FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS

‘I STRUGGLE TO SEE WHY I WOULD TAKE STUDENTS ANYWHERE OTHER THAN THE UNICORN AS THE PRODUCTIONS ARE ALWAYS SO INVENTIVE AND FIT SO WELL WITH EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS, WITHOUT BEING LIMITED BY THEM.’ Drama teacher, 2015 

As the UK’s leading theatre for audiences, we specialise in making shows that inspire, challenge and invigorate. Whether you work with students in Key Stage 3, 4 or 5, teach drama or another subject, we can support you to ensure that your experience with us has a long-lasting and meaningful impact. 

Our 2016-17 Secondary productions are My Mother Medea, Baddies: the Musical, The Duke, The Iron Man, Until You Hear That Bell and The Hunting Lodge.

Each show has an accompanying in-depth teacher resource pack with scheme of work, CPD training session and in-school workshops, all designed to deepen students understanding of and response to live theatre. You can also book backstage tours and post-show Q&As.

Our wide range of discounts means a visit to the theatre can fit into any school’s budget. Find out more about visiting us here. For more information about the Schools’ Programme, contact schools@unicorntheatre.com | 020 7645 0544 or sign up to the teacher mailing list. .

Resource Packs

 

‘THESE RESOURCES HELP KEEP THE PRODUCTION LIVE IN MY MIND AND IN THE MINDS OF THE STUDENTS, BUT ALSO OFFER A FIRM PATHWAY FOR US TO EVALUATE AND UNDERSTAND THE SHOW.’ Drama teacher, 2015

Resources include interviews with the creative teams, a context for the play and flexible schemes of work that can be used in Drama lessons or adapted for other subjects.
 
2016-17 RESOURCES 
My Mother Medea
Baddies: the Musical - The Year 7 Project
The Iron Man
The Hunting Lodge

View all our archived resource packs here.

Teacher CPD

‘AN EXTREMELY USEFUL AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING SESSION. EVERYTHING WAS VERY ENGAGING, CLEAR AND EASY TO ADAPT FOR VARIOUS YEAR GROUPS AND ABILITIES.’ Drama teacher, 2015

CPD sessions are free provide ideas and inspiration for teachers from a range of subjects, as well as specialist Drama teachers taking students through GCSE and A-Level Drama/Theatre Studies, who are seeking practical as well as theoretical activities to stretch students.

2016-17 CPD DATES
My Mother Medea - Thu 29 Sep 4.30-7pm
Baddies: the Musical - Wed 12 Oct (part of The Year 7 Project)
The Iron Man - Thu 24 Nov 4.30-7pm
The Hunting Lodge - Wed 11 Jan 4.30-7pm

Workshops

‘INFORMAL, PERSONAL NATURE OF THE WORKSHOP WAS EXCELLENT.’ Drama teacher, 2015

‘THE WORKSHOP WAS BRILLIANT AND THE PRACTITIONER REALLY ENGAGED WITH OUR STUDENTS! THEY CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE PLAY NEXT WEEK.’ Drama teacher, 2015

Led by our experienced practitioners, in-school drama workshops give students a practical and experiential introduction to the ideas, themes or characters in the show. 

WORKSHOPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING SHOWS
My Mother MedeaBaddies: the Musical, Until You Hear That BellThe Iron Man and The Hunting Lodge.

£120 per class (max 30 students) | hall space needed | 1.5 hours long.

Projects

‘FEEDBACK FROM STUDENTS AND STAFF HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING. ONE PARTICULAR BOY, WHO RARELY LEAVES HIS LOCAL AREA, ASKED WHEN WE WOULD BE GOING TO THE THEATRE AGAIN.’ Collaborate teacher, 2014

'EXPLORE HAS CHALLENGED AND EXCITED OUR STUDENTS, IT  HAS DEVELOPED THEIR ABILITIES TO TALK ABOUT, CELEBRATE AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, MAKE THEATRE. IT HAS BEEN A CAREER HIGHLIGHT FOR ME TO WATCH THIS PROJECT IN ACTION.' Explore teacher, 2016

COLLABORATE
A year-long partnership with one secondary school that gives teachers and students unparalleled access to theatre and opportunities to work with professional theatre makers. Could you be our 2016-17 Collaborate school? | Application form.

OUR CURRENT COLLABORATE SCHOOLS
Woodcroft Primary School 
Paddington Academy

EXPLORE
A three-year partnership for schools in the outer boroughs of London that works with the same students throughout school years 7, 8 & 9. EXPLORE unlocks the rich potential for learning that is offered through a trip to the theatre and aims to develop confident and interested theatre-goers. Could you be our next Explore school? | Application form.

