Shakespeare workshops for primary schools
Imagine the children of your school joining together to perform a Shakespeare play to each other – and the whole process, including preparation, only taking one day!
Children work class-by-class to explore the play's story and characters through drama. They are guided by an expert facilitator who encourages them to use their creativity and imaginations, with each session tailored for the age of the children.
The most popular play option is A Midsummer Night's Dream. If you prefer a different play for the Shakespeare workshops we can also explore Hamlet (before 14th February 2020) or Romeo and Juliet (after 24th February 2020). With advance notice we also have some availability with The Tempest, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night in the autumn and summer terms!
Your children will explore and understand Shakespeare's characters and the story, lose their fear of Shakespeare, and experience performing in a way they will never forget.
Whole school workshop and performance
In a one form entry primary school Reception to Year 6 work class-by-class, each focusing on a different section of the story which has been adapted for their age. Each class attends one session during the day (Reception and Year 1 work together).
At the end of the day all classes come together in a final shared session, with the presentation taking the audience through the play from beginning to end. Every child is involved in presenting their work within a soundscape that sets the scenes, interspersed with narration to help tell the story.
Variations in scheduling are possible for larger and smaller schools, and infant and junior schools. Two form entry primaries need two days - with one class from each year taking part on each day.
For one to four classes taking part we recommend our individual Shakespeare workshops. Rather than building to a performance, these take an in-depth approach to the play, as the children explore the characters, story, and specific scenes through drama.
An experienced drama facilitator experienced in working with primary school children, with a current Enhanced DBS check.
Exploring one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays through drama.
All in your school hall! All we need is access to a projector, connected to Powerpoint, and a sound system or simple speaker.
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