Royal Exchange Opportunities For Schools

Tameside’s Got Talent!
May 6, 2014
Auditions For Ludus Youth Dance Company
May 21, 2014
Tameside’s Got Talent!
May 6, 2014
Auditions For Ludus Youth Dance Company
May 21, 2014

The Royal Exchange Theatre has a wide range of performances, workshops and resources throughout May and June.

The Last Days Of Troy & Britannia Waves The Rules
8 May – 7 June

As Britain commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the Royal Exchange’s productions of THE LAST DAYS OF TROY by Simon Armitage and BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES by Gareth Farr are particularly relevant for students studying History, English and Drama at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.

TICKETS: £10 & 1 free teacher per 10 (limited availability, call for details)

0161 615 6702 |



Running in parallel with THE LAST DAYS OF TROY and BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES, the Royal Exchange is delighted to offer a programme of workshops for schools and colleges to support the study of these productions as part of the new national curriculum. Specially designed by Director Nick Bagnall, these practical workshop sessions will use the play scripts as a starting point to support the delivery of the History, English and Drama curriculum at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.

Workshops are available at the Royal Exchange (subject to availability) or off-site in schools and cost £125 for a 2 hour session. Please get in touch on 0161 615 6697 or email for more information on the sessions available, and to book.

Education resources

Please visit to find a range of resources to support learning around THE LAST DAYS OF TROY and BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES, including a filmed interview with Nick Bagnall and Gareth Farr, information about the design for both productions and classroom ideas.


The Pardoner’s Tale
Directed & composed by Lewis Gibson
18 – 28 June

Tangere Arts and the Unicorn Theatre’s co-production of THE PARDONER’S TALE is not only an engaging piece of adventurous theatre, but an introduction for young audiences to one of the most influential literary works written in English: Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. It is particularly relevant for pupils at Key Stages 2 & 3.

Suitable for all ages 7+

There is still availability for the following performances:

Thursday 19 June, 11am and 1.30pm

Tuesday 24 June, 1.30pm

Thursday 26 June, 11am

TICKETS: £5 Under 13s / £10 Concessions.

0161 615 6702 |



Behind the Scenes

Wednesday 25 June, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Enrich your experience of a production with this chance to learn about the people who work behind the scenes; designing, directing, making and performing.

Cost: £6/£4 (concessions & group leaders). Book on 0161 615 6702.

Post-Show Discussions

Tangere Arts will be offering 20 minute post-show discussions on Friday 20 June, Wednesday 25 June and Friday 27 June. At these sessions, actors and members of the production team will answer questions and engage with the audience, talking about the show, the story, the music and the special effects.

Please get in touch on 0161 615 6702 or email for more information and to book tickets for one of these performances.

Education resources

Please visit to find a special teachers pack with a range of background information about THE PARDONER’S TALE as well as historical information about Chaucer and activities to use in the classroom both before and after your visit.


Creative Industry Day
Friday 20 June, 10am – 3pm

Particularly relevant for students at Key Stage 4, 5 and beyond, our Creative Industry Days are a fun and practical way for your students to find out about the wide range of careers available in the theatre. Students are invited behind the scenes at the Royal Exchange Theatre to spend time with some of our production departments including Lighting, Sound, Wardrobe, and Marketing with opportunities to ask questions and have a go.

Cost: £360 (maximum 25 students). Book on 0161 615 6702 or email


Don’t Feed The Plants
Autumn 2014 Schools project for Key Stage 3 students

In Autumn 2014, the Royal Exchange will be supporting creative and cultural learning in Key Stage 3 Art, Drama and English with a collaborative, school led project entitled DON’T FEED THE PLANTS!

In response to the Royal Exchange’s Christmas production THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, the Participation & Learning Department is inviting up to 5 schools to create work inspired by the production to be displayed in the Lounge.

Each participating school will receive a plant pot containing a pack of materials, as well as inspirers and activities that will engage students across the Key Stage 3 Art, Drama and English curriculum. Teachers will receive a free creative planning session in September (date TBC) and have the option to book a follow-up workshop in their school at the discounted rate of £100.

For further information about this project – and to register your interest – please contact us on 0161 615 6750 or email

Full information about the Autumn Winter 2014 season will be with you in early May, or you can find out more here.

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