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Big Wheel Theatre Company – Voulez-Vous? French Workshops for Schools

Location(s)Throughout the UK
Key StagesKS1, KS2, KS3
Special SchoolsYes
Public LiabilityLess than 5,000,000
Enhanced DBSYes
Fees£350 plus VAT for the first workshop and £250 plus VAT for additional shows. Travel costs are charged outside London.
Administration Service Administered by the provider

More about this Workshop/Service and the Provider

Big Wheel is a theatre in education company that uses theatre and drama to train, teach and inspire. For many years we have toured Europe with workshops for students learning to speak English. Then one day we had the brilliant idea to do the same in the UK for students learning to speak French and it has become a great success. 


This show is entirely interactive from the moment two French actors turn up at the school reception unable to speak anything but French.

The show is modelled on a TV holiday programme, including a hilarious game-show: a competition to win a family holiday. The show is interspersed with travel surveys, ad breaks, time checks, catchphrases, and a weather forecast.

Versions of Voulez-Vous?! have been frequently presented with great success for all key stages and for Special Needs schools:

  • EYFS/KS1, the show is mainly a ‘geography lesson’, where parts of the audience become different regions of France.
  • KS2 as well as the above there is a game show
  • KS3 and 4 it's more of a culture show: café life, fashion, Paris monuments, and the French Revolution.

We appreciate that levels of fluency within the same Key Stage can vary and our actors are brilliant at adapting to the needs of each group, both encouraging and stretching language use. Teachers and pupils are often amazed at how much they can enjoy themselves entirely in French for more than an hour!

Running time: KS1 45 minutes, KS2 75 minutes KS3 75-90 minutes

Audience maximum: 60 students 

A bit more about Big Wheel

We work in schools, museums and libraries, healthcare and business. For schools we have a repertoire of workshop performances covering English and French language learning, English literature, Sustainability and Climate Change. We work at all levels and can tailor our workshops to suit the needs of the school. 

In other settings our work is more bespoke and we have created a range of programmes including historical storytelling in museums, service improvement in healthcare and presentation skills in business. We specialise in working closely with our clients to create an impactful and entertaining learning experience – and we have a lot of fun along the way.




“The show was a great success in our school. It was enjoyed enormously by children in years 4, 5 and 6 as well as the teachers. Excellent integration of different language topics; a very professional show, thank you.”
Teacher, Park Hill School, Croydon

This was learning at its best ...... the students were totally enthralled and they became more and more confident of speaking French as the show progressed, losing any inhibitions very quickly."
Class Teacher, Oakfield School, Dulwich

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