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How can drama support a child’s Emotional Wellbeing?

Are you concerned about how the pandemic has affected your child’s emotional wellbeing?

You’re not alone! As revealed in this study by YoungMinds , many parents are worried about the impact Covid restrictions have on their children.

During this disruptive time, kids have missed out on school, had their hobbies and activities reduced, seen their friends less, spent more time online and ultimately have had to live in a time when the whole world has been turned on its head.

Whilst parents are doing all they can to support their children through “the current situation”, they’re only human and (on a day to day level) there’s only so many times anyone can hear “I’m bored” with a level of sympathy!

At Dramatis, we run courses and classes that not only keep children entertained but also help support their emotional wellbeing.  We’ve witnessed first-hand the life skills drama helps develop in our pupils. From confidence, communication and problems solving to self-expression, emotional regulation and empathy; drama has been shown to boost social, emotional and cognitive outcomes.

These outcomes are summed up best by the below infographic created by WeTheParents that lists 21 benefits (and the associated research) that drama can have on children.

Interested in booking your child onto one of our drama courses? Our Autumn term runs from 14th Sept to 18th December. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Learn more about the science-backed benefits of drama education at We The Parents.

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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: Dramatis Online launches because…The Show Must Go On!

In response to the current climate, Dramatis, we’ve adapted our programme and moved online. In addition to running discounted youth drama classes through Zoom, we’ve introduced a new (free!) adults play-reading group and a free video messaging service that people can use to send personalised messages to friends and family celebrating a special occasion.

Our new weekly Youth Drama online classes begin with a group Zoom session where students run through 15 minutes of warm up exercises together. Pupils then log back in at their allotted time for a 20 minute one-to-one session. During this, they are given a series of monologues and personalised tuition on skills that help them to get the most out of the text. At the end of the nine-week term, pupils perform a chosen monologue to camera. This ‘Self-Tape’ is uploaded to the Dramatis Online Stage (a You Tube account) so they can share their work with friends and family. With a recent report from Theatre Industry publication The Stage, confirming that ‘Self-Tapes’ are now the most favoured audition style required by Casting Agents and Drama Schools, it’s an excellent discipline for young students to get experience in. Prices for the nine-week term are just £60 (a 40% reduction on the usual price).

Currently there are three Youth Drama classes due to start at the end of April. The Globe group is for ages 10-12 and runs every Monday from 27th April to 22nd June (from 2.30pm). The Royal Court group is for ages 7-9 and runs every Tuesday from 28th April to 23rd June (from 2.30pm). The Barbican group is for ages 13 plus and runs every Friday from 1st May to 26th June (from 6pm).

To keep adults entertained and help ease the loneliness of social distancing, Dramatis is launching Wine and Wilde on Monday 4th May. This low pressure (and free!) play-reading group will bring people together via a Zoom each Monday at 7.30pm to read through a segment of an Oscar Wilde play together. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a glass of wine (or alternative beverage choice!) and enjoy a de-brief of the text together afterwards.

And to spread the joy of drama to the wider community, Dramatis principal (Suzy Duxbury), is running a free personalised video message service. Know someone who is celebrating a birthday or special occasion in isolation? Suzy will create a 30 second video message (in the style of a famous dramatic character!) for you to send them that will make their day! Choose from Poppy from Trolls, Long John Silver or Corona Caveman.

If you’d like to learn more about any of our online activities or sign up your child to a free online  taster session, please contact us on info@dramatis.co.uk

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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)