Headed by our Engagement Officer Amy Mitchell, we will be offering an evolving programme of events and resources to expand and enhance your experience and appreciation of theatre in all its forms. 

Live and online, these will be tailored to individual projects and productions, but also deal with wider aspects of theatre, for instance, analysing texts, creating character, producing theatre, writing scripts, performing Shakespeare and so on. We can also provide one on one acting coaching, audition technique and dramaturgy, should you be working on a new script. All will be aimed at schools, colleges and universities but also individuals and the wider public.

Our workshops and Q&As can be bespoke – i.e. you can tell us what you would like us to cover – or we can provide a whole array of workshops and Q&As of our own. These will be led by Amy, our AD, Jake Murray or one of our many actors.

What's On



River – Voices From The Borders is a new writing initiative taking place across Durham and Northumberland Counties hosted by Elysium Theatre Company. 

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Northumberland County Council and Durham University 

Elysium will select and produce 3 audio plays to a professional standard which will be released online in February 2024.



Shakespeare For All is a new engagememt nitiative across County Durham and the wider North.

Elysium will bring Shakespeare to schools, higher education and communities with a menu of workshops, Q&As & other events, both live & online.

Interesting in learning more about Shakespeare, unlocking his language, understanding his plays & how to perform them?

Find out more here!



An online resource for those interested in Shakespeare and the giants of world theatre, as well as insights into the past and how theatre and storytelling have played a role in South African politics and the savage world of the Border Reivers.

Engagement Events & Resources

we will be offering an evolving programme of events and resources

Live & Online Interactive Workshops

We can come to you or you can come to us, or be online via Zoom or Teams. These can cover working with a specific text or playwright (e.g. Ibsen, Shakespeare, Beckett) or looking at different aspects of performance.  

Live & Online Q&As

These will take the form of a brief talk about a given writer, text or aspect of theatre and performing, followed by a question and answer session.

Dramaturgical Work

If you are developing a script we will work with you as you move from draft to draft, helping you with themes, structure, characterisation, narrative and action.

To learn more about what we can offer, including our programme of events, please email Amy Mitchell at elysiumtcengagement@gmail.com or Jake Murray at elysiumtheatrec@gmail.com


Great World Dramatist Workshops

Six in-depth workshops covering the life & work of the icons of modern European and American drama:

Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, Anton Chekhov, Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams & Arthur Miller.

All accompanied by scenes from the plays performed by the Elysium TC ensemble of actors.

Recorded during the Covid lockdowns of 2021.

The Island

Three interviews about South Africa under Apartheid & the significance of ‘The Island’ as a piece of political theatre.

South African-born actor/ writer Paul Herzberg, Zimbabwean actor and theatre maker Lucian Msamati and British historian Rachel Johnson discuss Robben Island, Nelson Mandela, Athol Fugard and South African politics and theatre.

Funded by Durham University

Part of the 50th Anniversary Tour of ‘The Island’ by Athol Fugard, John Kani & Winston Ntshona.

The Shakespeare Podcasts

Eleven interviews with leading Shakespearean actors & scholars in the UK including:

Sir Derek Jacobi, Paterson Joseph, Derek Griffiths, Robert Lindsay, Edward Fox, Joanna David and Freddie Fox.

Natalie Mears, Daniel Blank, Tony King & Dr Daniella Westerfof of Durham University. 

Bonus interview with Jake Murray of Elysium TC.

Recorded as part of the First Durham Shakespeare Festival. 

Funded by Durham University.

The Reiver Podcasts

Four interviews about the Reivers and new writing from writer & actor Steve Byron, writer & storyteller Richard O’Neill & historian John Sadler.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Northumberland County Council & Durham University