If you are looking for an activity for young people that is highly stimulating, captures the imagination, boosts self-confidence helps with making new friends and is great fun, then Newave Theatre Education may well be it…
Drama with Newave Theatre Education focuses on devised work and performance skills. Work on the chosen theme is developed through a series of task-based workshops using various stimuli to generate material. Short scenes or sketches are created in small groups, and work is then shown back to the drama group where it is peer-reviewed, edited and improved. The chosen theme is very much seen as a starting point for the work, and students develop this theme as the work progresses.
Drama is not informed by one particular genre of theatre, but encorporates many approaches including Naturalism, Brechtian Theatre, Physical Theatre, and Theatre of the Absurd. Our style of work not only engages the theatre makers during the process of building the performance, but also puts the audience at the centre of the action allowing them to experience and explore the world of the performance, rather than passively observing.
Through participating in Drama workshops students develop performance, improvisation and storytelling skills, which enhances their confidence, initiative and ability to empathise
Primary Theatre education
Newave Primary school Theatre Education is centred around building self confidence of all participants as well as allow them to explore a chosen theme in a creative manner. Working closely with a drama practitioner, students take part in a number of activities with the aim of producing a short performance or showcase at the end of the day.
Drama with early years is structured around the activities which are already part of young children’s development: action rhymes and songs; follow-my-leader games; structured play and role play; circle games; whole group mime and movement activities.
At Key Stage 1 drama is invaluable as a means for developing language skills, encouraging positive social interaction, increasing physical control, stimulating imaginations and teaching children how to listen and respond appropriately.
Drama does not have to take up a tremendous amount of curriculum time and can be utilised in the classroom environment when you have a few moments to spare. The Speaking and Listening strand of the NLS contains specific drama objectives, but circle time and PE lessons can be just as useful in ensuring that your children experience the subject. Drama can also be used within the context of other subjects as a method for exploration or to enhance understanding.