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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 

 

PLAYHOUSE EDUCATION PRESENTS

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


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

TEECHERS by John Godber

TUESDAY 6 & WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY 7.30PM
WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY AT 1.00PM

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

Godber's fast moving, inventive and highly entertaining modern classic.

www.blackeyedtheatre.co.uk

 

THEATRE ALIBI PRESENTS

THE BOY WHO CLIMBED INTO THE MOON

FRIDAY 16 AT 2.00PM

Schools' tickets: £7.50
Running time: 60 minutes straight
Age: Year 1+

Adapted from the book by David Almond, this wonderful production includes puppetry and a specially composed score played live on the accordion and hang drum.

www.theatrealibi.co.uk

 

PLUS OUT OF TERM-TIME TREATS...

NORWELL LAPLEY PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

DEAR ZOO

SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY  1.30 & 3.30PM
SUNDAY 11 & MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY  11AM & 1.30PM

Tickets: £14/ £10 groups of 10+/ family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £50
Running time: 55 minutes straight
Age: Nursery +

This musical adaptation of Rod Campbell's limeless children's classic delights both young and old as it unfolds with child-engaging puppets, music and lots of audience participation.

http://dearzooandfriends.com/dear-zoo-live

THE PANTALOONS PRESENTS

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS by H.G.Wells

FRIDAY 30 MARCH  AT 7.00PM

Tickets: £12/ £9 concessions/ family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £36
Running time: 90 minutes + interval  Age: Year 3+

The critically acclaimed Pantaloons invade the stage in this funny, yet faithful, adaptation using musical instruments, puppetry and, um, enthusiasm to recreate squidgy tentacled Martians and interplanetary warfare on an "epic" scale.

www.thepantaloons.co.uk

 

MEI THEATRICAL & POLKA THEATRE PRESENT

SARAH AND DUCK'S Big Top Birthday

Tickets: £11.50/ £9 for groups of 10+
Running time: 60 minutes straight
Age: Nursery+

The BAFTA award winning Cbeebies show is brought to life through a fantastic blend of puppetry, strytelling and music.

www.sarahandduck.com

 

LUCA SILVESTRINI'S PROTEIN PRESENTS

BORDER TALES*

Student ticket price: £8.50
Running time: 80 minutes straight
Age: Year 8+
*Q&A with the company follows the performance

Education Extra: A Dance masterclass with Luca Silvestrini at 4.30pm on Friday 4 May at Stage 2, Theatre Royal Norwich.

Following a phenomenal sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, award-winning Protein presents a satirical look at multicultural Britain.

www.proteindance.co.uk