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.

The Wardrobe Ensemble – Teaching Devised Theatre Workshop

Thu 4 March 5pm-6.30pm

A free workshop for Drama teachers and facilitators as part of Royal & Derngate’s CreatEd programme.

Join members of acclaimed theatre company The Wardrobe Ensemble for a 1.5 hour workshop that will explore a series of tools and techniques to use when teaching devised theatre online, in-person or socially distanced. Through demonstration, discussion and interactive tasks, the workshop will look at ways to generate material, create strong visual moments and develop creative ideas, while also utilising the digital format. A fantastic opportunity to engage with professional theatre-makers and gain useful, insightful and creative ideas that can support teaching and learning at this difficult time.

For more information on The Wardrobe Ensemble visit www.thewardrobeensemble.com

This workshop is limited to 15 places, so early booking is recommended.

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Devising Theatre Exercises

Check out these FREE CreatEd video resources where members of The Wardrobe Ensemble will take you through different devising theatre exercises that you can use as a teacher and with students to help in your devising process.
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Digital Directors Teacher Masterclass Programme

A FREE masterclass and support programme aimed at Teacher-Directors as part of Royal & Derngate’s CreatEd and Digital Directors programmes led by Digital Technician and Film Maker, Martin Steed, and Digital Specialist and Associate Lecturer at the University of Northampton, Chris Lowe.


Using VMix for Online Performance

Thu 25 February 7pm-8.30pm

This masterclass is for Royal & Derngate Festival NT: Connections Directors Only.

Join us as we explore practical examples and demonstrations of how vMIX live production software enables a technician to control a screen and run and operate the tech for a live performance online.  NT: Connections Teacher-Directors will be able to explore this as a choice they would like to use during the Royal & Derngate’s online NT: Connections Regional Festival where our technicians can take control of shared screens, sound, captioning, recordings, live recordings.

To book your place, please email [email protected]

Livestreaming Performance

Wed 3 March 7pm-8.30pm

An introductory masterclass on how to livestream performance including what equipment is readily available, what can be purchased easily to livestream from your home computer, phone, indoors or outdoor settings. This masterclass is vital for anyone who wants to know how to set it up, how to upload/download content, how to make it secure and what platforms are compatible. Open to all Teacher-Directors, but places are limited so early booking is recommended.

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Recording Theatre for Online Performances

Thu 4 & Wed 10 March 7pm-8.30pm

This is a two-part masterclass exploring practical tips on recording effective online theatre performances including:

  • Using easily accessible equipment at home and in school
  • Editing apps and how to use them
  • How to get creative with green screens, visual manipulation and animation
  • Recording and editing individually and in groups
  • Location filming
  • Sound and lighting
  • Security and safeguarding when filming
  • How to send large video files for online screening

Both masterclasses will provide information and tips that Teacher-Directors can use with students to record impactful and creative performances to share with others. Great for NT: Connections digital productions, online student showcases, practical assessments and expanding your use of digital theatre methods. It is expected that participants will attend both masterclass sessions. Open to all Teacher-Directors, but places are limited so early booking is recommended.

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Performing Live Theatre on Zoom

Thu 11 March 7pm-8.30pm

This masterclass will focus on both the practical set up and fun creative opportunities that live Zoom performance offers to directors and performers, including:

  • Zoom functions and set up to specifically enable performance rather than meetings
  • How to integrate other software and apps into Zoom to enhance performance and increase performance options
  • Live performance options on Zoom – green screen, backgrounds, script reading, performance methods
  • Manipulating sound on Zoom
  • Mixing live and recorded performance
  • Captioning and how to integrate third party apps into Zoom

A great opportunity for Teacher-Directors to explore how to turn Zoom into a creative live performance platform. Open to all Teacher-Directors, but places are limited so early booking is recommended.

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Ask the Expert Support Sessions

Thu 1, Wed 14 & Thu 22 April 7pm-8pm

Following the masterclass programme, we are offering Teacher-Directors the opportunity to book onto extra support sessions where our digital experts will be able to answer specific questions and provide additional advice linked to areas covered in the masterclasses that will support you and your work with young people. Open to all Teacher-Directors, but it is expected that you will have attended some of the masterclasses as these sessions will focus on additional support rather than repeat content from the masterclasses.

If you would like to book a place on one of the sessions, please email [email protected]. Groups will be smaller to enable more targeted advice to be given, so book early as places will go fast.


For more information on the Digital Director Teacher Masterclass Programme, please email [email protected]


Spymonkey Resources for Teachers

FREE video resources providing insights into the unique process and production work of this international comedy and physical theatre company.

Devising Theatre Webinar

This recorded webinar is a conversation/Q&A between Spymonkey Artistic Directors Toby Park, Aitor Basauri and Petra Massey. The discussion provides a chance to gain an understanding of Spymonkey’s process from early conception through to production and is an insightful resource for teachers and students working towards devising their own work.

Oedipussy In Development – Making Physical Comedy Work

A fully resourced video series suitable for use with Post-16 students that includes:

  • Full 3-camera HD live show recording of Spymonkey’s show Oedipussy, directed by Emma Rice, written by Carl Grose and performed at Brighton Festival 2012.
  • Interviews and commentary by Artistic Directors Aitor Basauri, Petra Massey and Toby Park about the creative process.
  • Rehearsal footage following 3 different scenes from first exercises and improvisation through to full performance.
  • Interview with Oedipussy Director, Emma Rice.
  • Audience voxpops.
  • Glossary of terms central to Spymonkey’s work.

Please note – owing to the content of Oedipussy, the show is only suitable for Post-16 students. Teachers are advised to watch the recording before sharing it with students.

Both the webinar and Oedipussy videos are only available for a limited period and you will need a special access code to view. Please contact [email protected] to request the code.

In additional to our CreatEd programme, we also design bespoke projects for schools to support curriculum, extra-curricular activities and Artsmark. Contact [email protected] for more information.

We are also lead partner for the Northants Cultural Education Partnership (Northants CEP). Click here to find lots more videos, resources and activities to support teaching and learning.