Royal & Derngate’s CreatEd programme offers a range of opportunities, resources and training programmes to support teaching and learning across all key stages. Take a look at what is currently on offer.

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Design A Safety Curtain

We are inviting schools to take part in our Design A Safety Curtain competition where classes can use their creativity to produce their own safety curtain design that reflects their current experiences of theatre and what, who and where is important to them in Northamptonshire.

All entries will be exhibited as part of an online digital gallery and the winning entries will be displayed at Royal & Derngate with a special invitation for your school to come and see it and tour backstage.

To access this opportunity simply email [email protected] and you will receive a teacher’s guide with a link to an interactive website that contains everything that you and your students may need to take part in, including historical information, key stories, inspirations and curtain templates.

This website can be displayed on your whiteboards, tablets or computers, and as part of Royal & Derngate’s CreatEd: Beyond The Stage, there will be additional videos exploring the Safety Curtain restoration process and industry insights into the role of a Scenic Artist with Head of Scenic Art, Stephanie Tucci.

This is a fantastically fun and FREE opportunity for schools to learn about the history of a theatre that is at the very heart of Northamptonshire.

The project is a Royal & Derngate CreatEd initiative kindly supported by Northamptonshire Community Foundation and Northants Cultural Education Partnership (Northants CEP) and designed by Red Bear Media.


Once you have the designs from your young people, please send to [email protected] before Wed 1 June

Devising Theatre Exercises – The Wardrobe Ensemble

Following our previous online Devising Theatre workshop for teachers, Royal & Derngate has commissioned acclaimed theatre company The Wardrobe Ensemble to produce a series of FREE CreatEd video resources to further support teaching and learning.

Join members of The Wardrobe Ensemble as they take you through different devising theatre exercises that you can use as a teacher and with students to help in your devising process.

Click here to watch them.

Digital Directors Toolkit Videos

Digital Specialist and Associate Lecturer at the University of Northampton, Chris Lowe, has been commissioned by Royal & Derngate to produce a series of video toolkits that follow on from Royal & Derngate’s CreatEd Digital Directors Masterclass Programme in 2021.

The series of 10 minute tutorial videos are designed to support teachers, artists and young people to develop their own digital work across multiple platforms and equipment, and are hosted on the Northants Cultural Education Partnership website for anyone to watch for free.

Topics include:

  • Syncing Audio & Visual
  • Colour Correction
  • Creating Virtual Backgrounds
  • Creating Custom Titles

To watch the videos, click here to visit the Digital Directors Toolkit webpages.

CreatEd Projects for Schools

In additional to CreatEd digital and teacher CPD programmes, we also design bespoke projects for schools to support the curriculum, extra-curricular activities and Artsmark across all levels of education.

Recent projects include:

Down To Earth Project

Designed by Royal & Derngate Arts Leaders in response to concerns about climate change, the Down To Earth Project worked with artists to deliver #Unlock Creativity days in 8 Northants Cultural Education Partnership (Northants CEP) member schools across Northants and Milton Keynes. Using recycled materials, each school produced a tree sculpture with posters, creative writing responses, poems, turtles, fish and jellyfish as a call to action on climate change.

Almost 600 young people took part in the project and the all of their creations were displayed at Royal & Derngate to spread their message beyond school.

Theatre Hubs

Royal & Derngate’s commitment to providing access to quality theatre experiences within the community includes After School Theatre Hubs in schools where young people apply key theatre skills led by an experienced practitioner to develop confidence, communication and creative skills. Arts Award can be built into any project and activity can contribute to Artsmark evidence. Northants CEP member schools also receive a discount on all Theatre Hubs.

Discover Shakespeare Project

Aimed at Key Stage 2 students, these one-day projects enable classes to work creatively with theatre practitioners to explore a Shakespeare play of your choice, develop key performance skills, reflect on their own progress and complete a Discover Arts Award. This is a great way to introduce Shakespeare, extend knowledge of an existing play or focus on how Shakespeare is brought to life on stage.

A specially designed Discover Shakespeare Arts Award booklet guides students through all of the Arts Award requirements and Royal & Derngate assesses and submits all paperwork for Arts Award entry so teachers don’t have to.

Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF)

Royal & Derngate’s SSF collaborations with schools signed up to the festival provides specialist directors to extend the theatre experience of participating students. Over the course of 1 or 2 terms, students attend after school rehearsals to develop performance skills and confidence with Shakespearean language, characters and plots in preparation for their performance in the festival. Students also develop additional theatre practice skills such as technical language, choosing sound and lighting cues and running a tech rehearsal.

Northants CEP

Royal & Derngate is lead partner of Northants Cultural Education Partnership (Northants CEP) providing engagement and digital opportunities and resources across the county and beyond.

Click here to find lots more videos, resources and activities to support teaching and learning on the Northants CEP website.

Coming Soon… 

Keep visiting this page and follow us on Twitter @RDCreativeLearn for updates on current and future projects.

Contact [email protected] for more information on any of our CreatEd programmes or if you have an idea for a project for your school that you think we may be able to deliver for you, just get in touch.