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Icarus offers students the opportunity to unpick a Shakespearean play of your choice and explore how our professional company stages the Bard. This exciting and thorough examination of a Shakespeare play engages students in an interactive and performative experience. With strong links to the curriculum, particularly Drama, English and PSHE/Citizenship, Icarus uses drama to help students develop their understanding of the narrative, their inference skills, performance techniques and expand their vocabulary. Nurturing a love for all things Shakespeare and lifting his works from page to stage.

Please summarize why you are great to support learning. 
Icarus has over 10 years’ experience delivering educational drama-orientated learning experiences. Our work with young people is challenging and empowering, with emphasis on encouraging collaboration; learning through getting up and doing, rather than just reading about drama. We tailor each of our offerings to the specific needs of the students and teachers we deal with, ensuring a unique learning experience for each school and every student. As well as consulting with leading organisations such as Time for Change on topic-based projects on Mental Health, we use curriculum stimulus as a driving force for exploration of subjects as well.

What does a typical school workshop visit include?
Shakespeare in Performance for Secondary Schools – choose any play

A one-off, 90 minute workshop on a Shakespeare play of your choice. Students’ will work with two of our trained, DBS-checked actors / workshop leaders.

The logistics of the workshop can be tailored to your school’s specific needs. Normally, the Workshops Leaders work with a group of 30 students for 90 minutes focusing on a specific skill, or topic as desired can all be requested.

Suggested topics are:
- Hamlet: Challenging the Stigmas of Mental Health and Depression
- Building a Shakespearean Character
- Shakespeare the Icarus Way
- Physicality, Etiquette & Gender
- Trippingly on the Tongue

Shakespeare in Residence for Primary Schools – choose any play

A series of workshops carried out over the course of 2 - 5 days on a Shakespeare play of your choice. Students’ will work with two of our trained, DBS-checked actors / workshop leaders.

The logistics of the residency can be tailored to your school’s specific needs. Normally, the Workshops Leaders work across the entire school in 10 separate groups of roughly 1 hour each, though we can instead work more intensely with a specific year group.

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What group sizes do you cater for?
Ideally around 30, but the smaller the group, the better the experience.The larger the group, the more economical.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any other useful information? 
An Education Pack, with additional resources and class activities is provided for selected Shakespeare plays – including Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, and Othello.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio if appropriate?

Are your team CRB checked for attending schools/colleges etc?
Yes – new enhanced DBS checks

Does your company have an education officer?
Rebekah Keane –

What is the cost?
90-minute workshop @ £250 - £350

Residency @ £1600 (offer for 3 days)

Our packages are extremely flexible and we’d love to hear from you about how we can make a visit to your school possible.

Where geographically will you visit?
If you only visit are certain days and times please also mention this here.

We usually travel throughout the UK and Ireland; though have done worldwide workshops as well.

Do you have an LOTC Quality Badge?
UK Theatre Member

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“It was perfect – exactly what we needed.”
Maeve Connelly – Thornhill College

“5 stars - Pupils and staff from Coatbridge High School thoroughly enjoyed the fabulous performance of Hamlet this morning and the brilliant workshop this afternoon: Thank you!”
Sarah Robertson – Coatbridge High School

“I now know what to write in my essay!”
“It makes so much more sense now. I feel ready for my controlled assessment”
Students of Purbrook Park School

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
As well as our education work, we also tour professional shows across the UK & Ireland.
We, at Icarus, are strong advocates of dispelling the stigmas of Mental Health and Depression. We deliver a drama-orientated PSHE workshop on Mental Health.

We are delighted to visit all schools of all kinds across the UK, we are eager to provide opportunities for those schools in rural areas without obvious access to the arts. Our offices are based in London. Please visit our website for more details:

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Historical Heritage Performing Arts Workshops Personal Development-Mentoring SEN Storytelling Theatres Team Building

Curriculum Topics Covered: Drama English History PSHE

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Who Visits Who?: We visit you

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