Exploring Ancient Egypt with SkyVIP
Our team enjoyed an incredible high in January when Off the Page provided a virtual workshop for members of Sky’s loyalty programme — Sky VIP!
Off the Page hosted a live, one-hour workshop guiding families through three activities – mummification, making a shabti doll and writing in hieroglyphs – while exploring the mysteries of King Tutankhamun’s death. The workshop was inspired by “Legends of the Pharaohs”, which airs Mondays at 9 pm on Sky HISTORY and on demand.
Our teachers Jonathan Ward and Victoria Ryder, who portrayed priests of the Amun, hosted the virtual event. But nearly our whole team became involved in some way!
Work on the programme started last year. Our team researched and created the script, planned the activities and sourced decor. Another one of our teachers — who directs pantomimes in his spare time — even jumped in as both mentor and understudy.
We planned the event with two of our teachers as co-hosts. To keep everyone Covid-secure, we needed to build two sets in two separate locations. Living rooms became Egyptian tombs and Off the Page staff became techies. We all learned about lighting, web cams, camera angles, sound systems, etc. It was quite the adventure!
On the day itself, hundreds of Sky VIP families took part in the virtual workshop. Many of the participants shared photos of their costumes, makeup and creations on social media using #SkyVIP.
We owe many thanks to the staffers who made the project possible, as well as to:
Stretch Communications for suggesting the project and providing all the technical know-how
Moment Digital for producing the live event