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World War One Poets - StageLit 2015

Get on Stage

We run a number of projects through the year to give children and young people the chance to perform on our stage, or learn about working behind the scenes. Have a look at the Picture Gallery to see previous student work on stage...

(Photo: Students rehearsing WWI poetry for StageLit 2015)



Tickets on the door: Students free/ Adults £2 on the door
Running time: circa 90+ minutes including interval
Age: Years 7-12

Now in its 5rd year, we offer StageLit to all state-funded schools FREE!

"StageLit was devised with Norfolk teachers to give English literature students, and particularly those requiring additional support, a way into critical and reflective thinking by performing curriculum texts at the theatre.

It is evident that this approach has been extremely rewarding and successful for the schools, teachers and pupils involved and it is clear that the model has great wider potential and relevance."                                       Mary Muir, Norfolk County Council Arts Officer, 2018

EDUCATION EXTRA: A free StageLit Teacher Toolkit for English Literature at GCSE & A level is available from

StageLit Objectives:

  • To create a series of short performance  pieces, live or on film, exclusively using English curriculum texts.
  • To offer opportunites for students to work with Playhouse technicians on sound, lighting and projection choices to help analyse and decode curriculum texts.
  • To create a positive and inclusinve shared performance opportunity on Tuesday 12 February 2019 at 7pm, that is accessible to students' families and friends.
  • To record the evening event to share as a teaching aid for English and Drama classes.

StageLit Key Points:

  • Drama must serve Literature in this project, not hijack it.
  • Performance extracts may be teacher-led and highlight work done in class that builds students' confidence to write about unseen exam texts.
  • Playhouse Education is here to help - through in-school visits and email access to our technicians for advice on projection, sound, video and lighting.

"Our English teachers have reported a great increase in understanding and interest in Shakespeare in the classroom, which is just what we had hoped for.
Our students now have the play engraved in their memories, which will be so useful when they come to their English exams which have to be taken without copies of texts."  Teacher,
Attleborough Academy Norfolk

"This project has definitely helped me more while approaching literature because I now understand the pieces better due to having acted it. It would be brilliant if poetry was taught using Drama more often as I believe that it mkaes the poems so much more accessible."  Student, Reepham High School, StageLit 2016




Tickets: £2 on the door
Running time: circa 7 - 9pm; 30 minutes per play
Age: GCSE+

Springboards is our 30-minute Drama platform for GCSE, KS5 Btec, NVQ, Crative Media and A level students. Up to four schools will take part on the night. Technical rehearsals and final performances are fully supported by our Playhouse technicians. Cost to schools: £100 + vat.

"It was so great to work in a professional theatre. I liked watching the other group from our school in the techncial rehearsal. It's amazing how much difference the lighting made to their performance overall."   Participants, Broadland High School, 2016

"I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and feel lucky to have been able to learn from a professional theatre. Actually seeing the lights in action helped me to visualise how it would work and see what worked and what didn't. This will be useful in my written exam." Student, Year 11, 2018

 “This experience just before exams makes a whole grade difference for our drama students." E. Norfolk 6th Form College

For further information and to take part contact




Tuesday 2 - Friday 5 April   for times go to NTConnections 

Tickets: £2
Running time: 60 minutes per play
Age: Year 9+

16 regional schools and youth groups from across the region perform 8 new plays at the Playhouse and The Garage. Times and details go to, and

If you are interested in taking part in Connections 2020, see the National Theatre website for how to apply.