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Dramatis to celebrate World Kindness Day!

As a Drama School with “a Heart for All Ages”, we believe that by creating a kind and supportive environment, we build confidence in pupils of all ages. This naturally leads to them performing better, whether that be on stage or in daily life.

From our Teaching Style and Exam Curriculum to Community Performances and Outreach Programme, we pro-actively work to create a kind and supportive environment across all aspects of the school. You can learn more about these activities on our ETHOS page.

We are supported in this mission by our partners, The School of Kindness. This charitable organisation works with thousands of children every year to empower them to spread kindness.  

Saturday 13th November is World Kindness Day – an important day in our respective calendars!

World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organisation formed at a 1997 Tokyo conference of like-minded kindness organisations from around the world. There are currently over 28 nations involved with this event that isn’t associated with any religion or political movement. In the UK, Kindness Day UK is organised by Kindness UK, a not for profit organisation. Kindness Day UK was launched on 13th November 2010, and the event has continued to grow in popularity every year with increasing numbers of individuals, schools, charities, institutions and businesses taking part. Anybody wishing to take part in World Kindness Day or Kindness Day UK can pledge a good deed or random acts of kindness via the Kindness Day website.

In celebration of World Kindness Day, Dramatis will be running a variety of activities to spread the Kindness message!  

For our Youth progamme, we will be using resources from the School of Kindness into our lesson plans in the week leading up to the big day. Essentially, we will be using acting to help pupils explore what it truly means to be kind.

Games will include the ‘Empty Space Game’ (in which pupils sit in a circle and invite other pupils they don’t know as well to come and sit with them whilst offering a positive reason why they’ve selected them) and the ‘Kindness Fruit Salad’ (in which a series of kind deeds are read out and pupils move around the room according to which ones they’ve done recently).

Role Plays will include daily life scenarios in which pupils will act as different characters to explore why they may have been behaving in a certain way – were they bad people or just scared or misunderstood? Discussions will lead towards the role of kindness in helping resolve conflicts and stressful situations.

Pupils will also work on a Dramatis kindness collage made up of compliments pupils have said about each other. A copy will be given to all pupils to take home.

For our Adult programme, we will be encouraging pupils (both in class and via social media) to pledge a kind deed or act of kindness by heading to the Pledge page of the Kindness UK website.

We will be sharing our World Kindness Day activities via social media so keep your eyes peeled!

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Dramatis partners with the School of Kindness

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with the School of Kindness; an organisation that echoes our ethos perfectly.

As the “Drama School with a Heart for all ages”, Dramatis is a multi-generational drama school rooted in Kindness.  We strongly believe that by creating a kind and supportive environment, we build confidence in pupils of all ages. This naturally leads to them performing better, whether that be on the stage or in daily life.

To help us create this environment across all aspects of the business (and especially with our youth pupils), we have partnered with the School of Kindness which aims to “spread kindness and empower children by helping them to realise that the little choices they make every day have the power to change people’s lives, improve their own health and well-being, and ultimately change the world”. The organisation believes that kind is the most important thing a child can be and they help to create a culture of kindness in schools across the UK by delivering free workshops, resources and lesson plans. They also provide financial support for the delivery of small projects in schools.

As Suzy Duxbury, Dramatis Principal explains: “We are super excited to be partnering with the School of Kindness and have numerous activities in the pipeline which we look forward to sharing with our pupils in due course!”.

Greig Trout, Director of Kindness at the School of Kindness adds: “Through our work, we help children to understand the effect kindness can have on themselves, on others and on the world. Whilst we normally focus on primary schools, we are excited to be partnering with Dramatis Community Drama School to help them in their aims to pro-actively create a kind and supportive environment that their pupils of all ages can thrive in”.

The School of Kindness is part of the 52 Lives charity. 52 Lives aims to change people’s lives and spread kindness with the help of almost 100,000 supporters around the world. What began as some weekly school kindness workshops has grown into a whole suite of projects and resources to help schools encourage kindness and, most importantly, help children to understand the effect kindness can have on themselves, on others and on the world.

For more information, visit https://schoolofkindness.org/

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Ten things for kids to do in (or near) Bognor Regis this summer

The holidays are here and whilst parents might initially be excited to see the back of the school run and kids happy to be out of the classroom, households across Sussex will soon be filled with the sounds of “I’m Borrrrrreed”.

So, we’ve put together 10 suggestions of activities your kids can take part in this summer that should soon put a smile back on everyone’s face!

