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Creative Learning

Creative learning

We offer a range of activities and support materials for schools and colleges:


This project, for Key Stages 1 & 2, delivers curriculum and social development through workshops in schools, attendance at productions at the theatre and their own performances staged at the Playhouse supported by professionals. Schools can choose from a menu of activities to suit their needs. One school said “OFSTED gave our English curriculum Outstanding – due to this project.”

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If you have any queries, please contact Alexandra on 01722 343028 or Alexandra.Martyn@wiltshirecreative.co.uk



Welcome to our programme of activities aimed at secondary schools which covers a range of activities for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 students studying both English and Performing Arts/Drama

Over the course of 2017/18 we aim to expand our programme of workshops and activities to support the secondary curriculum and help enrich the lives of young people. The list below is only an idea of what we have on offer; please let us know of any specific aspect of English, Drama or theatre production that you would like our support with.

KS3 Original Drama Competition: Now in its second year, this is a FREE competition open to students in Y7, Y8 and Y9. Schools submit a selection of the students’ scripts and the chosen shortlist of plays are presented at a rehearsed reading in The Salberg at the end of the Summer term. The winning 3 entries are then performed as part of the Theatre Fest West event the following Spring.

Teresa Jones, an English/Drama teacher from Sarum Academy whose students took part in the 2016/17 competition said:  

The experience of working with professionals who took the writing seriously and allowed opportunity to adapt and experiment with the writing is a process that has given the pupils increased confidence in their own ability and imaginative concepts.  Watching their plays performed will be a life memory and a hugely important part of their academic journey. 

Schools are able to programme this to fit with their own schemes of work, but the final submission date will be the 25 May 2018.

Technical workshop day (KS4, KS5): An annual event which offers students the opportunity to work alongside our professional production team. The day provides a valuable insight into the production process, relevant to all drama students for live theatre evaluation, but is particularly beneficial to Production Support students interested in a career in theatre. See programme for dates and cost.

Teachers’ Inset Days: This year we are welcoming FRANTIC ASSEMBLY to lead this full day workshop.  See programme for details.

‘Behind the scenes’ digital resources (KS4, KS5): Over the course of the year we will be creating short films focused on a specific aspect of theatre production. The aim is to give students a detailed understanding of the design and production process, taking ideas from the script, working with a director and designer right through to the finished performance. The films will be FREE to view online on our website. For more details contact kate.robinson@wiltshirecreative.co.uk


Practical Theatre Making (KS3):  An ideal activity day for the end of the Summer term , giving KS3 students the opportunity to work as a production company, directing, performing, stage managing and designing sound and lighting options for a play. See programme for dates and cost.

Shakespeare workshops:These workshops support the delivery of Shakespeare as part of the English curriculum and bridge the gap between performance and textual analysis. During the 90 minute workshops the students explore themes, language, historical context and characterisation through practical activity. Workshops can be adapted to include a particular focus chosen by the school. Texts include Much Ado About Nothing & Macbeth.                      Cost: £150 per class of 30.


In-school Workshops:  We also offer a range of workshops which we can bring to you at school to help support skills development. Current offers include theatre make-up design, new writing, site-specific theatre, devising  and stage combat. However, if you want support with any particular skill or experience, contact our Take Part department and we will be happy to help.                               Cost: £80 per class workshop

To book and for more information please contact Kate Robinson on 01722 345174 or email kate.robinson@wiltshirecreative.co.uk

Secondary ProgrammeClick here to download Secondary School Programme 2017/18



Wiltshire Creative offers work placements to students studying in years 10-13, giving an opportunity to experience a working week within a variety of departments, in a busy producing theatre.  Work placements are offered through an application and interview process only.  We try our best to accommodate work placements throughout the year where possible but can only accept two work experience candidates at any one time.

Higher Education and CPD opportunities are also available and offered after application in specific areas of producing theatre.  This experience can be for 1 week or more as appropriate.

A limited number of work experience placements are available.  To apply for a work placement, please download and complete the application form and return it to the Take Part department either via email at Alexandra.Martyn@wiltshirecreative.co.ukor post to Alexandra Martyn at Wiltshire Creative, Salisbury Playhouse, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 7RA.

Potential candidates will be invited to attend an interview.

Please note that applications can take a while to process at busy times, this can take a few weeks and we will get back to you as soon as we can.