Each half term Oxford Playhouse runs workshops for children aged 8 to 11 years on a theme that links to the current or a recent main stage show. Participants enjoy exploring different theatre disciplines; musical theatre, physical theatre, storytelling, puppetry and much much more, while learning how to create and stage their own performances for family and friends at the end of their workshop.
Every summer we invite children to join us for the week to create their version of an Oxford Playhouse production. Your children will devise their own script and incorporate song and dance to portray their story.
We are proud to have Mark Curtis (Small Nose Theatre) deliver a week long Clowning course for young people. Participants will learn the fun and demanding art of Clown and Improvisation as they discover what being funny means, why it’s important to fail and what type of clown they are.
Current Holiday Workshops...
George's Marvellous Medicine 10am to 4pm Wed 4th and Thu 5th April - For a few brief moments he had touched with the very tips of his fingers the edge of a magical world.
Join us for two marvellous days of fun and folly, as you explore the wondrous world of storyteller Roald Dahl. From his exciting characters to his playful language, you’ll delve into the world of George’s Marvellous Medicine to create your own short performance for family and friends inspired by Dahl’s work.
Fairy Tales, part two - 10am to 4pm Thu 31st May and Fri 1st June - We all love a good story, and if your child enjoys creating and telling imaginative tales then they’ll love these two magical days.
Your child will learn storytelling and physical theatre while learning how to stage traditional tales for the modern world. There will be a sharing of the children's work at the end of the second day for family and friends.
Play in a Week: Rags to Riches - 10am to 4pm Mon 6th to Fri 10th August - Join Dick Whittington and his/her cat, a few kittens and some rats - on a landlubbering and seafaring adventure - for a fun filled week with our Playhouse Practitioners.
Inspired by this year's pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat, we encourage your child's imagination to set sail!
Comedy and Clowning - 10am to 4pm Mon 20th to Fri 24th August - This workshop is packed fill of improvisation games and techniques, basic clown and physical comedy alongside devising and storytelling.
During this fun-filled week, where mistakes are an absolute must, Mark Curtis will guide you through a series of games and exercises; exploring improvisation, game play and slapstick skills to discover your silly self. Be prepared to work hard, play hard and laugh hard whilst making new friends.
The Playhouse offers free and discounted places for anyone that wants to take part but may need help with fees. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Once booked workshops are non-refundable.