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Playmakers: KS2 Literacy


Kicking off this year's script-in-hand performances at last year's Playmakers showcase at St Martin's Lane Theatre. 
Photo by Alex Rumford.  

Playmakers is an inclusive playwriting project for Upper Key Stage 2 pupils, which uses a theatre trip and a trip to the Museum of London as a stimulus for in-school workshops with actor/facilitators in role. 

Over the course of half the summer term, children work with specialist facilitators to create their very own class play. The project can be tailored to support existing PSHE or literacy targets.    

The programme includes:

  • CPD day for teachers
  • Theatre tickets for students to see The Mousetrap at £8 each
  • Three interactive in-school writing workshops with actors in role
  • Resources to encourage a collaborative approach to playwriting
  • A trip to St Martin's Theatre in the West End to see the class play performed by professional actors
  • Celebratory awards ceremony, when all participants receive certificates and prizes


  1. Improve children’s literacy by using the mystery genre to spark imagination and inspire storytelling
  2. Help enliven teaching by using a stage performance and fun and exciting teaching tools to bring writing to life
  3. Enthuse children in a magical world of make believe through engagement with actors in role
  4. Give children from across London the opportunity to visit London’s West End


  • £350 per class (for 1 CPD place and 3 in-school visits from a writing practitioner/actor in role)
  • £8 per theatre ticket (Up to 30 puil tickets & 3 teachers)
  • £15 per theatre ticket (Extra Class - Up to 30 puil tickets & 3 teachers)
  • £30 for an additional teacher or teaching assistant to attend the CPD

Every pupil who participates in Playmakers gets to see their play performed on a West End stage. We we thrilled to have legendary writer and theatre-maker David Wood join us at the showcase at St Martin's Lane Theatre, to present our budding young playwrights with their prizes. 

Photo by Alex Rumford

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