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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. 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. 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”.

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!

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Hot off the Press: Dramatis launches Musical Theatre classes!

You know how everyone else likes to end the year quietly? Well we’re going out with a bang (or rather, with Jazz hands!)

On 26th November, we will be launching our new Musical Theatre classes for children.

We are delighted to welcome Annie Harris to the Dramatis Family who will be leading these all-singing, all-dancing sessions.

Annie graduated from the renowned London College of Music in 2011 in Musical Theatre. She has since performed in many professional plays and performances and has taught at the prestigious Roedean School in Brighton. Annie has also found time to start up her own improv company for children; ‘Made up Mayhem’. Specialising in musical theatre and singing, Annie will be leading classes in term time as below:

The Little Apollos (ages 7-9)
Tuesdays from 5.15pm to 6.15pm (The Kursaal Room, Jeneses Arts Centre, Bognor Regis)

The Apollos (ages 10-13)
Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm (The Jubilee Room, Jeneses Arts Centre, Bognor Regis)

In 2020, we will extend the classes to offer an Adults Course.

For more information or to book your place, CLICK HERE.

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Hot off the Press: Dramatis receives funding to run first Outreach Workshop

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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.

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Hot Off the Press: Dramatis announces FOUR Summer Workshops!

With school holidays nearly upon us, Dramatis has announced four Summer workshops to keep children, teens (and adults!) entertained.

The programme begins on 12th August with ‘Begin to Act’; a drama workshop for adult beginners. Ideally suited to those who have never tried acting or those who have dabbled but are a bit rusty, this two hour workshop will explore the basics of acting, how to improvise, how to build a character and how to act from a script.

For the teenagers, a one day ‘Improv Masterclass’ will take place on 13th August, exploring what it takes to Improvise. There will be plenty of exercises, games and chances to put new skills into practice. Participants will work on creating their own improvised piece that will then be filmed.

For younger children, a 3 hour Movie Madness workshop on 15th August will provide the perfect opportunity for kids to get away from the TV screens and act out scenes from their favourite films in real life!

Children looking for a longer drama experience, can book on to the ‘Horrible Histories’ four day workshop. Participants will act, dance, sing and mime their way through history and work on a finale performance for parents and friends to see at the end of the week.

What are you waiting for? Book a Dramatis Summer Workshop to develop new skills, make new friends and above all, have fun!

For more information on the Adult Courses, click here.
For more information on the Teen and Children’s Workshops, click here.