Often when we think Drama Education for our children, we think communication; ‘it’ll really help them with public speaking’.
Drama can offer so much more than this. A great deal of learning is physical, offering a great release for students. In addition, Masterclasses are held at Preshil with professional practitioners reinforcing the role the Dramatic Arts plays in our world.
In their journey of Drama Eduction at Preshil, students have (among other things) undertaken units in archetypal stories and characters to assist in the development of appreciation for the fundamental role stories play in our lives; To understand that they are more than simply entertainment, and can teach us a great deal about the heroes and villains in our own real-world journey.
Students have investigated character in a way that teaches empathy.
Through the study of Acting For The Camera, students have come to understand how important listening is in the art of communication. Growing on the theme of communication and through units on playmaking, students have learned to develop their own original works of theatre stimulated by the art of Banksy and Frida Kahlo.
Students’ philosophical musings evolve, bringing them to query…
If acting is the art of lying truthfully?
What is truth when it comes to performance?
How can the organisation of ‘things’ in space (people and/or props) create symbolic meaning for an audience?
How do you we communicate meaning when, for as many audience members as there are, there can be as many interpretations?
What roles do stillness and silence play in communication?
How much do we communicate through body language?
How do we communicate something of the Human experience inside a frame?
Of course, Drama at Preshil offers students an opportunity to expand their imagination and learn through play.
We look forward to seeing you on the Theatre Floor!