Introducing Shakespeare is a fantastic (and very energetic!) way to engage your students in the playwright, his life and works - and prepare them for their studies to come.

"Thank you for the Introducing Shakespeare workshops. We all enjoyed them so much and it was a pleasure to watch you in action. Can we book you again for next year?” Head of English, Macclesfield Academy

"Thank you Jackson for a fabulous Shakespeare workshop. We had fun, learnt loads and came away wanting to know more. Take a look at our dramatic poses and inventive structures. What a great day!" Lydgate Junior School

Workshop Description

Fittingly, an Introduction to Shakespeare is all done through drama techniques, as students work as a whole group, in smaller groups and in pairs on a range of activities designed to take them through the landmarks of Shakespeare's life, explore the contexts in which he wrote, analyse the genres in which he specialised and bring to life some of his most famous (and infamous!) characters.

Exploring (depending on time): Shakespeare's life and times; Shakespearean genres, characters and characterisation, simple stagecraft.

"The children absolutely adored every minute and you have truly inspired them to love Shakespeare! The final assembly was fabulous and we've had such lovely comments from the parents and staff. It blew me away what the children accomplished in a day and a half. You are an inspiration!" St Joseph's Catholic Primary

"I would like to thank you for the excellent Shakespeare day you delivered before Easter. The children adored it and have regularly spoken about it since - many saying it was their favourite day of Year 6!" Hasland Junior School

KS1 - KS4 / P2 - S5
30 pupils per workshop
minimum of 60 minutes (although we always prefer longer!)
Large Classroom or Hall / Drama Space


How many pupils can take part?

Up to 30 pupils per workshop in up-to 5 x 1-hour workshops - that's 150 pupils in just one day.

What is the format of the day?

We will work with you to plan a timetable for the workshops, to suit the number of classes you would like to include - and around the specific timings of your school day.

Are there any technical requirements?

Your visitor will need access to a laptop/ screen/projector set up in the working space.

Related Workshops

Spotlight on Shakespeare

Sees pupils being introduced to a number of drama activities and approaches as we take them right through the play, exploring the backstory, meeting the main characters and bringing key moments to life. 

The Poetry of Shakespeare

Uses drama techniques to introduce students to characters from a play of your choice, then introduces them to Clerihews – four line, descriptive, rhyming poems.

The Play's The Thing

Our tried and tested approaches lend themselves to all of the plays in Shakespeare’s canon - and, with notice, we’re able to focus on particular themes of your choice.