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Theatre Centre brings world-class theatre straight into the heart of schools. We've been touring for nearly 70 years and providing exciting, creative resources for teachers and students. We commission professional artists, designers, writers, teachers and practitioners to create cutting edge work with young people (and theatre!) at the centre. Theatre Centre is an Arts Council registered National Portfolio Organisation.

Theatre Centre brings world-class theatre straight into the heart of schools. We've been touring for nearly 70 years and providing exciting, creative resources for teachers and students. We commission professional artists, designers, writers, teachers and practitioners to create cutting edge work with young people (and theatre!) at the centre. Theatre Centre is an Arts Council registered National Portfolio Organisation.
How To Write A Theatre Review
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How To Write A Theatre Review

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This 60 minute lesson plan with supporting PowerPoint is focused on how to structure an engaging review. Includes an example from an award winning critic on how to build a strong opening to a written response. The lesson then guides students through a clear structure, using each key element as a building block to anaylse and evaluate a live performance effectively. Learning Objectives To learn how to structure an engaging review To develop essential skills in critical thinking.
Characterisation Through Movement
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Characterisation Through Movement

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A practical lesson in characterisation thorugh movement. Can be used with any play text or performance. Detailed lesson plan and supporting PowerPoint. This lesson will build skills for both written responses and practical exploration of characters. This 60 minute lesson is for use following reading a play or watching a live performance. Objectives: • To be able to alter my movement on stage to reveal qualities of a character • To evaluate an actor’s use of movement on stage The lesson explores physicality by learning about how an actor can use centre or energy. Students then create their own role on the wall by considering internal and external qualities of a chosen character. Their understanding is further embedded by use of hotseating.
Wellbeing Creative Journal
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Wellbeing Creative Journal

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This journal is for young people aged 11+ to use on their own or as a whole class creative project. It’s a guided resource designed to give students a creative outlet to help make sense of all the change and uncertainly in their lives. Through the 12 Chapters, young people will be given the space to observe, reflect and respond to big topics and themes central to our current world. The TC Journal is easy to use and there are no wrong answers. This is your students’ space to push their imagination and be creative. The Chapters can be completed in order or hand-picked for the context of your class. Students will follow the same explorative structure to create reflective work for each Chapter. This is purposely repetitive and is designed to encourage ritual and routine when using writing, art or any form of creative response as a means of self-reflection and a mindful activity.
Wellbeing Journal Chapter 3: Learning
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Wellbeing Journal Chapter 3: Learning

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This journal is for KS3 though due to the open ended nature, can be appropiate for KS4 and 5. Suitable for remote learning. Through the 12 Chapters, young people will be given the space to observe, reflect and respond to big topics and themes central to our current world to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. This is a space to stretch your imagination and be creative. The Chapters can be completed in order or hand-picked for the context of your class. Students will follow the same explorative structure to create reflective work for each Chapter. See how to guide to learn more. This chapter explore the theme of hope, looking at other artists interpretations to the theme as a starting point to devising a creative response.
Wellbeing Journal Chapter 1: Hope
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Wellbeing Journal Chapter 1: Hope

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This journal is for KS3 though due to the open ended nature, can be appropiate for KS4 and 5. Suitable for remote learning. Through the 12 Chapters, young people will be given the space to observe, reflect and respond to big topics and themes central to our current world to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. This is a space to stretch your imagination and be creative. The Chapters can be completed in order or hand-picked for the context of your class. Students will follow the same explorative structure to create reflective work for each Chapter. See how to guide to learn more. This chapter explore the theme of hope, looking at other artists interpretations to the theme as a starting point to devising a creative response.
Remote Writing Course 5: Writing Poetry
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Remote Writing Course 5: Writing Poetry

