Digital drama classes with Park Theatre

Park Theatre has announced details for the autumn programme of its celebrated and increasingly popular Creative Learning Programme, which went virtual in May 2020.

Activate Your Rebellion is a series of 6 week courses using Zoom video conferencing, running during September and October 2020, with drama and performance skills classes for children and young people aged between 4 – 18.

The courses will focus on the study of different performers, practitioners and companies that use their medium as a platform for activism and social change, such as Cardboard Citizens, Graeae, Akala, Kae Tempest and Good Chance Theatre.

Lead by professional actor and creative learning facilitator Amy Allen and professional director and experienced creative learning facilitator Natasha Kathi-Chandra, the courses will be held weekly and will be available to book via here.

As with all theatres across the UK, Park Theatre had to temporarily close to help prohibit the spread of Covid-19. This meant cancelling all performances, hires and in person classes for the foreseeable future. As a small charity with no regular government or Arts Council funding, this led to a catastrophic loss of income.

Community Engagement Manager Nina Graveney-Edwards said: “We are delighted to be able to
continue engaging with our community through our virtual creative learning classes and I am really pleased with the outcome of last terms’ classes, where our participants created a high caliber of work, which was received in such a positive and highly respected way.

Drama courses for young people:

A Day in the Life (4 – 6 year olds and 7-11 year olds)

A Day in the Life will take you on a virtual tour of our neighbourhood. Each week you will meet a new, local, friendly face and find out what they do for a day of the week. You will learn about what they like to cook, eat, listen to and do with their free time, all whilst acting out scenarios from their day as you imagine it. Get ready to make some new friends and to know your neighbourhood even better, all from the comfort of your own home via Zoom!
When: Saturday 12 September – Saturday 17 October (6 weeks), 10.00am – 10.50am ( 4-6 year olds) and 11.15 -12.15 (7-11 year olds)
Where: More info for 4-6 year olds here and for 7 – 11 year olds here.
How much: £7 per session

Activism in Performance: Younger Company (12 – 14 year olds)

This course will act as an introduction to social activism within performance, with a view to using this as a research and development period to inform the work that you create in the next term.
Activism in Performance is part of our Activate Your Rebellion season, where we challenge you to embrace your local community, assess the world around you and look at how we can action positive change.
When: Tuesday 15 September – Tuesday 20 October (6 weeks), 6.00 – 7.30pm,
Where: Online, more info here and here.
How much: £7 per session

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