For Primary Schools

Discover Derby Theatre -  a Learning Theatre

We have a fantastic series of shows and workshops aimed at Primary School children. 

To enquire about any aspect of our Learning Programme, please email:  

All of our workshops can be tailored for Special Educational Needs Schools.


Story Makers

Story Makers - Derby Theatre

Developing confidence, communication, curiosity and literacy skills, we help your class to create and act out their own unique stories.

Thiis is a wonderful child-centred approach that may start with a story written by someone their own age or an exciting object to stimulate young imaginations. We can also take a book of your choice as the starting point. 

By supporting them to act out their stories, children’s ideas are validated and celebrated and makes this a wonderful whole-class activity.

Suitable for: Early Years, KS1 & 2

Duration: up to 2 hours

Cost: £100 (1 hour), £160 (2 hours)

Max pupils: 30

Discover Days

Discover and do with theatre professionals

Spend a day at the theatre and learn new skills. Discover everything from costume and set design to lighting and sound, in an accessible and fun way. See backstage and make your own mini-production to be performed on stage.  this workshop is accessible and fun!

For KS1 and 2

Cost: £6 a head

Duration: whole day

Max pupils: 60

Play Box

Develops team working, design and numeracy

Open up a world of creativity and imagination in your classroom. Taking a story or a play that you're studying as a starting point, our professional creatives will work with your class to unlock design ideas for props, costume and scenery.

Years 3-6.

2 hours. £100 plus VAT. Please enquire for dates.

Topics Get Active

From the Ancient Egyptians to powerful planets...

These practical sessions focus on a topic of your choice and support teamwork and confidence-building, culminating in a short performance that will help their learning come to life.

Suitable for: Early years, KS1 & 2

Cost: £4 per head

Duration: 2 hours

Max Pupils: 30

Shakespeare for Primaries

Practical approaches and drama-based techniques will help plant the seed for life-long learning with these fun and accessible workshops. They enable students to read between the lines and unlock the language of Shakespeare by bringing his stories to life and inspiring them to learn about one of the most influential playwrights of all time.

You can choose from the following workshops which can be tailored to your learning objectives:

First Encounter Workshop

An introduction to a Shakespeare play

Exploration Workshop

A deeper study of a Shakespeare play

Suitable for: KS1 & 2

Cost: £5 per head

Duration: 90 minutes - 2 hours

Max Pupils: 30

Arts Award

Build Derby theatre into your plans for the Arts Award for all levels. Discover the theatre and find out about professional artists. We'll inspire your pupils, giving them the knowledge they need to complete their award.

Suitable for KS1 & 2

Cost and duration is flexible depending on your needs. Please enquire.