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Hot off the Press: Dramatis Online launches because…The Show Must Go On!

In response to the current climate, Dramatis, we’ve adapted our programme and moved online. In addition to running discounted youth drama classes through Zoom, we’ve introduced a new (free!) adults play-reading group and a free video messaging service that people can use to send personalised messages to friends and family celebrating a special occasion.

Our new weekly Youth Drama online classes begin with a group Zoom session where students run through 15 minutes of warm up exercises together. Pupils then log back in at their allotted time for a 20 minute one-to-one session. During this, they are given a series of monologues and personalised tuition on skills that help them to get the most out of the text. At the end of the nine-week term, pupils perform a chosen monologue to camera. This ‘Self-Tape’ is uploaded to the Dramatis Online Stage (a You Tube account) so they can share their work with friends and family. With a recent report from Theatre Industry publication The Stage, confirming that ‘Self-Tapes’ are now the most favoured audition style required by Casting Agents and Drama Schools, it’s an excellent discipline for young students to get experience in. Prices for the nine-week term are just £60 (a 40% reduction on the usual price).

Currently there are three Youth Drama classes due to start at the end of April. The Globe group is for ages 10-12 and runs every Monday from 27th April to 22nd June (from 2.30pm). The Royal Court group is for ages 7-9 and runs every Tuesday from 28th April to 23rd June (from 2.30pm). The Barbican group is for ages 13 plus and runs every Friday from 1st May to 26th June (from 6pm).

To keep adults entertained and help ease the loneliness of social distancing, Dramatis is launching Wine and Wilde on Monday 4th May. This low pressure (and free!) play-reading group will bring people together via a Zoom each Monday at 7.30pm to read through a segment of an Oscar Wilde play together. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a glass of wine (or alternative beverage choice!) and enjoy a de-brief of the text together afterwards.

And to spread the joy of drama to the wider community, Dramatis principal (Suzy Duxbury), is running a free personalised video message service. Know someone who is celebrating a birthday or special occasion in isolation? Suzy will create a 30 second video message (in the style of a famous dramatic character!) for you to send them that will make their day! Choose from Poppy from Trolls, Long John Silver or Corona Caveman.

If you’d like to learn more about any of our online activities or sign up your child to a free online  taster session, please contact us on info@dramatis.co.uk

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Hot off the Press: Easter Holiday Workshop announcement!

It feels like we’re barely over Christmas…but Easter is fast approaching!

For our next Holiday Workshop, we’ll be running ‘The Big Break’

Come and join us for a five day acting adventure following the story of young Tia and Tom who just want to get their big break in showbiz! We will go on a whistle stop tour through some of the great musicals; think Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, Hairspray and more!
There will be acting, singing, dancing and the chance to make up your own scenes. The week’s hard (but fun!) work will culminate in a fabulous show for your friends and family to enjoy.

This 5 day course costs £115 per child BUT if you book before 29th February, we’ll reduce that to £95. So what are you waiting for? Contact us here to secure your spot!

Dates: Monday 13th April to Friday 17th April
Venue: Jeneses Centre, Bognor Regis
Ages: 6-12
Time: 10am to 4pm
Price: £115 (or £95 for an Earlybird discount: available until 29th February)

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Hot off the Press: Dramatis to run two FREE Youth Workshops in Chichester!

To celebrate our expansion into Chichester and give people a feel for what Dramatis Youth Drama Classes are about, on Saturday 15th February, we will be running two FREE workshops in our new Roussillion Park location.

‘Magic and Mayhem’ for 5-6 year olds will run from 10.15am to 11.15am while ‘Myths and Legends’ for 7-9 year olds will run from 11.45am to 12.45pm. Both workshops will include drama games and exercises that are both fun and rewarding.

Drama offers a huge number of benefits to children, teaching them valuable skills that they can carry through life. In a tech dominated world, it encourages creativity and self expression and nourishes their imagination. It can teach a child to think on their feet and outside the box and can help them to both stand out from the crowd and to work within a group. One of the most important skills it brings is an increased level of self confidence, plus the opportunity to make friends outside their usual circuit. So what are you waiting for!

To sign your child up for a FREE place, email Dramatis on info@dramatis.co.uk.

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Hot off the Press: Dramatis to launch in Chichester in 2020

Having successfully run drama classes and courses for adults and children in Bognor Regis for nearly two years, February 2020 will see Dramatis community drama school expand into Chichester.

The Chichester branch of Dramatis will run in partnership with the Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT). In addition to owning and managing a range of local buildings and land, the CCDT empowers people by supporting projects that create local opportunities, employment and build community spirit; a mission in perfect synergy with the Dramatis ethos!

