Each season we work with schools and community groups to deliver a variety of participation workshops which complement our live performance programme. We also work with local artists, to deliver independent workshops to fit with the school terms. For new schools, please get in touch to join our new online booking system. 

Spring Season 2024

Our new Spring 2024 Participate programme of workshops is now available. We have a wide and inspiring range of workshops available for schools and community groups from January onwards, from our touring artists and companies. 

We also programme All Year Round workshops available across the school year, from some fantastic regionally based artists/companies offering workshop opportunities that are just for schools and youth groups. These include drama and theatre devising, creative writing and poetry, spoken word and storytelling, puppetry, animation and film, dance, music including song-writing skills and composition. 

Get in touch

If you are a School or Community Group and would like to explore workshop activities and enquire about costs, please contact Kate Halsall (Creative Engagement Officer) at [email protected] to find out more.


All Year Round Workshops 2023 – 24 include…

Highlights Young Promoter Introduction sessions – Learn about different artforms, being an artist and other roles working in the Arts and Creative Industries. Delivered by Creative Engagement facilitators. We offer this opportunity out to KS2 Year 6 classes but it is also available for all 12 – 25 year olds, as a bespoke offer. 

Moving Parts Arts – puppetry workshops for primary, secondary, and adult groups. Moving Parts Arts is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and offers all kinds of innovative workshops in puppetry making and storytelling, including their workshop around the story of the Lambton Worm – a popular County Durham legend.

Robin Webb – Animation/film workshops – Robin is based in the North East and is firmly committed to the principal that making animation and films can be an extraordinary tool for learning and being creative through participation and that everybody has the potential to develop personal expression through the art of moving image. 

Nearly There Yet Theatre – Circus Skills – live interactive face to face or online workshops are available from inspirational Circus Theatre Director, Mimosa Percy – Rouhaud. Suitable for KS1 & 2. 

Kema Kay – Music/Rap workshops or Theatre/Performance skills, from this up and coming young performer from the North East. Suitable for all school settings, Primary and Secondary, youth groups and Young Promoters. Delivered by Kema Sikazwe. 

My Minute of Listening – Music workshops with score devising, artwork, listening and field recording activities with Cumbria based musician/teacher Kate Halsall. Suitable for KS1, 2 and 3. 

Eliot Smith Dance Company – Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) is an award winning North East leading contemporary dance company. The group is based in Gateshead (England) and rehearses predominately in Northumberland. Led by its Founder and Creative Director Eliot Smith.

Gav Cross Storytelling – from Twisted Tales to the Titanic. Suitable for all school settings, both Primary and Secondary. Gav also offers devising, working with script, set making, reflection, ideal for Year 10s. 

Yvonne Battle – Felton Creative Writing and Storytelling – Yvonne offers workshops in creative writing and storytelling. Her children’s short story So Your Mom is a Superhero, was commended for the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize in 2017 and she is co-author of Ladybird’s audio book ‘Ladybird Tales of Crowns and Thrones’ read by Cathy Tyson. 

Manasamitra – Music workshops in raga, song and found sounds. Suitable for all ages, school settings and youth groups, Young Promoters. Delivered by internationally established musicians, Supriya Nagarajan and Duncan Chapman.

Music Workshop, Maddie Morris, Long Marton Cumbria, 2022

Dance Workshop, Sonia Sabri, Castle Carrock, Cumbria 2019

Craft Workshop, Felton, Northumberland, 2019

Circus Skills Workshop
Shilbottle, Northumberland, 2020

In the meantime

As well as workshops during Spring 2023, we now have some resources available online, for community groups and schools to access. Please see Workshop Resources in the menu.