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The Play’s the Thing

In this play-building session children work with professional actors to explore, assemble and perform a unique script

During this session pupils will:

  • Bring Shakespeare's language to life by creating dramatic and musical contexts for his words
  • Explore and experience a range of dramatic theatre techniques
  • Work with a team of professional actors and have the opportunity to perform with them at one of our beautiful houses
  • Encounter unfamiliar vocabulary and gain confidence in inferring meaning from context
  • Demystify Shakespeare's language and perform extracts from a variety of play scripts
  • Learn about the narrative structure of a play

“Thank you for a wonderful day – I’m so looking forward to building on this start of our work on William Shakespeare.“

— Southam Primary School

Available: All year round.
Venue: Shakespeare’s family homes – site dependant on time of year.
Duration: Half day

Price: £7.50 per pupil - including all materials and entry to the relevant Shakespeare Houses.

Optimum capacity for all workshops is one class. Maximum capacity is two classes.

One member of staff (free of charge) is required to accompany every eight children.
A minimum charge equivalent to 20 pupils applies to all workshops.


Download: The Play's The Thing Risk Assessment.

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