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Free Taster sessions to celebrate the return of Act Your Age!

With lockdown restrictions lifting on 19th July, we’re delighted to confirm that our in-person drama group for adults will re-start again in September!

Act Your Age is perfect for those who are nervous about performing on stage or learning lines as the focus is on bringing together like-minded people who are keen to explore the world of acting through script reading.

Each week, we’ll work through different scripts from the worlds of TV, Film and Theatre and will also take part in some drama based games and activities. Led by Dramatis Principal, Suzy Duxbury, sessions will include some drama theory as well as tips and tricks.

Act Your Age runs in 3 month terms, and the upcoming Autumn Term (incorporating September, October and November) starts on Wednesday 8th September.

A Morning session runs in Bognor Regis (at the Regis Centre) and an Evening session runs in Chichester (at Roussilion Park). Each term (which consists of approximately 12 sessions) costs £180.

To celebrate the return of in-person get togethers, we’re running two FREE TASTER sessions (one in Bognor and one in Chichester) on Wednesday 18th August! This gives you the opportunity to come along and try it out for yourself. No pressure to sign up, just come along and give it a whirl!

To confirm your attendance at a FREE TASTER sessions OR to book for the full Autumn term, please see our BOOKINGS page.

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Keep your kids occupied at our Summer Holiday Workshop!

After rave reviews of our Easter Holiday workshop, ‘Can’t Stop the Beat’, we’re excited to announce our next Holiday Workshop. Darstardly Descendents will keep kids aged 8-11 entertained over the Summer break and give parents a break from the “I’m bored” chorus that often hits homes around mid August!

Our Holiday workshops are lots of fun, with a range of games and exercises to encourage positive play between children. They are also great for bringing kids out of their shell and building confidence.

But don’t just take our word for it, here are a couple of the things parents of previous pupils from our holiday workshops have said:

“You’ve definitely brought out a beautiful new side to her. I swear it’s like looking at a different child! Thank you so much, I can’t wait to see how she progresses”
Christina (Mother of Megan)

She has repeatedly said she doesn’t want the week to end and how glad she is she is doing the workshop. Thank you!”
Ruth (Mother of Eva)

Our Darstardly Descendents workshop is based around a well known film about the trouble-making children of some pretty famous villains. From Jafar’s son (in Aladdin) and the Evil Queen’s daughter (in Snow White) to Cruella’s son (in 101 Dalmatians) to the daughter of Maleficent (in Maleficent), the workshop offers pupils’ the perfect opportunity to learn about character development.

Alongside drama games and exercises that include improvisation and role play, pupils will work towards putting on their own performance at the end of the week that will be filmed so family members can see what they’ve been up to.

Mon 9th to Fri 13th August 2021
9.30am – 3.30pm
The Regis School, Bognor Regis
Ages 8-11
£150 per child
To secure your spot, visit our BOOKINGS page.

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Plays and Pinot: SUMMER SEASON PLAYS ANNOUNCED!

Since initially launching our online playreading group (at the start of lockdown), it has gone from strength to strength. So much so that we’re now running multiple sessions throughout the week!

We will release the various plays, dates and times each quarter so participants can block their diaries in advance!

The Summer Season (incorporating May, June and July) is below.

Mrs Warren’s Profession
Monday Afternoons (1.30pm to 2.15pm)
Mon 10 May to Mon 31 May
Written by George Bernard Shaw in 1893 and first performed in London in 1902, Mrs. Warren’s Profession is about a former prostitute, now a madam, who attempts to come to terms with her disapproving daughter. For more info about this play, CLICK HERE

A Chorus of Disapproval
Thursday Evenings (7.30pm to 8.20pm)
Thurs 3 June to Thurs 24 June
A diffident widower attempts to escape loneliness by joining the local amateur light operatic society. By accident rather than by design (in fact, by not saying “no” to anything be it a request to obtain confidential information from his company or an offer of illicit sex) he advances from a small part to the lead. For more info about this play, CLICK HERE

Bedroom Farce
Monday Afternoons (1.30pm to 2.15pm)
Mon 5 July to Mon 26 July
Trevor and Susannah, whose marriage is on the rocks, inflict their miseries on their nearest and dearest: three couples whose own relationships are tenuous at best. Taking place sequentially in the three beleaguered couples’ bedrooms during one endless Saturday night of co-dependence and dysfunction, beds, tempers, and domestic order are ruffled, leading all the players to a hilariously touching epiphany. For more info about this play, CLICK HERE

