Schools Programme

Here are some of the ways Oxford schools can take part in ‘Shakespeare Oxford 2016’:

1. Your school can take part in ‘The Complete Works’ in 2016

Open your school’s Shakespeare production to the public and we will promote it as part of ‘The Complete Works’ programme for ‘Shakespeare Oxford 2016’.  If you are interested in Henry IV Parts 1 and/or 2, producers of the Oxford Shakespeare Festival at Oxford Castle are offering to work with your school (contact for more information).


2. Visit the The Ashmolean Museum to see their objects linked to Shakespeare.  Their Shakespeare schools resource is now available online in their new Language & Literature section:


3. “What, a feast, a feast?” – A Project offered by Bookfeast

Shakespearean Playwriting for Primary Schools KS2 – 5 self-contained workshops available on a first come first served basis

Working with creative arts organisation Flash of Splendour, create your own Shakespeare style play, and produce an authentic Elizabethan playbill advertising your production – this will be printed and framed for you.

Workshop Format:

A morning working with one class of 30 Y5/6 exploring the art of writing a Shakespearean play, enabling the children to understand key points about Shakespeare and his contemporaries’ creativity, so that they can explore ideas for their own plays. The children will develop, as a group; an initial idea from source material, a title, genre, character sketches, plot, broad themes, meter, background setting. They will also create a name for both the group of players, the performance space where it will be put on (after The Globe, The Rose, etc) and the play title and this will be turned into a playbill which will be printed and framed for the school. By the end of the workshop, they will have written the bare bones of an Early Modern Play and the teacher can be left with worksheets and online resources to support further work and help them complete the play.

There will then be a follow-on one hour session for all KS2 giving a brief dynamic introduction to plays in the age of Shakespeare, with a final interactive theatrical storytelling of their own unique Shakespearean play.

Choice of dates: 22nd & 26th, 29th April, 3, 6, 10, 17, 20 May 2016

Workshop Sessions: 3 hours for one class of yr 5/6 plus 1 hour for all KS2

Cost: £200 Contact:

Bookfeast also offers two events for schools:

Marcia Williams – Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays  on 24th May at 10am for Years 4-6.

Christopher Lloyd’s Wallbook Timeline of Shakespeare on 26th May at 10am for Years 5 & 6

To book for these events please contact:

4. Creation Theatre Company offer to Schools      

February – March 2016

In February and March 2016, Creation Theatre is offering a show and workshop package, to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. As well as a trip to see our new production of King Lear in Blackwell’s Bookshop (and teachers go free), our team of actors and leaders will come into school for a half day workshop on the text and performance. From talking about tragedy to performing your own version, our workshops will be tailored to your students, and can focus on any aspect of the text and production.

Cost: £350 per class

Contact: 01865 766266


5. An Invitation to Oxford’s Secondary Schools:  Edit, rehearse and perform a 50 minute Shakespeare Play at a professional Theatre with expert guidance

Oxford Playmaker, Pegasus Theatre and The North Wall have formed a partnership to offer a Shakespeare programme for Key Stages 3 – 5.  In commemoration of the death of Shakespeare 400 years ago, schools are offered the opportunity to present a 50 minute adaptation of a Shakespeare Play at a professional theatre.

Performances at Pegasus or North Wall between 17th – 20th October 2016.

Each school is also supported along the way by 4 professional workshops:

  • For teachers and students: How to edit your text to create your own unique interpretation.
  • For teachers : Directing the actors- rehearsal room techniques.
  • For students : Bespoke workshop on vocal, physical or stage fighting techniques.
  • For student technicians and designers: Technical, Stage Management and Lighting workshop at the theatre.


  • April – July 2016: A workshop at school for teachers and students on how to Edit your Shakespeare text to create your own unique interpretation (with Renata Allen)
  • July 2016: Teachers’ workshop : Directing the actors- rehearsal room techniques with acclaimed professional theatre director of ten Shakespeare productions, John Retallack
  • May -October 2016: Bespoke workshops with professional practitioners supporting each production.
  • September 2016: Technical, Stage Management and Lighting workshop
  • October 2016: Productions mounted with full technical, stage Management and lighting support from the professional team at the North Wall or Pegasus Theatre on the day of the performance

Cost:  £575 per school/production


Telephone: 01865 709922


6. All the World’s a Stage at Cowley Road Carnival 2016

Oxford’s own annual Carnival, celebrating the diverse cultures within our city, will adopt the theme ‘All the World’s a Stage’ in 2016. The Carnival regularly attracts around 45,000 people and the procession down the Cowley Road, from The Plain to St Mary & St John church yard, is a wonderful opportunity for schools and community groups to get creative and be part of the biggest community event in the County. In 2015, almost 800 people, including 11 school groups, took part in the procession. Participation provides an opportunity to learn new skills with your pupils, involve pupils and their families in a multi-cultural celebration, and for you all to celebrate your own identity with pride. See for more information.

Carnival is produced by Cowley Road Works, a community based charity. The date of Cowley Road Carnival is Sunday 10th July 2016.  Together with its partners, it can offer the following opportunities for schools:

  • 3rd March 2016, 4-6pm, Twilight Training in partnership with Fusion Arts and Pegasus Theatre, an introduction to Carnival and the 2016 theme, with key information and tips to help you prepare your school group to make an impact in the Carnival procession – a top up for the experienced and inspiration for all! Including sessions led by specialist carnival artists on making and movement, a resource pack including information on sourcing materials, and an opportunity to talk with other procession group leaders. For more information, to discuss a follow-up tailored package, or to book your place.

Cost per school (up to 4 attending): £75

Contact: or

  • Bronze and Silver Arts Awards: If your pupils are interested in taking your Carnival project further, Fusion Arts will be running Bronze and Silver Arts Awards connected with Carnival arts and making. Contact Fusion for more information on
  • Artist led workshops in Schools: TocTok Community Arts and UnderConstruction Theatre Company are offering in-school workshops for Year 6, based on selected abridged Shakespearean plays.   A theatre director and movement director would work with your group to introduce the plot and themes of the play, devising related movement for the Carnival procession, and trying out key scenes. Following this, specialist Carnival artists would work in school to create a large processional piece and 30 costumes for your procession group. A refresher pre Carnival workshop is also available. For further details of the package options, or to discuss any other options to suit your needs and budget.

Cost for option 1: £2,180 (incl. all materials, prep and travel)

Cost for option 2: £1,150 (incl. all materials, pre and travel)

Contact: or


Thanks to The Story Museum and The Weston Library for a successful 

One Day Sixth Form Conference on 26th January 2016

Leading Shakespeare Scholars, Dr Emma Smith & Prof. Simon Palfrey, University of Oxford English Faculty together with Oxford’s best Directors and Workshop leaders, invited Year 12 & 13 Students of English and Drama to experience what it would be like to study Humanities at Oxford University, visiting the new Weston Library to see a Shakespeare First Folio and participating in workshops which explored Shakespeare’s words and actions at The Story Museum. Students also had the opportunity to visit ‘The Painted Room’ where Shakespeare is reported to have stayed when he visited Oxford.  Seventy-eight students from Oxford Academy, The Cherwell and Didcot Girls School took part.

“It was a great day.  Emma Smith was fantastic!” (Student from The Cherwell School)

More information and offers for schools coming soon.