Summer Workshop Week 2017: Shakespeare Rocks! 


We’re very excited to announce that Summer Shakespeare Week 2017 will be a celebration of all of our favourite Shakespeare works, the intelligent, witty and informative comedy musical by Steve Titford, Shakespeare Rocks! 

Aubrey, The Rough Shakespeare Company’s pretentious director, obtains what appears to be William Shakespeare’s lost diary. Along with Al, his down to earth assistant, the pair decide to embark on an exclusive adaption of the flamboyant Bard’s personal journal.

Shakespeare Rocks! is a fresh, funny and up to date look at the life and times of William Shakespeare, with a cast of hilarious historical characters, fascinating glimpses into some of his works and how he came ‘To Be’. The show includes Dance, Singing and Drama, and every child who wants to will have a speaking part.

There will be a performance of Shakespeare Rocks!  for family and friends on the last day. All scripts and costumes are provided and there is no extra charge for show tickets. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. This show is bound to delight every young fan of Shakespeare, referencing many of his plays and telling the story of his life in an accessible way. Expert tuition is provided by the regular Tread The Boards team of Kirsty Hughes (Musical Director) Hayley Patrick-Copeland (Choreographer) and Alison Morgan (Director).

You can download a booking form here: early booking is recommended as the workshop week is always very popular. Please return to or Tread The Boards Holiday Workshops, 18 Yearsley Crescent, York YO31 8RS, with a deposit of £25 to secure your place.

Info & Booking Form Summer 2017

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Tread The Boards can provide your school with competitively priced bespoke workshops to enhance curriculum subjects including Music,  Literacy, History, Science and Citizenship. We can tailor sessions to your needs, budget and timetable and are happy to discuss longer projects.

Recent feedback from Huntington Primary Academy, York:

We worked with Tread The Boards on a Shakespeare week project. All of our children from Early Years to Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed the workshops that were tailored for the Shakespeare play or sonnet that each year group were studying. Our younger children learned dance and movement with professional practitioners and older children worked on speeches and staging Shakespeare’s work. The practitioners from Tread the Boards were engaging, professional and motivational with our children. Each class were excited and learned Shakespeare in an interesting and different approach. We would certainly recommend Alison and her fantastic team and look forward to working with Tread the Boards in the future.

Examples of what we provide:

  • Beginning Storytelling
  • Drama Clubs: after school or lunchtime sessions
  • Creative Writing and Performance Skills: workshops range from a one-off hour to a term’s worth of weekly sessions leading up to a performance in assembly
  • Preschool drama, song and movement sessions
  • Folk singing workshop
  • Making theatre from art
  • Dance workshops: any style from Strictly to Street!
  • Physical Theatre
  • An introduction to Shakespeare
  • Anti-bullying workshop
  • Shadow puppet workshop
  • Group songwriting
  • Short play writing courses for adult beginners/Keystage 3 and upwards

To discuss your requirements, contact Alison on 01904 693661 or email


If you’re looking for something a bit different for your festival, Tread The Boards can provide bespoke workshop and activity packages to suit your theme, budget and needs. These can be tailored to a theme of your choice, and can end with a showcase performance. Themes delivered previously include Street Dance Academy, Pirates, Fame!, Physical Theatre, Family folk singing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We specialise in providing fun, challenging activity programmes for the ‘in-between’ 11-16 age group, but most of our workshops can be accessed by all ages. We are experienced, qualified, DBS checked and known for our high-energy style of teaching and performance. Comments from previous festivals include:

We love the wonderful family atmosphere you bring to the festival! And you are GREAT performers”

“What a great time and what a great team”

If you would like to discuss workshop programmes or any other performing arts ideas, please contact Alison on 01904 693661 or email


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