Communication is the superhero cape that every student deserves to wear, and guess what? Drama and performing arts are the secret training grounds for these caped crusaders of conversation! In a world where our heads are buried in smartphones, drama steps up to the stage, providing face-to-face interaction that we might be missing in our digital age.
Drama isn't just about acting out scenes or nailing a performance; it's a dynamic playground where students can break free from their online bubbles, connect with diverse personalities, and discover the superpowers within themselves. It's the ultimate crash course in life skills – from acing presentations to asking someone on a date or confidently chatting with your bank manager.
But drama isn't just a one-trick pony. It's about listening, a skill that's more crucial than ever. Forget about just making shows; drama teaches you to find your voice and truly hear others. It's a superhero team-up of communication skills, and the spotlight isn't reserved for the star; it's for everyone.
Alex Howe, founder of TheatreComms, talks about the many benefits of enrolling your child into a drama course:
“From Silent Dinner Tables to Centre Stage: The Drama Effect!
Drama education isn't just a game; it's a transformative journey. One student, once a silent dinner table dweller, found herself leading a group in an improvisation task. Fast forward, she's centre stage at the end-of-year show, leaving her mother astounded at the remarkable change in her behavior. Another duo, twins with ASD, saw not only improvements in drama class but a boost in their school grades and behavior.
It's not a magic trick, but it might as well be. Drama has the power to make students feel seen and heard, and that newfound confidence doesn't just stay on the stage – it rockets into every aspect of their lives. Grades can go up, participation in class can soar, and the once-shy students find new ways to express themselves.
Drama Class: Where Confidence Takes Centre Stage!
In the drama class dojo, every exercise is a step towards building a communication ninja. Physical and vocal warm-ups kick things off, ensuring everyone's ready for the challenges ahead. Fun games bookmark the session, making sure the routine is not just educational but downright enjoyable.
Exercises like physical theatre games enhance eye contact and body language, while spoken word games turn vocabulary into an art form. Intonation games? They're the secret weapon for changing the meaning of words and tones, adding a touch of drama to the communication game.
Respect, Facilitation, and No Mistakes: The Drama Class Trinity!
Fostering a supportive environment isn't rocket science; it's drama science. Respect, facilitation, and the belief that there are no mistakes – that's the magic formula. Drama class is a space where there's no wrong way, only different ways to learn and improve. Students play an active role, debating plays and sometimes even delving into the political implications of the scripts – because drama isn't just about acting, it's about understanding and expressing.
Positive feedback becomes the currency of the drama realm. What did you like about that scene? What could be improved? How can you incorporate these lessons into your own work? It's a recipe for mutual respect and a class that naturally matures into a space where every voice is heard without the need for raised hands.
Beyond the Stage: Drama as a Life Skill!
Drama is not a spotlight; it's a life skill. In a world where the arts face cutbacks, drama steps in as the unsung hero. It's not just about big, bold performances; it's a haven for students to discover themselves without the fear of judgment.
The benefits are endless – effective speaking, improved mental wellness, emotional intelligence, and the art of listening. Drama class isn't just a weekly routine; it's a journey towards becoming a communication superhero. So, let's not underestimate the power of drama – it's not just a class; it's a ticket to a world where everyone's voice deserves to be heard!”
TheatreComms is a new drama workshop launching in West Ealing this February Half Term.
Address: 3rd Floor (above Sainsbury’s), 2 St James’ Avenue, London W13 9DJ
For bookings email Alex on email@example.com or go through the website.
February Half Term Holidays
Juniors (7-12yrs) 12-14 Feb 9am-3pm
Seniors (12-16yrs) 15-16 Feb 9am-3pm
Easter Holiday Dates
Juniors (7-12yrs) 8-10 April 9am-3pm
Seniors (12-16yrs) 11-12 April 9am-3pm