Theatre in Education
Groundlings has over a decade of experience in Theatre in Education, and our shows and workshops are a fantastic addition to your classroom. Following National Curriculum standards, Groundlings aims to provide an educational and enjoyable experience for both students and teachers.
We offer a range of Theatre In Education packages to suit your needs, ranging from History Shows to Pure Drama Workshops. Whether you’re looking for a curriculum booster, an after-school club or just a fun, memorable day for your students, Groundlings has something for you.
And if you don’t see what you want? Just ask! The Groundlings Education Department has the capacity to provide custom commissions, so you know you’re getting something that is uniquely tailored to your needs. Our talented team are able to create speciality workshops, context studies, and even whole plays! Past commission customers have included Aviva and the Portsmouth Diocese.
The History of Christianity – R.E – KS3 From 42AD to the here and now, a blustering tour guide from the Vatican City leads you on a whirlwind tour through the ages, and (with help from a couple of colourful characters) explores how Christianity in Britain became what it is today. Perfect for both History and R.E teaching, commissioned by the Portsmouth Diocese.
The Extraordinary Egyptians – History – KS2 An archaeologist has arrived in Egypt. As she brushes away the dirt, she finds faded carvings of ancient hieroglyphics. After discovering more stone pieces, she begins to fit the puzzle together, transporting the audience to the land of Pyramids and Pharoahs.
The Greek Tale of ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ – History – KS2 Take your seat with Zeus, Athena and all the other Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece, as you experience Theatre the way the Greeks would have. join Theseus on his quest for mythical monsters, magical moments and plenty of merriment!
The Rampaging Romans – History – KS2 Benny the Briton is set to work for the invading Roman Army. Through song and interaction, learn what the Romans did for us, how they lived and how they forged the most powerful Empire in the world.
The Victorious Victorians – History – KS2 This Victorian Top Hat tale is an entertaining, educational look at life in Victorian Britain as outlined in the National Curriculum. Two comic Victorian historians and various characters take the audience back in time to experience domestic life, inventions, education and the great exhibition of 1851
The Villainous Vikings – History – KS2 A time-travelling alien invades the theatre, taking the children back in time to Anglo Saxon Britain with a pit stop at Roman Britain on the way. A friendly Viking reveals secrets of the Norse culture and warfare while on the hunt for Thor’s magic belt.
The World at War – WW1 & WW2 – History – KS3 This performance and workshop gives pupils an insight and understanding of life in the trenches and at home during ‘The Great War’, as well as ‘World War II’ A presentation is given that is inspired by real letters sent during the conflict. The drama workshop that follows gives the pupils the chance to develop a personal response to the hardships faced and to the propaganda of war. This workshop supports programs of study upon history of this period, war poetry, or related set literature texts.
The Terrible Tudors – History. William Shakespeare takes the children to Hampton Palace to experience the royal court of the Tudors. Meet a jolly King Henry VIII, his memorable wives and his successor
Queen Elizabeth 1. Although the Golden age of the Tudors ended, discover the many things from that era survive today.
The Marvellous Mayans – History. Join us for a journey back in time; follow in the footprints of a fabulous old shoe travelling from a museum back to the year 2600 BC to the time of the Mayans- an ancient, mighty and powerful civilisation, creative and musical, mathematical and wise.
What do your T.I.E shows include?
Groundlings shows are fun, fast paced and interactive, while still being thoroughly informative and engaging for the children (and teachers!) The day starts with an hour long play on your chosen subject,with a question and answer session with the actors directly afterwards. This part is usually both on the historical subject and also on theatre and acting in general. The actors will then lead two, one-hour long workshops on a combination of dramatic techniques and historical incorporation so the children can put what they have learned into practice.
What would a normal day look like?
The normal timetable for the day is as follows (although we can tailor according to your needs with breaks and setting up for lunch in the hall, or any extra discussion you’d like to do with the kids, etc):
Play and Q+A session (approx 1 hour 15 minutes)
Workshop 1 (approx 1 hour)
Workshop 2 (approx 1 hour)
How many children is the day suitable for?
The audience size for the performance itself depends entirely on the size of your hall! The workshops are suitable for approximately 90 children. With this number of children in total, we could run two different workshops. With more than this, we’d suggest they are split in half, with one group attending Workshop 1 and the other attending Workshop 2, and we will condense the workshops into an hour so that each class get the same experience. Either of these options is absolutely fine, as we are used to catering for both large and small groups.
What sort of set do you have? Does it take long to set up?
The actors will arrive approximately an hour before the show is due to start in order to set up their set. It’s a very simple, very portable setup consisting of a 19ft x 12ft backdrop, and a trunk of costumes. If you need the use of the hall for lunch, we can move/take down the set for you to create space.
Do we need to provide anything?
The show will require the use of the school hall, but any set can be moved or taken down for lunchtime if necessary. We would be grateful if the school would provide lunches for the two actors, but appreciate if this is not possible.
Are your actors CRB checked?
Groundlings will provide two professional actors, both with enhanced CRB disclosure and experience in working with young people.
How much does the day cost?
The price for one day is £375 (+VAT) for school’s inside of Hampshire and £550 outside of Hampshire. There may be additional discounts available when booking more than one show at a time.
We also offer workshops on the following:
- Speaking and Listening
- Voice and Speech
- Mime and Mask
- Stage Combat
- Social Conscience-Bullying
- Religious Education
- Science Studies
- Light and dark
- Guy Fawkes
- The Great Fire of London
- Wind in the Willows
To book contact us on 023 9273 7370. Please provide details of the show you’d like, your school, a contact name, the year group and approximate number of students. If you have a preferred date that you’d like us to visit you, just let us know and we’ll try to work around your schedule. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Nightmare at the Museum- Stone Age/Iron Age – History. Meet the grumpy museum curator having a nightmare at the museum. See how the exhibits come to life and show the curator there is more to the ancient history of the British Isles than stone weapons and they are anything other than boring.