenges and play (Including ‘Boffer’ weapon play)
In Vala we take those creative modalities and use them to explore stories sourced from:
This module sees the crew of Odysseus departing from Circe’s island with their ship resupplied and given good advice for their journey, they now carry out a ritual taught to them by the sorceress to ‘sail’ to the land of the dead and question the shades there. From there their course leads them onwards towards Ithaka and home along a treacherous route: skirting the island of the Sirens, navigating the Clashing Rocks, and then risking the deadly Strait of Messina and sailing Between Scylla and Charybdis.
The alliance of the seven bloodlines of the former Dwarf Kingdom have come far already in their quest to ‘return to The Mountain’, crossing the Great Mountains and locating elusive fragments of a map which shows an approach to Mount Durvin and a secret way into its lost Halls.
This dramatic adventure joins the Dwarfs as they are trying their best to follow the wise counsel granted by their wizardly guide before he left them and continue in pursuit of a thief bearing a stolen scrap of their precious map. Taken in, seemingly hospitably, to the Halls of the Pixie King they fast find themselves falling under the glamour of the bedazzling court, while all the time deadly danger is no further away than the cast of a fairy dart.
Step back in time to the year of 1187 and join the Crusades for this Vala adventure…
Long years have passed since the Knights Templar eclipsed their rivals the Hospitallers and achieved ascendency in Tripoli. Henri the Elder is now in the twilight of his years and has asked his fellow Templars to accompany him on a last pilgrimage to the Holy City of Jerusalem accompanied by friends old and new. But their arrival in Jerusalem goes awry and they bear witness to the stirring of a new power that will shake the Christian world – the Rise of Saladin!
This Dramatic Adventure takes us to Greece during the Bronze Age, the period when organised cities, occupational artists, a written alphabet, and the palace-states arose for the first time…
After a string of misfortunes brought about by the sea god Poseidon, Odysseus’ once-mighty fleet has been reduced to but a single ship and its crew. Imagine their joy when, stopping at a lush island to resupply, they discover a banquet fit for the gods laid out for them by mysterious hands. Brash Odysseus’ decision to go ashore and enjoy the feast endangers him and his crew once more as they fall under the sway of a terrible enchantment and find themselves charmed or trapped in the shape of lowly and savage beasts on the Isle of Circe!
Bring your friend for half price if you book before next Wednesday the 4th July. Who said all EOFY sales are boring? This Vala Promotion is a rare event so enjoy don’t miss out!
If you already know the joys of character play, getting in costumes and playing with boffer weapons then it’s time to spread the word.
Book in with a friend and get 50% off the second place in Vala if you are aged 7 years +
Vala is a unique mode of character play where kids enjoy the live action, immersive experience, of becoming people or beings from historical, literary and fantasy world settings.
Take Knights Templar – Lords of Outremer (Friday 13th July) for example.
The Second Crusade is over and the Knights Templar won great glory for themselves through their contributions to that campaign. Again, however, their deeds were eclipsed by their rivals the Knights Hospitaller and the Templars are no closer to achieving those goals for which they have long hoped. But as shocking events leave Tripoli vulnerable to the Assassins and neighbouring enemies and the Hospitaliers seem unable to resolve the crisis, the Knights Templars may have a chance to prove their quality and earn the title Lords of Outremer!
In this module participants will have a chance to dress as Knights, fight battles, travel to strange places and prove their valour.
If literature and high fantasy interest you then check out
Return to the Mountain – Bears, Bogats, and Barghests (Wednesday 11th July)
Setting off from the haven of Caer Llawn with wise counsel from their wizardly guide and the aid of the great black-bearded Bearskin, an alliance of the seven bloodlines of the former Dwarf Kingdom pursue a thief bearing a stolen scrap of their precious map. The trail leads into hills crawling with goblins they have only recently escaped. But worse still lays in store in the form of that dreaded bane of dwarfs… the beastly, bone-crunching ‘Barghest’.
Become a dwarf and enter a dangerous and fabulous world of monstrous beasts and unexplored landscapes.
Or perhaps an exploration of Feudal Japan?
Shogun Japan – Samurai & Ninja Under Siege (Thursday 19th July)
Hungry for glory and driven to win the respect of his legendary father Oda Nobunaga, the minor warlord Oda Nobukatsu leads his army over the borders of Iga Province and into the territory of its democratic Republic. Now in well-earned positions of trust and leadership among the local clans, the small but tightly-knit strikeforce of samurai and ninja handpicked years ago by Hattori Hanzō must battle to turn back the invading army of the ambitious warlord as Iga Province finds itself Under Siege.
Whether you love playing characters, dressing up, designing environments or action games, there is something in Vala for everyone. Check out our Winter Program for all classes
Just before the last Ice Age, tribes of early humans learned and thrived amidst fierce weather, dangerous surroundings, and fellow clans with very different beliefs and ways. Huddled around their guttering camp-fire as they wait out the winter, the Tribe of the Cave Bear must deal with dwindling firewood, desperate predators, and the strange spirits of the midwinter death and their own past as they dig down deep to find the ingenuity and adaptability to endure Deep Winter.
Following a fabulous Open Day we now are open for bookings in any of the art, drama or Sparks workshops offered below. Call Saadia on 61423268 to make your Winter Vacation booking or for more information.
Call in for 10 minutes or a day to enjoy homemade soup and a play with clay, or get involved with a Vala live action game. You might even like to grab a 20% discount on our amazing Winter vacation all day workshops ranging from oil painting to Boffer weapon master classes…
see here for a sneak preview so you can plan your Saturday