Dramatis currently runs paid drama classes, courses and workshops for adults and children in West Sussex. Our long term aim is to demonstrate the benefits of drama to the wider community through our charitable arm; Dramatis Outreach.
Funded by donations, grants and bursaries, the aim of Dramatis Outreach is to offer free courses and classes that help local residents develop interpersonal skills and reduce social isolation.
We received our first donation in February 2019 from the Pagham Pram Race committee. This local event (which was set up over 70 years ago) takes place every Boxing Day and sees entrants design (and race in!) prams along a 3 mile course that stops at various pubs along the way. The 2019 event raised over £17,000 which is distributed by the committee to local causes.
We were delighted to be awarded some funding from the Committee and this confidence and support in our work led us to apply for other grants and donations.
We are excited to announce that Sussex Community Foundation, who raise funds for and make grants to local charities and community groups across East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove, have recognised the benefits we bring to the community. They have just confirmed they will also be supporting us and this collective funding means we are now able to run our first Dramatis Outreach workshop.
‘Finding Voices’ is a ten week workshop aimed at those with anxiety and/or depression and will culminate with a pre-recorded performance aired on local radio. It aims to improve the overall wellbeing of participants and is designed in accordance with the recovery model (looking at feelings of hope, agency and opportunity). Weekly sessions will comprise: confidence building games and exercises, group discussion and sharing, basic play and character analysis and improvisation with role play games and exercises.
We want to take this opportunity to thank the Pagham Pram Race committee and the Sussex Community Foundation and look forward to showing you what we achieve with your kind support.
If you’d like to know more about ‘Finding Voices’ or know someone who might be interested in joining the course, please CLICK HERE.