We offer two workshops about William Shakespeare
1) 'Introduction to Shakespeare' – this is perfect for students new to studying Shakespeare and offers a solid introduction to the man, his world and his plays. Topics covered are The Globe Theatre, Shakespeare’s audience, and the basic types of plays he wrote Comedies, Tragedies and Histories. To illustrate the main points we refer to the plays 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', 'Titus Andronicus' and 'Hamlet'. The workshop is very interactive and great fun, no previous knowledge of Shakespeare is needed and your students will leave with a genuine interest in finding out more about our greatest playwright.
2. 'Shakespeare and Tragedy' - this is a more advanced workshop suitable for KS3 and KS4. It poses the question 'What is a Shakespearean Tragedy?' Using extracts from different plays we look at the main conventions of the genre. In it we use scenes from 'Macbeth', 'Hamlet' and 'Romeo and Juliet', to make the different educational points.
If you are studying a particular play please let us know and we will relate the points we make to your text. This will give your students a richer understanding of the play they are studying and show them how it compares with others.
Bespoke workshops – sometimes schools ask us to create a workshop that focuses on the play they are studying. If this is something you are interested in then get in touch and we can discuss the possibility and any extra costs.
“Thank you for your Shakespeare performance last week. The students really enjoyed it and year 7 were buzzing in English afterwards. I do hope you can come to us again.” High School Teacher, Sheringham, Norfolk
Both workshops are very interactive. In 'Introduction to Shakespeare' students become the contestants in a game show presented by William Shakespeare himself, the troubled family in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and the cast of our own 5 minute version of 'Hamlet'.
In 'Shakespeare and Tragedy' the audience become a blasted heath as 3 mysterious witches appear, students are invited to a rather unusual banquet at Dunsinane Castle and become members of the company of rude mechanicals in our version of 'Pyramus and Thisbe' (the tragedy performed in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream')
Yes of course - we work in a flexible way that allows for the easy adaptation of our sessions to students of all abilities.
We have extensive experience working with a range of different needs and abilities with ages ranging from Early Years through to KS4, including much work in SEN and PRU settings, and all our actors thrive on the variety of audiences that we encounter.
Big Wheel is a theatre in education company that has been delivering high quality creative and interactive workshops and events for young people in the UK and Europe. We have produced workshops that meet the curriculum in English Literature, MFL, History, STEM, Citizenship and more.
We pride ourselves on our approach to inclusivity, creating a warm, supportive atmosphere that means students feel encouraged to participate in this interactive environment. We always respect that some students will prefer simply to watch and make sure that they feel just as involved.
Big Wheel workshops are fun, entertaining and interactive, enabling us to easily explore themes, encourage thought and discussion, explain complex and sensitive topics, and deliver a powerful message. We approach our audiences with no preconceived ideas about them. We strive to ensure that every single member of our audience leaves feeling like they have been an active part of the workshop.