Our weekly classes complete modules throughout the year. Each term (consisting of 8 classes) will complete one drama module, and one skills based module each term.
The Express Drama program only completes the drama modules due to shorter class times.
Drama Module: Grimms Fairytales
Voice Module: Speaking for Stage
Drama Module: Red Shoes
Movement Module: Physicality for Theatre
Drama Module: OGRE
Improvisation Module: the Art of the Unknown
Drama Module: from Practice to Performance - make a play!
Script Module: working with text
Please note, content may change.
Drama Module – Grimms Fairytales
The Brothers Grimm changed the world. They collected folk stories from around Germany, adapted them and laid the foundation for many of our modern fairy tales. Fairy tales are often how children understand the world, and they convey social messages from generation to generation. Many have changed dramatically since the Brothers Grimm, but many have their roots in these often dark, often contradictory, stories.
Children still gasp when the wolf eats Little Red Riding Hood, and they still puzzle at the moral conundrums in The Juniper Tree. These stories are powerful, and speak across the centuries.
Drawing on investigations made in our January production of Phillip Pulman’s Grimm Tales, performing at Glen Street Theatre, classes in Term 1 will base their creative investigations on these stories – stories that have shaped the foundations of our society through thousands of years of telling and retelling.
Different age groups in our classes will delve into the themes of these stories, as appropriate for their age and experience in drama and theatre making.
Voice Module – speaking for stage
The Voice Module in Term 1 will prepare students with exercises and techniques to perform on stage. Students will develop vocal techniques, including:
- Breath, alignment and diaphragmatic breathing
- Volume and dynamics
- Resonance and timbre
- Voice characterisation techniques
Approximately 15 – 30mins of each class will be dedicated to the voice module in Term 1. Specific exercises will change depending on age and experience.
(Please note that these are speech techniques, not singing lessons.)
Drama Module – Red Shoes
Term 2’s creative focus will be on the story of the Red Shoes, originally written by Hans Christian Anderson.
A poor girl is adopted by a rich older lady. The little girl is educated, and brought up to be proper, well behaved, discrete, and lady like. She has other ideas though...and spies a most wonderful pair of red shoes in a shop window.
The story revolves around themes of self-expression – where does creativity end, and vanity begin? Is there a right way for girls to behave now? Are the morals from a story almost 200 years old still relevant today?
Marian St Theatre for Young People is currently conducting a series of workshops to help develop a new performance work primarily by professional performers as a July production. Work that students do in class will help to further investigate the themes and relevancy this story still has to us today.
This theme will be investigated in class through a series of structured exercises, and collaborative theatre making methods, as appropriate to the age and experience of the students in the class.
Movement Module – physicality for theatre
Movement is an essential part of theatre. Far more than choreographed dancing, how does a performer move on stage to command the attention of an audience? The body is a huge element of stage presence.
Classes this term will work on exercises around:
- posture and alignment
- the power of stillness
- the stage craft of using levels (heights)
- finding freedom in movement
- physical stage craft
- somatic movement
- gestural communication
- developing physical presence for stage performance
Exercises will be tailored for specific age groups and experience of students in the classes.