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Guided online sessions and writing exercises that explore the fundamentals of developing characters; finding a voice and turning ideas into stories; and the power of metaphor. Suitable for Drama and English lessons. This is a pre-recorded video lesson. Simply press play on the video to be guided through the tasks. This course is intended for young people aged between 11 – 16 years old. All sessions contain a 40 minute guided video lesson, supporting activity sheets and are led by professional writers. Suitable for Open, Closed or Partially Closed Schools. The writing course resources were created as a response to the challenges schools are facing during the Covid 19 outbreak and are recordings of a live video lesson involving secondary students during the first lockdown of 2020. They were created by Theatre Centre, a non profit registered charity. We were able to fully subsidise the project and offer these lessons at no cost to schools. Lesson 5 - Keith Jarrett. Writing Poetry.
Remote Writing Course 1: Character and Story
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Remote Writing Course 1: Character and Story

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Guided online sessions and writing exercises that explore the fundamentals of developing characters; finding a voice and turning ideas into stories; and the power of metaphor. Suitable for Drama and English lessons. This is a pre-recorded video lesson. Simply press play on the video to be guided through the tasks. This course is intended for young people aged between 11 – 16 years old. All sessions contain a 40 minute guided video lesson, supporting activity sheets and are led by professional writers. Suitable for Open, Closed or Partially Closed Schools. These resources were created as a response to the challenges schools are facing during the Covid 19 outbreak. Lesson 1 - Frazer Flintham. Exploring the relationship between character and story.
Wellbeing Journal Chapter 12: Post Lockdown
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Wellbeing Journal Chapter 12: Post Lockdown

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This journal is for KS3 though due to the open ended nature, can be appropiate for KS4 and 5. Suitable for remote learning. Through the 12 Chapters, young people will be given the space to observe, reflect and respond to big topics and themes central to our current world to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. This is a space to stretch your imagination and be creative. The Chapters can be completed in order or hand-picked for the context of your class. Students will follow the same explorative structure to create reflective work for each Chapter. See how to guide to learn more. This chapter explore the theme of hope, looking at other artists interpretations to the theme as a starting point to devising a creative response.
Creative Writing Skills for future playwrights, poets and storytellers
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Creative Writing Skills for future playwrights, poets and storytellers

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A series of online sessions and writing exercises that explore the fundamentals of developing characters; finding a voice and turning ideas into stories; and the power of metaphor. Suitable for English and/or Drama lessons. This course is intended for young people aged between 11 – 16 years old. All sessions contain a 40 minute video lesson, supporting activity sheets and are led by professional writers. Happy writing folks! Suitable for Closed or Partially Closed Schools. These resources were created as a response to the challenges schools are facing during the Covid 19 outbreak. Includes: Lesson 1 - Frazer Flintham. Exploring the relationship between character and story. Lesson 2 - Nessah Muthy. Developing Characters and their Stories. Lesson 3 -Matilda Ibini & Natasha Sutton Williams. Turning Your Ideas into Stories. Lesson 4 - Charlie Josephine. Writing For Performance. Lesson 5 - Keith Jarrett. Writing Poetry. Lesson 6 - Chinonyerem Odimba, How To Write a Great Opening Scene Lesson 7 - Leo Skilbeck. Devising On The Page. Lesson 8 - Q & A with our writers.
The Border  - Exploring a Modern Brechtian Play
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The Border - Exploring a Modern Brechtian Play

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Learning Outcomes Students will explore Characters, Themes, Brecht and Epic Theatre Devices and Devising techniques. The Border by Afsanah Gray The Border is a high energy, outrageous Brechtian parable that explores the lines we draw between ourselves and other people, and the absurdities of borders. Life is turned upside down in one small town as East Oolia shuts the border with West Oolia, dividing here from there, us from them, this from that despite all the fruit tasting the same. In the midst of it all, Stranger, a young girl’s beloved dog, has gone missing. Will Stranger be found before the border closes, or will she be trapped forever on the “wrong” side? With rumours of dog theft and whispers of runaway immigration, how far will the mayor dare to go in her fight for re-election? Does the refugee boy hold the clue to Stranger’s disappearance? These lessons contain extracts and the entire play can be purchased online directly from Theatre Centre.
Online Safety - Radio Play and Lesson Plans
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Online Safety - Radio Play and Lesson Plans

