Schools - Workshops

Whatever you're studying - Shakespeare, Greek classics or modern texts - our bespoke practical workshops will get your students up on their feet experiencing these wonderful works in an engaging and thought-provoking manner.

“The whole day was a really enriching experience for the students. Students were really encouraged to think about the play as a construct made of words. The next day, students were able to quote Shakespeare to me directly and accurately. This is purely because the Guildford Shakespeare Company took it upon themselves to tailor a course to the specific needs of our students.” Matt Pinkett, Head of English, Kings College Guildford

We have a range of workshops from primary schools wishing to explore a story and its characters to A-Level students looking to benefit from the insight of professional actors. Our team of experienced facilitators and professional actors deliver our workshops, bringing a range of techniques from the 'rehearsal room' to explore themes, characters, scenarios and use of language.

“All the pupils and staff commented on how enjoyable the workshops were and how brilliant the leaders were. This is the second year that we have had GSC in to work with our pupils and I think that it will be an annual event.” Joy Mowat, Teacher Of English, Trevelyan Middle School

Over the last few years, we have been inundated with positive comments from schools. 100% of teachers said they would recommend GSC to other schools.

Benefits for students include:

  • Improved confidence with Shakespeare’s written text.
  • Increased knowledge of plays as a performance piece.
  • Greater engagement in the classroom.
  • Improvements when working with others and independently.

You can browse our range of workshops below.


STUDY WORKSHOP

Ideal for: Students preparing for exams and essays, language exploration.

Details: 2 hour workshop £240 (1 hour workshop, £150); up to 30 students (£6.25 per pupil after); one facilitator.

“The students found it stimulating and relevant. Many felt it gave them more ammunition to tackle their exams with.” Gerry Cirillo, Hampton Court House School

Our professional facilitator will lead your students through a series of practical exercises, designed to explore your selected play’s themes, language or characters of your choice. Exercises will be taken from those used in the rehearsal room to enable participants to practically unlock the text.

Email us with a query or call Ant Stones, Head of Education, on 07956 000759


PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP

Ideal for: Large groups, students studying complete plays.

Details: 80 minute workshop, £750; for a whole year group (up to 120 students. £6.25 per pupil after); One facilitator and 3 actors

“Having worked with other companies in the past my colleagues and I were so impressed by the actors. We would definitely love to have you back next year!” Katelyn Al-Dabagh, Calthorpe Park School

Our facilitator explains key quotes and context, as the actors, using the original text, deliver an abridged version of your chosen play. Students take small roles within the performance, acting alongside our professionals, whilst others are invited to redirect the actors in key scenes. The session concludes with a Q&A session with the cast and leader.

Email us with a query or call Ant Stones, Head of Education, on 07956 000759 


STORY WORKSHOP

Ideal for: Introducing Shakespeare to a young audience.

Details: 1 hour workshop, £150 (additional workshops, £110); Up to 30 children (£6.25 per pupil after); one facilitator

“Both the teachers and students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. The way the play's story was conveyed to the children was excellent.” Maria Benjafield, Class Teacher, Pirbright Village Primary School

Our facilitator presents an interactive,  modern language, story-based version of your chosen play. All the children will put a key scene on its feet and perform it to the rest of the group. A great way to encourage multiple groups to engage with Shakespeare's stories and characters, and are popular with add-on workshops.

Email us with a query or call Ant Stones, Head of Education, on 07956 000759 


INTERPRETATION WORKSHOP

Ideal for: GCSE and A Level students.

Details: 2 hour workshop, £500; up to 30 students (£6.25 per pupil after); one facilitator and 2 actors

“There was clear focus on the dramatic elements of the play, but rooted in the text itself, which was perfect for the GCSE candidates. The dramatic scenes make so much more sense now." Jonathan Parsons, Tormead School

Our facilitator and actors lead your students through different interpretations of your play’s key scenes. The students perform with the actors to further understand the dynamics of live theatre. Students are also encouraged to direct the actors to fully explore the different possibilities of the play in performance.

Further Information

To find out more or request your bespoke workshop, email us or call Ant Stones, Head of Education, on 07956 000759 

SOME OF THE TEXTS WE COVER

Alice in Wonderland

A Midsummer Night's Dream

An Inspector Calls

Dr Faustus

Grimms' Fairy Tales

King Lear

Macbeth

'Tis a Pity She's a Whore

The Canterbury Tales

The Merchant of Venice

Theseus and the Minotaur

Othello

Romeo & Juliet

 

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