Fred Theatre is committed to supporting schools in as many ways as it possibly can.
Roughly half of Fred’s productions each year are suitable for audiences of all ages. We aim to produce at least one show a year that is developed specifically with schools in mind. To-date this has focussed on Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth). However, for 2017-18 we’re broadening this field by producing a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
For schools Fred offers special discounts to groups wanting to attend public performances, including free tickets for teachers. We also make sure there are plenty of conveniently timed matinees. Members of the cast and crew are usually available, with advance notice, to meet and talk to school parties after public performances.
We now also offer schools the opportunity to book a visiting performance. Typically these are 90 minute shows, featuring a cast of six professional actors. Less technical than public performances, we concentrate on the text and producing a faithful representation of the original—just a little shorter! We can also offer an additional workshop for students, after the performance, which examines themes in the play and our production. An excellent introduction to the text in hand, often more convenient, and nearly always more cost-effective.
From 2017 Fred is also offering schools the opportunity to book a visiting performance. We can bring a slightly less technical version of the current production to your school where we will present a pop-up performance. We can also offer an additional workshop for students, after the performance, which examines themes in the play and our production. An excellent introduction to the play in hand, often more convenient, and always nearly more cost-effective.
Our schools’ productions take care not to preach any particular philosophy, but they do contain a lot of material that will stimulate debate and encourage younger minds to question.
Autumn 2017: A Christmas Carol
Fred Theatre is touring schools this autumn with a production of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol.
Spring 2018: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet
After Christmas Fred’s popular production of Macbeth will be touring again alongside a new production of Romeo and Juliet. Both are designed for in-school performances.
Summer 2018: Much Ado About Nothing
Time for a few laughs with Fred Theatre’s pacy production of Shakespeare’s popular comedy. Suitable for all ages and a great introduction to Shakespeare and live theatre.
To receive more information and discuss an in-school performance, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org