Summer Holiday Workshops

Welcome to this year’s summer holiday workshops with Playbox Theatre, staged at our beautiful theatre, The Dream Factory, in the heart of Warwick. We are proud to offer children and young people of all ages the chance to take part in exciting, challenging and diverse theatre experiences… from half day theatre adventures, to weeklong performance projects, and exploring a wide range of artistic techniques. There’s sure to be something below that’s just perfect for you!

Harry Potter and Beyond (7-12yrs) – SOLD OUT
Whether you are a loyal fan, or a wizarding novice, this 5-day theatre journey is set to be a smash-hit! Following last summer’s sell-out, the team reunite to bring you more acting, movement, duelling, costume and prop making than ever before, inspired by the endlessly popular books of JK Rowling. The experience concludes with a sharing in the main theatre for parents to enjoy.

Dates: 23rd – 27th July, 10am-4pm
Cost: £190 (£175 Members)

Les Miserables – Musical (11yrs+)
The ‘musical phenomenon’ is set to explode across Playbox Theatre for a week this summer. Our acclaimed Musical Theatre department will be training you in singing, choreography, acting and staging as you build towards a celebratory end-of-week presentation for parents of your work. With heart-breaking solos, outrageous comedy and rousing ensemble numbers, this is set to be a magnificent experience.

Dates: 30th July – 3 August, 10am-4pm
Cost: £190 (£175 Members)


Angelo’s Travelling Circus (7-12yrs)
Playbox’s Circus & Theatre departments unite to bring you 3 joyful days of acting, circus skills, costume making and storytelling. Inspired by the beautiful tale of Angelo by Quentin Blake. Participants will train in both theatre and circus, to create a presentation in the main theatre for parents to come and enjoy. Circus skills will include tightrope walking, trapeze, aerial silk, acrobatics, juggling, clowning and plate spinning.

Dates: 6th – 8th August, 10am-4pm
Cost: £125 (£115 Members)


Film School (13yrs+)
We are incredibly proud of our Film Department…with alumni from our weekly training programme progressing into excellent careers both in front, and behind, the camera. This summer, you have the chance to join the team for an intensive 2-day course that gives you experience in pre-production, camera operation, running a shoot and post-production. Whether you have prior experience or not, this course has plenty to offer you.

Dates: 9th – 10th August, 10am-4pm
Cost: £90 (£80 Members)


Shakespeare’s Chamber of Horrors (7-12yrs)
Led by Shakespeare Young Company, participants will spend 3 action-packed days venturing into some of Shakespeare’s most gruesome tales! We’ll be visiting witches with Macbeth, doing a bit of spooking with the ill-fated Princes in the Tower from Richard III, going for dinner with Titus Andronicus and exiting “pursued by a bear” with poor old ‘Antigonus’ in The Winter’s Tale! All concluding with a sharing for parents. Are you brave enough?

Dates: 30th July – 1st August, 10am-4pm
Cost: £125 (£115 Members)


In a Galaxy Far Far Away (7-12yrs)
With the exciting resurgence of Star Wars on our screens, the time is right for our stage to follow suit! Our theatre team will take you on a rollercoaster of a space adventure over 2 action-packed days… with in-role activities, acting, special effects, scenarios from the films, and so much more.

Dates: 2nd – 3rd August, 10am-4pm
Cost: £90 (£80 Members)


Adventures in Theatre (5-8yrs)
Over 3 days, our Playbox directors will introduce participants to a range of theatre skills and techniques, using lots of different stimuli. You’ll learn how to use your voice, explore body language, movement, improvisation, devising, directing and rehearsing…with the opportunity to present to your family at the end of the course. Inspiration will come from across the world… through stories, music, art and poetry!

Dates: 23rd – 25th July, 10am-4pm
Cost: £125 (£115 Members)


Young Designers (5-9yrs) – SOLD OUT
Taking our upcoming Christmas production of The Snow Queen as a starting point, children on this 1-day design course will have the chance to design and create costumes, props, set and make up with a professional theatre designer. This is a new opportunity at Playbox and we can’t wait to meet the next generation of theatre designers!

Dates: 26th July, 10am-4pm
Cost: £45 (£40 Members)

Musical Theatre Junior (5-7yrs) – SOLD OUT
Our new ‘Junior’ workshops are proving to be popular and we’re delighted to offer a whole day of singing, dancing, acting, making and storytelling…all inspired by our favourite DISNEY MUSICALS! We’ll pack in everything we can, from The Lion King, to Mary Poppins… from The Little Mermaid to Beauty & The Beast. We can’t wait for you to join us!

Dates: 27th July, 10am-4pm
Cost: £45 (£40 Members)

Technical Theatre (14yrs+)
Using the full resources of The Dream Factory, our Technical Director will give you training in lighting and sound design, rigging, plotting, programming and running a show. This will be a very practical opportunity to explore the excitement, intensity and creativity of the backstage departments. Suitable for those with, and without, previous experience.

Dates: 13th – 15th August, 10am-4pm
Cost: £125 (£115 Members)



All of our half day experiences are tailored to suit our youngest theatre-makers. Each workshop explores its title ‘theme’, using a blend of role play, songs, storytelling, improvisation and craft. The Friday Fiesta is the perfect way to get ready for the weekend, with lots of theatre games, music and fun. Arty Crafty Mini-Makers focuses on messy, creative play…building props, costumes and scenery. Little Circus introduces participants to the magic of the sawdust ring, with skills including tightrope walking, aerial hoop, trampette and much more. All other workshops are acting-based events, inspired by their title…with lots of skills and techniques to discover together! Each half day adventure concludes with a scrumptious picnic, before heading for home.

Cinderella – 30th July – SOLD OUT
Dragon School – 31st July – SOLD OUT
Midsummer Night’s Dream – 1st August
Little Circus – 2nd August – SOLD OUT
Friday Fiesta – 3rd August

Peter Rabbit – 6th August – SOLD OUT
Beside the Sea! – 7th August
Peter Pan – 8th August
Arty Crafty Mini-Makers – 9th August – SOLD OUT
Friday Fiesta – 10th August

All High Jinks workshops take place 10am – 1pm

Cost: £23 (£20 Playbox Member) including lunch

Dressing up positively encouraged!


Early Bird Breakfast Club

Our Early Bird group runs from 9-10am each morning, where breakfast will be served and children entertained by our team, until their workshop begins. Please book in advance.

Cost: £10 per child, per day


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