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School Workshops and Performances 2024

We provide workshops which take place in local schools and these form a major part of the HYF Programme.  We offer over 2,000 places to young people from Reception age upwards.  A diverse range of workshops gives children a flavour of different activities that they might not have attempted or experienced before. The programme is designed to stimulate children's imagination, build confidence and to inspire them to try out new experiences.


Please see below for an overview of the workshops that are on offer this year. Workshops are selected and booked by schools who will provide details to parents.

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Click here for the application form for performances and workshops

School Workshops

We are offering the free sessions and workshops with the following providers - schools apply for these on behalf of pupils.

These workshops have been generously supported by our sponsors. 

Create 'n' Make with Michaela Clarke

Michaela will be working with years 1-4  pupils to make artwork on our "My Favourite Things” theme.


Mixed Media with Emily Cooling

Emily is running a workshop making artwork for display based on our "My Favourite Things” theme for years 3 - 6.

Digital Portraits with Kathryn Fell

Kathryn will be helping children in years 5 and 6 to create digital portraits.

Flamenco Lessons

Tailored to any age group from Year 2 upwards, children will have lots of fun watching a flamenco performance, before learning about how flamenco developed and how a flamenco group is formed and finally trying out some flamenco footwork and movements.

NEW FOR 2024 - the following are new workshops this year!

A Mini Museum of My Favourite Things

Camilla Shelley from the River and Rowing Museum will run a workshop for up to 30 children: look at, touch and pass around some very special museum objects with stories to tell. Then make drawings and  'pop ups' to create your own mini museum in a box.

Wise Moves - Bhangra Dance Workshop

A one-hour bhangra dance workshop led by Wise Moves' artist, Senjuti. In this lively and joyous workshop children learn how to dance Bhangra. The workshop will be made up of up to five, 1 hour sessions in a day - all in the same school - which can accommodate up to 30 students per session.

School Performances

Our School performances are supported by sponsors and our partner the Kenton Theatre. There is a small charge per child for these performances which goes towards running costs of the Festival schools programme.

Young Shakespeare 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Four Young Shakespeare Company actors perform Shakespeare’s enchanting comic tale in a fast-moving fully-costumed interactive production. The play is brought vividly to life for the children, at times including the whole audience to create such enchanting scenes as the bustling Athenian market and the wood full of mysterious fairies and sprites. The performance concludes with the market traders’ hilarious rendition of ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’.

Throughout the performance the children become actively involved in the play through a carefully structured range of drama and language activities.

Years 5 and 6. Four Performances on 5th to 6th March 2024.


BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates 

The Rude Science Show

BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates takes you on a funny, cheeky, thoroughly disgusting but utterly scientific multimedia journey through the human body from head to bottom, with lots of spectacular science stunts and audience interaction. There’ll be edible bogies, cooking in vomit, farts, faeces and urine as well as live insects and some VERY weird food. Stefan is renowned for his world-class science and food shows.

Years 4 and 9.

Two Performances on Thursday 7th March 2024 at the Kenton Theatre (Year 9 sold out)

Scarlet Oak Theatre 

“Along Came A Magpie”

In the intimate setting of a potting shed, we meet our Gardener. She loves the smell of the flowers, the feel of the earth and watching her plants bloom. But along came a magpie who turns her potting shed upside down! Making friends is lots of fun, but can sometimes be tricky. Join our gardener and magpie on this playful and heart warming journey as they navigate the intricacies of friendship.


Featuring puppetry, plants and lots of pots, this forty minute adventure is designed to delight ages 2-6 and their grownups.

Years Reception/1/2/3

8 x 1 hour performances in schools 4th - 7th March 2024

NEW FOR 2024 - the following are new performances this year!

Globe Players 

“An Inspector Calls”

This exciting new presentation of An Inspector Calls for secondary schools is proving extremely popular. Each turn of the plot draws gasps from the students – even those already familiar with the text. Key scenes from the play are used, as we examine the willingness, or otherwise, of the various members of the family to take responsibility for the death that, according to Inspector Goole, has occurred. We also look at the play’s structure, the use of language, historical context and the different character types represented.

Years 10 to 11

Two performances in schools 6th March 2024

The completed Application Form should be sent to Daniel by email to by the deadline of 31 January 2024

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