By William SHakespeare
“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.”
Shakespeare week, Drama, Literature, Teamwork challenge
Key Stage 2,3 and above
Amount of Pupils:
Up to 140 in one day
All year – UK wide
Hamlet is rehearsed and performed by up to 4 classes in just one day. Family and friends delight in what has been created in the end of day show.
Our Midsummer Night’s Dream play is split into 4 scenes so the classes need to be in 4 groups. Each group take it in turns to learn their scene and when not rehearsing make set and props in the classroom. Class size needs to be a maximum of 35 (please let us know if you need more)
Hamlet day starts with an assembly which introduces the staff and the pupils to the days. This need only be about 15 minutes. The purpose of it is to check that the staff know exactly what they will be required to do when not working with our teacher and for the pupils to be introduced to the story and characters.
Alongside scripted character acting we use physical theatre, circus skills, dance, music, magic, mime, puppetry and mask work to help tell the story. This enables pupils to express themselves through a variety of means and of course adds great variety and enjoyment for the audience and participants.
As we learn Hamlet and perform it in just one day, pupils are up on stage before they have any time to think about nerves. Of course longer term rehearsed plays are of great value too but the “Splats Technique’ provides a way to break through for many pupils who may otherwise be nervous and an opportunity to shine in a very relaxed environment for all.
After the assembly our teacher will work with the first group on the first scene. The other three groups go back to the classroom with their class teacher and start making the props and scenery as described in our teaching pack. These are very simple and not compulsory. These do require paper, card, scissors, string and glue which we do not supply.They then come to the hall to work with our teacher at the allotted time.
Masks act as a great way to express emotion and movement and of course we bring costumes and props to add fun and colour to the production.
Our teacher acts as the narrator which helps cement the whole play together and of course acts as a cue for the pupils. Our main tip for the class teachers is to enjoy the process as although it sometimes seems an impossible task for our teacher to make the show happen it always works brilliantly and any slight mistakes or changes that happen can be taken in our stride and actually often add to the fun!
We very much recommend inviting parents and any classes not taking part to watch the show as of course it works best with an audience!
Usually you will find that you can fit in the Assembly and three lessons in the morning and one more lesson and the show in the afternoon. These lessons should be an hour long and allow about 45 minutes for the show. The lessons are very well choreographed and planned so it is possible to learn the scene in that time.
If you have very small groups it may be worth considering joining them together so they make 2 groups and learn two scenes each- a challenge but double the fun for them. If you only have 3 groups again one class can do two scenes.
For bookings and prices for Hamlet and all our circus and drama days and shows please fill in our enquiry form and we will get right back to you. Prices range from £220- £360 plus vat depending on length of workshop and amount of pupils.
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 email@example.com
Where do you travel to?
We travel across mainland Britain.
How many of you are there?
It is always one Splats artist per session of up to 35 pupils. Please talk to us if you have more pupils.
Do you need anything else?
We need a sound system and although not essential access to any lighting or staging you have.
Do we need to do any preparation before the day?
All the days are designed to be self contained i.e. you don’t need to do anything before the day. There is a teaching pack where you will have props and masks you can make out of card, paper, paint and glue. You may want to order stock.
What time is the show?
The show is performed 30-45 minutes before the end of your day so it can coincide with the finish of the day.
What time do you arrive and how long to set up?
30 minutes before we start and it takes 15 minutes to set up.
Do you need the hall?
We do need the hall all day except for lunch, although we can work in a large class room for some of the time.
How many members of our staff do you need?
We need the staff ratio that you would normally have plus our Splats teacher. Your staff will be responsible for the pupils tertiary care.
Can we perform the show ourselves after the day?
Once Splats have created the show with the school on the date given, then the booking school has the right to perform the show twice the same term but must credit verbally, in programs, posters, websites, newspapers, social media, recorded media and all communications that the show is \’Created by Splats Entertainment.\’ At the end of term the copyright reverts to Splats Entertainment and the school will need to apply if they wish to perform the show again. Please speak to Splats office for further advice.
Can you work outside?
Only for circus days but in wind and rain it becomes very difficult.
Are you insured?
Yes we have full public liability.
Do you provide confidence and team building?
Yes we have a modual in all workshops for team building , exploring self confidence, learning techniques and self perceptions of learning.
Do you teach adults?
Yes we often teach adults for team building sessions and Inset training.
Do you have teaching materials?
Yes our workshops come with teaching materials which are sent as a PDF link before the day.
Do you send a booking letter?
Yes you should receive an email within 24 hours of booking. You need to check all the details . When you are ready fill in the timetable and send it back to the email address.
How to pay?
There will be an invoice sent to your email address please pass this onto the bursar/accounts department/treasurer/local authority or whoever is in charge of payments. They can contact us if they need to make specific payment arrangements.
Do you charge travel?
No there is no extra travel on mainland Britain.
Can we have a multiple booking discount?
Yes see our booking form or drop us a line.
What dates have you free
If you send us your ideal date range we will do our best to fit you in.
Do you work weekends and evenings?
Yes we do.