Live Theatre is committed to developing positive relationships with schools across the North East of England.

Live Theatre has a dedicated Education and Participation team which works with teachers and pupils to create bespoke projects and events that will capture the imaginations of both teachers and pupils. This includes delivering Theatre In Education projects, young writers projects and school residencies in harder to reach communities.

Live Theatre is experienced in developing positive relationships with schools such as Theatre In Education projects, young writers projects, teacher training, and drama/literacy workshops to support a wide range of areas in the curriculum. 

Current projects

FREE workshops for pupils and students to coincide with What Falls Apart

With the 2015 General Election fast approaching our free creative workshop #GetOnYourSoapbox is the perfect way to engage young people in politics. In a free 2.5 hour session at your school or college participants will work with two drama facilitators to explore the issues and concerns affecting them in the lead up to the Election. Using a series of games, challenges, and practical exercises to explore the idea of making choices by 'voting with your feet'. It will provide students with a platform and the confidence to find their voice and use it in a creative way by inviting them to #GetOnYourSoapbox about an issue they feel passionate about.

This is a free session which can take place at your school or college. The workshops for #GetOnYourSoapbox will result in three short pieces of theatre devised by young people to make their voices heard. The shows will then be performed at Live Theatre on Sunday 3 May at 4pm, followed by a Young People's Question Time.

Availability: Weekdays between Monday 16 March and Friday 3 April, times and dates subject to availability and by arrangement.
Limited number of free workshops available.
Suitability: Ages 14+, links to Citizenship, Politics & Government, English, History & Drama
Duration: 2.5 Hours (shorter 55 minute workshop also available) 
Location: At your school or college

For more information and to register your interest (deadline Friday 13 March) please contact Lauren Grant, Project Co-ordinator, Live Theatre Education and Participation by email onyoursoapbox@gmail.com

Creative Writing Workshops
Summer and Autumn terms 

Creative Workshops 2015 is an exciting year for Live Theatre. Live Works is a new £10 million capital scheme which will include the creation of a new public park and a children’s writing centre which will open in 2016. We are looking for primary and secondary schools to take part in trial workshops over the summer and autumn terms to help us to put a programme together for the centre.

Suitability: Ages 8-14
Links to: Literacy, Creative Writing & Drama
Duration: 2 hrs Cost: Free To take part in a FREE trial session please email education@live.org.uk


Write Stuff for teenagers, which focuses on developing speaking, listening and literacy skills through a series of practical drama-based workshops that will inspire young people to write.

Activities can take place in school, in community venues or at Live Theatre.

We can accommodate school groups to take part in historic tours of the building, post-show discussions, meet the director, meet the cast and backstage tours.


January to March 2015
Into the Trenches
A Theatre Centre project in partnership with Live Theatre and the Durham County Record Office

Into the Trenches is a participation project taking place in five schools across Chester-le-Street, Sunderland and Stockton. Inspired by Theatre Centre's production The Muddy Choir - a new play by Jesse Briton which tells the story of three young soldiers from Sunderland –  students in year 9 and 10 will undertake research into the impact of the First World War on their communities before working with Live Theatre to bring this research to life.

Over a number of classroom-based sessions students will work with writer Paddy Campbell (Wet House) and director Tracy Gillman to create their own monologues in response to the play and their research on the themes of recruitment and conscription as well as the role of women in the war.

For more information

To find out more about Live Theatre projects or to discuss educational opportunities in more detail email our education team or contact them on (0191) 269 3488

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