Our hands-on workshop gives you the chance to experience a range of Shakespeare activities that both link in perfectly with Shakespeare in the curriculum and extend horizons. All of the activities are designed to enrich your students’ understanding of character, language, narrative and text. None of them require any resources – and they’ll all work, not just with any of the plays in the canon, but with any age group too!

Workshop Description

Supporting you in rising to the challenges of the new curriculum, this highly engaging and experiential workshop, which can be booked as a twilight or half-day or whole-day INSET, explores ways of using Shakespeare to develop pupils’ understanding of text through speculating, hypothesising and exploring ideas. In addition, of course, it will equip you with a range of approaches that can be transferred to any Shakespeare play!

"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

"All year groups and ages had a fabulous day. All were fully engaged and immersed in the story.  Many skills developed- speaking and listening, creative skills- drama, role play, story telling, performing to an audience, enhanced reading and writing skills. We cannot thank you enough. The whole school had a great day and our learning was interactive, fun and engaging." Manor Park Primary 

1.5 hrs to a Full day
Large Classroom or Hall / Drama Space


How many staff can take part?

You can invite up-to 60 members of school staff to take part

What is the format of the session?

We will plan the perfect session, based on your requirements, the time available and the number of participants. It will be fun, active and highly participatory.

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.

Introducing Shakespeare

The ideal way for your students to begin to get to know both the man and his works, Introducing Shakespeare gives an actor's perspective on the writer and the writing.