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Our online Playreading group expands and rebrands!

With the latest UK lockdown meaning people are once again finding themselves socially isolated, disconnected from others and struggling to keep occupied, we’ve expanded our much-loved online playreading group to provide a wider variety of plays, dates and times so more people can participate!

When lockdown was first announced back in March 2020, we were quick to adapt our programming and move to a virtual format. As part of the new digital offering, we launched ‘Wine and Wilde’ online playreading sessions.

This affordable online activity (which brought people together via Zoom sessions to read through an Oscar Wilde play) had such an overwhelming response, that we’ve decided to expand it for 2021. The new Plays and Pinot format provides participants with a larger range of plays from different playwrights as well as a wider selection of dates and times.

Plays and Pinot is ideal for adults who are interested in the literary classics but keen to explore them in a new way. The low-pressure environment means it is also perfect for those who are unfamiliar with acting; as there are no lines to learn, and no stages to perform on! Participants are pre-assigned characters in scenes from a play which they then read through together as a small group. In keeping with the informal nature of the group, participants are encouraged to bring along a glass of wine or alternative beverage of choice for a de-brief afterwards.

The first block of Plays and Pinot (A Country Wife) is already sold out but there are spaces available for upcoming sessions which include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Heartbreak House, Lady Windemere’s Fan and What Every Woman Knows.

For more information, check out the PLAYS AND PINOT page.
To book your place, click the BOOKINGS page.

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Dramatis introduces Playdates to help keep children connected with their friends

With Lockdown 2 meaning children can no longer socialise with their friends after school or take part in their usual extra-curricular activities, Dramatis community drama school has introduced online Dramatis Playdates. These one-hour sessions bring together four friends via Zoom for a playdate led by Dramatis. Children are given a series of drama-based games and exercises to play with their friends whilst parents enjoy an hour to themselves as their kids are being (productively) entertained!

Having moved their programme online in the first lockdown, Dramatis has now welcomed over 75 Sussex adults and children for virtual drama classes and courses. This experience with their private groups means they can now extend their services to be able to offer this more flexible Playdate format.

As Dramatis Principal, Suzy Duxbury, explains: “Play is such an integral part of a child’s development; it lays the foundations for literacy and encourages communication and spontaneity. With children no longer able to play and socialise the way they used to, our Playdates bring friendship groups together safely so children can improve their social, emotional and cognitive skills and most importantly have some fun with their friends!

Playdates are themed around a specific story and begin with some icebreaker games so Suzy can get to know the children, and vice versa. Having discussed the story plot, children are assigned drama-based exercises to develop their knowledge of the characters. They work in pairs and as a group of four as they go on to devise a short performance that is recorded and can be shown to parents.

Playdates are for friendship groups of four children aged 5 to 11. Younger age groups are themed around ‘Wonderful Walliams’ exploring stories by David Walliams, while older groups are based around ‘Riotous Roald’ and texts by Roald Dahl. One hour sessions cost £30 (for all 4 children).

For more information CLICK HERE

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Online Playreading Group returns to keep West Sussex residents connected

When lockdown was first announced back in March, we were quick to adapt our programming and move to a virtual format. The new Zoom led online programme included workshops and courses for residents of all ages which culminated in filmed performances that were featured on the Dramatis Online Stage (our You Tube account).

The unexpected highlight of the programme was the introduction of our adults play-reading group; ‘Wine and Wilde’. This online activity had such an overwhelming response, that we decided to keep it running post-lockdown and are considering introducing an ‘IRL’ version in a local wine bar once government guidelines allow.

Wine and Wilde is ideal for adults who are completely new to acting or nervous about committing to a course. There are no lines to learn, and no stages to perform on! Participants are pre-assigned characters in scenes from an Oscar Wilde play which they then read through as a small group. In keeping with the informal nature of the group, participants are encouraged to bring along a glass of wine or alternative beverage of choice.

