Mon 22nd - Fri 26th July, 10am-4pm

This week-long course is led by our circus and theatre departments. Members will explore the adventures of the puppet who dreamed of becoming a real boy, and who ran away to PLEASURE ISLAND! Members will also train in a range of ground-based and aerial circus skills, creating the ‘Pleasure Island Circus’ and culminating in a presentation for family, in the main theatre, at the end of the week. Perfect for those with previous theatre and circus experience, as well as total newcomers.

Cost: £200 (£185 Members)




Mon 22nd - Weds 24th July, 10am-4pm

Our Shakespeare Young Company team lead three days of intensive Shakespeare exploration, delving into some of our favourite plays, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and The Tempest. There will be the chance to explore character, staging, voice, movement and text – leading to an informal sharing at the end of the course.

Cost: £130 (£120 Members)




Mon 22nd - Weds 24th July, 10am-4pm

Would you love to tackle some of Shakespeare’s most exciting moments using film techniques? Over three days, exploring locations in and around The Dream Factory, we discover how film can bring new dimensions to these wonderful plays. Led by Liam Bessell, director of the Screen Acting programme with Playbox Theatre.


Cost: £130 (£120 Members)




Thurs 25th - Fri 26th July, 10am-4pm

Over 2 days, younger actors who love theatre and performing will have the chance to leap in and learn alongside a team of great directors, tackling lots of fresh skills including screen acting, singing for theatre, stage combat, voice, Shakespeare and improvisation…as well as the chance to have a Q&A with the team, to discuss how they found their way into the business!

Cost: £95 (£85 Members)



BLANK SHIFT JR – Creative Writing Workshop (8-11yrs)

Thurs 25th July, 10am-4pm

For the ones with tales to tell!  A very special day of writing workshops with the Blank-Shift team to unleash your creativity.  If you love a good story, let's make some new ones! Led by Playbox Associate Director and Writer, Toby Quash, this one-day writing school promises to be a real treat for both experienced, and new, young writers.

Cost: £50 (£45 Member)



BLANK SHIFT SR – Creative Writing Workshop (12-19yrs)

Fri 26th July, 10am-4pm

Blank-Shift shift is quickly becoming the place to develop your skills as original, creative writers of prose, poetry, theatre and film.  This unique day of work will inspire and challenge whatever your level of experience.  Also led by our Associate Director and Writer, Toby Quash, be part of it, braves...!

Cost: £50 (£45 Member)



WICKED - Musical Theatre Week (10-20yrs)

Mon 29th July - Fri 2nd Aug, 10am-4pm

A musical favourite, and much loved by Playbox, our week-long musical theatre school puts you through the paces of a rehearsal room with singing, choreography and acting, culminating in an end-of-week presentation in the main theatre. Led by Juliet Vankay, head of Playbox’s Musical Theatre, this promises to be an exceptional week.


Cost: £200 (£185 Member)




Mon 29th - Tues 30th July, 10am-4pm

Celebrated as ‘the new Dahl’, Walliams’ tales bring joy to so many young people, and this action-packed holiday project brings 2 favourites into focus. ‘Bad Dad’ and ‘The Midnight Gang’ will be shaken up through acting, movement and storytelling.

Cost: £95 (£85 Member)




Weds 31st July - Fri 2nd August, 10am-4pm

Heroes and heroines…villains and villainesses…good versus evil! We’re going to tackle it all, through some of our favourite myths, legends and fairytales. Over three days, this course is really ‘hands-on’ with acting, movement, costume-making, baking, make-up and design…a perfect theatre adventure.

Cost: £130 (£120 Member)




Thurs 1st Aug, 10am-4pm

A one-day intensive workshop to offer an insight into acting on camera – a very different skill to performing on stage. You will experience creating character on screen, how to perform a strong audition, and how a film or television set runs. Not to be missed and lead by our Screen Acting director, Liam Bessell!

Cost: £50 (£45 Member)




Fri 2nd Aug, 10am-4pm

Join this diverse and thorough one-day’s training programme, focussing on crafting performances for film and television. Through practical exploration and plenty of exposure to the lens, you will have the opportunity to deconstruct what makes a great screen performance and develop your own, unique, working method, under the guidance of Liam Bessell, director of Screen Acting for Playbox Theatre.

Cost: £50 (£45 Member)



(3-6 YEARS)


We are delighted to offer daily adventures in theatre for our younger visitors. Staged in our special ‘Jinks’ studio, our preschool team are ready to welcome imaginative little ones to our world! All workshops are themed and include a blend of role-play, music, craft, song, storytelling and much more.


