It’s unlikely that any of Shakespeare’s actors ever saw full copies of the plays they appeared in, instead using “cue cards” for rehearsals. And this challenging workshop builds on that theatre history.


"The staff loved watching students who they typically define as disinterested getting more engaged in the 'human sculptures' activities than they would a traditional English lesson.The students gained the knowledge that English can be more interesting than it is traditionally presented to them in schools. I found it interesting how easily they were able to decipher the themes and text, guided by Jo. The themes of power and magic are subjects which can continue to be built upon in future years as the students start to study Macbeth at GCSE level, and the workshop was a perfect entry point for that. I have had several students and staff approach me to discuss how successful the workshops were and how we would love to do it again in the future." Cowley International College

"Lots of great ideas that I can apply to my GCSE teaching of ‘The Tempest’ and loads of accessible/ fun ways into introducing Shakespeare to lower school classes” English Teacher, Fazakerley High

Workshop Description

Give your students an insider’s perspective of the play they’re studying, and a chance to shine in their exams, by exploring key scenes and/or themes and/or characters in dramatic detail. Tied to the relevant syllabus, these workshops will be informed by your needs - and the more time you can give us with your cohort the better!  

"We were SO impressed with the workshops this year - both Year 8 and Year 9 loved them and really learnt a lot from them." Fairfield High School

"All the students enjoyed the session as it was a very interactive session. Students had a great time learning to work on a different kind of poetry style which was very entertaining!"  Ashville College

KS4-KS5 / S5-S6
30 students per workshop
minimum of 60 minutes (although we always prefer longer!)
Large Classroom or Hall / Drama Space


How many students can take part?

This workshop can accommodate up-to 30 students at a time, in sessions lasting as little as one hour, meaning it is usually possible to have up-to 150 take part over the course of one day. Higher numbers can sometimes be accommodated.

What is the format of the day?

We will work with you to plan a timetable for the workshops, to suit the number of students 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.

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