Our drama workshops are designed to be fun, varied and challenging.
Sessions for 7-11 year olds, at primary level, last for one hour and encourage teamwork, imagination and confidence. For most participants of this age, this is their first taste of drama, so fun and enjoyment are essential elements of our sessions. Enjoyment leads to confidence, which is a huge advantage to us all when performing on stage, or just living life!
We have workshops for 11-13 year olds and 14-18 year olds. These sessions last for 90 minutes once a week during school term times.
Typically, we would begin with warm-ups and theatre games, then move on to the ‘meat’ of the workshop. This could be script work, exploring certain theatre techniques, improvisation or setting challenges to students who might work together in small groups in order to present a piece of work to the others towards the end of the workshops.
Students are monitored closely whilst they rehearse and are encouraged to push themselves as far as possible in terms of energy and imagination. Stage time is shared out as equally as possible, avoiding any ‘star system’.
Students regularly receive immediate feedback, which is as honest as we dare make it!
Having been chosen by the London Borough of Bromley to facilitate a summer production of The Wizard of Oz, we have gone on to offer a full-time week to students at Theatre 62 (sponsored by Lloyds TSB) and also at the Millennium Forum Theatre in Derry (various sponsors) for several years.
The most memorable summer school was ‘Five Fantastic Days in July’ at St. Cecelia’s College in Derry where we wowed audiences with an hour long devised piece of theatre called ‘Long Road’.
Personal tutorials are reserved for those who wish to audition for drama schools or university drama degrees.
We will help students find the right material to show them at their best.
We have enjoyed a high success rate with young people successfully gaining places at LAMDA, RADA, The Oxford School of Acting, GSA, East15 and Arts Ed.
Tuition fees are £30 per hour.
On a non-regular basis, we have organised adult weekend workshops over 2 days at Theatre 62 and also for the W.I. in Surrey.
These have ranged from acting techniques to Shakespeare.
Occasionally we will offer a 2 hour workshop on a Friday evening also.
In alliance with Gainsborough Training Company we specialize in confidence building, presentation skills, networking and team building sessions for those in the corporate workplace such as banks, design companies etc.
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Co-directors Janice Smallman and Richard Huw founded DramaLab in 2000.
DramaLab has public liability insurance and a child protection policy.
The directors hold enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) certificates.
Copies of all these documents are available to view in the workshops on request.
DramaLab is a member of the NAYT (National Association of Youth Theatres)
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