Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is committed to working with schools, colleges and the local community, developing exciting engagement opportunities that support learning, help build confidence and increase involvement in performing arts and our wonderful venue.

For an initial chat about our bespoke workshops, festival and extended programmes, work experience or anything else you could possibly think of, please get in touch with Education Projects Co-ordinator, Hayley Murrow on 01284 829935 or email

Workshops and Projects

We devise and facilitate workshops and projects for Key Stages 1-5, catering to the individual needs of each school and to fulfil learning and enrichment objectives. Please get in contact if you have any ideas you would like to talk through, we are very happy to respond to bespoke requirements. Some examples of recent workshops include:

After School Workshops

This term Theatre Royal Youth Theatre are excited to be launching brand new after school workshops at three Primary schools in Bury St Edmunds. These include Guildhall Feoffment, St Edmunsbury and All Saints Primary.

Lead by our Youth Theatre team in collaboration with the Education Department, the students will be working on a project that looks at themes of home and what makes a home, family whether its blood or close belonging and aspirations and where they can take us.

This project has strong links to subjects on the school curriculum including humanities, science and music – making this an enriching and exciting experience for all involved.

Spaces are limited. For more information please contact Hayley. To book your child onto one of these programmes, please contact our Box Office at or call on 01284 769505.

The Teacher Network

Teachers are an asset to every Educational Department within a Theatre and we are keen to get valuable input from our local schools. These evenings are an opportunity for teachers to join us for refreshments, a chat with the Creative Learning Department and complimentary tickets to a show. The sessions are designed for schools to share current practise,  find out about current educational projects that the Theatre are offering and share ideas of how we can collaborate on projects in the future.

If you are interested get in touch with Hayley Murrow –

Takeover Projects

Our response projects are part of the Takeover Programme the theatre offers and focus on classic texts. Currently we are running our Shakespeare Takeover Programme in three schools looking at Bilimankhwe’s production of The Tempest and are launching a Dickensian Takeover Programme next year alongside Northern Broadsides production of Hard Times. These projects are suitable for any year group above KS2 and coincide well as part of Drama or English Literature Lessons. Takeover dates are as follows:

Dickensian Takeover Project 2018 – application deadline – 20th March 2018

Shakespeare Takeover Project 2018 – application deadline – 1st July 2018

Pantomime Workshops

Make your schools visit to the pantomime even more enriching – this year we are running workshops to give students a unique, inside access experience and the opportunity to explore the panto with industry professionals. The sessions explore traditional British values through character archetypes, fairy tales and conventional storylines. For more information and this year’s package breakdown, please download the year’s Dick Whittington Pantomime workshops flyer here

Once Upon A Festival

Now coming up to it’s fourth year, Once Upon A Festival will be returning to the Theatre June 2018. Last year the festival reached over 40 schools and exposed a vast number of young visiting people to the amount of fantastic Theatre that is available to them. For more information, visit the Once Upon A Festival page

New Writing Workshops

Here at the theatre we are always looking for ways to generate new professional, quality Theatre for young people. As with most new writing, the process involves development sessions with young people. These workshops are free to schools and are used to generate material for the performance. Not only will the children have valuable input into professional practise, but they will also get to see their work come to life through performance. Contact Education Projects Coordinator Hayley Murrow – for current New Writing workshops on offer.



We are currently developing partnerships with local Colleges and Universities. Get in touch to let us know how we can best work together!

Current Partnerships

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For more information and to book get in touch with Hayley (Education Projects Co-ordinator) at or call 01284 829935.