As Janet, one of the attendees, explains: “I was hesitant at first as I’m quite self-conscious, but I had so much fun!”. Marty, another attendee, adds “It’s been great to meet new drama lovers and have something to look forward to” while Mandy says, “Everybody’s really friendly and supportive”.

In a climate in which the impact of loneliness has been acutely felt, groups like this have become a lifeline.

As Dramatis Principal, Suzy Duxbury, explains: “our online playreading group aims to keep residents connected during these uncertain times and provide a much-needed space for escapism and laughter”.

The performing arts industry has been hit particularly hard by recent events and so we were delighted to see our Wine and Wilde group featured by UK News Group and Drama & Theatre alongside fellow industry friends, The Playground Theatre, Nick Hern Books, Belgrade Theatre and Up Ere Productions.

Wine and Wilde Play-reading Group
Format: Online sessions run via Zoom (in blocks of four)
Date/Time: Fridays from 7.30pm to 8.15pm
Price: £10 (per block of four sessions)
Upcoming sessions:
25 Sept/2 Oct/9 Oct/16 Oct: Lady Windemere’s Fan
6 Nov/13 Nov/20 Nov/27 Nov: An Ideal Husband

For more information about Wine and Wilde, CLICK HERE.

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Dramatis launches FREE Half Term Workshops !

Do you have a child that likes acting, drama and performing? Are you looking for something for them to do in the half term holidays?

Then consider Dramatis Community Drama school! We are the only performing arts school in Bognor Regis and Chichester offering pure drama as a subject and this Autumn half term, we want to give as many children as we can the opportunity to take part in one of our FREE drama workshops.

Let’s face it, the past year hasn’t been easy on our children so we want to give your little ones a fun experience to remember 2020 by!

Come and join us, as we jump into the imaginary world of Disney, Pixar and Harry Potter. We will be playing games, acting out scenes and even using props and costume as we arrive at “Platform nine and three quarters” to go “inside out” and get “tangled” up in some acting fun!

WORKSHOP ONE: “Disney Dreams”
Thursday 29th October
Ages 5-6
9.00am to 10.30am
The Regis School, Westloats Lane, Bognor Regis, PO22 5LH

WORKSHOP TWO: “Pixar Party”
Thursday 29th October
Ages 7-9
10.45am to 12.15pm
The Regis School, Westloats lane, Bognor Regis, PO22 5LH

WORKSHOP THREE: “Journey to Hogwarts”
Thursday 29th October
Ages 10-12
12.45pm to 2.15pm
The Regis School, Westloats lane, Bognor Regis, PO22 5LH

Please note that spaces are limited!  Do get in touch via email info@dramatis.co.uk or contact us 07540792849 to book your spot.

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We’re BAAAAAAACCCCK!!!

Yep, that’s right friends – Dramatis in-person classes ARE BACK!

From September, we’ll be slowly re-introducing our classes and courses, in line with government regulations. However, having successfully moved to an online programme during lockdown, we are also in a great position to seamlessly transfer these classes and courses back to a Zoom format again if we need to.

For the Autumn term, we will be re-introducing our in-person Youth Drama Classes in Bognor Regis (at the Regis School) and also running an Adult Short Course in Bognor Regis (at The Regis Centre) and in Chichester (at Community Hall in Roussillon Park).

We have worked with all of our venue providers on risk assessments that ensure guidelines are followed.

All classes will be capped at ten pupils, follow social distancing rules and hand sanitiser will be provided at the start and end of classes.

Autumn Term for Youth Classes will run from 14th Sept to 18th Dec (with a break for half term in October). For more info CLICK HERE.

Our ten-week Adult Short Courses will also run from mid-September. For more info CLICK HERE.

We’re conscious that not everyone is comfortable with attending in-person classes just yet, so we are keeping our online Wine and Wilde play-reading group. This will now be run in blocks of 4 sessions on Friday evenings. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Thank you again to all our pupils, parents, teachers and venue suppliers for their support, patience and understanding over the past few months.

The show goes on… 😉