Introduction

As the UK's leading theatre for young audiences, we make shows that challenge, motivate and inspire. A visit to the theatre can have a long-lasting impact, stimulating exciting and meaningful work across the curriculum. We can support you to feel confident exploring our productions back at school so that you and your pupils get the most from the experience.

Season brochure 2018/19


September 2018 - July 2019 

Autumn Term
Mouth Open, Story Jump Out 18 Sep - 27 Oct (Years 4 - 6)
On the Road 23 Oct - 28 Oct (Years 2 - 7)
Huddle 13 Nov - 6 Jan (Nursery – Year 1)
Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales 13 Nov - 6 Jan (Year 4 and above)
Ready Steady Colour's Christmas Feast 15 - 27 Dec (Years 1 - 3)

Spring Term
Icarus 26 Jan - 10 Mar (Years 4 – 7)
It's Hot, It's Not 2 Feb - 10 Mar (Nursery – Year 1)
The Show in Which Hopefully Nothing Happens 21 Mar - 28 Apr (Years 2 – 5)
The Polar Bears Go, Go, Go! 26 Mar - 28 Apr (Nursery – Year 1)

Summer Term
Aesop’s Fables  16 Jun - 4 Aug (Reception – Year 2 and Years 3 – 7)

Plan your season
Download our schools season planner

Ticket information

Basic ticket price: £10, with one teacher free per 10 children
Early Bird Ticket Offer: £8.50 when booking 2 or more shows before 31 Jul 2018
School Club Members price: from £7 (find out more | application form)

Contact us / More information

Book using our simple online booking form
Contact us at schools@unicorntheatre.com / 020 7645 0560
Download our useful info for schools leaflet (PDF)
Sign up to the teacher mailing list

Teacher CPD

CPD days are FREE and combine an active, creative exploration of the play with practical training in the use of drama to support Literacy. Suitable for teachers with little or no experience of drama.

‘The impact of the CPD has been amazing. It has enabled me to develop my drama skills in a way which is inclusive, enjoyable and above all, a way of maximising learning. Teacher, 2016

CPD DATES (all 10am - 4pm):

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out  Mon 10 Sep
Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales – Fri 12 Oct 
Icarus 
 Fri 30 Nov
It’s Hot, It’s Not – Mon 21 Jan

Aesop’s Fables – Mon 20 May

Booking opens 15 May 2018. To book a place, email schools@unicorntheatre.com

Resource Packs

 

Our free resource packs are full of useful information about the show as well as a series of in-depth session plans that can be embedded into termly planning.

Current resource packs:

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out (Years 4 - 6)
Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales (Years 4 - 7)

Resources will be available soon for:
Icarus
It's Hot, It's Not
The Polar Bears Go, Go, Go!
Aesop's Fables

View all our archived teacher resources (on Issu)

‘Fantastic activities... so easy to build into the term and get the most from the experience.' Year 5 teacher, 2016

‘The benefits have been clear - a huge impact on the boys writing and their progress in all areas of literacy, confidence and self-esteem.' Literacy Coordinator, 2014

  • Mouth Open, Story Jump Out

    18 Sep - 27 Oct 2018
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Workshops

Workshops are led by specialist practitioners and give the class an immersive drama experience that opens up key ideas, themes or characters in the show before their visit. For non-drama teachers, they are an opportunity to observe a drama specialist at work with their class.

In-school workshops available for:

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out (1 - 12 Oct 2018)
Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales (26 Nov - 14 Dec 2018)
Icarus (28 Jan - 15 Feb 2019)

£120 per class (state schools), £220 per class (independent schools)
Max 30 students | Hall space needed | 1.5 hours long

‘The workshop was one of the best we've taken part in. It inspired the adults and children alike.' Teacher, 2016

THE SCHOOLS & FAMILIES TOGETHER PROJECT

Our new scheme for Reception – Year 3 brings pupils and their families together with a school theatre trip plus an in-school workshop for parent and child.
This project gives parents a greater insight into the potential of creative learning in schools, empowers schools to reduce barriers to arts attendance, and offers children and adults a chance to interact as equals.

The emphasis for the workshop is on creative and accessible activities that build communication and share the learning environment. Please register your interest at schools@unicorntheatre.com






Teachers' Events

INTRODUCTION TO THE SEASON: Tue 20 Nov, 5.15pm (free)

Join us for wine, cheese and a short talk about all our new productions and Schools’ Programme, before watching the show at 7pm. Free, booking required. Includes tickets to Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales press performance at 7pm.

Free press night tickets

Come and watch one of our evening shows with colleagues or friends and stay for the press night party afterwards. Two free tickets per school, subject to availability:

Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales  - Tue 20 Nov, 7pm
Icarus – Tue 5 Feb, 7pm
Aesop’s Fables – Thu 27 Jun, 7pm (performance for school years 3 - 7)

To book for either event, email schools@unicorntheatre.com with the name and postcode of your school.

Partnerships

COLLABORATE

Applications to be our Collaborate School for 2018/19 have now closed. Thank you for a record number of applications this year! Information on our Collaborate partnership can be found here. 

UNICORN SCHOOLS CLUB

Our membership scheme to support your school-wide focus on creative learning. Book more theatre visits for more pupils at a cheaper rate, plan a whole year’s worth of activity in one go and take part in regular CPD training so you can enrich every visit.

How to apply: More information | Apply to become a member

Your Visit

Box Office: 020 7645 0560

To book tickets, call our Box Office team on the number above, or fill out an online booking form. Your school will then be sent an invoice. You can amend your booking up to 8 weeks before the performance.

Basic Ticket Price £10, with one teacher free per 10 children
Schools Club Member prices from £7 (find out more | application form)

Teacher CPD session & resource pack
FREE
In-school workshop £120 per class (£220 for independent schools)
Backstage tour from £2 per pupil

About your visit

Our theatre was built with young people in mind, and it is important to us that we offer a space in which they feel welcome and important. We actively encourage our audiences to laugh, respond, clap and cheer during our shows – so please don’t feel that your pupils have to watch the show in silence.

There are only three things we ask in the auditorium (of adults and children): Please, no photos, no phones and no food.

Access

Visit our Access Page for specific performances for children with additional needs. If you have any questions or specific requirements we are always happy to discuss them with you.

If your school would like to book a captioned performance of Grimm Tales or an audio-described performance of Grimm Tales or Icarus, then please get in touch.
We can also organise pre-show touch tour for pupils with visual impairments.

Our deaf-freindly shows are On The Road (for ages 6 - 12) and Huddle (for ages 3 - 6).  

Our building is wheelchair accessible throughout and we have hearing loops available. Please let us know if you require wheelchair spaces when booking tickets. 

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Testimonials

Watch the video below and read our schools' case studies to find out what teachers think. 


'The CPD was outstanding and truly inspirational for my staff. I walked into year 4 yesterday and every single child was collaborating, engaged and inspired … the teachers really relieved and excited by their children's enthusiasm and concentration for the project, regardless of 'ability'.' 

'Both the CPD day and resource pack were invaluable: they enabled us to share expertise and increase our level of confidence in using drama.' 

'The show was outstanding and at a perfect level for the children. I was staggered by their responses. it was clear that they were engaged both emotionally and intellectually.' 

'Our children are becoming appreciative and critical theatre-goers, as well the academic benefits which are obvious: a stimulus for focused speaking and listening, a broadening of outlook and experience, improved vocabulary, empathy and understanding for other people.'