Focus on theatre & performance

We have four great theatres in South East Wales: Blackwood Miners Institute, The Blake Theatre in Monmouth, The Borough Theatre in Abergavenny and Riverfront in Newport.

We work with all of the arts, culture and heritage organisations in our region, and together with the theatres, we have compiled this list of theatre, performance and music highlights that are great for schools, both for supporting the expressive arts curriculum delivery, but also for cross curricular, extra curricular such as after school clubs and holiday clubs.

Muckers: Course for teachers and educators
13 November, 2019
Blackwood Miners Institute, Blackwood

Are your students studying the text Muckers? Would you like to take a trip to the theatre to see the Theatre Iolo production? Then join our FREE professional development course to help you to plan a project around Muckers as the ‘experience’ for wider learning with your pupils. We’ll pay £100 cover costs and help you to apply for a Go and See grant to pay for travel and tickets for your students.

Arts Council of Wales Go and See grant.
Why not apply for this grant of up to £1000 to fund tickets and transport to see live theatre, participate in theatre workshops, or visit an arts or cultural venue. The application is quick and you’ll hear within four weeks if your application has been successful. Need help? Give the Arts and Education Network a call to discuss what you want to do.

Nightout Scheme for Schools
Bringing professional touring shows to schools and local culture venues. Schools can sign up as a promoter, book a show and sell the tickets. The Young Promoters Scheme hands the reigns to pupils to be involved with booking, promoting, greeting artists, selling tickets and get Arts Award accreditation for their hard work.


Theatre Listings for the 2019-2020 School Year

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
The Blake Theatre
3rd October, 7pm

Learning remit: SEN, cross curricular, English, drama, year 8-13

Gods & Kings
The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre
Wed 9, 7.45pm / Thu 10, 1pm & 7pm / Fri 11, 7.45pm October

Age 16+. Integrated BSL & post show discussions.

Explores themes of mental health and living with a mental illness.

Based on a true story.

£5 tickets for under 25s

Eye of the Storm
The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre
Tue 15, 1pm / Wed 16, 10am & 1pm / Thu 17, 10am & 1pm / Fri 18, 7pm / Sat 19, 11.30am, 2.30pm & 7pm October

Age 8+

Follows a young carer and explores themes of girls in science.

School’s bookings get a post-show Q&A with the cast.

Technocamps, a computer science outreach programme, can deliver a classroom workshop.

Theatr NaNog have developed a free classroom app full of resources and lesson plans.

School of Rock Theatre Workshop
The Blake Theatre
29 Oct – Sat 2 Nov 2019

Learning remit: SEN, cross curricular, drama, music, year 2 – 11

An Evening with Professor Alice Roberts
The Blake Theatre
Friday 8th Nov 7:30pm

Learning remit SEN, cross curricular, history, science, year 7-13

Dr Faustus – by Splendid Productions
The Blake Theatre, Monmouth, NP25 3XP
28th Jan 2020

Learning remit SEN, cross curricular, English, drama, year 7-13

The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre
Thu 7, 7pm / Fri 8, 1pm & 7pm

Age 7+. Performed in Welsh and English

Features circus, movement and music

A dark modern fairytale, a magical story of transformation, choice and consequence. With stunning aerial circus, hilarious physical comedy and captivating live music.

£6 schools

The Ugly Duckling
The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre
Mon 25, 11am & 1.30pm / Tue 26, 11am & 1.30pm

Ages 3-6

The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre
Fri 29 Nov, 10am & 2pm / Mon 2, 2pm / Tue 3, 11.30am / Wed 4, 10am & 2pm / Thu 5, 2pm / Fri 6, 2pm / Mon 9, 10am & 2pm / Tue 10, 2pm / Wed 11, 2pm / Thu 12, 10am & 2pm / Mon 16, 2pm / Wed 18, 10am / Thu 19, 2pm December.

Schools tickets £9.50

I Wish I Was A Mountain
The Borough Theatre
Tuesday 15 October


On the day of the famous annual fair, the town of Faldum receives an unexpected visit. A wanderer offers to grant a wish to anyone who wants one. Before long, the city is transformed. Mansions stand where mud huts once squatted, and beggars ride around in horse drawn carriages. And one man wishes to be turned into a mountain. This delightful show uses rhyme, live music, and just a smattering of metaphysical philosophy to boldly reimagine Hermann Hesse’s classic fairy-tale.

Philosophy for Year 7’s, this is brilliant storytelling and fantastic theatre for young people. Performed by Theatr Iolo.

Schools tickets £6

Baba Yaga
The Borough Theatre
Wednesday 6 November 1pm & 6pm
A Windmill Theatre Company and Imaginate Production

Vaselina lives the quiet life, working as a receptionist in a very tall apartment block. But all that changes when she is forced to confront a terrifying resident who plays her music far too loudly and eats jelly babies with her mouth open.

Who is this mysterious neighbor? Will she ever turn the music down? And what exactly is she planning for dinner?

Age Guidance 7+

Schools tickets £6

The Night Before Christmas
The Borough Theatre

A magical tale for this most magical time of year, a heartwarming adventure story with a beautiful score.

Wednesday 18 December – 11am & 1:30pm, Thursday 19 December – 11am & 1:30pm, Friday 20th December – 11am (BSL Performance) & 6pm (Relaxed Performance), Saturday 21st

Schools tickets £6

The Borough Theatre
Thursday 27 February 11am

An anarchic piece about feminism for young audiences by Caroline Horton, Co-production with the egg, Bath, Oxford Playhouse and Conde Duque, Madrid. Watch the trailer. Age 7+

Schools tickets £6


Blackwood Miners Institute
High Street, Blackwood, NP12 1BB
01495 227206

Blake Theatre
Monmouth, NP25 3XP
01600 719401
[email protected]

Borough Theatre
Cross Street, Abergavenny NP7 5HD
01873 850805
[email protected]

Kingsway, Newport NP20 1HG
01633 656757

Night Out and Young Promoters
Contact Peter Gregory on 02920 441340

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