Our weekly workshops are an ideal environment for learning and practising dramatic skills.
The most important thing about our workshops is that they happen every week and everybody is welcome. They are an opportunity to practice, build confidence and have fun.
There are two separate workshops each week – for up-to-date information on workshop location, keep an eye on the Drama Society Workshop Facebook group:
Every Wednesday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Improv sessions led by professional improviser and UCL graduate, Jules Munns. More info on the way!
Alternating between every Thursday and Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location updated every week on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/641733425875744/
A note from Jasper Bartlett, our Workshops Coordinator:
This is less easily pigeonholed workshop led by me, Jasper Bartlett, possessor of several very fine looking school certificates for ‘effort’ and ‘progress’. In this potentially vague-sounding second workshop, we’re going to explore a lot of different things:
- Specific scene work
- Devise new material ourselves
- Mini performances
- Ideas and methods of influential theatre practitioners
- A wide range of drama games
- … and much more!
We will also regularly have some proper actor-type people come in and lead a Masterclass on a specific skill. Most recently, we had British film/TV actor and Complicite collaborator Tim McMullan lead a class on physical theatre skills.
Let me be a bit more specific. Here is an example of how a workshop might go:
Example workshop7:00pm – 7:15pm: We might kick off with 15 minutes of games just to get the juices flowing.
7:15pm – 7:30pm: Hand scripts for the scene/extract we’re focusing on and read it through.
7:30pm – 8:15pm: – Spend 45 minutes on exercises relating to the text – e.g. hot seat the characters or improvise situations outside of the confines of the script.
8:15pm – 9:00pm: Begin performing the piece, pausing regularly to swap actors, change character motivations and experiment in any way that the group can think of.
Tuesday evenings are a chance to break out of your type-cast, try out new material you’ve written and have a go at directing. You’ll improve by practice, watching others and getting feedback from the rest of the group. We’ll read loads of great film and play scripts and create material of our own. Then, when every session ends, we can head straight to Phineas for the weekly drama social!
IMPORTANT NOTE:At any point in the year, if there is something you want to see happen in a workshop, please please please let me (Jasper) know. We want to cover as broad a spectrum of material as we can and your input is essential in making that happen.
Details of what we’re doing each week (as well as location) will be posted on the workshops Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/641733425875744/