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Dramatis partners with Chichester Development Trust to bring the history of Graylingwell Hospital to life!

Here at Dramatis, we’re big fans of Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT) and their motto – “building community spirit by supporting local initiatives and making positive changes”.

Set up in 2009, the organisation helps individuals, small charities, voluntary organisations and business start ups to become successful and sustainable by creating spaces and supporting projects. It does this in three key ways – by looking after community heritage buildings, by providing affordable spaces for hire and by running community projects. All profits from their work are re-invested back into the local community.

Graylingwell Chapel is one of the community buildings that the CCDT looks after on behalf of the community.  Since 2015, they have been working with their partners to redevelop, refurbish and rejuvenate the Grade II Graylingwell Chapel into a warm, inviting, multi-purpose space that will serve the community both at Graylingwell Park and Chichester for decades to come.

After struggling with the impact of Covid and rising prices, last year they ran a successful Crowdfunder campaign (raising over £30,000!) which got them across the line and the new space will be opening next month!

The CCDT have planned a huge range of events and activities to help local residents learn more about the building and its history, and most importantly encourage people to use the space to connect with others.

From Music Performances, Comedy Gigs and Sport Talks to Art Workshops, Floristry Classes and Storytime sessions, there’s something for everyone.  

We are very excited to be leading two separate drama based workshops in March as part of this activities programme. The CCDT gave us access to the Graylingwell Hospital archives, from which we have unearthed some original play-scripts performed for entertainment in the Graylingwell Hospital Theatre and plenty of other documents that helped give a sense of the building’s fascinating history.

From this research, we have created a Graylingwell Script Reading & Recording workshop on 19 and 20 March and a Graylingwell Monologues – Recording our history workshop on Sat 9 and Sun 10 April.

During the Graylingwell Script Reading & Recording workshop, participants will read and act comedic scripts aloud to revisit one of the forms of entertainment that took place at Graylingwell. Then at the Graylingwell Monologues – Recording our history workshop, participants will use exercises and games (including exploring the history, physicality, and voice of the person) to build a character from a monologue.

The 2-day workshops cost £70 per person (plus booking fees) and audio recordings from both will be used as part of the Graylingwell historical audio recordings featured in the Chapel.

For more information about the events or to book a place, CLICK HERE.


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50% Off Youth Drama Lessons!

We know it’s been another tough year so next term, in a bid to help more children benefit from drama by joining Dramatis, we’re offering a massive 50% off the price of youth drama lessons!

You simply need to refer a friend (who goes on to book with us) and then we will refund you 50% of THEIR term.

The Spring term (running from 10th Jan to 4th April 2022) will incorporate 12 classes and an exam. The full price is £140 (£120 for classes plus £20 for the exam). So if you refer a friend who goes on to book a full Spring term with us, you will pay just £70!

Whilst we encourage you to sign up your children at the start of term so they can enjoy the full experience, they can join us up to half way through the term and the price (and therefore money you receive back) is reflected accordingly.

So if your friend joins before:

10th January – you get £70
17th January – you get £60
24th January – you get £50
31st January – you get £40
7th February – you get £30
14th February – you get £20

For more information, contact us on info@dramatis.co.uk.

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Dramatis announces plans for 2022

Whilst we hate to wish time away, it’s probably fair to say we’re all pretty glad to see the end of another disrupted year!  Things are still a way off being ‘back to normal’ and planning continues to be a struggle for everyone, but we’re excited to announce our new programme for 2022. We’ve made a few changes to reflect our pupil’s changing lifestyles and work patterns. An overview of the programme, with a focus on the Spring Term (of Jan, Feb and March) is below:

ADULT PROGRAMME: Act Your Age
Bognor Classes will continue as normal on Wednesday mornings but Chichester classes will now operate on a Thursday evening and from a new location – Regnum Guide Hall. The Spring Term classes will focus on exploring ‘Home, I’m Darling’ by Laura Wade.

In summary:
Act Your Age: Bognor Regis
The Regis Centre (Studio 2)
Wednesdays (10am to 11.30am)
Weds 12th January to Weds 6th April (except on Weds 23rd Feb due to half term)
£180 for 12 sessions (£15 each)

Act Your Age: Chichester
Regnum Guide Hall
Thursdays (7.30pm to 9pm)
Thurs 13th January to Thurs 7th April (except on Thurs 24th Feb due to half term)
£180 for 12 sessions (£15 each)

For more info and to book, see: Act Your Age – Dramatis Community Drama School

ADULT PROGRAMME: Plays and Pinot
Whilst in-person socialising is largely back to normal, we’ve had such a good response to these online classes since starting them in lockdown that we intend to continue – but on a slightly less regular basis. We are now running one session per term. The Spring Term session will be The Watsons (by Laura Wade)

In Summary:
The Watsons (by Laura Wade)
Wednesday Evenings (7.30pm to 8.15pm)
Weds 12th Jan to Weds 2nd Feb
£30 for a Block of 4 sessions (£7.50 per session)

For more info and to book, see: Plays and Pinot – Dramatis Community Drama School

YOUTH PROGRAMME: Youth Drama Classes
We have streamlined our previous four youth drama classes into two classes. The Royal Court (aged 8-10) and The Globe (aged 11-13) will continue to run at The Regis School on Monday evenings. During the Spring Term, pupils will be working on pieces for nationally recognised grade exams (for which they will receive a certificate from Trinity College London).

