The London Dungeon
School Trips @ Merlin's Magical London
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The London Dungeon is one of the capital's 'must-see' signature attractions and has been delighting audiences for over 40 years. The 110 minute journey through 1000 years of London's perilous past brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and rides in an exciting walk-through experience.
Why book Merlin's Magical London for School Trips and Educational Visits?
A hands on theatrical opportunity, students won't just be immersed in script writing and performance but it will also get them thinking about lighting, sound, stage design and costume. The perilous journey begins in your classroom with our free to download lesson plans. The first hour will explore 'a horrible cast of characters' and the components of a successful villain, students will make inferences about characters based on historical context and act in role as a given character conveying thoughts, feelings and emotions. The second hour delves into frightening scenes and showdowns and the opportunity to identify with some of the features of the horror genre. On returning to the classroom the final hour lesson will recap on what makes a good script.
Our exclusive education rates are £9.95 per pupil from September to February and £12.95 between March and July, you can also add an education session to your visit for an additional £2 per pupil.
We are also Accredited with 'The LOtC Quality Badge', offering teachers a guarantee that not only is a venue providing the sort of educational value that they can build on in class long after the visit but they also have the appropriate risk management structures in place.
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
Students have the opportunity to analyse the process of professional scriptwriting and to identify the features of a successful script. If booking our KS3 English workshop students will write a script in groups focusing on a specific purpose and audience and understand the importance of character building, dialogue, set design and stage directions. Students will also see first hand the importance of character building, using intonation, tone, volume, mood, and action to convey meaning.
A fully immersive experience, the London Dungeon transports guests back in time. The KS3 DT workshop will get pupils discussing current and past set designs and understand the thought process and skills required to create a new show. In groups they will develop a specification for a new show focusing on functionality, audience appeal, set design and props, technology to evoke senses, characters and costume.
The shows of the London Dungeon are performed up to 80 times a day. The KS3/4 drama workshop will focus on the performance of the shows, from acting varied characters with different accents, to how to apply effective makeup; as well as the importance of audio, lighting and costume design. Pupils will learn how to perform in a fast paced environment, focusing on vocal care, accents and emotional portrayal of characters.
Taking a little tangent from Scriptwriting and Performance... There is a KS3/4 health and disease workshop in which pupils can seek advice on the deadly plague of 1665, treatment and medieval beliefs towards medicine and health! Pupils will explore the relationship between health and disease, look at the characteristics of bacteria, viruses and fungi and focus on the Plague of 1665 and use it as a case study to explore the cause a of a disease, the spread of a disease and the cures.
What size groups do you cater for?
To book at our exclusive education rates your group booking will need to be for 10 students or more; we offer a free teacher ratio of one free teacher for ten secondary aged pupils. We also offer schools a book now pay later booking option whereby you can reserve your preferred date and confirm final number and pay 14 days (10 working days) in advance of your visit date.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
Our 'Dungeon' inspired education space is fully immersive and includes a performance stage with lighting and special effects.
Is there first aid on site?
Yes, we have first aid trained staff available. If you require assistance on the day, please speak with one of our staff members.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
To ensure that our guests are all as safe as possible we are only able to admit one wheelchair user per hour, at each quarter past the hour. Please be aware we do have restrictions on the Tyrant Boat Ride and the Drop Dead ride. You will also need to book a wheelchair slot in advance of your visit. It is also worth noting that The London Dungeon experience is largely delivered by actors and voiceover audio, often in low light levels. Therefore guests with low vision, who are visually impaired or have hearing difficulties may struggle to experience the attraction fully; however you are able to bring a carer free of charge to assist.
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