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Education Information

Prop Box Theatre Company is passionate about promoting the benefits of Drama in Education.  We offer a wide variety of Drama and Theatre workshops to schools, colleges and nurseries; all sessions are led by fully qualified and experienced teachers.  Contact us for bookings.
  • Develops the imagination
  • Builds confidence
  • Generate talk (speech development and language skills)
  • Develops listening skills and enables a variety of voices to be heard
  • Builds co-operation skills and trust
  • Provides opportunities for group work (developing roles/ skills within a team)
  • Develops presentational and performance skills
  • Deepens knowledge and understanding of texts (literacy – fiction/ non-fiction and cross-curricular)
  • Increases opportunities for storytelling
  • Creates alternative perspectives and allows participants to understand others views points.
  • Provides opportunities for reflection and self/ peer evaluation
Drama in Education in the Foundation Stage, stresses the importance of learning through play. Therefore, at Prop Box Theatre Company, alongside being fun, our pre-school classes will support your child’s creative and physical development, communication and language skills and their personal, social and emotional development.
In key stages 1 and 2, Drama is recognised as powerful tool for allowing children to explore well-known stories, develop literacy skills, understand people and the world around them through interpreting roles and characters from fiction and non-fiction stimuli. Therefore participants will build confidence, communication, co-operation and concentration skills through individual, small and large group work. They will begin to use some basic Drama strategies to explore themes and issues through text/ script work and improvisation. All children will develop performance skills through creating/interpreting and rehearsing roles or characters using exaggerated movement, voice, facial expression, gesture, dialogue and interaction with others. They will develop an understanding of stage space and proximity, set, props and costume and how to act out plots, dramatise scenarios, climax and resolution through providing opportunities for rehearsing, polishing and presenting a range of Drama performances.
At the end of key stage 3 Drama in Education should build on the attainment at key stage 2, and all pupils who have studied Drama in School should be able to:

  • Experiment with different dramatic styles and incorporate a range of Dramatic conventions in their plays.
  • Explore and interpret dramatically, familiar play-scripts and other texts.
  • Use with increasing competence, a range of skills which are required to perform a play for an identified audience.
  • Contribute to the management and technical operation of a performance.
  • Reflect upon and evaluate the plays they see or in which they take part, justifying preferences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of drama from different times and places.

Our workshops provide opportunities for participants to explore characters, drama techniques and theatrical conventions. They will devise (improvise) and present plays and performances in different styles. They will develop their movement, mime and vocal skills. They will understand, explore and perform Drama from different cultures and times. They will respond positively and constrictively to direction and understand the important contribution technical elements (including set, costume, props, mask/ make-up sound and lighting) make to an overall performance/ production. All participants will continue to build confidence, develop interpersonal skills and respect and value the contributions of others.

At key stage 4 and 5 students studying Drama in Schools will usually have opted to complete a Drama or Performing Arts course at either GCSE or A’Level. Therefore our Drama workshops at this level complement any prior teaching and build on students knowledge. All our teachers have vast experience and knowledge of teaching GCSE Drama and A’Level Theatre Studies courses (including recently revised 2016 specifications).

Drama activities include:

  • Improvising and working in role
  • Devising, scripting and performing in plays (including monologues)
  • Exploring form, style, genre and the history of theatre through the ages: including influential playwrights and theatre practitioners.
  • Discussing and reviewing their own and others’ performances.

Participants will develop or interpret a range of complex characters through use of movement, gesture, facial expression, voice, tone, pace and rhetorical devices for emphasis. They will experiment with different ways to convey action, character, atmosphere and tension when they are scripting and performing in plays. They will explore GCSE/ A’Level texts and will appreciate how the structure and organisation of scenes and plays contribute to dramatic effect. All participants will be expected to perform either individually or as part of a smaller/ larger ensemble whilst learning and applying a variety of Drama techniques and devices to a prepared/ polished performance.

All our workshops allow individuals to make significant progression in developing knowledge, skills and confidence.

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