Education & Community Programme

Every year London's Free Open-Air Theatre Season run a series of exciting and innovative education and outreach programmes. Whilst we are thrilled to offer the most accessible and inclusive theatre season in the capital, we are always looking for different ways of reaching new audiences and working with new people. 2018 sees a vast expansion of this work as we continue to strive to make theatre as accessible as possible, ensuring a plethora of the facets of the community are catered for.


 image courtesy of tora lambie.

image courtesy of tora lambie.

Each Wednesday lunchtime in August, we host a variety of talented and inspiring groups in Hay's Galleria performing songs inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and King Arthur. Whether you're on your lunch break or taking in the views of London, join us for an hour of incredible live music!

With Ryan Carter – Wednesday 15 August, 1pm

Ryan Carter composes for instruments, voices, and computers. Ryan's work often explores new musical possibilities presented by emerging technologies, with his music being described by the New York Times as "imaginative ... like, say, a Martian dance party." Join Ryan at Hays Galleria for his interpretations of our 2018 Season!

With SMART Music London – Wednesday 22 August, 1pm

The SMART Music project has been running in London since 2005, with humble beginnings at a weekly musical gathering in the SMART café. Now, with their house band that regularly gig across the capital, SMART London bring us a special set as they host our second lunchtime concert.

With Tora + Friends – Wednesday 29 August, 1pm

East London songstress Tora is an 18 year old musician with an incredible ability to tranfix an audience with her soulful voice and the storytelling in her lyrics. Join Tora and her friends as they construct mini worlds with her alt-R&B style for our final Lunchtime Concert.


Join us each Saturday before the shows to get an insightful experience into the context of the shows, develop artistic and personal skills and meet new local people. 



King Arthur’s Cut & Thrust with Kiel O’Shea – Saturday 18 August, 4-5:30pm

Calling all knights of the roundtable! King Arthur is looking for some brave, young talent to help him against his enemies – do you have what it takes?  The noble Kiel O’Shea will help you prepare for battle in this workshop at The Scoop, introducing you to stage combat and fight direction in this Arthurian edition of his signature Cut & Thrust workshops. Open to 11-18 year olds.

The Wonderful World of Oz – Saturday 25 August, 2:30-4pm

Have you ever wondered what would it be like to live in Oz? How would you get there, and how would you leave…? Join this workshop playfully exploring setting and character so you can be transported to the wonderful world of Oz! This workshop is open to children 5-11 who are SEND, and precedes our relaxed performance of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

What’s the Story? with The S+K Project – Saturday 1 September, 4-5:30pm 

Join professional directors from The S+K Project for an introductory theatre-making workshop exploring the significance of the myths, legends and rich traditions of London past and present. This is your chance to grow your dramatic skill set by uncovering and recreating the magical stories from London with the people who call it home. Open to people 50+.


Each Sunday evening after our performances, we will be joined by industry experts and artists for post-show talks and discussions around the themes of the shows and how they've come about.


With the cast and creative team – Sunday 12 August, 8:15pm

The cast and creative team kick off our first post-show talk of the season, discussing the process of putting together two incredible shows, performing them back to back, and the significance of these stories today.

On contemporary theatre-making – Sunday 19 August, 8:15pm

We’ve assembled some of the UK’s top theatre-makers creating boundary-pushing work to discuss whether they feel it necessary to base the work they create in stories and traditions relevant to them, and if there’s a pressure for them to create a certain kind of work to cater for specific audiences.

On site specific and outdoor work – Sunday 2 September, 8:15pm

Ever wanted to know what goes into making a high-quality outdoor show? Join some of the Open-Air production team, as well as some industry heavyweights, as they dissect the highs and lows of creating work site-specifically.





Get Scene – Tuesday 21 August, 7pm

In an exciting new partnership with Generation Arts, our new education programme 'Get Scene' will be a special one-off performance feature 15x of the newest young talent who have all undergone an intensive 3 week summer programme in collaboration with the Central School of Speech and Drama. There hard work has all been working toward a performance at The Scoop exclusively on Tuesday 21st August, 7pm. As always, its completely free to attend!



King Arthur & The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Captioned Performance – Friday 17 August, 6pm

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Relaxed Performance – Saturday 25 August, 2:30pm

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Parent & Baby Performance – Sunday 26 August, 2pm