Here at KJ Theatre and Films we create exciting and engaging educational theatre and films for schools and business. Our theatre-in-education (TIE), theatre-in-language-learning (TILL) and theatre-for-business (T4B) work takes us all over the UK and around the world providing immersive performances and interactive workshops for 1000s of children and adults every year. We write, direct and produce educational and corporate films, which are distributed across the UK and worldwide.
Helping education to be engaging exciting inspiring for everyone
Immersive Performances and Interactive Workshops in your school
Shakespeare Works LIVE! UK Schools - KS1,2 & 3
The full Shakespeare experience combines our highly acclaimed Shakespeare Works! THE MOVIE and Teaching Shakespeare ONLINE with a workshop performance of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Tempest or A Midsummer Night's Dream. This is authentic Shakespeare in your school - fast, exciting and powerful with live music, sound effects, the original language and even a little sword fighting! Students really feel like Shakespeare has come to school."It's absolutely superb!" Class 6 Teacher "I think that your show is awesome. You use all the space and speak to us during the play. I'll never forget it!" - Year 6 student “The original language is used so there is no ‘dumbing down’. It manages to engage the students through the sheer energy of the acting. You can hear a pin drop.” Director of Learning
Shakespeare Invigorated! Students with English as a Second LanguageDenmark - Gymnasium / Brazil - Nível Superior
This workshop performance helps students with English as a second language to access and enjoy Shakespeare’s plays. Students are motivated to get involved and play an active role throughout, learning about Shakespeare's life and times and experiencing first hand why it was so incredible to watch his plays 400 years ago in the Globe Theatre! During the show we focus on a Shakespeare classic and end with everyone taking part in a performance. You can choose between Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. "The students are spellbound. One student told me 'I really enjoyed it. At first I thought it was going to be boring, but time went so fast I was wrong.' Praise indeed!" - Vice Principal"The students think you are excellent and still wax lyrical about the day. What an impact you have had here." Head of English
Danish channel TVS features KJ Theatre peforming with students from Vejle >> click here
The History Players UK schools - KS1 & 2
Shakespeare Works, Viking Invasion, The Great Fire of London, Victorian Times, World War One - these shows use role play, story telling and fun engaging theatre-in-education techniques to bring difficult subjects to life and fuel the imagination for further study. All the plays are 100% interactive with exciting drama based activities, song and dance plus multimedia to help the students immerse themselves in the performance and provide them with a fantastic learning experience! "The shows are delightful and well designed. All children can access the drama activities." Literacy Co-ordinator "The shows involve a high level of participation. The children are still talking about it for days later!" Foundation Stage Manager "I watch students, who never say one word out loud in class, come to life." Class Teacher"We always look forward to our visit from the History Playman. It's amazing how he transports our children back in time. So simple yet so effective!" Head teacher
English Language Theatre Workshops Students with English as a second language Denmark - Class 1 to 10 & Gymnasium Brazil - Iniciante to Nível Superior
Theatre-in-Language-Learning (TILL) provides a fantastic platform where, regardless of ability, everyone feels confident to participate and communicate. The drama activities used in these workshops combine tried and tested theatre-in-education techniques with Kieron's unique TILL methodology to help students improve their English language skills in a supportive environment. "They are always great sessions that help even my shyest students to break out of their shell and speak English with each other." Language Coordinator "The workshops make you feel good when speaking English. You create a fun atmosphere and all of a sudden everyone finds themselves doing things they usually wouldnʼt! This is a brilliant set-up for learning together!" Educational AdvisorRead about Kieron's session with a group of Danish students in Praktisk Sprog >> click here
Thought provoking Films and Entertaining Teaching Resources for your classroom
Shakespeare Works THE MOVIE! UK Schools / Year 5 - 9 Students with English as a second language / Denmark - Class 7 to 10 & Gymnasium Brazil - Iniciante to Nível Superior
Shakespeare Works! THE MOVIE introduces students to the life, times and plays of William Shakespeare: who he was, what he did and how he has affected the world we live in today. The movie lasts 45 minutes and is perfect for the classroom. It comes with a HUGE online teaching pack with loads of exciting activities for students of all ages and abilities! The MOVIE is also available with Brazilian Portuguese subtitles. Shakespeare Works THE MOVIE! is available on DVD. "Shakespeare Works! helps all schools make the words of the Bard come alive with its fantastic film and enjoyable activities." Prue Goodwin, Literacy Specialist
Romeo and Juliet Invigorated DVD UK Schools / Year 7 - 12 Students with English as a second language / Denmark - Gymnasium Brazil - Nível Superior
This 90 minute DVD is designed for the classroom. It is divided into 12 lessons to help and inspire students to explore the play through performance - to encourage them to have a go themselves at the fun, drama activities. Romeo and Juliet Invigorated is available on DVD."This film provides an excellent, and very different resource to existing material. It shows young people 'having a go' at enacting Shakespeare in an active and fun way that should encourage school students to enjoy Shakespeare and want to 'have a go' themselves." Professor Andy Goodwyn, Reading University and Chairman of NATE
Shakespeare in the Favelas Training Resource for UK schools and worldwide
In this 45 minute documentary Kieron puts all his skills to the test. An interesting, thought provoking case study that has great potential in both English and Drama, highlighting how theatre crosses social boundaries and how Shakespeare can be authentically celebrated around the world.The film was featured on BBC1 and Kieron was interviewed about his experiences in Brazil. It was premiered to over 100 teachers at the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) conference and also headlined the Summer 2008 edition of "Shakespeare Scene" printed by Ashokan International. To read the article click here. Shakespeare in the Favelas is available on DVD.
