We are now able to offer workshops in Drama, Singing and Dance in your school!
In September 2014, we started running workshops for Year 5 & 6 children at Gosforth East Middle School. In 2015 we added a class for years 7 & 8 as well as continuing the work we already do with years 5 & 6.
These workshops are designed to equip the young drama enthusiast with a basic grounding in practical drama skills, as well as improving confidence with teamwork and communication skills at the heart of everything we do.
All these skills are vital not only for those wishing to go on to perform on stage, but are applicable in most careers and day to day life.
These workshops can be tailored to your schools’ individual requirements for example workshops based on a specific theme to tie in with your curriculum and can be delivered to any age group by our team of specialist facilitators- all our staff are DBS checked and hold a current Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate.
Forging links with First Act Theatre has enormous advantages to your students and school; we are based in the Jubilee Theatre, a professionally equipped Grade II listed proscenium arch Theatre. We produce up to 4 large scale productions a year (musicals and plays), and there is always the opportunity to audition for these. We provide weekly workshops in dance, devising, singing, script writing and we also teach nationally recognised LAMDA examinations in Musical Theatre and Monologues and scenes. One off ‘masterclasses’ are also organised with industry practitioners in musical theatre and drama.
Please do get in touch with us if you would like to know more about what First Act can provide for you, and we can arrange to deliver a presentation or assembly for students at your school.
ACTING AND IMPROVISATION: AN INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA
These workshops are designed to be fun and engaging with the aim of providing a basic grounding in the vital skills needed for live performance. Team work is an integral part of these workshops and include lots of drama based games to meliorate key skills. Devising is another key component to these workshops at a basic level, as it helps to build communication skills whilst letting imagination and creativity flow . These workshops are highly adaptable and can be tailored to any year group. We usually run these workshops in terms of 10 or 12 weeks (one hour per week), and the can be provided at very competitive rates.
Our facilitators are available to come into your schools for a day to deliver drama workshops on a set theme to enrich a particular topic or part of your curriculum, or as part of a themed week or simply to learn more about drama. Please contact us for further information.
Classes consist of learning dance styles ranging from contemporary, modern, ballet and musical theatre with influences from many different performance artists and shows.The classes also incorporate technique styles that are delivered and taught through phrases and routines.Students are also encouraged to devise and choreograph their own material which is worked into pieces that are created in class time. This allows students to explore their own creative flare whilst improving confidence and flow with performing and dancing.
Group singing class that covers a wide range of material from Popular Music such as ‘We are Young’ by Fun and Musical theatre songs such as ‘Seasons of Love’ from Rent to Choral Music by John Rutter. As well as the music we teach several fun warm up songs, technique work on breathing and posture, harmony work, acting through song and performance. These can be tailored to work towards and end performance on a theme selected by the school or us. We can also offer more intensive higher level solo work for more advanced students where required.
Our facilitators can work with students and prepare them to take LAMDA exams in Acting, Group Acting, Devising, or Musical Theatre.
LAMDA examinations in Acting use the preparation and performance of dramatic scenes to support the development of self-confidence and communication skills. By portraying other characters, learners can explore a range of different personalities and emotions, which in turn makes them more emotionally aware and empathetic.Exploring different characters also allows learners to get to the heart of how feelings and emotions dictate behaviour, encouraging them to become more self-aware. As with all LAMDA examinations, the development of a clear speaking voice and good body language are an integral and positive product of the exams.
LAMDA examinations in Musical Theatre help students to develop their acting and singing skills. Like Acting exams, they encourage empathy and self-awareness, as learners are required to present believable characters through both acting and song.
LAMDA examinations in Group Acting help students to explore style, character, subtext and context in order to realise the specific demands of the text and engage with character and situation in order to create a sense of reality. They will build skills in voice, diction and movement, create relationships between characters, and shrae responsibility for the performance in order to communicate as a group.
LAMDA examinations in Group Devising will also help students to achieve the same skill set as Group Acting, but also learn how to work together to devise a dramatic performance in a group with a defined dramatic shape and structure
LAMDA exams are recognised by UCAS and points are awarded for LAMDA exams. This means that achievements in the LAMDA exams will count towards university applications. LAMDA’s Level 3 and above are recognised qualifications are included in the current UCAS Tariff. For example a distinction at a Grade 6 exam is awarded 40 points, the same as a grade C at GCSE.