Schools Programme

Sixteenfeet offers a range of informative, participatory workshops based around our productions, which explore the theatre making process and look at the themes and background of the work we create.

Playwriting Workshops
For secondary school students who have a story to tell but may not quite know where to begin. The workshops, designed to be highly practical and interactive, will cover:

  • storyline construction
  • beginnings, middles and endings
  • creating plausible characters
  • pace
  • clarity of ‘feeling’ each piece wishes to convey.

Scriptwriting through Improvisation

These will look at practical methods of devising short scripts through improvisation.

Participants will explore character, narrative and themes, enabling them to create short plays. The workshops will be dynamic and practical, involving warm-up exercises and drama games. The session will last for approximately two hours and involve group activities where participants will be able to create scripted scenes in groups or individually depending on their levels of interest and ability. Max Gold and David Baker are joint directors of The Brixton Youth Theatre (BYT)  have used these techniques to create the projects the youth theatre performs. They have also run scriptwriting projects in after-school drama clubs at Holloway School and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. They see the process as a way of engaging participants who may have challenges around literacy, but have a desire and passion to write.

Max Gold

Max_GoldTrained as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Professional credits include the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre and a regular stint in ‘EastEnders’. Max has run numerous projects for young people at risk of exclusion for the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. As a director he recently worked with the young cast members on the film Thor II.

David Baker 

Dave_BakerTrained as an actor at Arts Educational School. Credits include National Theatre and numerous TV appearances. Former Co-Director of Creative Learning and Artistic Associate of Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, David directed ‘Young Autistic and Stagestruck’ at the Lyric which was broadcast as a documentary series on Channel 4. He was co- founder of the Lyric Young Company and is an experienced drama facilitator running many projects for young offenders and young people who are NEET and at risk of social exclusion.

We also deliver a range of stand-alone workshops including:

  • Fun with Drama 7+
  • Building Characters 13+
  • Ways into text 13+
  • Devising Theatre – All Ages
  • Play in a Day – Working towards a performance at the end of the day from an initial story, the students will go through the process of devising and performing a short play with a team of professionals, which will be performed to an audience at the end of the day.

Sixteenfeet can create bespoke workshops according to your requirements.

Arts Award

Sixteenfeet can also provide Trinity Arts Award courses to bronze and silver levels. 


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