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Hot off the Press: Dramatis introduces Playdates to help keep children connected with their friends

With Lockdown 2 meaning children can no longer socialise with their friends after school or take part in their usual extra-curricular activities, Dramatis community drama school has introduced online Dramatis Playdates. These one-hour sessions bring together four friends via Zoom for a playdate led by Dramatis. Children are given a series of drama-based games and exercises to play with their friends whilst parents enjoy an hour to themselves as their kids are being (productively) entertained!

Having moved their programme online in the first lockdown, Dramatis has now welcomed over 75 Sussex adults and children for virtual drama classes and courses. This experience with their private groups means they can now extend their services to be able to offer this more flexible Playdate format.

As Dramatis Principal, Suzy Duxbury, explains: “Play is such an integral part of a child’s development; it lays the foundations for literacy and encourages communication and spontaneity. With children no longer able to play and socialise the way they used to, our Playdates bring friendship groups together safely so children can improve their social, emotional and cognitive skills and most importantly have some fun with their friends!

Playdates are themed around a specific story and begin with some icebreaker games so Suzy can get to know the children, and vice versa. Having discussed the story plot, children are assigned drama-based exercises to develop their knowledge of the characters. They work in pairs and as a group of four as they go on to devise a short performance that is recorded and can be shown to parents.

Playdates are for friendship groups of four children aged 5 to 11. Younger age groups are themed around ‘Wonderful Walliams’ exploring stories by David Walliams, while older groups are based around ‘Riotous Roald’ and texts by Roald Dahl. One hour sessions cost £30 (for all 4 children).

For more information CLICK HERE

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Hot off the press: Dramatis launches FREE Half Term Workshops !

Do you have a child that likes acting, drama and performing? Are you looking for something for them to do in the half term holidays?

Then consider Dramatis Community Drama school! We are the only performing arts school in Bognor Regis and Chichester offering pure drama as a subject and this Autumn half term, we want to give as many children as we can the opportunity to take part in one of our FREE drama workshops.

Let’s face it, the past year hasn’t been easy on our children so we want to give your little ones a fun experience to remember 2020 by!

Come and join us, as we jump into the imaginary world of Disney, Pixar and Harry Potter. We will be playing games, acting out scenes and even using props and costume as we arrive at “Platform nine and three quarters” to go “inside out” and get “tangled” up in some acting fun!

WORKSHOP ONE: “Disney Dreams”
Thursday 29th October
Ages 5-6
9.00am to 10.30am
The Regis School, Westloats Lane, Bognor Regis, PO22 5LH

WORKSHOP TWO: “Pixar Party”
Thursday 29th October
Ages 7-9
10.45am to 12.15pm
The Regis School, Westloats lane, Bognor Regis, PO22 5LH

WORKSHOP THREE: “Journey to Hogwarts”
Thursday 29th October
Ages 10-12
12.45pm to 2.15pm
The Regis School, Westloats lane, Bognor Regis, PO22 5LH

Please note that spaces are limited!  Do get in touch via email info@dramatis.co.uk or contact us 07540792849 to book your spot.

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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)