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

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 Your Voice’ 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 Your Voice’ 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.

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Hot off the Press: Dramatis to celebrate First Anniversary with ‘An Evening Soirée’!

Nope, we can’t quite believe it either!

To celebrate our first anniversary, we’re holding an evening of after-dinner entertainment at the Jeneses Arts Centre.

Learn more about the school and our future plans, enjoy two short performances from the Dramatis adults drama group, chat with other local residents over a glass of wine and music from a young musician AND raise money for a Bognor Regis charity. What more reason do you need to switch off the tv and come spend an evening with us instead?!

The first performance is a rehearsed reading. Written by members of Act Your Age (our sociable adults drama group), performers will read through their Sci-Fi/Comedy script based on what happens when the whole world loses their sight.

The second devised performance centres around three women who, while sorting through their recently deceased mother’s belongings, stumble across an object that wreaks havoc.

These performances will be followed by a wine reception.  Accompanied by live music from local musician, Isaiah Brown, it’s a perfect setting for guests to meet and chat with other members of the community!

Tickets are just £5 and include two glasses of wine per person and a £2 donation to Bognor Regis Pier Watch, the local charity that works to protect the Grade II listed building for future generations.

For more information and to buy your ticket, click here.

Hope to see you there!