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While Covid-19 remains at large we are unable to run our award-winning West End Workshops or School Trips, which add so much value to student's education.

But all is not lost!

WE CAN deliver our multi-award-winning drama programmes in schools and online, providing outstanding educational content in the comfort and safety of your school AND WE CAN also plan school trips from June 2021 onwards, by which time we hope the non-covid world will begin to return.

Students have missed out on a lot this year and we are doing everything we can to mitigate that and ensure trips can go ahead at a later date. Please get in touch or visit our website for more information.

Thank you - and stay safe!

Since 2006 Theatre Workout has been the centre for Education in London's West End, creating the official education programmes for 37 major West End productions and an unrivalled range of bespoke workshops covering all aspects of theatre and performance.

Major West End productions choose Theatre Workout to create and run their education programmes due to the experience and expertise we have in catering for school and student groups of all ages, including primary, secondary and tertiary education. Our workshops maximise a theatre experience and enhance a school's creative curriculum.

We give students the confidence to play, create, and perform beyond expectations, inspiring creativity and nurturing a host of essential 'soft' skills we all need, such as listening and communication, teamwork and leadership. Drama also helps raise aspirations, address social and cultural issues, and help struggling students achieve more.

As part of our one-stop-shop service, we can organise your entire school trip including theatre tickets, backstage tours, travel and accommodation, and any other other activities you need!

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Why book Theatre Workout - West End Workshops workshop for your school?

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Theatre Workout is recognised through the West End theatre industry as the leading producer of theatre workshops for schools, catering for over 8000 students a year from around the world as part of their theatre visits.

Our workshops cover all aspects of theatre and performance including acting, Shakespeare, storytelling, musical theatre, devising and physical theatre, stage combat and dance. We also offer specialist programmes on the business of theatre, working freelance in the creative industries, on set design and more.

Our workshops are available in our amazing London and Stratford-Upon-Avon studios, in schools across the UK as part of our Outreach programme, and online. We also offer teacher CPD training and a wealth of free teacher resources.

Winner: Most Engaging Theatrical Training & Education Provider, Greater London Enterprise Awards, 2020
Winner: Best Leisure Product, British Youth Travel Awards, 2016 & 2018.
Winner: Best for West End Workshops, Global Entertainment Awards with LUXlife Magazine, 2018

Theatre Workout is a member of Action for Children's Arts, Arts Award, Artsmark, the British Education Travel Association, Cultural Learning Alliance, the BACC For The Future Campaign, the Creative Industries Federation, the Drama and Theatre Education Alliance, Independent Theatre Council, and the National Association of Yout Theatres.

Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?

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Curriculum topics available: Personal development and resilience, Team building, Politics and parliament, Democracy.

Improved teamwork and leadership, confidence and self-esteem, communication skills and more are the outcomes of many of our workshops, helping students to be more empathetic, accepting, understanding and appreciative of each others unique abilities, differences and experiences.

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Curriculum topics available: Shakespeare, Story telling, Composition, Story writing, Heroes and villains, Creative writing.

Plays were never written to be performed. Novels are often adapted for the stage. Our workshops give students a greater understanding of characters, their stories and more through practical techniques which bring the text to life. Shakespeare workshops in particular are very popular options for English students.

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Its what we do! We're all actors, dancers, performers, directors, fight directors and play a host of creative roles in the world of theatre, so we bring this extensive knowledge, training and experience to each of our workshops to inspire your students through techniques used daily in the industry.

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Dance is another form of creative expression which can evoke characters and emotions. It plays a huge role in theatre. We teach both choreography and the creative process behind it, giving students ownership over the dance choreography created and helping them understand what certain moves mean to an audience, how it compliments the character, story and emotions of a routine, and not just be movement without meaning.

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Musical theatre is a key component of most music curriculum and our workshops explore how music drives performance, heightens emotions, engages the audience, and inspires action on stage.

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Curriculum topics available: Enterprise and Leadership, Marketing.

The Creative Industries were, pre-Covid, one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK generating £107.3bn for the UK economy, outperforming oil and gas, life sciences, automotive and the aerospace industries combined by more than £30bn! They are an industry unlike any other.

Theatre Workout offers bespoke workshops on the Business of Theatre, Working Freelance, and the Creative and Cultural Economy and how it fuels many other sectors such as hospitality and travel.

Having spanned the entertainment, travel and education sectors for 15+ years, Theatre Workout has a wealth of experience to share through a unique business studies experience.

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Performance is physical, but our dance, stage combat and physical theatre workshops explore a range of skills and techniques found in many sports, hense why many athletes, gymasts sports personalities go on to lead in the sector as presenters, actors, dancers, acrobats and more.

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Curriculum topics available: Design.

Specialist set-desing workshops cover many aspects of art and design curriculums, plus we organise tours of costume stores where students can learn about design and production.

In addition, Theatre Workout's travel team organise art tours of galleries, museums, exhibitions, and can organise specialist art classes on request.

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Curriculum topics available: Anti-bullying, Teamwork and resilience, Morality, Right and Wrong.

Drama and performance are engaging ways of experiencing subjects covered by PSHE, including friendship, bullying, racism and predjudice, relationships and more. Theatre Workout explores these subjects through devising, physical theatre, choreography, story telling and scene studies of selected productions.

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The Creative Industries were, pre-Covid, one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK generating £107.3bn for the UK economy, outperforming oil and gas, life sciences, automotive and the aerospace industries combined by more than £30bn! They are a significant sector and major employer (1 in 11 people), yet many career paths can seem a mystery.

Theatre Workout offers bespoke workshops on Working Freelance and Creative Business, exploring training opportunities, myriad career opportunities, the benefits of drama training to other sectors, not to mention many pitfalls many experience at the start of their careers.

Although focused on the arts, these workshops cover a range of topics related to careers generally including self-employment, and setting up a business.

What activities are available during this educational workshop?

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Workshops are avaialable in West End Studios, in schools and online. Sample options include:
- West End Workshops rooted in major productions
- Masterclasses on key practitioners, companies, and performance styles sincluding devising physical theatre, musical theatre, acting, Shakespeare, stage combat, and more.
- Shakespeare from an actor's perspective, ideal for English Literature students.
- Specialist workshops for foreign-language groups, ideal for language schools.
- Confidence boosters for students with low-level confidence, self-esteem issues, shyness, or poor communication skills.
- Talks on the creative industries (the UK's fastest growing sector generating over £94.2bn for the UK economy), including The Business of Theatre (ideal for Business students) and Working Freelance in the Arts (ideal for any students heading in a creative direction).
- Production support, including musical theatre and acting classes, rehearsal supervision, choreography, or marketing and other production support services.
- After school clubs and holiday courses with end of term/course performances

What size groups do you cater for?

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Groups of all sizes can be catered for, but the most common is up to about 30 in one session.

Half and full day programmes are available in which we can work with one group for the duration, multiple groups simultaneously, or several groups back-to-back, depending on the nature of the workshops, and how many students you want to take part.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Can be arranged on request

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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Anything else?

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Theatre Workout has created the official educational workshop programmes for over 35 West End productions (including the Lion King, 1984, 39 Steps, Hairspray, Chicago, Dreamgirls), and caters for over 8000 students a year. An award-winning company rated as one of the top ten drama trips in the UK by School Travel Organiser magazine.

All practitioners are DBS checked, professionally trained, highly experienced in their field and in education, and fully insured to work with young people.

Theatre Workout is a member of the British Education Travel Association, the Independent Theatre Council, Creative Industries Federation, and Action for Children's Arts, and is affiliated with ORA, and BACC For The Future.

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