A group of students taking part in a drama workshop

Young People

We have 2 hour and half day workshops for secondary schools at GCSE & A level on the main practitioners including Stanislavski, Brecht, Artaud, Littlewood, Grotowski, LeCoq, and Boal. These are practical and fully immersive delivered like mini rehearsals of a text of your choice in the style of the chosen practitioner.

We have been delivery partners for Shakespeare Schools Festival for almost 15 years and have delivered workshops on behalf of NYT, Central, Hampstead Factory and at numerous regional theatres including Old Vic, Birmingham Rep, Bath Theatre Royal, Cheltenham Everyman, Tewkesbury Roses Theatre , Oxford Playhouse, Dundee Rep, Lyric Belfast etc.

You can join our ‘Stage Play’ youth theatre or take part in one of our public workshops at the Grand Opera House or Accidental Theatre in Belfast.

Workshops for Children

Our primary school workshops include PE based activities featuring dance and physical theatre, literacy linked sessions-including tie-in’s with events such as World Book Day and National Poetry Day. We have a set of Shakespeare workshops for KS2 for example, lots of seasonal poetry sessions and many local history workshops. Workshops are available on storyboarding, writing and film-including making short films -which can be linked to other areas of the curriculum including world around us, PD&MU, anti-bullying, healthy minds etc. We also offer INSET and mentoring. We have a vast selection of workshops and programmes available spanning most subjects.

We have developed Healthy Minds, anti-bullying, TIE, Forum and issue based drama programmes for several local education authorities, have produced education resources for numerous national museums, several charities and have developed programmes for BBC21CC, BBC Bitesize, Teachers TV and online resources for C2KNI and charities such as Arts Care.

Events & Festivals

We provide rolling and set timeslot workshops for outdoor events, major music festivals and for Melas, fetes and other gatherings.

Workshops include: Stamp& Stomp, junk percussion, mask making, character themed drama, storytelling, poetry slams, cirque based activities, family drama, baby sensory.

Some of our favourite big festivals are Wychwood, End of The Road, Gloucester festival, Hampton Court Flower Show, RAF Tattoo, Rose Week Belfast, Edinburgh Book Festival, Ed Fringe, Armagh St Patricks, Bristol Harbour Festival, Cardiff festival. The festival season is one of our favourite parts of the year. As well as the big festivals we take part in numerous community events.

Arts Workshops

Theatre Without Walls work in arts centres, at festivals and in museums and galleries throughout the year providing a varied programme of arts and crafts activities.

We can provide: Puppet and mask making, junk musical instruments, general drop in rolling art activities. We have held residencies at a number of galleries working on performance and installation projects whilst delivering a range of community and schools workshops. these have included The Ashmolean Museum, The National Waterways Museum, Roman Corinium Museum, Ulster Museum, Oxford Museum of Science, The Wilson Gallery, Birmingham Museum, Museum In The Park and many more.

Play in a day

Theatre Without Walls can create a play in a day with your school or group. We arrive first thing in the morning with a theme or story chosen by you and then spend the morning writing and devising and rehearsing the content. We can focus on fun or on a topic such as story writing or storyboarding. Then depending on what production style you choose we will either create a short film, an audio play, a puppet show or a staged performance.

One day is good, two or more days is better and allows us to add and refine elements. We can also have a blended approach with a terms worth of small workshops leading up to a day long ‘showbuild’. All versions have their merits.

We can provide a single facilitator, or multiple practitioners with various specialisms including puppet making, music, writing, drama etc.

All ability workshops

We are proud of our work with people who have specific needs. We run autism friendly versions of most of our workshops. We have a number of facilitators with specialist knowledge of particular needs-for example signing Makaton/ Sign assisted / BSL. We have had visual awareness training from RNIB and have worked with Action On Hearing Loss. We can use induction loop systems and pictorial signs etc. Let us know your access needs and we will work with you to provide the best possible experience for everyone taking part.

We deliver workshops for charities like Arts Care, Arts In Motion, Goal line, YMCA, Home Farm Trust and also undertake research based activities- our work with Alzheimer’s gained an NHS commendation and several of our projects with SLG college have received community learning awards.

Skills based Workshops

We offer specialist workshops on most areas of theatre including:

  • Directing
  • Acting
  • Voice
  • Audition skills
  • Writing-Script development, storyboarding
  • Improvisation
  • Technical -sound, lighting
  • Backstage-Costume design, prop making
  • Craft skills- mask making, puppet making
  • Theatre management