14 June 2017

Active Approaches to – Shakespeare

Practical techniques for engaging with and exploring Shakespeare’s texts
Wed 19 July 2017
09:30 – 16:00
Memo Arts Centre, Barry


This workshop is specifically designed for English teachers who don’t have a drama or performance background. It is designed to explore practical techniques for engaging with and exploring Shakespeare’s texts . The facilitators, who work with such companies as the RSC and the Royal National Theatre, will use techniques and approaches from the professional rehearsal room to provide you with a practical toolbox to unlock the text with your students.

It is intended to give non-performance trained educators a portfolio of practical and physical approaches to text that can absorb and immerse a variety of different students in varying contexts and age groups.

In this workshop you will be given a practical guide and toolkit to help empower and engage your students with Shakespeare. No previous knowledge of approaching Shakespeare in this way is necessary.

We will cover practical approaches and exercises with the language and verse for all ages and abilities along with methods of breaking down the text, staging and directing approaches and ways into practical exploration of themes, characters and the world of the plays.


This one day continuing professional development course has been specifically commissioned by A2 Connect- The Arts & Education network: Central south. It is free subject to application to teachers who have a letter of recommendation from a member of their school leadership team and provide evidence of how this will develop their professional practice. We will support schools with the cover costs of having teachers absent from the classroom for the duration of the course.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.



The course is led by Yvonne Murphy and Nia Lynn who are theatre professionals with specific and substantial experience of both working on Shakespearean texts in the rehearsal room and have an understanding of working in an educational context.

Yvonne Murphy

Yvonne has over 24 years experience of working with young people and Shakespeare. Yvonne founded Omidaze Productions in 2008 (www.omidaze.co.uk ) and has directed two sell-out Shakespeare co-productions with Wales Millennium Centre.

Yvonne has worked as a director and facilitator with the English Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre, The Shakespeare Schools Festival and Plymouth Theatre Royal designing and delivering interactive productions and workshops and teacher training programmes on active approaches to Shakespeare for both Primary and Secondary students.

Nia Lynn

Nia is currently working on projects with the LYRIC Hammersmith, HOME Manchester, The Donmar Warehouse, The RSC and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.

Previously Nia was Head of Voice at the Music Theatre Academy and is Current member of the faculty at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (Creative Learning Department). She is the principal study jazz singing teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, the Royal Academy of Music, and is a visiting lecturer at the Trinity Laban.

She is an Education Associate Practitioner for The Royal Shakespeare Company, representing their education department in the UK and internationally. She has also worked with BBC on their CBeebies production of ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ and then with Tim Crouch on ‘The Complete Deaths’ with SpyMonkey, and with The Premier League (creative learning coaching) and companies and artists such as Kate Tempest, Jean Abreau, Insight Productions, Phyzical Theatre Company, National Student Drama Festival, Sheffield Theatres and Sound Thinking Australia.


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