In Summary:

The Royal Court (age 8-10)
The Regis School, Bognor
Mondays (5pm to 6pm)
Mon 10th January to Mon 4th April (except on Mon 21st Feb due to half term)
£140 for 12 sessions (£10 each class plus £20 for exam)

The Globe (age 11-13)
The Regis School, Bognor
Mondays (6.15pm to 7.15pm)
Mon 10th January to Mon 4th April (except on Mon 21st Feb due to half term)
£140 for 12 sessions (£10 each class plus £20 for exam)

For more info, see: Drama Lessons – Dramatis Community Drama School

YOUTH PROGRAMME: Holiday Workshops
We’re busy behind the scenes organising our next Easter Holiday Workshop. Stay tuned for details!

DRAMATIS OUTREACH: Outreach Workshops
After several delays (!) we are excited to finally be delivering a free 10 week workshop for PACSO in Chichester. This has been funded by Sussex Community Foundation and Pagham Pram Race and will focus on improving attendees’ social awareness and interpersonal skills with their peers, family and carers.
For more info, see: Outreach Workshops – Dramatis Community Drama School

Thank you to for your ongoing support and commitment to Dramatis during another crazy year and we look forward to more drama fun with you all in 2022!

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Dramatis to celebrate World Kindness Day!

As a Drama School with “a Heart for All Ages”, we believe that by creating a kind and supportive environment, we build confidence in pupils of all ages. This naturally leads to them performing better, whether that be on stage or in daily life.

From our Teaching Style and Exam Curriculum to Community Performances and Outreach Programme, we pro-actively work to create a kind and supportive environment across all aspects of the school. You can learn more about these activities on our ETHOS page.

We are supported in this mission by our partners, The School of Kindness. This charitable organisation works with thousands of children every year to empower them to spread kindness.  

Saturday 13th November is World Kindness Day – an important day in our respective calendars!

World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organisation formed at a 1997 Tokyo conference of like-minded kindness organisations from around the world. There are currently over 28 nations involved with this event that isn’t associated with any religion or political movement. In the UK, Kindness Day UK is organised by Kindness UK, a not for profit organisation. Kindness Day UK was launched on 13th November 2010, and the event has continued to grow in popularity every year with increasing numbers of individuals, schools, charities, institutions and businesses taking part. Anybody wishing to take part in World Kindness Day or Kindness Day UK can pledge a good deed or random acts of kindness via the Kindness Day website.

In celebration of World Kindness Day, Dramatis will be running a variety of activities to spread the Kindness message!  

For our Youth progamme, we will be using resources from the School of Kindness into our lesson plans in the week leading up to the big day. Essentially, we will be using acting to help pupils explore what it truly means to be kind.

Games will include the ‘Empty Space Game’ (in which pupils sit in a circle and invite other pupils they don’t know as well to come and sit with them whilst offering a positive reason why they’ve selected them) and the ‘Kindness Fruit Salad’ (in which a series of kind deeds are read out and pupils move around the room according to which ones they’ve done recently).

Role Plays will include daily life scenarios in which pupils will act as different characters to explore why they may have been behaving in a certain way – were they bad people or just scared or misunderstood? Discussions will lead towards the role of kindness in helping resolve conflicts and stressful situations.

Pupils will also work on a Dramatis kindness collage made up of compliments pupils have said about each other. A copy will be given to all pupils to take home.

For our Adult programme, we will be encouraging pupils (both in class and via social media) to pledge a kind deed or act of kindness by heading to the Pledge page of the Kindness UK website.

We will be sharing our World Kindness Day activities via social media so keep your eyes peeled!

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Dramatis partners with the School of Kindness

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with the School of Kindness; an organisation that echoes our ethos perfectly.

As the “Drama School with a Heart for all ages”, Dramatis is a multi-generational drama school rooted in Kindness.  We strongly believe that by creating a kind and supportive environment, we build confidence in pupils of all ages. This naturally leads to them performing better, whether that be on the stage or in daily life.

To help us create this environment across all aspects of the business (and especially with our youth pupils), we have partnered with the School of Kindness which aims to “spread kindness and empower children by helping them to realise that the little choices they make every day have the power to change people’s lives, improve their own health and well-being, and ultimately change the world”. The organisation believes that kind is the most important thing a child can be and they help to create a culture of kindness in schools across the UK by delivering free workshops, resources and lesson plans. They also provide financial support for the delivery of small projects in schools.

As Suzy Duxbury, Dramatis Principal explains: “We are super excited to be partnering with the School of Kindness and have numerous activities in the pipeline which we look forward to sharing with our pupils in due course!”.

Greig Trout, Director of Kindness at the School of Kindness adds: “Through our work, we help children to understand the effect kindness can have on themselves, on others and on the world. Whilst we normally focus on primary schools, we are excited to be partnering with Dramatis Community Drama School to help them in their aims to pro-actively create a kind and supportive environment that their pupils of all ages can thrive in”.

The School of Kindness is part of the 52 Lives charity. 52 Lives aims to change people’s lives and spread kindness with the help of almost 100,000 supporters around the world. What began as some weekly school kindness workshops has grown into a whole suite of projects and resources to help schools encourage kindness and, most importantly, help children to understand the effect kindness can have on themselves, on others and on the world.

For more information, visit https://schoolofkindness.org/