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This unit of work is written to spark conversation and develop understanding around online safety; focusing specifically on how life offline can be comprised of wanting to gain popularity on social media. The protagonist, Ava, is 15 years old and notices a stain on her neck which won’t come off as she finds herself becoming more and more reliant on social media to feel good about herself. This unit of work introduces the audio play and focuses on why Ava uses social media to feel more popular and where this leads her. The scheme begins by listening to the radio play and the lessons that follow build an environment to tackle issues around online safety in a safe way by unpacking and making sense of the world the characters live in. Student activity booklet also provided. As a Theatre Company for young people, we specialise in using realistic third-person scenarios to open up safe discussions about difficult subjects. The radio play included is One Million Likes by Sarah Davies. Engaging PSHE lessons for KS3 Students will be learning: Online Safety - One Million Likes. Students will be learning: Relationships strand The safe and responsible use of information communication technology (including safe management of own and others’ personal data including images) To understand the terms ‘habit’, ‘dependence’ and ‘addiction’ in a wide variety of contexts (including substance use and information technology) and where and how to access support if they have concerns Living in the wider world strand How social media can offer opportunities to engage with a wide variety of views on different issues To recognise how social media can also distort situations or issues; can narrow understanding and appear to validate these narrow views
CONSENT - RSE
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CONSENT - RSE

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This unit of work is written to spark conversation and develop understanding around consent. The lessons begin with a short radio play. In the play, our protagonist, Paige, is 15 years old and is experiencing conflicting feelings around intimacy within her new relationship. The lessons that follow build an environment to tackle issues around consent in a safe way by unpacking and making sense of the world the characters live in. As a Theatre Company for young people, we specialise in using realistic third-person scenarios to open up safe discussions about difficult subjects. This radio play Viral is written by Nessah Muthy. Engaging PSHE lessons for KS3 Students will be learning: Relationships Strand To establish clear personal boundaries around those aspects of their lives they wish to be private, shared only with specific people, and made public. To understand their right to privacy That consent is freely given and that being pressurised, manipulated or coerced to agree to something is not consent; that the seeker of consent is responsible for ensuring that consent has been given and if consent is not given or is withdrawn, that decision should always be respected The law in relation to consent (including the legal age of consent for sexual activity, the legal definition of consent and the responsibility in law for the seeker of consent to ensure that consent has been given) How to seek the consent of another person and be sure that consent has been given; how to assertively withhold or withdraw consent
Switched On PSHE Package
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Switched On PSHE Package

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The entire collection of Switched On Radio Plays with supporting lesson plans, student worksheets, and teacher guidelines. Four modern and vibrant radio plays are the catalysts for in-depth exploration of a range of PSHE topics. As a Theatre Company for young people, we specialise in using realistic third-person scenarios to open up safe discussions about difficult subjects. Contains four units of work covering: Consent Mental Health Online Safety Money Management
Find Your Brave
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Find Your Brave

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A lesson plan on bravery which explores resilience and asks students to consider what being brave is and how our ‘inner voice’ can impact on how we feel about ourselves. Learning Objective: To understand the struggle between fear and bravery. To be able to present this dramatically through characterisation. The lesson is based around a short radio play, Perfect Pressure, which is available in our store. However, although the lesson refers to a character from the play, it can be taught easily without students being required to listen to the play as the context is explained using a third person scenario.
Financial Literacy - PSHE
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Financial Literacy - PSHE

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This fresh and modern radio play, Tick by Kenny Emson, is designed to spark conversation and develop understanding around Financial Literacy; focusing specifically on debt, loans and money management. The protagonist, Ben, is 18 years old and finds himself in financial difficulty after trying to keep up with his friends. This unit of work begins by listening to the radio play and the lessons that follow build an environment to discuss sensitive subjects in a safe way by unpacking and making sense of the world the characters live in. Lessons focus on the financial pressures facing Ben, how he could have considered better choices and how he might work to overcome his debt. As a Theatre Company for young people, we specialise in using realistic third-person scenarios to open up safe discussions about difficult subjects. Engaging PSHE lessons for KS3 Students will be learning: Living in the wider world strand To assess and manage risk in relation to financial decisions that young people make To explore social and moral dilemmas about the use of money, (including how the choices young people make as consumers affect others’ economies and environments)
Mental Health - Dealing with Anxiety and Panic Attacks
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Mental Health - Dealing with Anxiety and Panic Attacks

