Primary Schools

School Activity at West Yorkshire Playhouse

West Yorkshire Playhouse aspires to build and develop long-term partnerships with Primary teachers and students through a range of creative opportunities offered at the Playhouse and in school settings. The following workshops are available all year round:


  • Creative Literacy Workshop

    Based on any text you are using in the classroom, we offer a workshop that brings literature alive. Using a range of drama techniques to support pupils’ literacy skills, this workshop can be specifically tailored to any age group.

    • EY, KS1 and KS2
    • At the Playhouse or at school
  • Once Upon a Time… (Character in your classroom)

    Led by an actor in role as a character from your chosen fairy tale, myth or legend, these practical workshops help to bring the narrative alive for your pupils, and encourage their own imaginative and creative storytelling skills.

    • EY, KS1 and KS2
    • At the Playhouse or at school
  • Exploring Costume

    Come and explore West Yorkshire Playhouse’s fantastic Costume Department to learn all about fashion, clothing and costume. This interactive learning adventure will give your pupils unprecedented, exclusive access to our treasure trove of over 10,000 costumes.

    • KS1 and KS2
    • At the Playhouse or at school
  • Backstage Tours

    Led by our Creative Engagement Team, tours can be tailored to any group. We will take you behind the scenes of the Playhouse to learn more about working in a theatre and share the secrets of how productions make it from page to stage.

    • KS2
    • At the Playhouse only
  • A Play in a Day

    Bring your classroom to life for a day with our wholly interactive Play in a Day workshop. Pupils explore a well-known story of topic, and a variety of techniques and styles before bringing it all together for a performance.

    • KS2
    • At the Playhouse or at school
  • Primary Players

    Now in its fifth year, this exciting in-depth project offers primary schools the opportunity to work with us in partnership throughout the spring/summer term towards a full-scale collaborative Shakespeare production at West Yorkshire Playhouse in June 2018. The programme includes six in-school artist-led Shakespeare workshops and rehearsals for your students, alongside tailored provision for teaching of Shakespeare in your curriculum, plus exclusive CPD for teaching and support staff.

    • KS2
    • At the Playhouse and at school
    • £825 (+ VAT) per class
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Workshops

    Unlocked! Live demo session in the theatre

    Join members of the creative team, cast and crew who worked on The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as they discuss their decisions and how the world of Narnia went from page to stage in the transformed Quarry Theatre…

    • 10am – 11.30am Tuesday 16th January 2018
    • £5 per participant (open to the public)

    Journey to Cair Paravel
    For an even more comprehensive insight into the original story and the production at West Yorkshire Playhouse, book your students on to this project which includes three workshops, attendance at the Unlocked! event, and tickets to see the show. Workshops can be delivered in the theatre or at your school, either side of your visit to see the production.

    • KS2 and KS3
    • Participation in this project could support students hoping to achieve Arts Award Discover or Explore
    • At the Playhouse and at school
    • £500 (+ VAT)

    The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Workshop
    Explore the world of Narnia and its mesmerising characters, as brought to life through dramatic techniques and performance. In a one-off workshop, that can be enjoyed pre or post-show, your students can gain a deeper understanding of the text and its themes.

    • KS2 and KS3
    • At the Playhouse or at school

How to Book Workshops

Prices* and booking

1 hour £100 (+ VAT)
Half day (2 hours) or two 1-hour workshops  £180 (+ VAT)
Full day (4 hours) or four 1-hour workshops
or two 2-hour workshops
 £340 (+ VAT)
Behind the Scenes £100 in conjunction with any other workshop  £150 (+ VAT)
Bespoke projects  Priced per project

*prices for 1 class size (approx. 30 students)

To book or enquire about our creative education workshops, please contact Creative Engagement
Tel: 0113 213 7204

How to Book Show Tickets

If you would like to make a school booking for a show in one of our theatres, please call 0113 213 7700 or email  to make a booking.

School prices vary according to each production, the range is listed on each web page. To help you manage your visit we offer one FREE staff seat for every 9 students booked. Schools tickets are only available in limited numbers and for Monday to Friday. You are still welcome to book once this limit is reached, but the standard discount rates will apply.

Age Recommendation
Age Recommendation is assessed according to the complexity and sensitivity of Issues, images, sexual references and strength of language used in both West Yorkshire Playhouse Productions and Touring Productions. Any sensitive content is highlighted in our main Brochure but we do encourage Schools to call our Box Office with any specific concerns or questions regarding sensitive material in the Productions.

Take note…
We strongly discourage students from taking notes during performances at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Please encourage your students to fully enjoy their theatre experience by focusing completely on the action on stage. They can then jot down any notes immediately after the performance.

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