Theatre Workshops for Schools and Youth Groups
Learn, create and perform with our fantastic range of theatre workshops for schools and youth groups
With a wide range of theatre skills masterclasses carefully and specifically designed for schools and youth group, it is no wonder that we have been invited to schools up and down the country to deliver our workshops. From acting based sessions to special effects make up and masks; we offer a fantastic variety of theatre workshops that pupils will love.
All of our theatre workshops for schools can be tailored to suit your pupils individual needs to help young people learn, create and perform whatever their age or ability.
With ten workshops to choose from – and more being added regularly – starting from just £75* for a half-day workshop, we are sure there will be something in our list to suit your needs.
*Prices are dependant on the type of workshop, resources required and number of pupils. An accurate price is availably on enquiry.
IMPROVISATION In these session we cover the basic rules of improv and how using your instincts can lead to the creation of some fantastic on-the-spot performances. We develop skills through improv games, encouraging young people to think fast to solve whatever problem they face. We explore how improv can be used in a devised piece of work and final performance.
DEVISED THEATRE Where as improvisation is about thinking on the spot, devised theatre is all about planning. We help young people create a piece of theatre from a stimulus which could be an object, piece of music, emotion or even something curriculum based. Student will learn how to develop their ideas using mind mapping and improvisation to create a final performance.
Mask theatre is one of the earliest forms of theatre and provides a greater challenge than traditional acting. The types of masks used in the workshops will be dependant upon the age and capability of the group.
In the workshops young people will learn the rules of working with masks in theatre and a basic level of improvisation. They will develop skills and familiarity with the masks through a series of specially designed games and exercises. These skills will then be put into practice using music and props to create a final performance.
Puppetry dates back over 2,000 years and comes in a variety of forms. We focus on two types of puppetry due to the creativity they inspire.
SOCK PUPPETRY Imagination is the only limit as students learn how to make their own puppet using a variety of everyday materials. Aside from creating their puppets, which students can take home, the workshop looks at character development and how individual puppets might interact with other characters in a final performance.
SHADOW PUPPETRY Shadow puppets can be as simple or complex as you wish to make them. Depending on age and ability, students will create their own puppets based on common fairy tales or of their own imagining. We will work with students on character development and adding depth to a performance using music and sound.
Our playwriting workshop moves away from the more traditional scriptwriting sessions, taking a page out of the popular ‘create your own story’ books, where each performance has a different ending. In these sessions young people will create a series of short scenes, ending with the audience being presented with two options. The audience will select their preferred option, which in-turn alters the outcome of the entire play.
Stage makeup is one of our most popular workshops due to its fun nature. The workshops are both demonstrative and practical based with the session leader showing groups how it is done, before students try the techniques themselves.
Workshops follow one of a number of theme including Apocalypse Survivor, Rough and Tumble and Fight Club where student will learn to create a variety of effects from sweat and dirt to grazes, cuts and serious wounds.
SOME AGE RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY TO CERTAIN ELEMENTS OF THIS WORKSHOP. WE RECOMMEND CONTACTING US TO DISCUSS HOW TO TAILOR THE WORKSHOP TO BEST SUIT YOUR NEEDS.
Over the years we have found that the most challenging part of Shakespeare for students is the language. Shakespeare Shorts are designed to help students understand the key points, plots and characters of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. Through a series of simple exercises we help students translate the plays into a modern day context.
Once the key plot lines have been understood, students will create their own shortened 5-minute version of the masterpiece, often with hilarious results.
Radio Dramas offer an insight into a different type of acting which focuses more on voice and vocal techniques. The workshop looks at the difference between acting for stage and acting for radio with students learning basic recording skills for a performance that will be heard but not seen.
Using a script provided, students will record their own radio play adding sound effects, some of which they will create themselves.
RADIO DRAMA IS AVAILABLE FOR NO LESS THAN A FULL DAY WORKSHOP
Prices start from £75 for a half day workshop
Prices are dependant on the type of workshop, resources required and number of pupils. An accurate price is availably on enquiry.