Schools Massive takes over the Playhouse

Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Today over 400 children will be performing Shakespeare on our main stage as part of an exciting new project run by Nottingham Playhouse’s dedicated participation team.

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Schools Massive project celebrates the talent and achievements of children and young people in our local schools.

Since January, a team of Nottingham Playhouse practitioners have been working with over 400 children and their teachers from 11 local schools. Together we have been turning school halls and classrooms into rehearsals rooms; where each class has been creating a scene from The Tempest to put together for the special performance on our main stage today.

“At Nottingham Playhouse, we believe that theatre is for everyone. Theatre gives us a chance to examine human experience, to look at our lives and the lives of other people; it encourages us to ask questions about the world we live in. It is important that young people in particular have the opportunity not just to see theatre, but to make it. Schools Massive is part of our commitment to put young people at the heart of what we do.

This is the first time we have run such an ambitious project involving so many young people. We hope that they have enjoyed the experience and will emerge from it not just as better performers, but as more creative thinkers, great problem solvers and eager collaborators.”

Fiona Buffini
Associate Director

Tune into BBC East Midlands Today at 6:30pm to see the project in action.

We are delighted to announce that Schools Massive will be returning in the spring term of 2017. This exciting project includes six in-school artist-led workshops, alongside professional development training for teachers and support staff. To register your schools interest email

Rehearsal photography for Warren Primary Academy and Trinity School by Nicola Payne.