All ‘High Jinks’ events conclude with a yummy picnic for everyone to enjoy and are led by the ever-popular Ci O’Byrne, director of our Early Years workshops! Different days of the week are ‘themed’, so read on for details…

Cost per workshop: £25 (£22 Member)


Mondays are ‘Musical Mondays’

Inspired by our preschool ‘Musical Mayhem’ workshops, children will enjoy making music with instruments and their voices…as well as lots of role play and storytelling:

  • Dragon Adventure (3-6 yrs) - Mon 22nd July, 10am-1pm

  • Fairytale Flight (3-6 yrs) - Mon 29th July, 10am-1pm

  • Beside The Seaside (3-6 yrs) - Mon 5th Aug, 10am-1pm


Tuesdays are ‘Circus Days’

Run away to the circus with Playbox every Tuesday and explore lots of circus skills including trapeze, tightrope, trampette, plate spinning, clowning…and lots more. Each ‘circus’ day has its own special theme:

  • Angelo & Angelina (3-6 yrs) - Tues 23rd July, 10am-1pm

  • Dumbo (3-6 yrs) - Tues 30th July, 10am-1pm

  • Pinocchio (3-6 yrs) - Tues 6th Aug, 10am-1pm


Wednesdays are ‘Disney Days’

Always loved, these action-packed workshops are filled with acting, singing, storytelling and fun…themed alongside a few Disney favourites:


  • Peter Pan (3-5 yrs) - Weds 24th July, 10am-1pm

  • Lion King (3-5 yrs) - Weds 31st July, 10am-1pm

  • Alice in Wonderland (3-5 yrs) - Weds 7th Aug, 10am-1pm


Thursdays are ‘Make-A-Play’ Days

Every Thursday, our team will guide children through a range of activities, inspired by our Early Stagers workshops. Each session is themed and promises to be filled with lots of role-play, interactive adventures and stories.


  • Enchanted World (3-6 yrs) - Thurs 25th July, 10am-1pm

  • Under The Sea (3-6 yrs) - Thurs 1st Aug, 10am-1pm

  • Jungle Adventure (3-6 yrs) - Thurs 8th Aug, 10am-1pm


Fridays we celebrate with ‘TPI FRIDAY’

(or ‘Thank Playbox It’s Friday!’)

Each week is a celebration of noise, colour and creativity. Children are invited to come in fancy dress and to get set for games, music, face-painting, craft, role play, movement…everything we can pack into a Playbox Party!


  • TPI Friday (3-6 yrs) - Fri 26th July, 10am-1pm

  • TPI Friday (3-6 yrs) - Fri 2nd Aug, 10am-1pm

  • TPI Friday (3-6 yrs) - Fri 9th Aug, 10am-1pm

DRAMA SCHOOL JR (11-15yrs)

Mon 5th - Fri 9th Aug, 10am-4pm

This is a one-off opportunity for young people who are passionate about the arts and would love to experience a week in the life of drama school. Over five days, young actors will work with a range of guest directors to explore many techniques, including stage combat, singing, movement and dance, improvisation, character development, rehearsal approaches, screen acting, text, Shakespeare and more. The week will conclude with a Q&A about careers in the arts.

Cost: £200 (£185 Member)




Mon 5th - Weds 7th Aug, 10am-4pm

By popular demand!!! Three days to sing and dance your hearts out under the Big Top of The Greatest Show on Earth. Our Musical Theatre team are set for an energetic 3 days, celebrating the hit film from last year! Celebrate at the end with a sharing for your family in the main theatre. Juliet Vankay, head of Musical Theatre, directs this course.

Cost: £130 (£120 Member)




Thurs 8th - Fri 9th Aug, 10am-4pm

We love collecting stories and theatre styles from around the world, and one of our favourite places to visit is Japan! Over two special days, you’ll follow the adventures of ‘Momotaro’, The Peach Boy, as he battles dragons, sails across seas, and defeats the terrible ogres. You’ll be learning Japanese words and traditions, kabuki theatre, make up, music and lots more!

Cost: £95 (£85 Member)




Mon 12th - Weds 14th Aug, 10am-4pm

Be amongst the first to get access to the newly updated technical infrastructure of the Dream Factory. Come and create a son et Lumiere with our upgraded lighting, sound, and video systems over 3 days under the guidance of Playbox’s Technical Director, Richard Cooper. 

No previous experience necessary!

Cost: £130 (£120 Member)


The Dream Factory

Stratford Road

Warwick CV34 6LE

United Kingdom

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