Our Pre-School and Early Stages students are introduced to the basic principles of acting in a light-hearted and accessible manner, teaching them the importance of concentration but using a combination of games and exercises to encourage enjoyment and confidence in the children. Junior students use play and role-play to explore the different ways we can communicate with others. These students then move on to explore the techniques important to perform to an audience; engagement, empathy and clarity. Intermediate Drama classes explore how to approach text and how to build and explore character further. Students continue to develop their ensemble skills and are encouraged to challenge themselves more. The classes continue to work on improving speech, movement and posture as we believe this is of enormous benefit to the students in their everyday lives.
Senior Drama classes focus more on the individual as an actor, however, ensemble work still plays a large part in exploration. Students look at how they can develop their theatre skills and understanding of communicating to an audience. We explore the specific techniques of practitioners such as Laban and Stanislavski as well as exploring different genres such as Verbatim and physical theatre. We continue to work on improving speech, movement and posture, which we believe are essential for our students in the way they communicate in life. Students take personal responsibility for rising to the challenges offered, whilst always being encouraging of others.
Past Drama Students
Some of our students have gone on to work professionally in theatre and television. Students have trained at Guildhall, ALRA and Central School of Speech and Drama & The Sage Academy.
Benefits of Drama
One of the most prominent ways in which Drama can impact upon a child’s life, although perhaps not always so visible, is how it can shape a child’s sense of self worth. A wealth of confidence can be gained through Drama, yet behind it lies self acceptance, which has a quiet but profound effect on self esteem. Drama allows our students to explore and express a range of emotions and by doing so it can really open up students and young people to new experiences, helping them to gain a better understanding of themselves, the world and their place in it.
In exploring Drama, they are essentially exploring themselves – their qualities and individuality, their potential and possibilities. They are learning life skills and building up the courage and self-belief to pursue the opportunities that will meet them on their life journeys.
Using Drama can be a very meaningful way of exploring any issues surrounding well-being. The children who may struggle with their self esteem, with shyness, behavior, learning difficulties or disabilities, with illness, language barriers or a troubled home life have much to gain from Drama. It is those children who use it as an outlet, a way of releasing mental, physical or emotional tension and are able to overcom challenges within themselves. Drama can reduce stress and aid relaxation and through exploring creative expression it can help children to understand and manage their feelings and emotions. In being able to freely express and immerse themselves in Drama, children can overcome fears or anxieties, discover what makes them unique and learn to trust in their abilities, ideas and most importantly, in themselves.
They gain this trust not only through the act of the performance itself, but through the process of moving from their ideas, to actions, to performance, which teaches them the value of patience and perseverance. When the curtain falls, they are so elated because – they did it! Their sense of achievement is overwhelming because they feel the rewards of their hard work, of having invested themselves in the creation of something they have gradually seen come to life. The piece of Drama becomes a platform for them and the performance a showcase, displaying to family, friends and the world how they have grown and just how much they believe in themselves.
Whether you’re interested in Shakespeare, Brecht or Stanislavski, then you’ll learn and further your knowledge of play texts and understanding of a diverse range of acting styles and techniques. Performers hoping to audition for drama school or further education will accumulate a valuable collection of audition pieces and repertoire.
In addition, we offer a wide variety of individual acting, speech and drama classes that allow the performer to focus on a particular area of theatre study relevant to experience and interest. All of our students are given the opportunity to undertake exams with The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
Examinations are available in Acting, Devising Drama, Mime, Musical Theatre, Speaking Verse and Prose, Reading for Performance, Using Spoken English and Speaking in Public. Examinations are offered from Introductory level through to Grade 8 Gold medal.
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