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Resources and Shows

If you are bringing a student group to see a performance at the Playhouse, why not enhance the experience with workshops, production notes, education packs and more. Have a look below for resources and education information linked to our current shows - or click the links on the right to download general theatre resources.

PLAYHOUSE EDUCATION PRESENTS

STAGELIT 4 PROJECT - exploring English Literature through performance

Shared Performance: Tuesday 20 March 2018  7.00pm
Tickets: £2 on the door
The project runs in schools from September 2017 - March 2018

About the project by Education Manager, Roberta Hamond

When I addressed a group of Heads of Enlish in 2015, they uniformly voiced their concern at the lack of basic knowledge and empathetic understanding students were bringing to the classroom. The gaps become critical in exams, particularly when students write on unseen texts. Students are expected to decode, understand and interpret using critical and reflective thinking, but teachers struggle with the wide range of students' abilities. Drama techniques have always been valuable tools for enabling students to do this, but with drama time (as a curriculum subject or teaching technique) continually being cut back, I believe that small and midscale theatres can offer their professional skills and stage psace as a valuable resource for teachers to explore a wide range of English curriculum texts with their students. Working in partnership with a local theatre would also support schools' LoTC (Learning Outside the Classroom) objectives.

Students working on StageLit from 2015-17 included those with behavioural issues, learning difficulties, health issues amd "English as a second language" barriers. Text exploration allows for group improvisation, short extracts, teacher-in-role exercises, filming and group speaking. No student is exposed and many who struggled at the start of the project have found remarkable confidence and a stage voice by the end.

Aims

  •  To support English teachers' work on curriculum play texts, poetry and classic texts
  • To provide a high quality platform for students' dramatic choices with facilites to enable schools to record and share their work in order to create an on-going resource and network for English and Drama departments.
  • To build social skills through rehearsals and performances in a professional arts venue such as problem solving, teamwork, motivation, aesthetic awareness and enjoyment.
  • To enable secondary school students to access, with their teachers, the excellent resources of a professional theatre.

Objectives

  • To work with up to four English & Drama departments throughout the autumn term 2017 and spring term 2018 to create a series of short performance pieces (15 -20 minutes per school) exclusively using English curriculum texts.
  • To offer opportunities for students to work with Playhouse technicians on sound, lighting and projection choices.
  • To create a positive and inclusive shared performance opportunity accessible to students' families and friends.
  • To create, with participating teachers and students, a useful set of teacher resources in order to ensure the project has a wider potential and relevance.

For further details and to take part, contact robertah@norwichplayhouse.co.uk 

 

SPRINGBOARDS 18 - Drama Platform

TUESDAY 27 MARCH 2018  7.00PM

Tickets on the door: £2/ participants & teachers free
Running time: circa 90 minutes including interval

Still the perfect technical and performance experience for GCSE, A level, NVQ and Creative Media students. Up to 30 minutes performance time per school. Cost: £100 + vat. For further details and an application form, contact mailto:robertah@norwichplayhouse.co.uk


ACTORS OF DIONYSUS PRESENTS

ANTIGONE

MONDAY 18 SEPTEMBER AT 7.30PM
TUESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER AT 1.00PM

Schools' tickets: £8.50
Running time: 75 minutes straight
Age: Year 10+

Set text for AQA and OCR AS and A-level GCE syllabus. Also relevant for GCSE Classical Studies and Edexcel Level 3 advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre.

AOD offers a range of workshops. Contact mark@actorsofdionysus.com:
1. exploring Sophocles' Antigone
2. Text to Performance
3. Use of Chorus
4. Devising

www.actorsofdionysus.com

 

JOHN HINTON PRESENTS

ENSONGLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE

WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER  10.30AM & 1.00PM
THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER      10.30AM

Schools' tickets: £7.50
Running time: 60 minutes straight
Age: Year 3+

Expect atoms, black holes, dinosaurs. Expect the unexpected and expect it to rhyme. Every science topic under the sun (and many above it), with a few interactive games, tangentential storytelling and some cutting edge films and animations.

 

BLACKEYED THEATRE, IN ASSOCIATION WITH SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, PRESENTS

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE

MONDAY 9 OCTOBER  7.30PM
TUESDAY 10 OCTOBER  1.00PM & 7.30PM

Schools' tickets: £8.50
Running time: 2 hours including interval
Age: Year 7+

Nick Lane's thrilling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's dark psychological fantasy immerses you in the myth and mystery od 19th century London's fog-bound streets where love, betrayal and murder lurk at every chilling twist and turn. Gripping, stylish and thought-provoking, this is unmissable theatre.

Set text for Key Stage 3, GCSE English (AQA, Edexcel and OCR.)
Free teachers' pack available from  http://blackeyedtheatre.co.uk

 

TALL STORIES PRESENTS

THE GRUFFALO

TUESDAY 17 - FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER
TUESDAY 17  1.00PM, WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY 10.30AM & 1.00PM

Schools' tickets: £8.50
Running time: 55 minutes straight
Age: Nursery+

Songs, Laughs and scary fun in the much loved adaptation of Julia Donaldson's and Alex Scheffler's classic picture book.

www.gruffalolive.com


HALF-TERM TREAT

SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT DINOSAURS...?! with Ben Garrod

MONDAY 23 OCTOBER  2pm & 7pm

Tickets: £10/£8
Running time: 2 hours including interval
Age: Year 1+

Test your knowledge against Ben Garrod, TV scientist in BBC's Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur. With TV film footage and photos of his own palaeontological dinosaur digs in an audience interactive show.

 

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER - FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER
SCHOOLS' PERFORMANCES TUESDAY - FRIDAY 10.30AM & 1PM

Weekday schools' tickets: £8.75
Running time: 55 minutes straight
Age: Nursery +

Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! David Wood's stunning stage adaptation of Jean Kerr's classic tale of teatime mayhem... expect to be surprised!

www.tigerstealive.com

 

SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL

MONDAY 6 - WEDNESDAY 8 NOVEMBER  7PM

For details of this year's festial and how to take part, go to www.ssf.uk.com.

 

TEECHERS by John Godber

TUESDAY 6 & WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY  7PM
WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY MATINEE  1PM

Schools' tickets: £8.50
Running time: 2 hours including interval
Age: Year 7+

Blackeyed Theatre Company revives its highly-acclaimed 2015 production. Fast moing, inventive and highly entertaining, Teechers is a modern classic with something vital to say about education for the 'haves' and 'have-nots'.

Themes: politics, social exclusion, eduction, youth. A popular set text for GCSE relevant to Theatre Studies, Drama and English.

http://www.blackeyedtheatre.co.uk/future-shows/teechers/