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thursday Evenings (7.30pm to 8.20pm)
Thurs 8 July to Thurs 29 July
This popular Shakespearean comedy needs no real introduction! The play is set in Athens, and consists of several subplots that revolve around the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta. One subplot involves a conflict between four Athenian lovers. Another follows a group of six amateur actors rehearsing the play which they are to perform before the wedding. Both groups find themselves in a forest inhabited by fairies who manipulate the humans and are engaged in their own domestic intrigue. For more info about this play, CLICK HERE

For more information, see the PLAYS AND PINOT section of the website.
To secure your space, see the BOOKINGS section of the website.

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We’re returning IN REAL LIFE!

Hurrah! The moment we’ve all been waiting for – Dramatis is returning to an IN REAL LIFE format!

Whilst it’s been lots fun adapting to online classes (which have brought out new levels of creativity in our teachers and pupils alike!) we can’t lie: we’ve missed our face to face lessons.

So, in accordance with the latest government guidelines, we’re delighted to be bringing back our Youth Drama Programme next month. Social Distancing rules will remain in place (which you can read about here).

We have a Holiday Workshop lined up from Mon 12th to Fri 16th April and then the Summer term for Drama Lessons will begin on Mon 19th April.

The Easter half-term workshop, ‘Can’t Stop the Beat’, will be a performing arts extravaganza of acting, singing, dancing and playing games based around three well-loved musicals – Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast and Hercules. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

The Summer term drama lessons will culminate with each lesson group doing a class performance (that will be filmed and uploaded to the Dramatis Online Stage for family and friends to enjoy). To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Please note, since Social Distancing guidelines mean we can only bring together 15 children at a time, workshop and class places are limited, so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!

The Adult Drama Programme will remain online for now (with the continuation of Plays and Pinot playreading sessions) but we will start to transition back to real-life classes once guidelines allow.

We can’t wait to see all your faces again IRL!

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Dramatis featured on BBC South!

Yes, you heard correctly! Yesterday saw us make our TV debut with a feature on BBC South Today!

Having been quick to adapt to a virtual format when the first lockdown was announced, over the past 12 months, we’ve run a range of online activities to help support local children with their mental wellbeing. It was great to see all the hard work put in by our teachers, pupils and parents alike recognised in this news segment:

The BBC report focused on our Winter Term classes which were based on a script devised by Dramatis principal, Suzy Duxbury. ‘Willy Wonka’s Lockdown Madness’ was written to help children express their frustrations and fears surrounding the pandemic as well as provide them with some much-needed social interaction with their peers.

As Suzy explained, “Like everyone, I was concerned with how the pandemic was affecting children and so reached out to an online parenting group to get a better understanding of how kids were being impacted and where Dramatis could best support”. A common concern was “a change in behaviour”, with some children becoming “increasingly withdrawn” and others having “uncharacteristic outbursts”. Parents cited a “lack of structured activities” and “ongoing absence of friends” as possible causes as well as the “struggle for children to explain how they feel”.

As a result, Dramatis devised tailored scripts for children to work on as part of their Winter Term classes which culminated in filmed performances of ‘Willy Wonka’s Lockdown Madness’. The Spring Term, which concludes next week, will see children perform ‘Lucy’s Adventures in Zoomland’, another script created to help explore changing emotions in relation to the lockdown.

Eva, one of the pupils who took part in the BBC filming explained: “‘it was great to work through a new script that felt relevant today and it was fun trying new characters”.

We’ve had some lovely feedback about the feature, with many pupils excited to have some fun news to share with their friends in the playground as they return to school this week. For others, its given them a taste of stardom, that will no doubt motivate their drama performances in the future!

A huge thank you to Pete Doherty from the BBC team, for helping spread the word about Dramatis and for guiding us through the process of making our TV screen debut!

We will be announcing Summer Term dates in the coming weeks, but if you have a child who can’t wait to get going, check out our upcoming Easter Workshop (‘Can’t Stop the Beat’) which will run from Monday 12th April to Friday 16th April (and will be our first IN PERSON activity since last year!)