Creative Learning

Creative work with young people

Oh My Days! -A colloquial expression of amazement and disbelief originating in schools in Inner London at the turn of the Century.

We ran our first Shakespeare Summer School in 2008 held in Penarth, South Wales and received outstanding feedback and have gone on to produce annual summer schools ever since in Penarth and Cardiff. In 2015 we produced our first Young Actors Summer School in association with Stanwell School.

In 2017, our 10th anniversary year, we partnered with St Cyres School Penarth for our Shakespeare Summer School and The Atrium, University of South Wales for our Young Actors Summer School.

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Yvonne Murphy and Dick Johns have been working with Britain’s leading Educational Theatre Departments since 1992. These include The Royal National Theatre, the RSC, the English Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

In Wales we have worked with RCT and Vale of Glamorgan schools to produce and deliver educational projects and one-off drama sessions across the curriculum.

We have run open rehearsals and delivered free workshops in schools, in some of the most deprived areas, across Cardiff and the Vale and welcomed schools into our productions.

Our bespoke work in schools includes INSET/CPD/Professional Learning for teachers and workshops for students of all ages from Reception to 6th Form.

These include:

  • Introduction to Shakespeare and Advanced Shakespeare
  • Practical Approaches to Set Texts
  • The Five Creative Habits of Mind.
  • Bespoke Workshops
  • Creative Learning Approaches across the Curriculum using theatre, drama and storytelling.
  • Literacy & Numeracy Projects
  • Teacher Packs
  • Schemes of work
  • Consultation
  • Writer’s Squads
  • Transition Days with Drama

Yvonne is a Creative Agent and Creative Practitioner for the Arts Council of Wales Lead Creative Schools Scheme.

Omidaze = Improving attainment through creativity and reducing the impact of disadvantage.

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Our Philosophy

We believe every young person should have access to the Arts and the opportunities, rewards and enrichment it brings. Drama is an invaluable tool in allowing young people to explore their creativity; emotions; communication skills; approach to teamwork; the world around them and their place within it. Our Drama work will build confidence; social skills; self-esteem and an awareness and appreciation of the Arts and we provide alternative, interactive and empowering access methods to all school curriculum areas.

Our Portfolio

Yvonne Murphy and Dick Johns have specialised in Educational Theatre for over 23 years working with Britain’s leading Educational Theatre providers – The Royal National Theatre, The RSC, The English Shakespeare Company, The Shakespeare Schools festival & Plymouth Theatre Royal and in Wales with the Vale of Glamorgan and RCT, Royal Welsh College, WNO & Chapter Arts Centre – designing, producing & delivering educational drama courses and workshops for students and teachers; working with Primary, Secondary, SEN, Looked after Children, Gifted & Talented and Further Education. We partner with organisations for one-off sessions and long-term projects. We provide bespoke workshops, literacy raising projects, teacher packs, transition days, World Book Day events, teacher training and CPD, pre and post show workshops, Open Rehearsals, Summer Schools and specialise in Shakespeare.