Norwich Theatre

Norwich Theatre and The Wensum Trust are working together to support creative learning across our schools’ curriculum.

The aims of the partnership are to help develop speech and language of children in the early years, use creative arts to stimulate learning in English language and literature and help children emotionally connect with themselves and others.

The project at the heart of the partnership is Wise About Words which is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Teacher Development Fund.

Wise About Words is a two year storytelling project in partnership with Norwich Theatre and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Teacher Development Fund. It focuses on embedding drama and storytelling into school culture, with an aim to improve children’s emotional well-being, as well as literacy, communication skills, focus and memory.  

By sharing stories, children experience a range of emotions at a safe distance and are supported to make sense of the emotions they might be feeling – learning that these are okay and common for others will help them to develop important coping strategies from a young age. You can read more about it here.

Norwich Theatre have also supported The Wensum Trust with a specialist teacher training day with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Working with practitioner Ollie Lynes, they explored Romeo and Juliet to find new ways to bring the play alive for students in the classroom. The RSC helped teachers to look at approaches to learning which will amplify the views and opinions of children and young people, as well as ignite a love of language and literature in learners of all backgrounds and abilities.


“We are delighted to have been successful in this funding which enables us to continue to develop and strengthen the relationship we have with The Wensum Trust. This project will enable us to work alongside teachers and school leaders to learn together, continuously improving the way in which creative learning is made accessible for those children in local schools who can benefit from this the most.” 

Wendy Ellis, Norwich Theatre Creative Programmes Director

Potential career paths for those interested in:

  • Acting
  • Theatre production
  • Lighting and sound design
  • Communications
  • Journalism
  • Writing
  • Teaching



Learning life skills in:

  • Effective communication 
  • Team work
  • Confidence
  • Creative thinking
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Self awareness
  • Empathy



“We are proud to be working with Norwich Theatre as a lead Trust, not only to enhance the learning experience of our students, but to also invest in the continuous personal development of our teaching staff who make that learning a success.”

Secondary School Lead for The Wensum Trust - Tom Rolfe