Make life a stage for your students

Date Posted: 11/06/2015

Theatre workshops need not just be about performance, as shown by the Creative Learning department at Milton Keynes Theatre. They can include directing and playwriting too.

The Creative Learning team at Milton Keynes Theatre has come up with a number of workshops for school groups to take part in, including playwriting, directing and pantomime sessions to tie in with a visit to see Aladdin, later in the year.

Milton Keynes Theatre, part of the Ambassador Theatre Group, has an active Creative Learning department that creates regular opportunities for young people to creatively engage with the theatre and the performing arts. 

Workshops are led by professional freelance practitioners, and wherever possible the team try to use cast members from its productions.

Due to the size of its studio, Milton Keynes can only accommodate groups of 20 school children at a time; classes of a larger size will be run in two separate sessions running simultaneously.

Theatre backstage tours which can be combined with a workshop are also available for up to 25 students.

Pupils will be taken backstage to see the dressing rooms (where available), wardrobe, green room, rehearsal space, prompt corner and staging areas, which (dependent on the show on stage at the time) may also include quick change areas, props and scenery to look at. 

Workshops can be tailored to KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE and A-Level.

Aladdin Pantomime Workshops

MK Theatre’s pantomime-inspired drama workshops take place prior to a matinee performance of this year’s pantomime, which is Aladdin.

Children will explore the traditions of panto – for example, who stands where, panto sayings, panto characters - goodies and baddies, panto dames and slapstick comedy.

Workshops are available on various dates throughout Dec 2015 and Jan 2016.

Curriculum links: Drama, Literacy, English, Storytelling, Performing Skills, Speaking and Listening, Writing.

Playwriting

Led by an experienced playwright this workshop will teach students the basics behind playwriting, how ideas are generated and characters brought to life.

The session will involve practical playwritings tasks and exercises designed to inspire our next generation of playwrights.

Curriculum links: Writing, Literacy, English, Storytelling, Group discussion and interaction, Drama.

Directing

Led by a professional director this practical workshop will teach students the skills involved with directing theatre: looking at approaching text, staging, rehearsal techniques, improvisation, devising and character development.

Curriculum links: Drama, Literacy, English, Storytelling, Performing Skills, Speaking and Listening, Writing.

Shakespeare Made Simple

This drama workshop will explore Shakespeare aims to make him easy and understandable. Using a variety of modern techniques, such as drama and warm-up games your class will rehearse brief excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night.

Curriculum links: Drama, Literacy, English, Storytelling, Performing Skills, Speaking and Listening, Writing.

Dance Workshops

The theatre can deliver dance workshops in most styles, which are led by an experienced dance artist. Popular sessions include street dance, contemporary, ballet, jazz or hip hop. 

Curriculum links: Dance, Performing Skills, Music.

To discuss or organise a visit to Milton Keynes Theatre contact the creative learning manager Rachael Hutchinson on 01908-547651 or e-mail rachaelhutchinson@theambassadors.com.

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