Up On Your Feet! Drama Workshops: Pride & Prejudice

A fun, interactive drama workshop for young people, led by actor Alasdair Craig. Together we’ll dive head-first into the world of Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen's most famous novel...

Tuesday 24 August
10:00am — 4:00pm

Join us at Jane Austen’s House for an inspiring and energising workshop for 12-16 year olds, with actor and workshop leader Alasdair Craig. Together, we will dive head-first into the world of Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen’s most famous novel.

As part of a small group, participants will use fun, interactive games, improvisation exercises, discussion and debate to explore the themes of the novel and to get to know the characters – from Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s original ‘obstinate headstrong girl’, to rich, arrogant Mr Darcy, outrageous Mrs Bennet, silly Lydia and dashing Wickham.

The group will be limited to 15 participants, so everyone will get the chance to join in, share theirs views and get to know each other. Social and great fun, this inspiring day will build confidence and creativity. It is the perfect opportunity to meet other young people who enjoy learning through theatre games and drama.

No previous drama experience is required – just bring your imagination!

No previous knowledge of Pride & Prejudice is required, however some familiarity with the story will help you get the most out of the sessions. To help with this, we will post a copy of the novel to each participant in advance, along with links to where they can watch or listen to the novel online.

This event is suitable for ages 12-16.

The essentials:

Dates: Tuesday 24 August 

Timings: 10am – 4pm (British Summertime)

Cost: £85 / £30

Location: This event will take place at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton. Find us.


Please note:

Capacity for this event is extremely limited. The group size will be 15, so that everyone gets the best experience.

Bursary places: A number of places are reserved for students who could not afford them at full price, no questions asked. Please book using the link above and choose a £30 ticket.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

To meet our online safeguarding requirements, all participants will need to have permission from a parent or guardian, consisting of a signed Learning Activities Consent Form, in order to attend the event. This will be emailed out in advance and must be returned to us in order to confirm your place – so please do ensure you provide a valid email address on booking.

Previous participants on our Teen to Teen workshops:

I enjoyed the participation and interaction. Everyone got a chance to speak. I learned about the stories and now I want to read them.

I really enjoyed the improv games, because there were no rules. We could all speak and have fun!

 I built on existing knowledge. Now I feel like I understand it more.

 I really appreciated the social aspect. I made new friends, and met people from all over the country and the world.

About the workshop leader:

Alasdair Craig is an Actor, Trainer, Workshop-Leader and Coach. After gaining a BA Hons degree in Politics and American Studies, he went on to train at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating with distinction in Classical Acting.

He worked for many years with Edward Hall’s all-male Shakespeare Company, ‘Propeller’, touring the world in many of their critically acclaimed productions, including residencies in New York and London’s West End.

Other notable work has included ‘Not about Heroes’ at the Trafalgar Studios (West End) and playing the part of Friedrich, in the National Theatre’s production of ‘War Horse’ (West End).

More recently, he has appeared in season 3 of ‘The Crown’ and continues to pursue a varied voice-over career, ranging from radio commercials to video games and audio books.

As an Educational Practitioner at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, he writes and leads workshops on Shakespeare’s plays for young people and practitioners of all ages.

He is co-founder of ‘Connect At A Distance’, delivering online workshops, training and coaching to young people and adults around the world.