In The Schools

Every student deserves to see Shakespeare live as it was intended. Time and time again in the post-show Q&A we have students say that they didn’t understand the play when they were reading it but once they saw a SIR production live, they not only understood but could relate.  Feedback like that reinforces the value of seeing these masterful works performed.

Below are the different programs which we run as part of our Youth & Education programming.  Please click on each for more information.


Each spring we invite students to come experience a Shakespearean adventure which takes place in the picturesque ruins of the Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage park in St. Norbert.

Our promenade-style outdoor theatre means that each show is one-of-a-kind.  As you move from scene to scene one never knows where the action will appear.  Were else but at a Shakespeare in the Ruins’ show would one watch in awe Stephano entering swimming up the La Salle rive in The Tempest or Antony’s grand canoe entrance last summer in Antony & Cleopatra.

For information on booking tickets for our school matinees call the office at 204-957-1753 or email


SIR’s most portable and affordable way to deliver the SIR “Shakespeare-ience” to young folks is through our popular one hour, stripped-down touring productions.  These “nothing but the hits” adaptations are perfect for students  who might otherwise never have the opportunity to see Shakespeare live and think of these plays as only text-books.

Every student performance is prefaced with an informal pre-show chat between student audiences and a member of the cast (as a means of preparing the students for what they are about to experience) and finishes with a post-show question and answer session between the students and the entire company.

The post-show Q & A is meant as an opportunity for the students to talk about their thoughts and impressions of the show, the actors often reveal a few tricks of the trade, and hopefully instigate further discussion once they’ve returned to their classrooms.  Study guides are also available by following the link on this website.

The tour, which takes place each fall,  travels the breadth of Manitoba with forays into Saskatchewan and Northern Ontario.

Contact the Shakespeare in the Ruins office at 204-957-1753 for further details.


Shakespeare in Action

Shakespeare in Action is a one hour workshop designed to give students the chance to participate in basic techniques and exercises used by professional actors when tackling a scene from Shakespeare. By arming them with the tools to demystify the language,  they experience the visceral thrill of discovery that comes with overcoming the Bard’s difficult text.

Workshop length can be negotiated depending on the needs of each class.

Call the Shakespeare in the Ruins office @ 204-957-1753  for more details.