Access Shakespeare: Practical Text Analysis for Key Stage 3
Developed for Oxford Playhouse
Ever get panicked by iambic pentameter? Ever wished Macbeth's witches would just say it straight? Ever wondered what Beatrice & Benedict are bashing on about? A practical introduction to understanding Shakespeare's language - and his characters - which will enable students to gain confidence in their ideas and and glimpse the feelings and thoughts that sit behind Shakespeare's words.
Directing from the Grave: Practical Shakespeare for GCSE
Why does the rhythm matter? Who cares if it's a full stop or a comma? That line's a bit short - did the Bard make a mistake?
A practical session which will allow students to explore Shakespeare's punctuation as stage directions: and to understand how, even in death, Shakespeare is able to direct his actors through his writing. Having encouraged students to analyse Shakespeare's form, the session will culminate with an opportunity for them to record their observations: putting their practical discoveries onto the page.
Lighting the Fire: Young People as Storytellers: Interactive Learning for Years 7-11
Available as a half-day or full day workshop or as an extended enrichment programme for schools and youth centres, Lighting the Fire aims to increase awareness of the stories that exist in and around us in our everyday lives and to re-awaken our natural ability to tell stories; giving participants the basic skills to perform stories in their own words. Students will explore the different types of stories that appear in our everyday lives, share short moments from their own experience, work together to create new stories as a group and listen to and learn traditional stories to tell and take away. More extended workshop series will see students create their own storytelling showcase. The workshop/s can be tailored to a range of ages right through from Year 7 to Year 11.
My Story, My Way: Personal Storytelling for Ages 11-18
With Tamar Williams
Developed in association with Sherman Theatre, Cardiff.
Is your life a story? How do you go about shaping it?
In this autobiographcal storytelling workshop, bilingual storyteller Tamar Williams enables children to discover the stories in their own lives - and to develop their own autobiographical tales.
Production Residencies: Full Productions with Young People aged 11-18
Suitable for schools, youth centres & youth theatres
We offer bespoke theatre programmes for schools, youth centres and youth theatres: working with a group for an extended period of time to create a full production.
Our productions are rooted in the ideas, passions and aspirations to each group and can involve devising, text work, character work, collaborative scripting, storytelling, music, song, physical theatre and more.
For Magdalen College School, Rambling Heart's directing & producing team, Polly Tisdall & Hannah Groombridge, worked with students aged 11-18 to mount six full productions, including:
in a new translation by John Tipton (with ages 14-16)
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde,
in a new adaptation by Polly Tisdall (with ages 11-13)
Ibsen's A Doll's House
performed at Oxford's Burton Taylor Studio (with ages 16-18)
You can scroll through production photos for each of these shows on the left.
WORKSHOPS FOR SECONDARY
We deliver bespoke workshops and extended programmes for young people between the ages of 11-18 - including work in schools, colleges, youth theatres and youth centres. More information about our existing workshop programmes can be found below. To book an existing programme or to discuss what you are looking for, please contact us.
We now offer Welsh language storytelling and drama sessions, delivered by our Creative Associate, Tamar Williams. If you are interested in dual language sessions in English and Welsh, please let us know when you enquire and we can create a session to suit your needs.
Sophocles' Ajax 2014
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde 2015
A Doll's House, 2015
We're currently looking for schools and youth groups in Oxfordshire to take part in a series of free personal storytelling workshops funded by Research Council UK.
If this sounds like you, please contact us for further details.