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“The quality of the workshops was really excellent. It was fantastic to see so many of the students really engaging with a Shakespearean text and just allowing themselves to have a bit of fun with it.”

St Albans High School For Girls, St Albans

We have a diverse workshop programme that caters for Drama/Theatre Students (16+/Higher Education), as well as artists and teachers in Continued Professional Development (CPD).

Our practitioners bring the manner and energy of the Cheek by Jowl rehearsal room to your studio, classroom or screens, as tools to approach Shakespeare and classic texts in a dynamic way. All practitioners are Cheek by Jowl company members passionate about sharing the company’s approach to acting. 

Through games, exercises, discussions and activities, participants explore key elements of Cheek by Jowl practice: text, verse, plot, movement, scene work, études, acting techniques, rehearsal exercises, character motivation, using ‘the space’, language in performance.

Please see individual offers below and get in touch via the workshops enquiry form.

English or Drama students (16+/HE)

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Photograph: Johan Persson

These workshops are designed to enhance participants’ confidence and understanding of key authors and plays in performance through a dynamic journey into Cheek by Jowl’s rehearsal room. 

These workshops are structured in a flexible way, progressing naturally through activities, exercises and group discussions to enhance the participants’ confidence in approaching text and performance in a hands-on and practical way.

A typical workshop lasts four hours and is led by one practitioner for a maximum of c.20 participants. 

Fees available upon request

Professional Development

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Declan Donnellan during rehearsals for Périclès, Prince de Tyr. Photograph: Patrick Baldwin.

Our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops share the Cheek by Jowl approach to language, space and rehearsal as a practical tool kit for teachers and artists. 

Our CPD workshops build on the participants’ existing tools, resources and practice as teachers or artists by sharing the exercises, activities and stakes at the heart of Cheek by Jowl’s rehearsal process and approach to performance to enhance or refresh their teaching.

A typical workshop lasts four hours and is led by one practitioner for a maximum of c.20 participants.

Fees available upon request

Shakespeare Unlocked

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Photograph: Johan Persson

Our Shakespeare Unlocked workshops were free workshops which were delivered thanks to a grant from The Rothschild Foundation in 2017.

They aimed to enhance GCSE and AS/A Level Drama students’ understanding of how Cheek by Jowl as a 21st Century theatre practitioner approaches Shakespearean texts as well as develop students’ own skills as performers, designers, and directors.

If your organisation, foundation or charity can support us in delivering more educational opportunities like Shakespeare Unlocked, do get in touch.

If you would like to hear about free workshops and keep up to date with our education offer, do join our education newsletter.

“Cheek by Jowl rejuvenated my excitement around student performance of Shakespeare and I took away strategies to practically use while planning lessons.”

Compass School Southwark, London

“It had a huge effect. Today I have been marking papers, and the confidence they approached this with has just been phenomenal.”

Newcastle Sixth Form College,

“Students who weren’t very outgoing were confident to take part and enjoyed it. I’d love our students to work with Cheek by Jowl again. The workshop was a bonding experience for the group, and they learnt a lot.”

Oxford Spires Academy, Oxford
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