Teachers

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 taking.part@mercurytheatre.co.uk 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

£50

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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.

Upcoming networking event dates and times:
  • Wed 5 Oct, 6-7.15pm in the Dance Studio.

For members of the network, tickets to the press night of Good Luck, Studio will be available on a first come, first serve basis. The showing of this will follow the networking meeting.

If you wish to attend a networking meeting, please contact Forest Morgan at: Forest.Morgan@mercurytheatre.co.uk.

Our networking events can 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

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

Mercury School’s DramaFest

The Mercury is once again joining forces with primary and 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.

DramaFest 2023 date will be announced in September.

Focus: Literacy, Drama
For: KS1-KS4
Cost: £130 per school booking plus £30 per additional class included (20% discount for Teacher’s Network members)

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

Devising Theatre – (GCSE/A Level and BTEC)

Following the initial idea for a piece made by a group of students, this practical workshop will provide teachers guidance in how to approach the next steps to turn their idea into high quality theatre.

With a starting point exploring structure, style and staging, this two hour workshop will provide a rich variety of tools for teachers to use in the classroom.

Focus: Drama & Performing Arts
For: GCSE/A Level and BTEC
Cost: £30 per participant (20% discount for Network holders)
Location: Rehearsal Room
Date: Thursday 20th October 2022

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Told by an Idiot

Drama Teachers and Creative Practitioners

The Way of the Idiot is a great introduction to the work of acclaimed theatre company Told by an Idiot, consisting of a range of engaging, practical exercises that give participants an insight into our unique approach to making theatre. We will explore how the company incorporate storytelling, improvisation, devising theatre, commedia and clowning in making theatre without words and sustaining a visual narrative – all in a lively atmosphere of creative chaos.

‘Stretching, stimulating, and thought-provoking…So many ideas that I can take back to my classroom!’

Focus: Drama & Performing Arts
Cost: £30 per participant (20% discount for Network holders)
Location: Dance studio
Date: Thursday 2nd February 2023

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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.

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