Bac​kstage Tours

Backstage tours a​re run at both the Palace Theatre and Cliffs Pavilion, and are available for everyone - whether you are a school, community group or simply theatre enthusiasts.

Tours are run for groups of between 10 and 30 and are tailored to suit your needs. For groups of children, a minimum of one adult is required per 10 children.

In addition to seeing backstage at the venue, participants will gain an insight into its history, and the many different departments that operate to help make Southend Theatres one of the top receiving houses for touring productions across a range of art forms.

To book a backstage tour or for more information, please contact Rachel or call 01702 390472.

Tours cost £2 per person.

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Our drama workshops brings learning to life through the magic of drama, movement and sound. Workshops can be delivered either at Southend Theatres or we can come directly to your school.

Our workshops topics include; hero's and villains, fairy tails, internet safety and mental health and wellbeing. Not only is a drama workshop incredibly fun and informative it helps pupil's develop skills such as critical thinking, creative problem solving and  confidence.

Workshops cost just £2 per head at a variety of times and dates that suit you.

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Education Forum

The Education Forum is a network that has been set up as a way of sharing information and ideas as well as gaining feedback on the opportunities that we currently have on offer. If you are a teacher or involved in an educational group in Southend and Essex, the Educational Forum is an ideal opportunity for you to make contact and build a relationship with both Southend Theatres and your fellow professionals in the area.

If you are not currently a member of our Education Forum we would like to invite you to join us at our next meeting on:

Tuesday 18 January 4-6pm

Admirals Room, Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend, SS0 7RA

As a signed-up member of our Education Forum you will receive two free tickets to a performance per term (performances specified by Southend Theatres) as well as exclusive information on student priced tickets, workshop opportunities and, for regular attenders, special offers on some shows.

To receive regular updates on our education work, or to attend an Education Forum, please email or telephone Rachel on 01702 390472.

Email about the Education Forum

Education Resources

Many of our touring productions have workshops and/or teacher packs linked to the shows. If you would like to find out more about what resources we have on offer please email or telephone Rachel on 01702 390472.

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We can also provide performing arts workshops tailored to your needs to support some of the shows within the programme as well as making links to the curriculum where appropriate. Please email Rachel for more information or to book a workshop.

If any members of your group or class are nervous or unsure about their theatre experience, please feel free to download and use one of our visual stories. The visual stories include pictures of various areas within the theatres along with symbols and are designed to make any visit more familiar and enjoyable.

Visual Story - Cliffs Pavilion

Visual Story - Palace Theatre