Education & Outreach

In line with our goal of developing diverse, young audiences, Selladoor's educational arm aims to empower young adults through the theatre. By offering additional enriching experiences such as workshops and Q&A sessions, alongside our productions, we hope to enable young audiences to further understand and appreciate both the on-stage performance, and the behind-the-scenes creative process.

It is our belief that allowing young people to engage with theatre on a more intimate, personal, level fosters creativity, inspiring the theatre makers of tomorrow.

We recommend booking tickets to the relevant performance alongside all of our workshops. Please contact your local theatre to ask about the workshops and group rates they offer

Workshops & Outreach

Whether you’re a budding performer or someone that’s interested in working behind-the-scenes, we have a variety of workshops and opportunities you can get involved with. We also offer educational workshops and supporting material which can be used for the GCSE and A Level Drama and English Literature curriculum. As we continue to develop our education and outreach programmes we are looking at new and inventive ways we can partner with different groups to ensure we continue to engage and support our young adults.

Page-to-Stage – Production Workshop

Our Production Workshops allow participants to directly engage with our productions, and provide them with the unique opportunity to experience the creative process by re-creating a scene from one of our productions. During the workshop, participants are able to explore a variety of roles from set and costume design, to lighting and sound design, stage management, directing, and acting.  Participants are invited to experience a condensed production process, and learn the skills necessary to piece together all the creative elements required to produce and exciting piece of theatre. Participants will develop a variety of transferrable skills like teamwork, leadership and decision making, whilst gaining in-depth knowledge of the creative process and understanding how the various elements of a theatrical production contribute to a final performance.

Behind the Curtains – Theatre Professional Workshop

With our Theatre Professional Workshops, students are able to meet with professional theatre makers to learn more about the production process. With contributors ranging from costume, set, and sound designers, to stage managers, producers, casting directors and agents, these talks aim to provide an overview to the theatre industry as a whole along with role specific information that will inform the production process from start to finish.

In such presentations, a costume designer may describe their initial research, discussions with the director, their creative process including sketches and mood boards, the decision making process for material choices and costume patterns, and much more.

This programme ties in with Drama GCSE specifications that require students to learn the roles of a wide range of theatre professionals and their contributions to a theatrical production.

Talks and Q&A Sessions

In partnership with the theatres we visit, we will often arrange post-show Q&A sessions with company members and invited speakers to complement a particular production. Talks will take place immediately following the production in the auditorium, and allow young people the invaluable opportunity to speak directly to the people behind the production and have any questions they may have answered. Please check your local theatre website for the date of your next Q&A, or contact us directly to request one.

Education packs – Resources for Teachers

Education packs will be available alongside many of our productions and allow students to further explore the themes, characters and settings of a production, as well as providing additional written and visual information on the creative process. The packs also include suggested lessons plans and activities, with contributions from our productions’ directors. All of our lesson plans and suggested activities have been designed in line with the national assessment objectives as outlined by various examining boards. Teachers can adapt these lessons according to the needs of their students

*Of Mice and Men education pack can be downloaded here.

Schools Workshops – Teaching Artist

These workshops are delivered by a professional teaching artist and are designed to be delivered at your school. They will expand on the production seen by your students, and will be tailored to cover relevant curriculum strands. These workshops will actively engage students by allowing them to analyse and understand the text of the play whilst on their feet. Please contact [email protected] to find out more about the teaching artist workshops available alongside our productions, and to get a quote for a workshop.   

For more information about our workshops and outreach programmes, or to enquire about booking, please email Tash our Creative and Learning Manager at [email protected] or call 020 3355 8567.

Accessibility

We are committed to creating dynamic theatre that is accessible to as many people as possible, and work closely with theatres to be able to offer access to those with additional needs. In 2017 we were delighted to produce our first relaxed performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and hope to continue this trend in the future.

Please get in touch directly with the venue for planning your visit and further information on the following: Wheelchair access | Assistance Dogs | Hard of Hearing | Captioning | Audio Description | Touch Tours | Relaxed Performances.

*Please note facilities and services will vary according to venue.