DRAMA IN THE COMMUNITY
Bringing Drama and theatre to the community is beneficial in many ways, not just for an audience that would not normally have access to the theatre for instance, but also for the performers themselves who gain from both the experience of performing (that is: higher levels of confidence and self-esteem; greater communication skills; team working, and the enjoyment of performing), as well as learning more about themselves (including: how they see themselves, how they see society, and how society sees them). By exploring issues with psycho- and socio-drama (using exercises such as improvisation and role-play), thought processes, prejudices, and the behaviours of groups and individuals can be challenged. These issues and their effects can be presented to an audience by creating a piece of theatre. Issues can also be explored within an already written theatrical text, thereby giving the audience a greater understanding of the play and any messages within the play, by using drama exercises in focus groups.
DRAMA AS A POWERFUL FORCE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF LITERACY
Drama is an activity which enables children and young people to develop their communication skills through a range of different learning styles. The process has been shown to have a direct impact on participants’ language and literacy. By using professional actors to read carefully selected extracts from plays, novels and short stories, we demonstrate the powerful way in which language engages the imagination when expressed in a physical and visual context. The workshops aim to motivate students of all abilities by increasing their awareness and command of the written and spoken word. As well as dramatised readings we use drama-based techniques to develop self-expression, including working in role, story-telling and group interaction.
DRAMA IN BUSINESS
Drama can play an important part in business, not only in the form of training (using role-plays for example), but also as exercises for improving communication skills for those addressing large audiences, in person, or to a video camera. We use our experience gained from acting and directing, for role-play/training seminars as well as using drama exercises when directing and coaching for corporate events.