Watch short film made by Barking Abbey School students (Explore 2013-15).

OUR CURRENT EXPLORE SCHOOLS
Crowland Primary School, Haringey | 2015-18
Dollis Junior School, Barnet | 2015-18
Broadmead Primary School, Croydon | 2015-18
Walthamstow School for Girls, Waltham Forest | 2015-18


THE YEAR 7 PROJECT 
The Year 7 Project uses a whole year-group visit to see Baddies: the Musical and an accompanying scheme of work to support students in their transition into the first year of secondary school. The project will use drama to: 

• Develop students’ confidence, communication, self-esteem and emotional literacy. 
• Build positive relationships between peers through group work and collaboration. 
• Encourage imaginative engagement and students’ own creative responses.   

SOW can be adapted for use in Drama, English or PSHE.

Teachers' Events

FREE TEACHER EVENT: Tue 4 Oct 5pm 
(includes tickets to Jason and the Argonauts press night at 7pm)
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.

FREE PRESS NIGHT TICKETS FOR TEACHERS
Come and watch one of our evening shows with colleagues or friends and stay for the press night party afterwards. 

Baddies: the Musical – Wed 23 Nov 7pm
The Iron Man – Tue 31 Jan 7pm
The Hungting Lodge - Tue 7 Feb 7pm
Double Double Act - Tue 27 Jun 7pm 

2 tickets per school, subject to availability. To book please email schools@unicorntheatre.com.

YOUR VISIT

Box Office: 020 7645 0560

To book tickets, call our friendly Box Office team on the number above, or fill out a 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 (1 teacher FREE per 10 students)
(Baddies: the Musical tickets £11)
EARLY BIRD TICKETS £7.50 when booking 2 or more shows before Jul 31 2016. 
MULTI-BUY TICKETS £8.50 when booking 2 or more shows from 1 Aug 2016.

+ A place on the teacher CPD session & resource Pack FREE
+ An in-school workshop £120 per class
+ A backstage tour £1 per student


ABOUT YOUR VISIT

'THE UNICORN IS MY TOP CHOICE FOR THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AS IT IS AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE I KNOW YOUNG PEOPLE ARE VALUED AND RESPECTED.' Drama teacher, 2015

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. In fact we encourage the opposite and want them to feel this is their space where they get to make some of the rules.

There are only three things we ask in the auditorium (of adults and students):
• No photos
• No phones
• No food
You can find answers to frequently asked questions and a risk assessment form on our website, but if you have any questions or specific requirements we are always happy to discuss them with you.

USEFUL DOWNLOADS

To discuss any aspect of our schools’ programme please contact: schools@unicorntheatre.com | 020 7645 0544.

Testimonials

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



'YOU SHOULD SEE HOW MUCH PROGRESS THEIR PRACTICAL WORK HAS MADE - I HAVE A STUDENT WHOSE WORK HAS GONE FROM GRADE E TO B BASED ON THE INSPIRATION OF THIS SHOW!'

‘THE CPD WAS INCREDIBLY USEFUL. JUST HAVING THE SPACE TO THINK ABOUT THE THEMES AND BEST WAYS OF PRESENTING THEM IS A LUXURY. ALL THE FANTASTIC ACTIVITIES PRESENTED MAKE IT SO EASY TO BUILD INTO THE TERM AND TO GET THE MOST OF THE EXPERIENCE.’

‘LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOUR VENUE, YOUR CPD AND YOUR RESOURCES. I'LL BE FIGHTING TO PROTECT THESE TRIPS IN THE FACE OF BUDGET CUTS.’ 

‘ONE OF THE BEST QUALITY COURSES I HAVE EVER BEEN ON. I DO NOT COME FROM A THEATRICAL BACKGROUND BUT I FOUND THE ACTIVITIES AMAZING – ACCESSING PARTS OF MY BRAIN THAT AREN’T NORMALLY USED. IT HAS REALLY HELPED TO IMPROVE MY CONFIDENCE IN GENERAL.’ 

‘THE IMPACT OF THE CPD TRAINING HAS BEEN AMAZING. AS A TEACHER, IT HAS ENABLED ME TO DEVELOP MY SKILLS TEACHING DRAMA IN A WAY WHICH IS INCLUSIVE, ENJOYABLE AND ABOVE ALL, A WAY OF MAXIMISING LEARNING.’