Primary Schools

Welcome to our Primary Schools’ page, here you will see an overview of the different programmes we run. Additionally, we also work with schools on bespoke offerings tailor-made to suit your school’s needs these can be one-off workshop days on a subject/theme you are exploring, PPA Cover, or CPD.

All our practitioners are DBS checked and have been awarded Safeguarding Children Level 1 Certification.

ARTSMARK SCHOOLS – For our standalone workshops and CPD sessions we offer a 20% discount.

Any questions about our provisions or interest in the projects below, please get in touch [email protected]


Suitable for KS1 and KS2+

Growing year on year, The Doorstep Theatre Festival is a touring rural arts festival designed to make high-quality arts accessible to young people across Suffolk.  This is one of our flagship programmes.

Doorstep provides schools with the opportunity to host a performance in your setting from leading theatre companies making amazing work for young people. Following the performance, schools will have the option to take part in enrichment workshops led by Theatre Royal’s Creative Learning Team. We offer this programme at a heavily subsidised rate to schools. Teachers will also be invited to a CPD session to explore how the themes within the performances and workshops can be carried into the classroom.


  • 1 performance of your choice by a leading theatre company.
  • Enrichment workshops delivered in school by our team of theatre practitioners
  • CPD session at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
  • Cost – £180.00 per school
  • 2023’s productions will be announced soon


Suitable for KS2+

Supported by Arts Council England, Tiny Plays Big Ideas allows Year 6 pupils the opportunity to write their own plays. We also work with mixed year group classes (Y5/Y6)

Students are mentored by local leading playwrights who teach young people how to write their first play. Students participate in two workshops at their school before being tasked with writing a play about whatever their heart desires. Previous titles include:
Evil King Jeff, The Journey to Glory, When Squirrels Saved the Earth, Slaptoe Pants Saves the World and Karen’s Day Out!

The Creative Learning Team will then read all of the plays written (over 300!) and choose at least 1 from each school to be performed by local professional actors on our main stage. Students are then invited to come and witness the mayhem for themselves!

Participation in the programme is free however spaces are limited.

There is also a short film about this project which can tell you more:


  • 2 playwrighting workshops for Y6 pupils (or mixed class of Y5/Y6)
  • CPD session at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
  • Performance of selected plays at Theatre Royal by professional actors.
  • Cost – this programme is free
  • We also offer bursaries for coaches.



Suitable for KS2+

A bold and creative response project designed to immerse students into some of the most famous Shakespeare plays.

Shakesperience takes place during the Autumn Term and allows students in Year 5 and 6 to delve into the world of a famous Shakespeare text. Students take part in workshops, led by the Creative Learning Team, creating their own response to a production of a Shakespeare play they watch at the beginning of the Autumn Term. The project cumulates with a performance on the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds stage allowing young people the opportunity to perform a section of the chosen Shakespeare text.

Previous Shakespearience plays: The Tempest, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Henry V.



  • Tickets to a version of the show featured for a class of up to 30 students and 2 teaching staff. Additional tickets are available at £10.50 each.
  • 5 workshops led by Theatre Royal Drama Facilitators.
  • CPD session at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
  • Response performance to a paying audience at Theatre Royal with all tech and set provided.
  • Cost – £500


Other Provisions

Suitable for KS2+

  • Designed for young people who live in rural areas to take part in an after-school drama provision.
  • Each term is themed e.g. Operation Spy: Secret Agent Training or Operation Launchpad: Mission to Mars
  • Sessions run for 1 hour after school, once a week during term time
  • Cost £50 per term.

Current schools involved:
Barrow Primary
Great Barton Primary
Stanton Primary


Suitable for Early Years, KS1 and KS2

  • We can create a range of workshops in your setting around a curriculum subject or topic being explored in school:
    KS1 – Anti-Bullying workshops, History of Transport, Significant Women, Fairytales, WW1, Pantomime Workshops
    KS2 – Online Safety, Inventors, Titanic, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Romeo and Juliet, Pantomime Workshops

Plus many more

  • PPA – A great way for young people to have the opportunity to access the arts and all of the benefits that they bring. We provide this service for students from Early Years to Year 6. Schools can sign up for a one-off session or a term.
  • Our costs vary depending on the programme you want to enquire about, on average we charge £2.50 per pupil for a half day and £5.00 per pupil for a full day.

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