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Workshops and Q&As

Secondary Schools workshop participants - mixed group

Workshops and Q&As


Our workshops explore some of the key roles involved in making theatre at the NT. They're designed to support the study of Drama, Theatre Studies and English at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Post-16. 

These active sessions explore the NT repertoire, recent and past productions and the workings of the NT's three theatres. They are led by professional theatre-makers specialising in each area of focus. 

Workshops can be tailored to incorporate any production in the current NT repertoire.  For example, an Acting Workshop on Jane Eyre might explore how the actors in the NT production thought about character, as well as how students can develop their own performance skills.  An Exploring Text workshop on Saint George and the Dragon might explore how the director and the actors worked together to interpret the text and bring it to life on the stage.

The NT's ever-changing repertoire and three different theatres require completely different kinds of performance from our Company members.
What's involved?
Explore voice, physicality and text interpretation – focusing on the production you are seeing but also looking at how different texts, directors and spaces affect how actors develop a role.

Exploring Text
Whether it's Rufus Norris, Ivo van Hove or Lyndsey Turner, the NT is home to directors with a wide range of different approaches to taking a text, interpreting it and realising a production on stage.
What's involved?
Investigate how directors at the NT begin to explore a text with actors and the creative team in the rehearsal room and bring it to life on stage. Students have a chance to start thinking like a director, analysing a play and making decisions about how they would interpret and direct it.

With costume, props, carpenters, metalworkers, make-up artists and wig-makers all on one site, the NT is a designer's playground.
What's involved?
Follow the process of creating a set and costume design at the NT, from initial sketches to realisation. Looking at the work of different NT designers, and exploring how plays and spaces impact on designs, students create a scale model of their very own set design.

War Horse Puppetry Workshop
Designed to give students a hands-on understanding of how to create characters through puppetry and physicality; the workshops give a taste of the devising process through which the War Horse horses come to life. This workshop will be run by NT practitioners who have worked as performers and puppeteers in the production.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Workshop
These workshops put students in the roles of company members, combining script work and devised movement to bring Christopher's unique perspective on the world to life.


Seeing a production at the NT? Want to know what was going on in the director's mind in rehearsal, or how the actors have developed their performances? Our Q&A sessions are designed to give students a clear understanding of how director, designer and actors have realised the play they're seeing.

Delivered by the Staff Director of the show you're seeing, or by one of our Learning Associates, Q&As are the ideal pre-performance preparation for your students.

Price: £2.50 per student (teachers free)
Date: Before any weekday performance by arrangement
Time: On the day of your chosen performance for 30 minutes
Venue: National Theatre
Suitable for Key Stage 4/5 students


If you have any questions about National Theatre Workshops or Q&As, or if you require further information, please contact Andrew Pritchard, Secondary and Further Education Programme Coordinator: