Primary Shakespeare

Primary Shakespeare 2021 - Twelfth Night

The Orange Tree Theatre’s Primary Shakespeare Project takes place every summer term and plays to around 4,000 pupils in Years 3 – 6. It is our longest running project and not only introduces Shakespeare’s language and stories in an accessible and fun way, but often gives younger children their first taste of the excitement of live performance.  

The project consists of two stages: children take part in a workshop at their school and then seeing a performance. Usually children would visit the Orange Tree Theatre, but due to all the challenges at the moment, we will be bringing the performance to your school! 

Both the workshop and production will take care to approach the play sensitively for a younger audience. Exploring themes such as being a good leader and taking responsibility, the activities in the drama workshop and the interactive elements of the production enhance children’s speaking, listening and team work skills, in a fun and lively way.  We hope the play will give your pupils plenty to talk about!  

Workshop:  One of our DBS checked actors will visit your school to lead a two hour workshop with a class sized group (max. 30 children).  During the workshop the children become actively and imaginatively involved in the narrative of the play. The story and language explored through in-role drama activities and improvisation; pupils step into the story to discover the characters and their choices.  

We find pupils get the most from the workshop if they have no prior knowledge of the story. No need for preparation – let us do the work!  

Please note that a teacher must be present for the duration of the workshop to comply with our safe guarding policy.  

To comply with Covid safety guidelines our actor will take a lateral flow test prior to the workshop and wear suitable PPE whilst in school.  

Performance:  A specially abridged, fully staged performance designed to follow up the workshop. This interactive production of Twelfth Night will take place in your school hall and lasts about 70 minutes.  Children are involved throughout the performance in interactive elements.  

"Every year the children enjoy taking part so much!"
St Richard’s Primary School, Primary Shakespeare 2019

Please contact us if you'd like to book, costs vary dependant on class size. If finances are problematic, please get in contact as we have first-time booking discounts available. 

If you have any queries or would like more information, please contact Liam Shea , Education & Participation Director email [email protected]       

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