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Schools: Drama Outreach Workshops (Voicing views through Drama)

Date
Time
10:00 to 13:00
Location
Coleraine campus

Drama is a collective and interactive art process that facilitates communication between individuals and groups. It enables learners to engage in discussion and debate, to offer views on life and experiences, whether lived or imagined. This project’s aim is to empower pupils to develop their communication skills and “voice” via the medium of drama.  It also aims to introduce enjoyment for the subject of Drama and to also demonstrate how learners might use drama to facilitate learning and to explore content across the curriculum.  Additionally, pupils in Year 10 are to choose subject options for GCSE and in utilising the elements of drama, the workshops will also inform pupils on possible future subject choices for Drama.

Student teachers will structure and facilitate a series of drama activities that will engage pupils in responding to a number of topical issues. Pupils will engage in drama games and team building exercises in a supportive environment. They will then respond to a range of stimuli to devise and deliver collaborative responses. The workshops aim to improve pupils’ confidence and to support their abilities to find their voices in a creative manner.  The workshops will support all learners and introduce Drama to all in a non-threatening and supportive manner.  Pupils will progressively build and showcase skills, content and ideas as they feel comfortable.  Creative and critical thinking will be promoted and activities and issues explored will support pupils’ personal and social development, cultural and artistic knowledge, and cross-curricular learning.

Drama workshops will provide learners with opportunities to develop their self-confidence as they engage and experiment with the elements of drama such as, spoken language, space, sound, gesture and text.

The workshops aim to improve pupils’ confidence and to support their abilities to find their voices in a creative manner. The workshops will help raise attainment as effective use of and engagement with drama expedites the development of communication skills and critical and creative thinking that will in turn support learning across the curriculum.