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The new Schools Programme for 2015/16 is now open for bookings. Download the brochure to find out about new sessions and events.

Gallery Based Session

Gallery Based Session

FREE Gallery Based Session


Take a guided tour of the Theatre and Performance galleries to find out how shows are put together.
22 Feb - 26 Feb; 6 June - 10 June
(Curtain up Specials - 13.00 ONLY. 10 March, 14 April, 12 May & 16 June and 7 July)

Workshops: Performing Arts, Media & English

Engaging practical sessions working with professional practitioners using the National Collection of Theatre & Performance.




Work with members from Complicite to create a performance using devising techniques. Watch one of Complicite’s plays from the V&A’s National Video Archive of Performance. 

12 Feb & 18 March; 29 April & 9 May

Design for Performance

Be inspired by costume and set models in the V&A theatre and performance collections, before developing your own ideas back in the studio.

11 February; 23 May (Curtain Up Special)

Stage Make-up

Work with a theatrical make-up artist. Learn about the process of designing and applying stage make-up.

21 March; 13 June (Curtain Up Special) & 21 June

Cost: £150
Timing: 10.30–14.30
Capacity:  Maximum of 30 students per session

Schools’ Screen

Schools’ Screen


View acclaimed full-length professionally recorded shows from the National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP), and see how artists collaborate to create the ‘magic’ of performance in front of a live audience. For a list of titles visit The National Video Archive of Performance.

Available On request
Cost: Free
Capacity: Maximum of 250 students

Jon Trenchard (Puck) in Propeller's A Midsummer Night's Dream. photo credit Nobby Clark

Jon Trenchard (Puck) in Propeller's A Midsummer Night's Dream. photo credit Nobby Clark



Directed by Edward Hall

If you like your Shakespeare fast-moving, easily understood and visually stunning then Propeller’s sixty minute version of its award-winning production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is for you.

Under Edward Hall’s direction, this all-male Shakespeare company combines a rigorous approach to the text with a physical aesthetic creating a production full of clarity, poetry, humour and imagination, with a little bit of magic thrown in. POCKET DREAM is an inspiring introduction not only to Shakespeare, but also to the very best of English theatre.

After a gripping hour you are invited into the performance space to question the actors about the play, acting, Shakespeare, in fact anything that comes to mind.

An Education pack is available to download from our website www.propeller.org.uk
Suitable for all ages.

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7 March 2016. 13.00 – 15.00
Cost: Free
Capacity: 172

Shakespeare in Focus: Reel to Real

Watch award–winning English key texts of film screenings preceded or followed by museum tours. Students can draw connections between the film's context and the museum's objects.

29 February – Romeo and Juliet
25 May - Macbeth

Cost: FREE
Timing: 10.30–12.00 or 14.00 - 16.00
Capacity: Maximum of 250 students per slot

‘Students came back brimming full of ideas for their coursework. What a fantastic resource the NVAP is! I will certainly be looking for opportunities to bring students to things in the future.’

Drama Teacher.

Inspiration to Realisation

If you are a school working on the annual play, exam work or are looking for new opportunities to encourage your theatre design students, the V&A schools’ team have partnered up with the Backstage Centre to offer a unique immersive two-day theatre skills course.

Available: On Request

Cost: £300 for a half day visit to the Backstage Centre and £540 for a full day.

Capacity: Places limited to 8 schools, maximum of 30 students per group

For teachers’ notes and resources visit:

Teachers’ Resource: Reel to Real: Belle
Teachers’ Resource: Reel to Real: Throne of Blood
Teachers’ Resource: Reel to Real: Romeo and Juliet
Teachers' Resource: Reel to Real: Pride and Prejudice
Teachers’ Resource: Reel to Real: Much Ado About Nothing
Teachers' Resource: Reel to Real: Great Expectations
Teachers’ Resource: Reel to Real: Twelfth Night

Schools can also get involved in Reel to Real remotely by setting up a free Into Film Club. If you’re unable to make the screening dates above, why not watch the film in your school prior to your museum visit?
Set up a club to access a catalogue of over 4000 film titles including those in the Reel to Real programme, as well as curriculum linked resources created in partnership with the V&A.

Start an Into Film Club today now at: www.filmclub.org/register

Become a V&A Member

V&A Members enjoy a wealth of benefits, including free entry to exhibitions, previews, exciting events and the V&A Members’ Room. In addition, you will be supporting the vital work of the V&A.

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