Inter Creative Drama gives the pre teens a place where they can explore their changing world and develop their acting skills as they challenge, transform, improve and grow in confidence and ability
Creative Drama – Learn to listen, and be heard!
In Inter Creative Drama, we aim to increase each student's confidence when acting, as well as improving their self confidence. We explore many different acting techniques and we work collectively as a group to improve each student's acting ability and skills in a friendly, supportive, and encouraging environment.
We begin each class by playing some short improvisational games and exercises that develop confidence, enhance spontaneity and give expression of every student's creativity and ideas. Each week we create short plays and scenes, based on different themes and stimuli – a word, an object, a newspaper. This encourages team-work, as the groups vary from week to week. Students have the opportunity to express their individual ideas and to work with the others to create a play. They explore different types of characters and different scenarios, firing their imagination and building their confidence with the chance to perform in front of their classmates each week, always building and improving their acting skills.
Our Inter students should ideally take Inter Dance class along with their Creative Drama class. We also recommend that our Inter Students add a Speech & Drama, Singing or a Performance Company to their weekly classes.
10 reasons your child should do Creative Drama
1. DRAMA BUILDS CONFIDENCE
Even the shyest of children take just a few weeks to gently build up their self esteem until before long they are confident to take a full and active part in sessions - a few weeks is all it takes.
2. DRAMA HELPS CONCENTRATION
In every session children are encouraged to listen to each other's ideas and thoughts, and to take turns. These activities allow children to recognise the value of concentration; a skill that is vital in the world outside their home.
3. DRAMA HELPS DEVELOP LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Learning new songs, playing new games and participating in pretend play (when children must take on the language of the role they are playing) all contribute to a child's developing vocabulary. They are encouraged to express themselves both verbally and through facial expressions and body language which is key to making them better and more effective communicators.
4. CREATIVE DRAMA ENCOURAGES CHILDREN TO CO-OPERATE
Every activity in Creative Drama, from playing drama games to improvisation to acting together, requires co-operation. Children quickly realise that in order to get the best out of sessions, co-operation is a much needed skill!
5. DRAMA SUPPORTS NUMERACY SKILLS
In Drama class children don't ever guess they are learning along the way – dividing up into pairs or groups for an activity, counting the number of stars on a camping trip or working out how many eggs to put in a cake are just a few examples of how being involved in a drama can help to develop important numeracy skills.
6. CREATIVE DRAMA HELPS CHILDREN TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND THEM
We explore a range of different themes and introduce children to different real and imaginary situations each week, sparking their interest in the world in which they live and making them more inquisitive (and therefore more interesting!) little people.
7. DRAMA DEVELOPS EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
By encouraging children to 'act out' a range of emotions in the safe and supportive environment of a Creative Drama class, children are better able to understand their emotions and develop empathy with others.
8. CREATIVE DRAMA ASSISTS PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
In each session we pretend to be different characters and creatures, create simple movement sequences and play drama games - all designed to help children gain mastery over their own growing bodies.
9. DRAMA DEVELOPS CREATIVITY
Creative people are able to view things in new ways and from different perspectives, to think on their feet and generate new ideas - this is a vital life skill. Our child led approach to improvisation and pretend play encourages the development of creativity as children lead the direction of the drama themselves, come up with solutions to problems in role, and respond imaginatively to a range of pretend situations.
10. ALL DRAMA NURTURES FRIENDSHIPS
By its very nature drama has the ability to create strong friendships between children as they laugh, learn and grow together week after week after week!