Primary Education

Education Experiences

Our exciting workshops and one-off experiences are designed to engage and inspire students, focus creativity and support a range of curriculum topics across KS1 and KS2.

To book or for more information about any of our one-off opportunities, contact

We also offer a range of Partnership Projects.

Insight Workshops

We offer bespoke workshops linked to current Festival Theatre productions. Workshops can be tailored to curriculum needs or term topics and are designed to enhance theatre visits for students. 

Insight Workshops are available throughout the academic year for groups of up to 30 primary students at a time, and can take place at your school in advance of, or following a visit to see a Chichester Festival Theatre performance.

For: Up to 30 students
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Your venue
Cost: £5 per student

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Inspired by characters and themes from Beauty and the Beast or other stories in the winter season, KS1 or KS2 students can re-imagine stories and characters before performing their own version in a practical workshop.

Storymakers workshops are a great opportunity to work with others at the theatre. Alternatively, these imaginative workshops can be delivered within school.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – Developing 21st century love stories
Available throughout December 

Available throughout January

Available throughout February

Up to 30 students
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Theatre or your venue
£5 per pupil

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Creative Literacy Workshops

Through two in-school workshops, students will gain insight into work by a significant author. Sessions will develop literacy skills, creative writing and imagination through drama techniques to bring landmark stories to life.

Workshops are developed to focus on chosen authors, and could include works by Nina Bawden, Malorie Blackman, Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson, Michael Morpurgo or Michael Rosen.

Participants: KS1, KS2
For: Up to 30 students
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Your venue
Cost: £5 per student

Theatre Day: The Jungle Book

Learn about technical staging, characters and storytelling, in this exciting addition to a performance of The Jungle Book for KS2 or KS3 students.

Thu 1 February, 11am - 12.30pm
KS2, KS3
For: Up to 50 students
Location: Theatre
Cost: £13.50 for workshop and performance


Primary Takeover Day: The Little Matchgirl

Immerse children in theatre as they take part in a Hans Christian Andersen-inspired workshop and find out about an aspect of technical theatre after the matinee performance.

Wed 7 February, 12pm onwards
For: Up to 30 students
Location: Theatre
Cost: £15 per pupil (includes matinee performance)

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Primary Technical Tasters (KS2)

Students are invited to discover what goes on behind the scenes in a landmark theatre.  

Led by a member of our Technical Team, these practical workshops focus on an important element of theatre. Students could find out how costumes or props are designed, what it takes to build a set or how to light a performance.  

Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions and create their own ideas in response to the workshop.  

Four workshops are available, each focusing on a different area:

  • Costume
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Stage Design 

For: Up to 25 students
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Theatre
Cost: £5 per student

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Shakespeare: World and Works

During Shakespeare Week 2018, pupils can explore characters and scenes from one of the Bard’s greatest comedies - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and learn about living conditions during the Elizabethan era. Run through a partnership with Weald and Downland Living Museum.

There are plenty of follow-on opportunities at school, as teaching staff will also receive a digital resource pack to support classroom delivery.  

12 – 16 March, 10am – 2.30pm
Participants: KS2 – Year 5 or Year 6
For: Up to 30 students
Location: Weald and Downland Living Museum
Cost: £9.50 per student

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Partnership Projects

Partner with us to offer students a sustained programme of learning, designed to enhance theatre visits, develop theatre-making techniques or build key skills. 

For more information about education partnerships, contact


Students can explore unique classroom resources designed to explore the history of the theatre, whilst encouraging discussion, play and drama.  

Each box uses Chichester Festival Theatre productions, buildings, or creatives as stimuli for exploring culture, drama and history amongst other subjects.  

Playboxes are delivered to your school, and can be used for up to six weeks alongside an online portal to support multimedia learning. You can choose from three Playboxes to use in the classroom:

CONSTRUCTION: Explore how Chichester Festival Theatre was built, and the science behind the building materials 

PEOPLE: Learn about the work and lives of individuals linked to the theatre across different periods 

PERFORMANCE: Chart the journey from bright idea to opening night, exploring the work of writers, directors, designers and actors

Location: Your venue
Cost: Deposit fee applied

Shakespeare Fun For Familie Events.


Across eight in-school workshops, students will work with a creative facilitator to develop writing, grammar and imagination through scriptwriting. Participants will develop their own short play, to be performed by other students at the end of the project.  

Playtime is designed to increase confidence and teamwork whilst encouraging independent creativity. Students will share ideas, take inspiration from well-known stories and develop an understanding of how their work would be performed on stage.  

Participants: Year 5 or Year 6
For: Up to 30 students
Duration: 8 x 90 minutes
Location: Your venue
Cost: Fee applied

To book one of our workshops, contact or find out more about booking schools tickets for shows or events.