We hope that this collection of educational resources proves useful for audience members, students, teachers and academics alike. This page is a guide to navigate our learning offer, and find out more about our education workshops.
The Sophie Hamilton Archive provides further information on individual Cheek by Jowl productions.
Our free education packs enable a unique access to contemporary productions of Shakespeare plays – including lesson plans, classroom exercises and contextual information. Each pack features access to the full-length filmed recording of the production, as well as special content for students and teachers to explore the play and production from different angles and topics.
Cheek by Jowl runs school workshops for English or Drama students (14+) and workshops for teachers in Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Our practitioners are Cheek by Jowl company members passionate about sharing the company’s approach to theatre and performance.
They bring the manner and energy of the Cheek by Jowl rehearsal room to the classroom as tools to approach Shakespeare and classic texts in a dynamic way, and can tailor the workshops to different groups or interests as needed.
Following the release of our podcast ‘Not True, But Useful…’ in 2020, we decided to create an edited version of the transcripts that would stand alone as a written educational resource, accessible for free and available in several languages.
Originally published in Russian and translated into 14 languages, The Actor and The Target is our co-Artistic Director Declan Donnellan’s seminal book, detailing his fresh and radical approach to acting.
The Actor and The Target
In The Actor and the Space, he develops and extends those ideas, exploring that most profound source of vitality in life as well as performance: the space around us. Tackling fundamental questions that face any actor Donnellan offers a universal set of keys to unlock the mysteries of performance.
The Actor and the Space
Published in 2019, Peter Kirwan’s book unpacks the innovations and legacy of Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod and their Cheek by Jowl collaborators over four decades of practice.
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Included in our book selection are other publications we recommend to explore acting, directing and Cheek by Jowl’s work.
Explore Shakespeare’s Scottish play performed by Cheek by Jowl in 2009-2011 using our education pack and programme.
Performed by Cheek by Jowl in 1998, find an eyewitness account of the production, materials from rehearsals, and the production programme.
First performed in 2013 by our Russian company, explore our education pack, livestream recording and interviews with creatives.