Teachers

Being at the heart of our town, the Mercury are dedicated to be providing a variety of professional development opportunities and performative events for students. We want to support you in embedding creativity in your professional journey.

More information on all of these activities and the Teachers Network Membership will be coming soon, but please do have a look below to see what we hope to offer! In the meantime if you’d like to register your interest for any of these opportunities please email us at taking.part@mercurytheatre.co.uk.

Mercury Teachers Network Membership

Cost: £160 + VAT (Annual fee)

Membership will include:

  • 20% discount for all Masterclass workshops
  • Priority access to all Networking Events
  • Exclusive e-newsletter detailing any external and internal CPD opportunities
  • Invitations to programme launches
  • Invitations to Mercury studio press nights
  • Discounts for Mercury Schools touring company productions
  • Early access to book for our annual Mercury Schools DramaFest
  • Priority School bookings got Mercury Theatre main house and studio productions

Networking Events

Embedding arts education within today’s curriculum is becoming increasingly more challenging.

Networking events will provide our members with an opportunity to engage in regular activities at the Mercury over drinks with colleagues from local schools to forge new and exciting relationships.

Our networking events will include:

  • Season programme launches led by Creative Director Ryan McBryde
  • Post show talks lead by a member of our acting company or creative team
  • A tour of our newly refurbished theatre followed by refreshments
  • Key speaker events and Q&A’s
  • Access to workshops from visiting theatre companies

Masterclasses

Our CPD masterclasses will provide an opportunity for teachers to develop their professional and performance skills. We’re proud to be offering a series of bespoke workshops designed to enhance and inspire our educational professionals in a safe and welcoming environment.

Within these masterclasses you will develop:

  • Ensemble skills
  • Theatre practice skills
  • Cross curricular development
  • Creative curriculum related delivery
  • Communication skills
  • Confidence in delivery
Unlocking Shakespeare – (Primary & Secondary)

Unlocking Shakespeare is an introduction to teachers on how to unleash the imagination and world of Shakespeare’s famous plays. Through Shakespearean rehearsal techniques, teachers will be armed with a fun and engaging series of exercises to deliver within their own school. This one day workshop will unlock the bard in ways that will lift the text from page to stage!

Teachers will also receive a clear resource pack and ongoing contact with our team who will be able to provide support enabling teachers to continue their creative journey.

Focus: Drama & English Lit

For: KS2 – KS4

Cost: £30 per participant (20% discount for Network holders)

Capacity: 25 participants per group

Location: School / Mercury Theatre

Dates:

Tuesday April 6th 2021

Tuesday 5th October 2021

Tuesday 8th February 2022

Physical Theatre – (Secondary & College)

Led by an experienced industry artist, this full day physical theatre workshop is designed for GCSE, A Level, IB and BTEC teachers. Focusing on the key elements of physical theatre, teachers are encouraged to engage in contact improvisation, biomechanics, Laban and contemporary exercises.

Exploring these elements will inspire teachers and enable them to facilitate devised physical theatre work for students in performances studies.

Focus: GCSE Dance & Drama, FE Performing Arts Courses

For: KS4 & further education

Cost: £30 per participant (20% discount for Network holders)

Capacity: 25 participants per group

Location: School / Mercury Theatre

Date: Tuesday 15th June 2021

Approach To Text – (Secondary & College)

Our Approach to text workshop will be an opportunity for teachers to refresh their skills in the key elements of three renowned practitioners: Stanislavski, Bertolt Brecht and Katie Mitchell. Within this day long workshop our participants will be focusing on the key skill and techniques of the three practitioners. They will be provided with a toolkit of new classroom exercises and resource handbook.

This is also an excellent opportunity for teachers to develop communication and dramatic skills within an ensemble environment.

Focus: Drama & Theatre Studies

For: GCSE & Further Education

Cost: £30 per participant (20% discount for Network holders)

Capacity: 25 participants per group

Location: School / Mercury Theatre

Date: Tuesday 15th June 2021

Creative Curriculum – (Primary)

Within the Creative Curriculum course we will be offering teachers the unique opportunity of developing creative techniques that can be transferable to STEM lessons. We will be providing teachers with a series of exercises through play that can sustain the engagement of a classroom.

Led by experienced artists, teachers will be left with a toolkit and resource pack to embed creative curriculum in their chosen subject.

Focus: Science, Technology, English, Maths

For: KS1 & KS2

Cost: £30 per participant (20% discount for Network holders)

Capacity: 25 participants per group

Location: School / Mercury Theatre

Date:

Tuesday September 21st 2021

Tuesday 18th January 2022

Tuesday 11th May 2022

Education Packs

Throughout the year we will be providing education packs alongside Mercury productions.

Within these education packs there will be detailed character breakdowns, show synopsis, historical relevance, curriculum links and more.

With every school booking, schools will be provided with a free PDF of our Mercury Education Packs and they can also be accessed via our website.

Mercury School’s DramaFest

The Mercury is once again joining forces with secondary schools across the east of England to celebrate the outstanding drama work of young people.

Participating schools are given a theme and invited to devise 10 minute theatre pieces that will be showcased on the Mercury main stage.

The DramaFest brings together students, teachers, and theatre professionals to participate in high quality workshops, view-discuss-critique student theatre performances, and learn more about the art and craft of theatre. Participation in the festival fosters respect, excitement, artistic development, teamwork, problem solving, and a true sense of community.

Focus: Literacy, Drama

For: KS3 & KS4

Cost: £120 per school booking plus £30 per additional class included.

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