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This unit of work is designed to spark conversation and develop understanding around Mental Health; focusing specifically on stress, anxiety and panic attacks. The unit explores the story of protagonist, Ella, introduced by listening to a short radio play, Ella is 16 years old and is facing a myriad of pressures that seem insurmountable. The lessons that follow unpack Ella’s thought processes and encourage students to think of ways to help support Ella and help think about positive alternative choices Ella could make in the play. Strategies for managing a panic attacks are addressed and also how to seek out support networks. As a Theatre Company for young people, we specialise in using realistic third-person scenarios to open up safe discussions about difficult subjects. Each scheme of work is centered around a professional radio play. Perfect Pressure by award winning writer, Sarah Woods. Everything you need to teach varied and engaging PSHE lessons at KS3 and KS4 with minimal prep. Mental Health - Perfect Pressure. Students will be learning: Wellbeing strand To evaluate the extent to which their self-confidence and self-esteem are affected by the judgements of others The characteristics of emotional and mental health and the causes, symptoms and treatments of some mental and emotional health disorders (including stress, anxiety and depression) Strategies for managing mental health including stress, anxiety and depression; a broader range of strategies for promoting their own emotional wellbeing
Wellbeing Journal Chapter 5 : Identity
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Wellbeing Journal Chapter 5 : Identity

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This journal is for KS3 though due to the open ended nature, can be appropiate for KS4 and 5. Suitable for remote learning. Through the 12 Chapters, young people will be given the space to observe, reflect and respond to big topics and themes central to our current world to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. This is a space to stretch your imagination and be creative. The Chapters can be completed in order or hand-picked for the context of your class. Students will follow the same explorative structure to create reflective work for each Chapter. See how to guide to learn more. This chapter explore the theme of hope, looking at other artists interpretations to the theme as a starting point to devising a creative response.
Wellbeing Journal Chapter 2: Love
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Wellbeing Journal Chapter 2: Love

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This journal is for KS3 though due to the open ended nature, can be appropiate for KS4 and 5. Suitable for remote learning. Through the 12 Chapters, young people will be given the space to observe, reflect and respond to big topics and themes central to our current world to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. This is a space to stretch your imagination and be creative. The Chapters can be completed in order or hand-picked for the context of your class. Students will follow the same explorative structure to create reflective work for each Chapter. See how to guide to learn more. This chapter explore the theme of hope, looking at other artists interpretations to the theme as a starting point to devising a creative response.
Wellbeing Journal Chapter 7: Normality
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Wellbeing Journal Chapter 7: Normality

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This journal is for KS3 though due to the open ended nature, can be appropiate for KS4 and 5. Suitable for remote learning. Through the 12 Chapters, young people will be given the space to observe, reflect and respond to big topics and themes central to our current world to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. This is a space to stretch your imagination and be creative. The Chapters can be completed in order or hand-picked for the context of your class. Students will follow the same explorative structure to create reflective work for each Chapter. See how to guide to learn more. This chapter explore the theme of hope, looking at other artists interpretations to the theme as a starting point to devising a creative response.
Wellbeing Journal Chapter 6 : Talent
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Wellbeing Journal Chapter 6 : Talent

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This journal is for KS3 though due to the open ended nature, can be appropiate for KS4 and 5. Suitable for remote learning. Through the 12 Chapters, young people will be given the space to observe, reflect and respond to big topics and themes central to our current world to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. This is a space to stretch your imagination and be creative. The Chapters can be completed in order or hand-picked for the context of your class. Students will follow the same explorative structure to create reflective work for each Chapter. See how to guide to learn more. This chapter explore the theme of hope, looking at other artists interpretations to the theme as a starting point to devising a creative response.