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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.


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.


  •  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.


  • 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 


Legacy Dance company UK presents


Friday 22 & Saturday 23 June at 7.30pm

Following the success of their sell-out show "ODYSSEY" in 2017, Legacy Dance Company UK is delighted to be returning with their creative interpretation of how major events throughout the last two centuries have shaped our perception of man[sculinity].

Legacy was formed after the highly successful Matthew Bourne 2014 tour of Lord of the Flies and is made up of members from across East Anglia aged between 10-21. The company is gaining an impressive alumni - with numerous former members now in professional training all over the country.



Tuesday 3 July at 1pm
Wednesday 4 - Friday 6 July at 10.30am & 1pm
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 July at 11am & 1.30pm

Tickets: £11.50/ £8.50 schools (weekdays only)/ £8.50 groupd 10+ (max. group size 20)
Running time: 55 minutes straight
Age: Nursery+

Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: the Ladybird has a plan of her own!


Scamp Theatre presents


Tuesday 18 - Friday 21 September at 10.30am
Wednesday 19 - Thursday 20 September at 7pm

Tickets: £12/ £10 concessions/ £8.50 students and student groups
Running time: 80 minutes straight
Age: Year 4+

Direct from London's West End. Commemorating the centenary of the First World War Armistice, this beautiful and tragic story is based on the award-winning novel Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (author of Warhorse).