The new autumn term starts in all studios the week beginning 19th August. All the classes will be up and running, so if you would like to join us, get in touch NOW – your first class is free, so you can come along and enjoy an hour’s Drama – but let us know first.
Maybe you are a whizz at Drama, full of ideas, imagination and characters that you want to share….. or perhaps you have ideas but don’t know how to share them and need a bit more confidence….or could it be that you feel you never have any ideas at all and would like to know where to find them?
There will be something for everyone – silly speech, manic movement, interesting improvisations and crazy conversations. Learn self expression, clear speech, how to work with others and how to strike out alone – come and have a wonderful time!
All Drama students need time out in the sun – and so do their teachers – but we are all looking forward to the start of a brand new term in the week beginning Saturday 19th August. All our studios will be opening that week – there will be new plays, new ideas, new friends and new confidence – come along and see what goes on (your first class is free, if you are new!) Or bring a friend along – is there someone who would LOVE to know what you have been doing and just needs a nudge to come and join in? This could be their chance!
Does acting agonise you – is performing a pain? – does the idea of standing in front of an audience make you go weak at the knees?
Come and join our NEW Drama class in Dunfermline – for students in P7 and above who would like the WOW factor without the worry – the X factor without the extremes – the confidence without the quivering!
We can help you to confident, self assured expression and self presentation – we opened last week and had a LOT of fun – so get in touch to find out what it is all about. Your first class is free!
We are gearing up for another new term, and looking forward to Spring so that we can get started on new activities, new plays, new improvisations, new speech, a new Youth Theatre in Dunfermline …. new students in all classes and new friends for everyone.
We begin after Easter – so stock up on all that chocolate -it’s all energy – and we think you are going to need it!
Want to join us? – Please get in touch!
It has been a great term if your name begins with an H – or even if it doesn’t!
HEIDI from our Glenrothes studio, performed at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh in October in their production of “The Supplant Women” – a thrilling piece of Greek theatre, with a truly modern resonance – a group of migrant women are washed up on a foreign shore – will they be taken in by the people or sent back to their own war-racked country?
HECTOR, from Perth, was in a much jollier but equally relevant show at the Pitlochry Theatre, performing in their Christmas musical, “Scrooge!” – colourful, lively, all-singing, all-dancing and altogether enormous fun!
HAYDEN, from Dunfermline, starred in a commercial for a washing machine, acting as an inventive and imaginative boy more interested in the packaging and its potential as a space ship, than in the machine – until it was time to wash his paint spattered clothes.
Our Youth Theatres chose a selection of three plays showcasing the different techniques of Drama, and how versatile they have become as young actors. “The Legend of Tim Sandy”, an ensemble piece, gave the students the chance to show off their ad lib and improvisation skills, as beach lovers or as a muscle mob, in a story of thwarted love – would Tim, or his rival Genghis Bulger, win the heart of Dolores Heartbeat?
When Tim amasses – at last – a fortune, fame and prestige, would that get him the girl and the adulation of the crowd? When Genghis eventually won over the girl , would that bring him happiness? A morality tale – and an opportunity to create character from an unlikely situation!
“A Perfect Scandal” was a study in character, and the young students’ ability to develop and sustain character throughout the play – snooty film stars, chaotic press agent, probing reporters, obsessive fans – the play told a story of duplicity and revelation – with a happy ending!
“Big Mac”, the students’ “take” on the Scottish play, was an exercise in chorus acting: the cast of 38 worked together to display an understanding of the chorus ‘ role in relating, progressing and containing the action, each actor losing their individual identity to comment on the action unfolding – a greedy Macbeth, a petulant Lady Mac and three night-club bedazzled witches waiting at a taxi rank after a rainy, windswept Scottish night out.
The drums rolled, the marches began, the ceilidh whooped, the murders were committed, the trees moved – and the electric guitar rang out at the end.
The Upper Primary students presented us with a mystery – who had taken the Mask of Tutankhamun from the Egyptian Museum? Could it have been one of the rather rowdy school children on a visit? Surely not one of their teachers? Or a museum guard? No one suspected the statues, until an unexpected earthquake revealed all!
It has been another successful week of Productions and presentations for us, and the youngest children took us to the Olympics – not in Rio, but – even better! -to the world of animals where the Tortoise challenged the Hare (a bit of a show-off) to a race around the track… but the Hare had a quick nap in the middle, and the Tortoise got to the tape first. How did that happen? “Slow and steady wins the race,” declared the Tortoise as he shuffled forward to share his trophy – and his friends- with the humbled Hare.
Ears and tails of all sizes and colours helped the children to create their characters and two jolly songs gave them – and their audience – the chance to clap and cheer , bringing to the end a term of great achievements, confidence-building – and fun!
Another year – and another presentation of the skills that our young students have learned. This may be having the courage to approach new friends – to speak to people they do not know ; or constructing full, interesting sentences; learning how to project their voices, use facial expressions, gestures and moves – and finally being able to express character and personality, and to perform this on stage. Quite a journey!
Our end of year presentations give each student the chance to show what they, individually, have achieved – to enjoy the applause of their parents and friends – and to look forward to next term and even more fun and success!