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By creating new experiences and crossing cultural boundaries within our  local communities, Birmingham Hippodrome’s education team continues to offer highly innovative projects to a wide range of participants.

We offer backstage tours and a wide range of workshops for both primary and secondary schools, as well as local colleges and community groups.

To complement our main house programme, we deliver a range of related workshops, open rehearsals pre- and post-show talks enabling young people access to unique creative opportunities delivered by professional artists and stars of our shows.

We can support schools to create an enhanced understanding of curricula subjects by creating innovative non-show related workshops and projects based on the workings of an active and busy theatre. These include science, environmental studies, and history discovery days in addition to numeracy, literacy and music. We also offer technical theatre days, careers days and can help design workshops for BTEC Performing Arts modules.

We are always happy to work with teachers to develop bespoke workshops, designed individually for your school.

For more info please contact Liz Leck Education & Audience Development Manager
on 0121 689 3064 or email



Thrilling, audacious and totally original, this witty and surprising production has been designed to speak to a modern audience, to excite them and to move them.

Perhaps best-known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, Matthew Bourne blends dance, style, humour, spectacle, character comedy and mime to create a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times.
Re:Bourne the charitable education arm of New Adventures offers groups the opportunity to delve into the production’s themes, characters and iconic choreography. 
Participatory workshops follow a basic structure:
·         Warm up
·         Learning repertoire from Swan Lake
·         Creative tasks used by the company to create movement
·         Warm down
·         Short Q&A with the dancers
This model can be adapted to suit a broad range of ability and experience and can be delivered with more emphasis on learning repertoire or on creative work.
Workshop options
Half day lasts 2 – 3 hours
Available 5 – 14 February 2014 (exluding matinee days)
Avaliable in school or at Birmingham Hippodrome
Group size
Up to 25 participants
£300.00 + VAT (plus any travel costs for 2 dancers)
To Book
On line at http://www.new-adventures.net/rebourne/book_now  or call Birmingham Hippodrome Education Team on 0121 689 3064/3192 or email education@birminghamhippodrome.com
More information about Re:Bourne and New Adventures

Teachers! Feel the need for inspiration? ...a little isolated? ...at the end of your creative tether?
We offer regular networking events for teachers to meet local colleagues, catch up on what is happening in other schools and pool ideas in an informal and open forum, with a creative input from Birmingham Hippodrome’s Education Department and a variety of arts practitioners.

The sessions run late afternoon on weekdays and are open to teachers from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also be given the opportunity to stay and watch that evening’s production at a discounted price whenever possible.


Next meeting: Wednesday 22 January  4.30-6pm

Please call Rachel Sharpe on 0121 689 3192 or Liz Leck on 0121 689 3064 or email education@birminghamhippodrome.com to book your place. 


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