Classes for Children
Drama is amazing fun, bringing dramatic situations and characters to life, playing with others to create imaginary worlds. But it’s not only fun; drama teaches children key communication skills. For example, in learning how to bring a text to life children also develop the skills to feel comfortable speaking up in public, clearly, expressively and persuasively. Again, in studying different characters children gain a greater sense of physical and spatial awareness - a more coordinated movement sense.
One of the most important lessons I learned from the drama lessons of my childhood was that everything we do in front of an audience communicates something and that we have the power to control what we communicate.
I believe that knowing this and knowing how to do this is important and empowering, and that is one reason why I am passionate about teaching children drama. The other reason is that it really is amazing fun!
After half term I will start teaching a regular drama class after school on Fridays. From January 2022 I will also be teaching a small exam class on Tuesdays after school, especially designed for preparing students to take graded London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) acting exams (see below for details). Children can take either classes or both.
Friday Drama Classes
From Friday 11th June, I will be teaching weekly drama classes for primary school aged children at Wanstead Quaker Meeting House, E11.
These are going to be fun and varied classes where the children will work individually and in groups with poems, prose and plays, with improvisation, mime and devising to learn and practice:
How to create a compelling character
How to build and tell a story
How to bring a text to life through the use of their body and voice, their use of the space and through expression and gesture
How to respond spontaneously when performing
How to support their voices and how to present themselves clearly and powerfully.
At the end of each term (Covid restrictions permitting) there will be an open class for family, sharing the work we have been doing.
The regular classes will be on Fridays during term time:
4-4.50pm for 6-8’s
5-5.50pm for 9-11’s
£7 per class paid half-termly - 10% sibling discount
LAMDA Exam Classes
These classes will begin in January 2022, after school on Tuesdays.
With a maximum of 6 children, each term will prepare the students for a LAMDA acting exam which will come at the end of the term. As with the regular classes, (Covid restrictions permitting) there will be an open sharing before the exam, where students will have an opportunity to perform their exam pieces to a family audience.
Preparing for and taking LAMDA Acting exams is great. Not only will children have their work seen and critiqued by an independent and internationally recognised judging body, the skills that they learn along the way will be invaluable throughout life.
The process of finding a piece to perform that the student likes and that suits them, and then learning how to bring it to life compellingly and consistently is a huge achievement - one that brings pride and confidence.
This exam class can be taken independently and for itself. It could also be taken in addition to the Friday drama classes. Also, children could miss one term of regular drama classes to take an exam with the Tuesday group and then return to regular classes on Fridays.
Because the exam class has to be very small (to properly prepare the students for the exams), the fees for the class are higher unfortunately - I have kept it as low as I could to make it feasible:
£10 per class paid termly - 10% sibling discount.
There is nothing I know that is quite like the thrill that you get when you learn how to see through a character’s eyes or feel the things that they feel. At heart, the very process of acting is life-affirming, joyful and exhilarating.