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Hot Off the Press: We’re BAAAAAAACCCCK!!!

Yep, that’s right friends – Dramatis in-person classes ARE BACK!

From September, we’ll be slowly re-introducing our classes and courses, in line with government regulations. However, having successfully moved to an online programme during lockdown, we are also in a great position to seamlessly transfer these classes and courses back to a Zoom format again if we need to.

For the Autumn term, we will be re-introducing our in-person Youth Drama Classes in Bognor Regis (at the Regis School) and also running an Adult Short Course in Bognor Regis (at The Regis Centre) and in Chichester (at Community Hall in Roussillon Park).

We have worked with all of our venue providers on risk assessments that ensure guidelines are followed.

All classes will be capped at ten pupils, follow social distancing rules and hand sanitiser will be provided at the start and end of classes.

Autumn Term for Youth Classes will run from 14th Sept to 18th Dec (with a break for half term in October). For more info CLICK HERE.

Our ten-week Adult Short Courses will also run from mid-September. For more info CLICK HERE.

We’re conscious that not everyone is comfortable with attending in-person classes just yet, so we are keeping our online Wine and Wilde play-reading group. This will now be run in blocks of 4 sessions on Friday evenings. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Thank you again to all our pupils, parents, teachers and venue suppliers for their support, patience and understanding over the past few months.

The show goes on… 😉

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Hot off the Press: Dramatis launches ONLINE Summer Programme!

Having adapted our normal programme and moved online in response to COVID-19, we have now welcomed nearly 50 Sussex residents for virtual drama classes and courses over the last two months!!! Whilst in-person classes will return once it is safe to do so, the incredible feedback from virtual students has led to us launching an Online Summer Programme to keep children, teenagers and adults entertained over the holidays.

Our new Online Summer Programme includes five-day workshops for children, three-day workshops for teenagers, and four-day courses for adults. All of these classes are run over Zoom, and include an element of working as a group, working alone and receiving individual, personalised tuition. They all culminate in a different type of filmed performance which is uploaded to The Dramatis Online Stage (a YouTube account) so participants can share with family and friends or use for future auditions.

Zoomaholiday is a five-day musical theatre workshop for children that will run twice over the summer. Designed for 7-12 year olds who are missing out on their normal family holiday, pupils go on a virtual adventure based around what happens when a glitch in the computer system means people can be uploaded to the internet and go anywhere they want! A week of online games, acting, singing and dancing culminates in pupils creating and filming a pioneering group performance.

Like the Pros is a three-day workshop for teenagers that will run twice over the summer. Ideal for young people who are missing their friends due to social distancing, this course helps pupils’ channel the monotony of lockdown as they work on two person-scenes from famous plays (His Dark Materials or The Jollies). Exploring techniques used by professional actors, they will create an exciting performance which is filmed. The resulting duologue can be used for future auditions.

The Actor’s Toolbox is a four-day course for adults that will run twice over the summer. Each course explores a different British Playwright (Oscar Wilde or Alan Ayckbourn). Participants will dissect the plays together; breaking down scenes to better understand the characters. The course culminates in participants pairing up to film duologues to camera.

For adults who are completely new to acting or nervous about committing to a course, the Wine and Wilde weekly FREE play-reading group is a perfect alternative. These 45-minute sessions take place over Zoom on Monday evenings. Participants are pre-assigned characters in scenes from an Oscar Wilde play (The Importance of Being Earnest) which they then read through as a small group. In keeping with the informal nature of the group, participants are encouraged to bring along a glass of wine or alternative beverage of choice.

If you would like to know more about any of these courses or classes, get in touch!

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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 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!