stf Theatre | Workshops
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Image: stf Season Workshop students rehearsing. Photo by Graham Burke.



“The clever and fine teaching gave us all a rich, fun, fabulous afternoon that the observing professional acting members of staff appreciated as much as the students”!

Petronilla Whitfield (Arts Institute: Bournemouth University)


“There were great ideas thrown around during the course of the day that a teacher could bring into the class to liven up the Shakespeare texts”.

Lorna Smith (Head of PGCE Education: Bristol University)


“I thought that the day was excellent. There was an immense amount of in-depth study of the characters”.

Ellen Kirkman (2nd year PGCE student)

Bath Spa University


“The experience was great! I always pretty much hated Drama at school, so I found it especially helpful to me as a teacher who’ll potentially be doing some kind of Drama in the years to come.”

Clare Boulter (BA English student)

Exeter University


The students and I were extremely pleased with the workshop and found it both fun and enlightening”.

Doug Chamberlin (Senior Creative Writing Tutor)

Bath Spa University


“Our students really enjoyed the idea of the workshop as an insightful way into the text and were thrilled to have an actual cast member discussing it with them. They all felt that they had benefited from hearing the actor’s point of view”.

Debbie Thacker (Senior lecturer in English)

Gloucester University


“Your workshop actively develops student’s understanding of texts – bridging the gap from the page to the stage”!

Rebecca Bailey (Senior lecturer in English)

Gloucester University




Over the past fifteen years stf has built an Outreach/Education arm to augment the main acting company, giving students and faculties around the country (from KS2 to PGCE Masters students) a chance to experience our dynamic and enriching performing arts programme.


“Your workshop actively develops student’s understanding of texts.”
– Rebecca Bailey (Senior lecturer in English), Gloucester University


Stf is delighted to be able to offer virtual workshops/webinars via Zoom in order to facilitate the development of online resources for school and university students in these extraordinary times.


It is our experience that every analytical literature course demands that the students focus on the specifics of the text in order to attain top grades. However, despite Shakespeare being the only compulsory writer left on the national curriculum, teachers are given little guidance as to the best method of dealing with his plays in the classroom – which is exactly what our workshops offer. Detailed linguistic analysis, combined with some helpful guidance on how an actor approaches speaking the text, has proven very successful in unlocking key scenes and speeches and generally improving student’s understanding of classical plays and novels. This in turn enhances their confidence, overall engagement and generally enriches student’s educational experience.


To book a workshop, or for further information about our Outreach and University work, please contact our Workshops Director: Chris Donnelly: 07811 141 290 or email

Workshop Director Chris Donnelly as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Photo: Farrows Creative

Saturday Morning Drama Workshops

Saturday Morning Workshops include acting techniques, ensemble work and devising an original script to be performed in the theatre.

For more information contact:
Morag Massey – or call stf: 0117 963 3054 or

Image: Chris Donnelly and Marc Geoffrey in Two Gentlemen of Verona. Photo by Farrows Creative.

Image: Students from Meadows Primary School with Education Facilitator Dan Winter. Photo by  Natalie Dewan, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.


The company works closely with The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as a launch partner for Shakespeare Week, an annual celebration of Shakespeare for primary school children throughout the UK.


We first launched our Shakespeare Week workshops in March 2014 with the theme Comedy and Magic, exploring magic and comedy capers of some of Shakespeare’s finest plays. In 2016 the theme was Friend and Foes exploring friendship and gang rivalry through the close relationships of Romeo and Juliet. In 2017 our theme was Men, Monsters and Magic where we looked at the supernatural and all other magical aspects in The Tempest. Our theme in 2018 was Blood, Battles and Betrayal exploring the disorder created from Macbeth’s repeated betrayal on those around him. In 2019 we offered a mixture of Fairies & Magic and Betrayal, Blood and Battles with workshops around A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth.


During 2020 we have worked with 6 HUB primary schools in Bristol in a series of drama and grafitti workshops (delivered by Bristol-based artists Graft). The initiative is part of the new Shakespeare Hub Schools project, working with creative practitioners to provide children with a great first introduction of Shakespeare, via the arts. The scheme is delivered free to schools by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and supported by Arts Council England.

Watch a video taster of Shakespeare Week 2014. With thanks to children and staff at Holy Cross Primary School, Bristol.


We welcome your feedback, and look forward to receiving your comments on how you found our workshops.


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