The Workshop

Clive will come to your school and run half day or full day workshops based on Impisi. Click here to see what area he’ll cover.

Secondary School


Clive Essame will prepare a workshop to suit your requirements but a typical workshop would include:

  • Explore Clive’s motivation for writing the play;
  • Identify issueswithin the script and share what influences the actions, reactions and emotional responses of the main characters; looking at issues of resilience helping students learn to deal with failure, criticism and things going wrong and how the play helps teach ideas about “British values”
  • Analyse how Clive’s choice of each animal is matched to the issues he wants to raise;
  • Take the role of different animals, explore their movement and characteristics and their inter-species reactions in different dramatic settings;
  • Using drama develop different key moments of the story and so explore and demonstrate the possible impact of actions;
  • Question students pre-conceptions about life as an impaired person; strengthen the understanding of the challenges faced; build confidence in their own positive actions.

A full day workshop in your school will cost you £250, a half day will cost £130 including learning materials.

Please speak to Clive about specific learning requirements and your desired outcomes. We’ll work with you to prepare appropriate learning materials.

Clive has full DBS clearance and public liability insurance.

Primary Schools

These images are from an exhibition inspired by Impisi at Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton.

The workshop is designed to address core elements of the National Curriculum, specifically EnglishPHSE, D&T, Social, Cultural, Spiritual and Moral Education and Citizenship. The workshop serves as an essential lesson in life, and it addresses a wealth of issues that we all face, creating the climate where impairment and difference is openly talked about and celebrated.

Subjects that can be covered in a workshop:

  • Bullying
  • Moral issues
  • Social acceptance
  • Impairment awareness
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • looking at issues of resilience helping students learn to deal with failure, criticism and things going wrong

Workshops can be adapted to suit specific requirements, but here is a typical itinerary of the day:

  • Initial introduction and presentation from Clive on the story
  • A discussion on the issues highlighted by Impisi
  • Learn how to portray wild animals through movement
  • An opportunity to ask relevant questions of Clive as a person with an impairment and as the creator of Impisi
  • Workshop short extracts of the play
  • End of day Open Forum for a review and discussion
  • Clive can also come and do an hour class storytime
  • We can also deliver practical art activities based on the story

If you are wanting Clive to work in a different setting, for example in a College or University on issues in the play, or for studying the way that Impisi and Mbali have been created as fiction dealing with important real-life issues please contact us.