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The Take Part Department has strong links with local schools and offers tours, presentations by members of staff and bespoke
workshops for students.  We have an excellent network of theatre practitioners who have skills in delivering in-school workshops from Shakespeare to Brecht and from mask to devising.  We are also able to offer workshops to special schools. If you would like to discuss tours, presentations or workshops, please email:

Take Part Director   


Our Schools' Theatre Preview, providing an overview of the next season’s productions, workshops relating to productions and theatrical screenings, is sent out to approximately 80 schools in the area before our brochure is available.  If you are interested in receiving Previews, please email:

Take Part Officer 

We frequently provide education packs for schools attending our own productions and pantomime. Please click HERE to access the latest education pack. 


The Theatre can support your delivery of Arts Awards.  As well as our group and school discounts for live events, we have a Standby Scheme which you could encourage young people, 14 – 25 years, to join.  Members of the scheme receive offers via email for £2 tickets to a number of live events and films each season.  To join they should contact the Box Office on 01608 642350.

In addition, we provide the following opportunities relevant to Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Awards. 

PARTICIPATE – We have an exciting and extensive programme of term-time and holiday workshops for ages 5 – 25.  Please view our Regular Sessions and Workshops.

EXPLORE We can arrange tours of The Theatre, including talks by theatre staff, which provide a useful insight into the organisation and theatre careers.

REVIEW – The Theatre is both a producing and receiving house and has a busy programme of drama, music and film.  Some events include talks and Q & As.

GET INVOLVED – Young people can get involved by assisting with workshops, or applying for work experience or placements.  

If you would like to talk about how we may support your delivery of Arts Awards, please contact:

Anne Gill, Take Part Director

01608 649102

Core hours:  Monday – Wednesday, 9.30am – 5.30pm.  Thursday – 9.30am – 1pm.



School Workshops


Take Part prides itself on being a resource for its local community.  We respond to requests from groups to provide tours of The Theatre and answer a variety of questions from local people and organisations.  We also programme a wide range of activities which provide people with opportunities to gain skills as well as socialise, for example Youth Theatre, Adult Drama, Dance 50+, The Singing Group and The Orange Hat for babies, toddlers and their carers.


Music into Care Homes was a successful initiative, whereby The Theatre, funded by a variety of trusts and local councils, took quality musical provision into local residential care homes, providing live, interactive performances for residents who, for reasons of health, mobility and rural geography, have little access to the arts.

West Oxfordshire District CouncilFunders were:

  • Cherwell District Council
  • The Concertina Charitable Trust
  • The Ammco Trust

We would like to continue this initiative and will seek further funding to enable us to provide these valuable music recitals for local care homes.

Music Into Care Homes

Residents enjoying a harp recital by David Watkins at Lark Rise, Banbury.



Music Therapy Sessions

In 2013 Take Part received funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for a Music Therapy Project:

Between Tuesday 5th February and Friday 3rd May The Theatre coordinated Music Therapy sessions for three care homes local to Chipping Norton.  Music Therapists work with people of all ages, with a wide range of health needs but with this project The Theatre predominantly focused on older people, some with dementia. Through the use of song, music, percussion instruments and improvisation residents were encouraged to participate, providing the opportunity to interact with the therapist and others in the group. This type of therapy is a proven aid used to encourage individual’s self expression by exploring the world of sound and developing a non-verbal path of emotional communication as well as providing a meaningful occupation to the individual. Through music therapy the residents can use skills which remain intact to regain a sense of identity, express emotion, to maintain a sense of autonomy and most importantly to share an experience with others, therefore increasing motivation and enhancing quality of life.

The homes selected were Southerndown Care Home, Henry Cornish Care Centre and Beech Haven Care Home.  Percussion instruments were provided by the music therapist during the sessions and, following a consultation with each care home after the twelve weeks concluded, instruments favoured by the residents and staff were  purchased and presented to them in August. This will enable the Activity Coordinators and staff at the homes to continue music-making with the residents after the project has ended, thus creating a long-lasting sociable and pleasurable activity.


From the Witney Gazette:

Music Therapy Sessions
From left, resident Brian Deeley, Joyce Taylor, the activity co-ordinator at the home, resident Winifred Woodward, who is 101, Alma Ferriday and Anne Gill.  Image courtesy of the Witney Gazette.

CARE home residents are making sweet music thanks to The Theatre in Chipping Norton.

As the Witney Gazette reported in January, The Theatre has been running music therapy workshops at the Southerndown Care Home, in Worcester Road, and other homes for the elderly in the town.

The Theatre has now handed over a box of musical instruments to the home so residents can keep playing.

Resident Alma Ferriday, 80, said: "It gives me great pleasure. I was an evacuee during the war and it's nice to get back into doing the things we didn’t have a chance to do when we were younger."

Music sessions were also held at the Henry Cornish Care Centre in Oxford Road and Beech Haven Care Home in Burford Road.

The Theatre’s project manager Anne Gill said: "The sessions were lovely and engaging, it was wonderful to be a part of that."

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