Play with Poetry drama workshops

Poetry workshops for primary schools using the skills and techniques of professional theatre. 

Play with Poetry workshops

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 
In the forests of the night;
- William Blake

Our brand new Play with Poetry drama workshops take classic and modern poems and bring them to life in your school hall.

Using text as a stimulus your children will explore the characters and imagery from a physical perspective, lifting the words off the page as they create their own version of the world behind the verse.

Our facilitators are not only experts at exploring poetry and stories with children, but they’re also professional actors. By working alongside them, children will learn that poems are far more than words on a page.

During the sessions children will:

  • Engage with the world of the chosen poem in a fun, imaginative and active way.
  • Develop their confidence alongside physical literacy and presentation skills.
  • Experiment with their voice to see how the meaning of the poem can change depending on how it is delivered.
  • Use word, soundscapes and rhythm to deepen their response to and understanding of the text. 

You choose up to 3 poems per day. Each drama workshop can last between 35 and 90 minutes depending on your chosen poem, and we can work with children from EYFS to KS2.

The Poems

We have selected a mixture of poems, classic and modern, specially for National Poetry Day 4 October 2018:

THE SONG OF THE MISCHIEVOUS DOG – Dylan Thomas
THE TYGER – William Blake
PEOPLE NEED PEOPLE – Benjamin Zephaniah
NUT TREE – Julia Donaldson
THE RUM TUM TUGGER – T. S. Eliot

Or if you give us advance notice we can explore a poem of your choice that’s relevant to your topic!

What you need to know

Workshop leader: An experienced drama facilitator, with a current Enhanced DBS check.

Age range: Reception to Year 6 (with Nursery versions of appropriate workshops).

Location: In your school hall

Group size: Up to 30 children per class.

Minimum booking lengths: Bookings as short as one class for one hour are available to schools inside the M25, and also in Oxfordshire. We hope to offer this flexibility in other parts of the country in due course.

For schools in and south of Birmingham, and in and east of Bristol the minimum booking is a half-day. Elsewhere in the country the minimum booking is a full day.