In no particular order:

Air Arena trampoline park
With 74 trampolines, interactive activities and tasty food, this trampoline park in the heart of Chichester, will soon stop them bouncing off your walls!
For more info, CLICK HERE

The Base Skate Park
Set up in 2013 by two local parents who were desperate to find their children somewhere safe to skate, The Base now offers a welcoming environment for young people to practice their skills.
For more info, CLICK HERE

Amberley Museum
Located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, at Amberly museum kids can travel back in time and explore the South’s working past in a 36 acre former quarry and limeworks with interactive displays and activities.
For more info, CLICK HERE

Arundel Wetland Centre
Bring the wild to your staycation with a wetland adventure this summer. Get closer to nature, see unforgettable sights and leave the outside world behind. With wide-open spaces and wetlands full of the sights and sounds of nature, there’s plenty to see and do including a 20 minute guided boat safari.
For more info, CLICK HERE

Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT)
CCDT owns and manages community buildings and land, safe-guarding these important spaces for the community, and reinvesting profits to create long-term economic, social and environmental benefits. They also run regular activities, classes and events throughout the year at their venues, both for residents and the wider Chichester community. In August, they’re running a Family Upcycling event giving people ideas and inspiration to make something new from something old.
For more info, CLICK HERE

Flip Out
Flip Out Chichester is the biggest Adventure Trampoline Park in Sussex with lots of attractions to entertain the whole family. As well as the trampolines you can also enjoy an amazing Ninja Assault Course, Wipe Out, Dropslide, 3 floors of Soft Play and much more!
For more info, CLICK HERE

South Downs Planetarium Science Centre
The South Downs Planetarium Trust is run by a dedicated team of volunteers and astronomy enthusiasts who have a passion for science and education and believe that learning should be fun! They opened to the public in 2001 and are one of the largest Planetariums in the British Isles. Every month, they provide public shows where visitors can experience the magic of the night sky with expert live commentary from one of their expert astronomers.
For more info, CLICK HERE

Harbour Park
Based in Littlehampton, Harbour Park offers a day out by the beach for younger families. The rides and attractions are designed for families with children between the ages of 2-12 and there are also great places to eat as well as traditional arcade games in the Arcade. It’s a great place to gently introduce your children to the delights of fun rides.
For more info, CLICK HERE

Out of Bounds
Over in Angmering, this all-weather entertainment centre offers indoor and outdoor activities for all ages including Adventure Golf, Foot/Disc Golf, Adventure Nets, Jumping Pillows, Clip ‘n Climb, Ten Pin Bowling, Soft Play and Open Laser Tag. Perfect for an active day out!
For more info, CLICK HERE.

Dramatis Holiday Workshop
Well, we couldn’t leave ourselves off the list 😉 Our Holiday Workshops are perfect for keeping boredom at bay! Whilst they all include games and activities to ensure children make new friends and develop their social skills, these five-day workshops are focused on a performance that pupils present at the end of the week. This summer, the theme is “Dastardly Descendants” which will means activities will be based around the trouble-making children of some pretty famous villains.
For more info, CLICK HERE

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Plays and Pinot: AUTUMN SEASON PLAYS ANNOUNCED

We’re giving our Plays and Pinot participants August off but are excited to announce the next season of plays!

The Autumn Season (incorporating Sept, Oct and Nov) is below with links so you can explore the play further and book your place.

Arrivals and Departures (by Alan Ayckbourn)
Thursday Lunchtimes (1.30pm to 2.15pm)
Thurs 2nd to Thurs 23rd Sept
To learn more about this play, CLICK HERE
To book, CLICK HERE

Habeas Corpus (by Alan Bennett)
Thursday Lunchtimes (1.30pm to 2.15pm)
Thurs 7th Oct to Thurs 28th Oct
To learn more about this play, CLICK HERE
To book, CLICK HERE

The Comedy of Errors (by William Shakespeare)
Monday Lunchtimes (1.30pm to 2.15pm)
Mon 1st to Mon 22nd Nov
To learn more about this play, CLICK HERE
To book, CLICK HERE

Neighbourhood Watch (by Alan Ayckbourn)
Thursday Lunchtimes (1.30pm to 2.15pm)
Thurs 4th to Thurs 25th Nov
To learn more about this play, CLICK HERE
To book, CLICK HERE

Blithe Spirit (by Noel Coward)
Thursday Evenings (7.30pm to 8.15pm)
Thurs 4th to Thurs 25th Nov
To learn more about this play, CLICK HERE
To book, CLICK HERE

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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.