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”.
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 email@example.com.