Shakespeare workshops for primary schools
Let's perform a Shakespeare play together - in a single day
Imagine the children of your school joining together to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream to each other – and the whole process, including preparation, only taking one day!
This day of class-by-class workshops leading to a shared final performance will provide schools with a wonderful introduction to Shakespeare’s greatest comedy.
At the end of the day the children will perform a version of the play to each other in a shared assembly lasting about 40 minutes with each class telling a different part of the story. Our workshop leader will direct, and knit the production together as we go.
If you prefer a different play for the Shakespeare workshops we can also explore Macbeth, and we have some limited availability with Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet too!
For the second half of the Spring Term 2018 (for Shakespeare Week and World Book Day) schools can choose either A Misdummer Night's Dream or The Tempest.
The children will get to explore and understand the characters and the story, will lose their fear of Shakespeare, and will experience performing in a way they will never forget.
The final shared assembly is a key part of the day, and an opportunity for the children to engage with the play as a whole, as well as to play their own parts. We recommend that parents should not attend it, but instead you could choose to recreate the performance for parents on a subsequent day.
For junior schools, KS2 groups, and numbers of classes that don't fit the 'one day' schedule we can offer independent class by class workshops throughout the day. These could last between 40 and 90 minutes.
Our school Shakespeare workshops can be booked in full or half days.
What you need to know about our Shakespeare workshops!
The director: An accomplished, professional actor experienced in working with children
Topics: Storytelling, imagination, emotions of characters, verse, responding to the story, sound of words, sounds of the story.
Age range: Reception to Year 6
Location: In your school hall
Plays: A Midsummer Nights Dream (year-round), Macbeth (until 9 February 2018), The Tempest (after 26 February 2018)
In a one form entry primary school Reception and Year 1 will provide the environment and the sound effects for the play, whilst Years 2 to 6 lead one act of the play each. Each group attends one session during the day, leading to a final shared session.
Variations in scheduling are possible for larger and smaller schools, and infant and junior schools. Two form entry primaries need two days - for half the children each day.
Equipment required: A projector in the hall, connected to Powerpoint. Lots of cups of tea!