Being at the heart of our town, the Mercury is 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.

Information regarding our Teacher’s Network can be found below. Please get in touch with us at [email protected] if you have any questions!

Teachers Network

  • 20% discount for all CPD workshops
  • 20% off our annual Mercury Schools DramaFest
  • 20% off Industry Days
  • Discounts for Mercury Schools touring company productions
  • Priority access to all Networking Events
  • Exclusive monthly e-newsletter detailing any external and internal CPD opportunities
  • Invitations to programme launches
  • Invitations to Mercury press nights (Limited tickets available)


Tick this box to have this membership renew automatically each year. Quick, hassle-free and you can cancel at any time.

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Student Teachers Network

  • All the same benefits and details of the Teachers Network – just with a £5 discount for Student teachers!


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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 can include:
• Pre-show or post-show talks lead by a member of our acting company or creative team
• A tour of our theatre, followed by refreshments
• Key speaker events and Q&As
• Access to workshops from visiting theatre companies

Upcoming networking event dates and times: To be confirmed

If you wish to attend a networking meeting, please contact Amy Cotterill at: [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you in our future networking events and being part of our Teacher’s Network. Please do contact us with any questions or suggestions regarding the network.


Dates: Tue 25 – Thu 27 June 2024
Focus: Literacy, Drama
For: KS3 & KS4
Cost: £140 per school booking, plus £40 per additional class included (20% discount for Teacher’s Network members)

Take part in our annual festival!

DramaFest brings together students, teachers and theatre professionals to participate in high-quality workshops, to view-discuss critique student theatre performances, and learn more about the art and craft of theatre. Participants are invited to devise a themed 10-minute theatre piece to be showcased on the Mercury stage in late June.

Participation in the festival fosters respect, excitement, artistic development, teamwork, problem solving and a true sense of community.

Get in touch with us at [email protected] to register your place in next year’s DramaFest!

CPD Workshops

Our CPD workshops 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 workshops you will develop:

• Ensemble skills
• Theatre practice skills
• Cross curricular development
• Creative curriculum related delivery
• Communication skills
• Confidence in delivery
• Unlocking Shakespeare
• Physical Theatre

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
Capacity: 30 participants per group

Unlocking Shakespeare – (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 two hour workshop will unlock the bard in ways that will lift the text from page to stage!

Teachers will also receive 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

Clear Communicators – (Primary & Secondary)

Clear and confident communication is paramount for both teachers and the young people they educate. Our ‘Clear Communicators’ CPD provides teachers a toolkit to enhance their students’ expressive, non-verbal and verbal communication.

Through working with teachers on oracy skills, this practical workshop will provide the tools to develop confidence in a post-COVID world.

All teachers who book on to this workshop will receive a resource pack.

Focus: English & Drama
For: KS1, KS2 and KS3

School Risk Assessment Information

We’ve compiled some risk assessment information to make your trip to the theatre even easier.

Click here for a PDF of our risk assessment advice for schools

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 on the show page.

More education resources: