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shows and workshops 2014 – 15

Splats established 1993 by Stephen Richards a juggling P.E. teacher and Mike Redwood a diabolo spinning theatre director.
Their imaginative, pioneering shows have established Splats as the leading educational workshop company in the uk and a number one theatre touring company.

Splats Learning through fun
Sometimes a class, a year group, a school need something a bit different – a boost that approaches their learning from a different angle.
Splats fun, action packed shows all culminate in a performance by all the pupils. It is a blast of fun confidence building learning that can be carried through to all other work.
action shows for childrenFor Activity weeks we can work as a one stop shop for all your needs.
Splats Learning through fun approach is to help all pupils to shine in whatever creative, physical challenge they pursue.
We help pupils to perform with confidence and as part of a team.
Splats-map-with-teachers-207x300Splats have Nationwide availability.
CRB checked, Full Public Liability Insurance and Risk assessment all supplied on booking.
Please drop us a line for availability and costs.
To contact Splats call Mike Redwood on: 07944 283659 or 0800 028 8101
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Splats Wellbeing Curriculum

Welcome to the Splats Wellbeing Curriculum 2017. All our days are designed to inspire confident, independent and creative learners who can work as a team to perform fun and educational shows.
Our curriculum covers Communication with the E-safety show health with the Sugar Show, happiness is How to be Hoppy and effective learning with our Learning to Learn days.

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Circus with Splats

The Circus Skill experts.  Splats have been teaching circus skills in schools and at events since 1991. Teaching materials, resources, equipment all available and always here to guide you to introduce circus into school. Circus days in schools, Learning to Learn, Circus Party, Scouts, Brownies, Circus Projects, Circus Town Show.

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Make a Play day

The play is performed by our Splats narrator with four classes. The shows are created with physical theatre, movement, circus, dance and scripted character acting. The Splats director brings props, pieces of costume and music/sound effects. We perform 30 minutes before the end of the school day for family, friends and pupils.

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Shakespeare Plays

Our Shakespeare workshops are designed to maximise the involvement of the pupils and bring Shakespeare to life on stage. In just one day the pupils can learn and perform their very own production of A Midsummer Nights Dream or The Tempest, take our Shakespeare Rap workshop or learn some stage combat and use it to perform Romeo and Juliet.

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History days for schools

Recommended for:

History Projects, Book week, Teamwork challenge, Speaking and Listening, Fun day, Celebration.


Nursery to Secondary (all ages) – See filter on the gallery of days below for age group and type of day.

Amount of pupils:

Up to 140/175 in one day (more on request) max 35 per class.


All year – UK wide. Advance booking preferred but can always help with last minute plans.

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Computer Science

Team Robot and The Ancient Art of Disco Dancing


The Ancient Art of Disco Dancing creates a visual, fun and active ways for pupils to explore coding and understand computer logic.

The Story

Team Robot – a crack team of computer experts are sent to save the world, led by Captain Splat.
Team Robot teaches the pupils Disco dancing code and show how it develops in the future.
Our Special Code We use hand disco jives as a fun way to show that you can give instructions in many different ways as well as costume and props to add to the program.


We introduce the concepts of loops, selection, conditionals and more by using different signals such as wigs and props and costume. It is designed to be light hearted and memorable.
Some of these concepts will be familiar for the pupils and some will be more advanced and something they may not come onto until later in their learning,  but is all designed in a way to be lightly referred to but can be referenced back to by the teacher at a later date. AND the pupils can make up and design their very own coded dance, challenging their computational thinking.

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On Tour

Splats theatre shows have been entertaining all ages since 1993. See what is on tour and watch some clips from our show.

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Summary of all days post

  • Whole School activity
  • Suitable for Key Stages 2 and 3
  • Teaching materials
  • Interactive show or workshops
  • Confident, independent and creative learners

Organisation -We can teach up to 4 groups in a day. The pupils perform the show with the splats teacher who acts as the narrator. This helps cement the whole play together and of course provides a cue for the pupils. The Splats director brings props, pieces of costume and music/sound effects.

Performance – The workshops are active, fun and a real challenge for all, created with physical theatre, movement, circus, dance and scripted character acting. As we learn the show and perform it in just one day, pupils are up on stage before they have any time to think about nerves.

Bookings – Please fill in our enquiry form and we will get right back to you. Please do not hesitate to drop us a line to check availability and to talk through your specific needs and aims for the day, we are here to help. ;0)

Please give Mike a ring on 07944 283659 or send us an email to mike@splatsentertainment.com

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Winterreise flyer

Chance to see our wonderful Richard Robinson is performing Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter’s Journey) on March 12th at St. Michael’s Church, Chester Square in Belgravia.

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Treasure Island

Shakespeare in a Suitcase presents
Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson

‘Join Splats Entertainment for an adventure to ‘Treasure Island ‘ in a participation performance based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic book.’

Show is suitable for all ages (with some fights and jeopardy) lasts 55 minutes.

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Shakespeare and Circus

Shakespeare and Circus

Shakespeare and circus did go together. Ariel was an aerialist? Great Folger podcast exploring it.

Find out more

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Welcome to Our New Performer Tilly Mae!

Tilly Mae

Welcome to our new performer Tilly Mae!
We look to working with you.

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A Great Circus Archive

An archive of videos featured on the Circopedia, sorted alphabetically by the name of the act or the performer’s last name.

To find out more, please go to http://www.circopedia.org/Category:Video_Archive

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You Foul and Midnight Hags

Here is an interesting study aid from the British library looking at witches in Macbeth.
You will have to watch our show to see how we interpret them?

Read the article here

Photo copyright Donald Cooper (Photostage)

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Have a listen to this Two Gentleman of Verona interesting.
Can you detect early tremors for Romeo and Juliet?

Listen it here

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Splats Circus Party Decorations


Splats Circus Party Decorations

Here are a collection of some of the great circus party decorations which we have had the delight of seeing when we entertain at our children’s circus birthday parties.

We hope it gives you some inspiration and help with your circus party decorations.

Find out more about a Splats Circus Party

See our Circus Party invitation

See our Circus Birthday Cakes

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Circus Birthday Cakes


Circus Birthday Cakes

Here are a collection of some of the marvelous circus birthday cakes which we have had the delight of seeing when we entertain at our children’s circus birthday parties.

After our Circus skills party the circus birthday cake is often the grand finale. We hope it gives you some inspiration and help for your circus party and for making your circus birthday cake.

Find out more about a Splats Circus Party

See our Circus Party invitation

See our Circus Party Decorations

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Macbeth at Coxwell Barn Festival photo Greca Redwood-Jones.

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Macbeth at Coxwell Barn Festival

photo taken by Greca Redwood-Jones.

Macbeth Show Splats Entertainment Photo 9

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Hamlet Shakespeare Play Splats Entertainment

“Hamlet is the most famous theatre character in the western world for simply being the best drawn reflection of human indecision. Follow Hamlet as he tries to find out who killed his father and what should he do. A true who dunnit with only a ghost as a witness.”​

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Hamlet Shakespeare Play Splats Entertainment
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Circus Workshops

Circus Workshops Splats Entertainment
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Circus Workshops

The Greatest Circus Workshop Splats Entertainment

“2018 is Splats Silver Jubilee. Splats has been running circus workshops at community events, schools, festivals, homes and live since 1993. We have run our circus workshops with companies such as BMW, BT even for the Home Office and for 1000’s of Schools, Community groups and for Council Events and Arts teams across the UK and worldwide.”

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Join for a day of Circus workshops and Shakespeare plays

Come and join for a day of Circus workshops and Shakespeare plays specially adapted for one hour family performances.

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    Exit Burbage: Shakespeare muse?

    Shakespeare for Schools Exit Burbage

    Shakespeare for Schools Exit Burbage

    This fantastic look at the leading actor who worked with Shakespeare throughout his writing career. Burbage is the first to play Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello Lear et al. He must of been so flexible and it shows me that creating theatre is team art. We will call it The Burbage when it’s built.

    Find out more on BBC Radio.

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    How to Teach Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

    How to Teach Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

    BBC Animated Tales Romeo and Juliet.
    I love this soft Botticelli style which makes the connections with Tudor theatre being our renaissance art revolution.

    Watch the video here.

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    How Shakespeare Influences The Way We Speak Now

    How Shakespeare influences the way we speak now

    Hephzibah Anderson

    David Tennant as Hamlet

    David Tennant as Hamlet | From BBC Culture – http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140527-say-what-shakespeares-words
    27 May 2014

    Even if you’ve never seen a Shakespeare play, you’ll have used one of his words or phrases. Hephzibah Anderson explains his genius – and enduring influence.

    If you missed Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, you can be sure he’d have had a zinger of a putdown to sling your way. Or better yet, a whole string of them. “Thou art a boil, a plague sore, an embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood” might just do it, borrowed from King Lear railing against his daughter, Goneril. Or perhaps he’d settle for more aloof damnation, along the lines of Orlando’s insult to Jaques in As You Like It: “I do desire we may be better strangers.”

    That isn’t a wish likely to be granted to Shakespeare any time soon. Yes, his 450th birthday has been and gone already, but it’s worth noting that all over the world, people paused to acknowledge it in the first place. In fact, during his 52 years on earth, he enriched the English language in ways so profound it’s almost impossible to fully gauge his impact. Without him, our vocabulary would be just too different. He gave us uniquely vivid ways in which to express hope and despair, sorrow and rage, love and lust. Even if you’ve never read one of his sonnets or seen a play – even if you’ve never so much as watched a movie adaptation – you’re likely to have quoted him unwittingly. It’s almost impossible to avoid.

    Of course, fellow artists readily draw on him for paintings, operas and ballets. Shakespeare’s influence is evident in popular as well as high culture: singer-songwriter Nick Lowe’s 1970s earworm, Cruel to be Kind, took its title from lines Hamlet addressed to his mother. “I must be cruel only to be kind,” the Prince of Denmark tells her in a wriggling kind of apology for killing a courtier and meddling in her new relationship. Hamlet also yielded the title of Agatha Christie’s theatrical smash, The Mousetrap, and Alfred Hitchcock’s evocative spy thriller, North by Northwest. And then there’s David Foster Wallace’s iconic novel, Infinite Jest, Ruth Rendell’s Put on by Cunning, Philip K. Dick’s Time Out of Joint and Jasper Fforde’s Something Rotten. That one play alone has inspired other writers in numerous genres, at far-flung ends of the literary spectrum.

    And what of Shakespeare’s other plays? Well, when Mumford and Sons named their album Sigh No More, they were borrowing a phrase from Much Ado About Nothing. As for Iron Maiden’s song Where Eagles Dare, how many of their fans recognise it as a quote from Richard III?

    Famous phrases

    These catchy titles barely gesture to Shakespeare’s influence on the minutiae of our lives. If you’ve ever been ‘in a pickle’, waited ‘with bated breath’, or gone on ‘a wild goose chase’, you’ve been quoting from The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet respectively.

    Next time you refer to jealousy as “the green-eyed monster,” know that you’re quoting Othello’s arch villain, Iago. (Shakespeare was almost self-quoting here, having first touched on green as the colour of envy in The Merchant of Venice, where Portia alludes to “green-eyed jealousy.”)

    Allow yourself to “gossip” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and you’re quoting him. “The be-all and end-all” is uttered by Macbeth as he murderously contemplates King Duncan, and “fair play” falls from Miranda’s lips in The Tempest. And did I mention that he invented the knock-knock joke in the Scottish play?

    Some phrases have become so well used that they’re now regarded as clichés – surely a compliment for an author so long gone. “A heart of gold”? You’ll find it in Henry V, while “the world’s mine oyster” crops up in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Life imitates art

    His impact endures not only in the way we express ourselves, but how we experience and process the world around us. Had Shakespeare not given us the words, would we truly feel “bedazzled” (The Taming of the Shrew)? Had he not taught us the word “gloomy” (Titus Andronicus), would it be a feeling we recognised in ourselves? And could we “grovel” effectively (Henry VI, Part II) or be properly “sanctimonious” (The Tempest) had he not shown us how?

    Victorian word expert F Max Muller estimated that Shakespeare used 15,000 words in his plays, a portion of which he invented himself by merging existing words and anglicising vocabulary from foreign languages. By contrast, Milton used a mere 8,000 and the Old Testament is made up of 5,642. Meanwhile, an unschooled agricultural worker of the day would have said all that he had to say in fewer than 300 words.

    Recently, two antiquarian booksellers in the US declared that they’d found a book they believe to be Shakespeare’s dictionary. The book, which was on eBay, was a copy of John Baret’s Alvearie, a popular late-16th-Century dictionary in four languages. It’s densely annotated throughout but the clincher, they believe, is the handwritten ‘word salad’ on the tome’s blank back page, a sheet filled with a mix of French and English words, some of which ended up in Shakespeare’s plays.

    Scholars have argued back and forth over just how many of these words and phrases Shakespeare actually coined, and how many he merely popularised by bedding them down in a memorable plot. In the past few years, quantitative analysis and digital databases have allowed computers to simultaneously search thousands of texts, leading scholars to believe that we may have overestimated his contribution to the English language.

    According to a 2011 paper by Ward EY Elliott and Robert J Valenza of America’s Claremont McKenna College, new words attributed to Shakespeare have probably been over-counted by a factor of at least two. The OED is coming to reflect this: in the 1950s, Shakespeare’s tally of first-use citations stood at 3,200. Today, it’s around 2,000.

    In some ways, this makes Shakespeare’s flair and originality all the more impressive. His linguistic arsenal didn’t contain vastly more than those of his contemporaries, and yet his are the stories we remember. Not that 2,000 is bad going, especially when so many of those words saturate our everyday speech.

    How did he manage it, you might wonder? It’s partly his turn of phrase. Would “fashionable” have caught on had not set it in such a wry sentence as this in Troilus and Cressida? “For time is like a fashionable host, that slightly shakes his parting guest by th’ hand.” Then there’s the fact that these words are voiced by some unforgettable characters – men and women who, despite the extraordinary situations in which they tend to find themselves, are fully and profoundly human in both their strengths and frailties. It’s little wonder that critic Harold Bloom titled his 1998 book on the man Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human.

    If the mark of a great writer is that they’re still read, then perhaps the mark of a genius is that they’re still spoken, too.

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    A rose by any other name…

    Ever wondered how Shakespeare’s words would have sounded in the accent of the time? I was once told that it would have sounded more like American english, so I was certainly curious when I saw this video. A clever professor chap and his actor son give a side by side comparison of some original text and talk about how they know how it was originally spoke. Interesting stuff. For my part, and I confess to being no professor of language, I would say that it sounds more pirate than american…

    Watch the video here.

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    Shakespeare ‘a cultural icon’ abroad

    Shakespeare a cultural icon abroad

    William Shakespeare is the UK’s greatest cultural icon, according to the results of an international survey released to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth.

    Five thousand young adults in India, Brazil, Germany, China and the USA were asked to name a person they associated with contemporary UK arts and culture.

    Shakespeare was the most popular response, with an overall score of 14%.

    The result emerged from a wider piece of research for the British Council.

    The Queen and David Beckham came second and third respectively. Other popular responses included JK Rowling, Adele, The Beatles, Paul McCartney and Elton John.

    Word cloud of cultural icons
    Word cloud: a look at some of the names from the British Council research

    Shakespeare proved most popular in China where he was mentioned by 25% of respondents. The lowest score – 6% – was in the US.

    Other events to mark Shakespeare’s birthday on Wednesday include a launch event for Shakespeare’s Globe theatre’s two-year world tour of Hamlet.

    The tour aims to visit every country in the world. Venues will include Wittenberg in Germany, the Roman theatres of Philippopolis in Bulgaria and Heraclea in Macedonia, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington and the Mayan ruins of Copan in Honduras.

     The poet Michael Rosen wrote a celebratory poem for BBC Radio 4’s PM programme in which he picked out his favourite insults from Shakespeare’s works for use by people on social media.

    It includes the lines:

    “Thou cream faced loon

    There’s no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune

    Thou art baser than a cutpurse.”

    A bugler plays a fanfare for Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon

    There will also be a firework display from the top of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon after the evening performance of Henry IV Part I.

    Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616 at the age of 52. His actual birth date in 1564 is unknown but it is traditionally celebrated on 23 April.

    The British Council – which promotes British culture around the world – is planning a major international programme of events for 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

    “The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death is the biggest opportunity to put UK culture on the world stage since London 2012,” said Sir Martin Davidson, chief executive of the British Council.

    “As the most widely read and studied author in the English language, Shakespeare provides an important connection to the UK for millions of people around the world, and the world will be looking to celebrate this anniversary with the UK. We hope that the UK’s cultural organisations will come together to meet these expectations and ensure that 2016 is our next Olympic moment.”

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    How teach Shakespeare: Best A Midsummer Night’s Dream Videos for Schools

    Shakespeare wrote plays to be listened to and be watched live. He had his audience of up to 2,000 people between one and at most twenty metres away. I don’t think the plays can be truly understood or enjoyed being ‘watched digitally’.This is what Theresa May replied when I asked her why the Education Department didn’t help schools see live shows. Theatre is experiencing the story through listening to people talk. It is a social experience of the audience and cast, interacting through laughter, gasps or silence. In Tudor theatre the audience were talked directly to in the soliloquies. This is when a character shares directly with the audience their true and deepest thoughts. Quite often these are the lines that resonated through the the past 400 years to live in our culture. So many productions I have been involved with change when they interact with the audience. I think ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is close to a farce and so is even harder to appreciate in any other environment than a live performance.

    And I am not agreeing with the government on this one but I know it is useful to familiarise your pupils with the plays before they see it live so here are a few suggestions.

    Secondary School: Live at the Globe. The full production from this summer.

    Click here to watch the video

    Infants and Juniors: CBBC version. Benefits from being live.

    Click here to watch the video

    A basic introduction for all. Not my favourite in this series.
    BBC Shakespeare: The Animated Tales.A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Click here to watch the video


    But remember ‘ The PLAY’s the thing….’

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    How to teach Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Best ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Book Version for Primary Schools

    A Midsummer Nights Dream book story by Andrew Mathews

    I think this Orchard adapted story by Andrew Mathews and Tony Ross book is great for Primary schools to get familiar with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    Click here for more info

    But remember ‘ The PLAY is the thing….’

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    Shakespeare Certificate of Performance

    If you have completed a Shakespeare in a Suitcase Tale, congratulations on putting on your play.
    We hope you had fun and enjoyed the magical story that was told.

    Shakespeare Certificate of Performance

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