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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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Hot off the press: 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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How does drama support a child’s Emotional Wellbeing?

Are you concerned about how the pandemic has affected your child’s emotional wellbeing?

You’re not alone! As revealed in this study by YoungMinds , many parents are worried about the impact Covid restrictions have on their children.

During this disruptive time, kids have missed out on school, had their hobbies and activities reduced, seen their friends less, spent more time online and ultimately have had to live in a time when the whole world has been turned on its head.

Whilst parents are doing all they can to support their children through “the current situation”, they’re only human and (on a day to day level) there’s only so many times anyone can hear “I’m bored” with a level of sympathy!

At Dramatis, we run courses and classes that not only keep children entertained but also help support their emotional wellbeing.  We’ve witnessed first-hand the life skills drama helps develop in our pupils. From confidence, communication and problems solving to self-expression, emotional regulation and empathy; drama has been shown to boost social, emotional and cognitive outcomes.

These outcomes are summed up best by the below infographic created by WeTheParents that lists 21 benefits (and the associated research) that drama can have on children.

Interested in booking your child onto one of our drama courses? Our Autumn term runs from 14th Sept to 18th December. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Learn more about the science-backed benefits of drama education at We The Parents.

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Hot Off the Press: 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… 😉

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Hot off the Press: Dramatis launches ONLINE Summer Programme!

Having adapted our normal programme and moved online in response to COVID-19, we have now welcomed nearly 50 Sussex residents for virtual drama classes and courses over the last two months!!! Whilst in-person classes will return once it is safe to do so, the incredible feedback from virtual students has led to us launching an Online Summer Programme to keep children, teenagers and adults entertained over the holidays.

Our new Online Summer Programme includes five-day workshops for children, three-day workshops for teenagers, and four-day courses for adults. All of these classes are run over Zoom, and include an element of working as a group, working alone and receiving individual, personalised tuition. They all culminate in a different type of filmed performance which is uploaded to The Dramatis Online Stage (a YouTube account) so participants can share with family and friends or use for future auditions.

Zoomaholiday is a five-day musical theatre workshop for children that will run twice over the summer. Designed for 7-12 year olds who are missing out on their normal family holiday, pupils go on a virtual adventure based around what happens when a glitch in the computer system means people can be uploaded to the internet and go anywhere they want! A week of online games, acting, singing and dancing culminates in pupils creating and filming a pioneering group performance.

Like the Pros is a three-day workshop for teenagers that will run twice over the summer. Ideal for young people who are missing their friends due to social distancing, this course helps pupils’ channel the monotony of lockdown as they work on two person-scenes from famous plays (His Dark Materials or The Jollies). Exploring techniques used by professional actors, they will create an exciting performance which is filmed. The resulting duologue can be used for future auditions.

The Actor’s Toolbox is a four-day course for adults that will run twice over the summer. Each course explores a different British Playwright (Oscar Wilde or Alan Ayckbourn). Participants will dissect the plays together; breaking down scenes to better understand the characters. The course culminates in participants pairing up to film duologues to camera.

For adults who are completely new to acting or nervous about committing to a course, the Wine and Wilde weekly FREE play-reading group is a perfect alternative. These 45-minute sessions take place over Zoom on Monday evenings. Participants are pre-assigned characters in scenes from an Oscar Wilde play (The Importance of Being Earnest) 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.

If you would like to know more about any of these courses or classes, get in touch!