A Class Act - how to perform with your students Uncle Les - have fun speaking English Training Resources for UK schools and worldwide
A Class Act is an in-depth study into the theories and practices of theatre-in-education and theatre-in-language learning developed over 16 years in order to achieve the best results with students of all ages and abilities both in and outside the classroom. The book includes step-by-step guides to brilliant ice-breaker and warm up games, perfect for getting even the shyest student on their feet and performing! Practice reading and speaking English with Uncle Les. There are three rhyming stories aimed at 7 - 10 year olds with English as a second language to help them with tricky English pronunciation. A west country farmer accent not required but nice if you can try "Ooooarrr!". Sing along with Uncle Les right now with our little animation! A Class Act and Uncle Les are available as eBooks from Amazon.
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Theatre in the workplace Boost your performance
Does your sales team need a boost? Are you implementing a new system? Do you need to train new staff? Are you launching a new product? Would a fun, interesting and invigorating team building day be of value to your business? KJ Corporate theatre packages give you exactly what you want. We work closely with you to make sure that you get as much as possible from your event. We know that each project is unique. We guarantee that every event is memorable. Corporate theatre is excellent for achieving fantastic results in the workplace so please get in touch and find out how we can help you. Clients include: BD-NTWK, Nintendo, Virgin Media, BBC School Report, Reconstruct (Signis Group).
Client: BD-NTWK (thisisbd.com)
KJ works with BD-NTWK to devise and deliver drama sessions to prepare brand ambassadors for experiential campaigns for Nintendo and Virgin Media.
"The sessions were brilliant, even better than I'd hoped... so thanks and well done to Kieron and his talented team... everyone loved it!" Allan McLaughlin, CEO, BD-NTWK
Promote your business Stand out from the crowd
We work with a great network of freelance camera operators, sound engineers, graphic artists, website designers and multimedia gurus. Together we form a quick, cost effective and professional team ready to deliver broadcast quality training videos, promotional films, multimedia presentations and websites on schedule and to budget - unique collaborations that generate innovative and original material which will help your company stand head and shoulders above the rest. Clients include: Gamu Music, Golden Oldies, Tesco, Reconstruct (Signis Group), National Lottery, The NHS.
Client: Golden-Oldies (www.golden-oldies.org.uk)
KJ produces films to help the charity to fundraise and spread awareness across the UK.
"KJ Films are excellent at catching the right moment on camera. That image that embodies all that we stand for. The films always exceed our expectations and are fantastic value for money." Grenville Jones, Founder and Chief Officer, The Golden Oldies Charitable Trust
Spend your day learning laughing having fun with friends and colleagues
The man behind KJ Theatre and Films is Kieron Jones.Kieron started his career as an actor, writer and director after graduating from Swansea University with a BA (Hons) languages and literature degree. He is very passionate about the power of theatre, how it brings people together, crosses barriers and creates a unique learning environment where everyone can flourish.
Kieron Jones actor, writer, linguist
Passion for engaging the audience
Kieron has been a member of Equity since his first professional tours across the UK and Europe in 1998. He enjoys working in the UK and around the world performing his drama workshops and theatre shows for children and adults. His passion for Shakespeare is no secret and he is proud to be able to bring the words of the Bard to almost 10,000 students every year through his theatre and film work. He is fascinated with theatre-for-business, and in particular how theatre in the workplace can not only boost a boring meeting but also increase revenue through motivating a sales team.
"Laughter is a powerful motivator. A well devised drama activity can take you out of your box, enable you to see things from a different perspective and ultimately inspire you to better results."
Lost in the moment!
Kieron enjoys combining his love for languages with theatre to help students practice and improve their English language skills. He speaks German, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese plus a little French and a little, little Danish too. His theatre in language learning (TILL) work takes him across Europe and even to the favelas of Brazil. At the moment Kieron is developing his TILL methodology predominantly in Denmark and Brazil.
"I believe that the arts should challenge the way we think and the way we educate. I never stop developing and learn something new every time I perform. It doesn't matter if you are in Bristol or Brazil, people are the same when theatre is at its best. That is what I strive for always in my work. The moment when everyone is immersed, lost, in the drama."
Big teams and small!
When Kieron began as an actor he starred in dramas, documentaries and adverts for anything from music CDs to throat pastilles working with the BBC, Channel 4 and ACNE Films in Sweden. In 2003 he was hired as a presenter for Athena Education and then went on to become the in-house script writer and director eventually producing six films for Athena. Kieron has also worked with MEE3d, Channel 4 and the BBC with his Shakespeare projects: Shakespeare Works! and Shakespeare in the favelas!
"I love working in front and behind the camera. It's a great experience to be part of a big production, but equally as thrilling to be just you, camera and talent. With the advances in handheld cameras almost anyone now can produce good quality pictures. The power is in the idea and more often than not, the brilliance lies within the creative spirit of the production team."
The blockflute is awesome!
Kieron has played the piano since he was "knee high to a grasshopper". He writes and produces the soundtracks for most of our film productions. He also creates sound effects and voice overs for radio ads and computer games (that's him yelling on our software package Shakespeare Works! oh yes he wrote and performed the theme tune for the movie too!). You can listen to Kieron's latest tracks now by clicking "play" on the left!
"I also toot the "blockflute". If you book one of our Shakespeare shows then you may experience this in full flow!"
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