Led by a trained and experienced professional actor this workshop will engage the group in a variety of exercises and offer an introduction to numerous theatrical styles and techniques including characterisation, improvisation, performance styles, vocal techniques, working with text, devising and directing.
We can structure the workshops around a specific theme (if you wish) to introduce a group to a particular subject matter in a unique way. We can also tailor this workshop to focus on how to use body language and voice in the workplace to help prepare a group for interviews or presentations.
Ranging from one hour, to one day, to a series of sessions these workshops teach the basic elements of drama and how anyone can enjoy them! We are more than happy to alter the content and focus of the workshops to support any course criteria or syllabus that the group may already be working with. Starting with drama games, movement exercises and group work you will loosen up and relax before participating in a series of drama based exercises and learning about a variety of techniques and styles. We will teach them how to devise their own drama pieces, how to successfully create a character, how to make a script come to life, how to use comedy and how to improvise. We also include voice training and techniques on how to use posture and physicality in performance. When booking your workshop please let us know if you have any specific requirements and we will tailor the workshop to suit you. Whatever the content is your group will have learnt a lot (and thoroughly enjoyed themselves) by the end of the workshop.
The Drama workshop leaders
Our Drama tutors are all professionally trained in the Performing Arts and hold degrees from institutions such as the Birmingham School of Acting and Paul McCartney's famous Institute of Performing Arts. They are all highly trained in various different acting techniques and styles such as improvisation, working with text, physical theatre, Shakespeare and Ancient Greek theatre. Many of our tutors have toured the UK and Europe performing and delivering acting lessons and workshops.
Scheme of work
To enable all participants to successfully engage with the drama forum, increase their confidence and have them perform to each other.
- Learning specific skills – comedy, improvisation, characterisation, still images, how to use their voice and body
- Confidence boosting – through games and group work and a safe environment everyone will go away feeling they have achieved something
- Learning group work – an essential part of drama, they will learn how to co-operate and listen within any group setting
- Transferable skills for the workplace - through Forum Theatre and Role-play participants will learn how to behave in work situations
Highlights of the workshop:
- Every student will be able to perform to each other their own devised piece of drama. This always creates a buzz and gives them a sense of ownership.
- Build confidence and perform to one another.
- Discover new skills and ideas or work on develop an existing talent.
- Talk freely with a professional actor who can offer valuable advice and encouragement
- Learn about new subject matter in a fun and engaging environment.
All participants will have the opportunity to:
- Devise their own piece of drama
- Learn and take part in some fun games
- Create a character
- Learn how to improvise
- Understand how their body and voice work
Evidence of participation
Many youth schemes require evidence of learners' participation and achievements in wider learning projects to contribute to the young person's file or CV. Top Dog can support this by providing a Top Dog Certificate of Achievement.