Schools and learning

Workshops, Resources, Career and Theatre Experiences

Primary workshops

Drama, Literacy and Cross Curricular workshops

Watford Palace Theatre's Primary Programme has workshops that can be tailor-made for your school, either working with the children or as an INSET with your teachers. See below for examples of some of our workshops, which are available throughout the year. To find out more contact us by email at participation@watfordpalacetheatre.co.ukor give us a call on 01923 810307.

INSET
We can offer INSET for teachers on a range of topics including directing, rehearsal techniques and devising, as well as offering technical workshops with members of our Production team. Our workshops provide teachers with a range of activities that can be applied within the classroom.

ARTS WEEKS
We regularly participate in Primary School Arts Weeks providing a dramatic input into the week. From a general Join in Drama session to story creation, puppetry or masks, our workshops will excite the imagination of your students. We can also help plan the delivery of your Arts Week too.

CREATIVE CURRICULUM
We can use drama to explore most topics taught across the curriculum. From the Spanish Armada to the world of the Ocean, our topic based workshops provide a fun and interactive way to explore specific subjects in the classroom.

PANTOMIME WORKSHOPS
Our panto workshops introduce students to the traditions of pantomime. They will boo and hiss, create the characters and retell the stories. Be prepared for some noise and a lot of fun.

 

Secondary workshops

Drama, Performing Arts and Careers

The Participation department offers practical workshops for KS3, GCSE, A Level, BTEC, FE & HE students, available throughout the year. One of our professional theatre practitioners will deliver a workshop tailored to meet the needs of your students. See below for just some of the workshops that we offer. To find out more contact us by email at participation@watfordpalacetheatre.co.ukor give us a call on 01923 810307.

DIRECTOR’S TOOLBOX
Our Director's Toolbox explores the building blocks needed to create successful theatre and can be designed to assist students, whatever stage of the process they are in. Workshops can focus on Approaching Text, Staging, Rehearsal Techniques, Devising & Improvisation, and Character Development.

PRACTICAL PRACTITIONERS
Bemused by Brecht? Stumped by Stanislavski? Angry at Artaud? We can help! We offer workshops on key theatre practitioners. These fun sessions focus on the practical application of Practitioner theory, working with a variety of traditional and contemporary texts.

TECHNICAL THEATRE
Having trouble working your sound and lighting equipment? Or do you want more of an insight into the equipment used by a professional theatre? We offer two types of technical workshops. Our theatre technicians can come to you to guide you through your equipment. Alternatively you can book a session with them at the Theatre.

PICK YOUR OWN!
Need a workshop not mentioned above? No problem! We deliver workshops tailored to your needs. Examples of the diverse range of workshops we have delivered include Physical Theatre, Greek Theatre, Boal, TIE, Stage Combat, Commedia dell'Arte, Puppetry and Improvisation.

Teacher support

Primary and Secondary Teacher Training and ArtsMark

Bespoke teacher training to support you or your staff team including; Classroom drama techniques for non drama specialists (Primary), Drama NQT specialist skills including, stage combat, directing, devising, script work and behaviour management.

To find out more contact us by email at participation@watfordpalacetheatre.co.ukor give us a call on 01923 810307.

Learning resources

Activities to contribute to your arts award.

Watford Palace Theatre is an Arts Award Supporter. If you’re aged 7-25 and you’re already doing an Arts Award at school or an Arts Award centre, then we can help. We offer:

  • Theatre and dance productions for you to watch and review.
  • Practical projects from youth theatre to summer schools to young producers to form part of your Arts Award

Work experience

Work experience opportunities at the Palace for Key Stage 4 – Post Graduate

Watford Palace Theatre offers a variety of work based learning placements and opportunities for students from KS4 to Post-graduate level.

To apply for a placement please email participation@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk with your dates and a cover letter listing your experience and why you want to do work experience here.

Please note, demand for KS4 and 5 placements is very high, and unfortunately we are not able to offer everyone a placement. Please also note most KS4 and 5 work placements will have a strong administration focus. We are unable to provide placements in Make Up.

Theatre tours

Backstage theatre tours for individuals and groups

Take a peek backstage to find out what happens behind the scenes, most tours last 45mins-1 hour and can be adapted to suit your group’s interest.

Cost £30+VAT, to book please email participation@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

Arts Award supporter

Activities to contribute to your arts award.

Watford Palace Theatre is an Arts Award Supporter. If you’re aged 7-25 and you’re already doing an Arts Award at school or an Arts Award centre, then we can help. We offer:

  • Theatre and dance productions for you to watch and review.
  • Practical projects from youth theatre to summer schools to young producers to form part of your Arts Award

Arts Award Supporter