What We Do
Dippermouth’s engaging workshops dramatically improve…
- Approaching dramatic texts
- Speaking and performing to an audience
- Forming and developing personal interpretations
- Collaborating with others in a group / ensemble
- Deepening engagement with plots and characters
- Broadening awareness of social, historical, political and literary context
- Establishing the power and relevance of theatre, and of dramatic texts
- Creating new possibilities in the classroom and beyond
How We Do It
- We can tailor workshops to meet your needs and requirements – including specific plays, authors, themes and interests.
- We can incorporate live performance by professionals.
- We bring in our knowledge from staging plays, including Shakespeare plays, professionally.
Our Track Record
- All ages and Key Stages
- Large classes and small
- Curricular and extra-curricular
- In schools and for other organisations
- Across the UK and beyond
The ESU is a major international charity, with over 40 branches across the UK and over 50 around the world.
In 2014 and 2015, Dippermouth devised and delivered workshops for the ESU’s national Performing Shakespeare programme (previously run by Shakespeare’s Globe). Hundreds of KS3 students received expert training from Dippermouth mentors: in their schools, and at the ESU’s headquarters in London. At the accompanying monologues and duologues competition in 2015, 75% of winners had attended Dippermouth workshops.
“Everyone involved absolutely loved the workshops.” – Charlie Morris, Operations and Development Coordinator, ESU
UCL Horizons, the outreach arm of University College London, aims to enthuse and engage young people with new educational opportunities.
Year 10 Saturday School
In 2015 UCL enlisted Dippermouth to deliver a five-week ‘Shakespeare in performance’ course, delivered to four groups of Year 10 students from inner-city, non-selective state schools. Following the plot of Hamlet, the course introduced students to dramaturgy, stagecraft and production design, soliloquies and character development, ensemble work and fight direction.
“Dippermouth’s sessions received wide acclaim from the students attending and really helped to make their experience participating in the programme a positive one.”
– Amandip Bisel, Senior Access Officer, UCL
Year 11 Summer School
In 2015 Dippermouth led four sessions at UCL’s Year 11 Summer School, drawing on theatre practice to develop students’ speaking, listening and presentation skills.
“The Dippermouth session was highly valuable and had great levels of engagement. I had glowing reviews.”
– Clare James, Access Officer, UCL
Dippermouth contributed to Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s inaugural Shakespeare Week with primary school workshops in London and Liverpool. Students witnessed, devised and performed scenes from Shakespeare’s Macbeth – live, and with lots of fake blood.
“Dippermouth gave a mesmerising performance of a scene from Macbeth followed by a fantastic workshop.” – Sophie Bolger, St Francis de Sales School, Liverpool
Over 50 schools and universities
Dippermouth’s core team of workshop facilitators have led workshops in schools and universities all over the world.