Macbeth and Othello workshops at Westminster Cathedral Choir School © 1623

Learning is at the heart of our work. We aim to encourage others to share our passion for Shakespeare's inspirational language, vibrant characters and exciting sense of theatre.

We tailor our workshops to meet the needs of participants whether pupils, teachers, students, community groups, youth theatres, professional actors or employees at company away days.

Animating Shakespeare © 1623For primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities

Excite your class with Shakespeare by combining energetic drama with fun animation

Animating Shakespeare consists of two related half-day workshops run by QUAD and 1623 theatre company

Workshop 1 : DRAMA AND STORYBOARDING (2.5 hours at school/college/university or QUAD). Theatre games and activities based on a Shakespeare play of your choice facilitated by 1623 to explore the play’s plot, language, characters and themes; by the end of the workshop your class will produce some basic storyboard ideas to tell the story of the play, or part of it, or a new story inspired by it, to use in the next workshop

Workshop 2 : ANIMATION AND SCREENING (2.5 hours at QUAD). Reviewing storyboards from the first workshop before transforming them into short animations with a QUAD associate artist by creating characters and backdrops to set the scene before using simple animation techniques; all animations will be screened at the end of the workshop and sent to you via web transfer after the workshop

The two workshops can be run on the same day at QUAD with a break for lunch (not provided) in between, or run on two separate half-day sessions at at school/college/university and QUAD.


Pinecone by JamieMeet the magical creatures who visited us for Shakespeare Week 2015...


Digital Shakespeare Workshop with Year 6 (c) 1623For primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities

Looking for an exciting new way to explore Shakespeare with your class?

Bring them over to QUAD to take part in a fun interactive workshop that brings together energetic live performance and dazzling digital art.

You and your class with will work with an actor from 1623, QUAD’s award-winning resident theatre company, and a digital artist to create a performance with digital scenery .

The workshop will explore Shakespeare’s characters and
language through fun theatre games in a scene from:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Key Stages 2 and 3

A Shakespeare play linked to your current English and/or Drama syllabus for Key Stages 4 and 5

Participants will create digital scenery based on Shakespeare’s imagery and perform the scene in front of their own digital art


Discover the plays, books, DVDs and audio that you can borrow for free from the 1623 Shakespeare Library


Interactive workshops on plays or scenes for pupils in term-time and teachers on inset days, for Key Stage 2.

"The day was a great success, with all the pupils engaged fully in the drama, movement and costume workshops. You explained everything so clearly and made Shakespeare lots of fun"

Miss Coleman at Lady Jane Grey Primary School, Leicestershire


Interactive workshops on plays or scenes for pupils or students in term-time and teachers on inset days, from Key Stages 3 to 4 and post-16 learners.

"Your ideas are exactly what we need in the classroom to bring Shakespeare to life"

Staffordshire County Council on Teacher Training Day


Workshop at Derby University © 1623

Practical exploration of the theatrical potential of Shakespeare's plays and/or those of his contemporaries for undergraduates, postgraduates and lecturers.

"An invaluable workshop for the students"

Dr Ana-Maria Sanchez, Sheffield Hallam University


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