The Chichester programme will run at the CCDT’s Community Hall in Roussillon Park and will incorporate an evening drama course for adults (on Mondays) and two drama classes for children (on Wednesdays).

‘It Takes Two’ is an evening adults course focused on acting for radio (commencing 24th February from 7.30pm to 9.00pm). It is one of the Dramatis Adult Short Courses which are designed for those aged 18-80 who want to learn a new skill in a friendly environment and see a tangible outcome from their efforts but who don’t want to commit to a permanent new hobby. During this low pressure course, attendees will learn about using the voice for radio, how to build a character, and work towards reading and recording some short scenes. The resulting pieces will be submitted to a local radio station for approval, to be played on air and attendees will also be given their very own CD and downloadable copy to play back to family and friends. A range of other Adult Short Courses will run throughout the year.

The National, (part of the Dramatis Youth Drama Classes), is for children aged 5-6 and will run from 4.30 to 5.30pm each week from Weds 26th February. At this age, children are just getting on their ‘performance feet’ so the focus of this group is on fun exercises and games that build confidence, so children become confident in standing up in front of an audience. The group also develops listening and responding skills in order to work better as a team. Each term, The Nationals work towards a mini in-class performance.
The Royal Court, (another Dramatis Youth Drama Class), is for children aged 7-9 and will run from 5.45pm to 6.45pm each week from Weds 26th February. This age group is starting to build their understanding of the concept of acting and so this class is focused on increasing confidence to perform as well as developing acting skills such as characterisation, improvisation, storytelling and basic script reading.

Ahead of the move into Chichester, Suzy explains: “Since launching nearly two years ago, the Bognor Regis branch of Dramatis has gone from strength to strength. Drama offers so many benefits to adults and children alike, from increased confidence and communications skills to stress relief and self-expression. We’re excited to be expanding into Chichester where we will be able to introduce these benefits to more West Sussex residents”.

PRICES
Adult Short Courses cost £100 (for an approx 10 week course)

Youth Drama Classes are charged at £100 per term (approx 11 classes). However, the Chichester Spring term is shorter, so the initial 6 class term will be charged at £60.

FREE WORKSHOPS
To help demonstrate what the Youth Drama Classes are all about, on Saturday 15th February, Dramatis is running two FREE workshops. ‘Magic and Mayhem’ for 5-6 year olds will run from 10.15am to 11.15am. ‘Myths and Legends’ for 7-9 year olds will run from 11.45am to 12.45pm. Both workshops (which will take place at the Community Hall in Roussillon Park) will include drama games and exercises. To sign your child up for a FREE place, email Dramatis on info@dramatis.co.uk.

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Hot off the Press: Dramatis Students take part in Amberley Museum’s Anniversary Celebrations

On 16th and 17th November, Dramatis pupils got out of their usual class surroundings and headed up to the beautiful surroundings of Amberley Museum to take part in their 40th Anniversary celebrations.

Located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, the Museum is dedicated to preserving the industrial heritage of the South East.  With 36 acres to explore and over 40 exhibits to visit, it is the perfect place to discover the South’s working past.

Up until the late 1960s, the Museum site was a working chalk pits where chalk was quarried and burnt in kilns to produce lime. So as part of their Anniversary celebrations, the museum held a weekend bringing to life its chalk heritage with an interactive event called ‘Chalk, Walk & Talk’.

As part of the event, one of the old buildings was transformed into a Victorian school in which Dramatis teachers and pupils invited visitors to step back in time by putting on a series of classroom based sketches.

Under the stern eye of the School Mistress (and appearances from Headteacher, Mr Stone) Dramatis pupils got into character as Victorian students. Dressed in traditional costumes, the pupils recited poetry, took part in cleanliness inspections and learnt about the British Empire. In keeping with the harsh reality of the era, punishments were doled out in the form of dunces hats and the cane. Playtime brought some welcome relief with pupils taking to the grounds and playing traditional Victorian games. The chalk theme was gently incorporated into the script; from writing on the board to playing hopscotch.

Huge congratulations to the pupils who took part: Ruudi Galloway, Liv Sidall, Sophie Hiller, Chloe Chown, Finnley Crockford, London Hackett, Eva Makgill and Agnes Robson. You were all superstars!

And thank you to the Dramatis Supply Teachers and Associates for their roles in running the school: Jack Tutt, Peter Morris, Hannah Rose Ames, Daphne Morris and Graham Duxbury.

There has been some excellent coverage of the event in the local press including the Chichester Observer.

We hope to put on more immersive performances with local organisations, so watch this space for further info!