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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

    These sessions look at a significant author’s work using drama techniques, literacy support and creative writing tasks to bring the story to life. Why not choose from favourites such as:

    Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Ahlberg’s The Jolly Postman, Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom, Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker

    Got something else in mind? We’d love to hear from you…

    • Suitable for: Foundation, KS1 and KS2
    • Max: 30 participants
    • Cost: from £150+VAT
  • Behind the Scenes

    Once Upon a Time… (Characters in your classroom)

    These sessions are led by an actor in role as a famous character from a chosen story. From Traditional Tales, to Ancient Myths and Legends these practical sessions explore classic stories and folk tales with students to complement the curriculum.

    • Suitable for: Early Years, Foundation, KS1 and KS2
    • Max: 30 participants
    • Cost: from £150+VAT
  • Playhouse: Play in a Day

    From Pirates to Fairytales, we can bring any class topic to life with a full or half day of drama, writing, making and creating with students, all culminating in a performance at the end of the day.

    • Suitable for: Early Years, Foundation, KS1, and KS2.
    • Max. 30 participants
    • Cost: from £250+VAT
  • Exploring Costume Workshops

    Delve headfirst into West Yorkshire Playhouse’s fantastic Costume Department to learn all about fashion, clothing and costume. This interactive learning adventure will give students unprecedented access to dress-up and explore within our treasure trove of costumes.

    • Suitable for: Foundation, KS1, and KS2.
    • 30 participants
    • Cost: from £150+VAT
  • Primary Players: Shakespeare Festival 2016

    Now in its third 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 July 2016.

    This programme includes six in-school artist-led Shakespeare workshops and rehearsals for your students, alongside tailored support for the teaching of Shakespeare in your curriculum, and professional development training for teaching staff.

    “It provided a unique and absolutely unforgettable experience for every child in the class – many of whom had never stepped foot inside a professional theatre before.”
    Teacher, Primary Players: Shakespeare Festival 2014

    The total cost to take part in this programme is £795+VAT per group.

    This fee allows one class (approx. 30 students) and up to three staff to take part in all aspects of Primary Players: Shakespeare Festival 2016

    Registration is now open for any school wishing to take part in this exciting programme in 2016.

    Contact Elvi Piper on elvi.piper@wyp.org.uk for more information.

How to Book Workshops

To book or enquire about our creative education workshops, please contact:

Elvi Piper, Creative Education Officer: elvi.piper@wyp.org.uk  phone number

Aoibheann Kelly Creative Education Manager: Aoibheann.kelly@wyp.org.uk 0113 213 7204

Booking Tickets and visiting the theatre

Prices and Discounts
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.

To Book

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


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