INTRODUCTION

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website, we hope you are all safe and well. We have added our new Autumn term dates for 2021.

Please be advised that our class timings may vary slightly.

Please read our updated Covid 19 guidelines, to ensure every student stays safe, secure, and of course, creatively happy!

Young people from Stratford-upon-Avon, the surrounding towns and villages come and join in the weekly drama workshops which are delivered in a fun, safe and stimulating environment.

Each week students will engage in a range of activities including: Theatre Games, Stage Craft, Mime, Physical Theatre, Script Work, Stage Combat, Voice and Improvisation.

The Drama Club is run by industry professionals with an extensive knowledge of theatre performance, and theatre for young people. Workshop leaders have Enhanced DBS Disclosure checks and public liability insurance.

It's a free ticket to explore all the wickedness, kindness, strangeness and wonderfulness of human beings. And when these brave little actors get their teeth into it, it’s very exciting to watch.

Sarah Plowright, Director of The Drama Club

We're interested in establishing a community of young people who enjoy creating theatre. In my mind, the best theatre is always created by the commitment and imagination of an ensemble of actors.

Aaron Bixley, Director of The Drama Club

ACT 1 (5 - 8 YEARS)

Why Drama?

For your child, our Drama sessions will be all about fun!

At The Drama Club we know that having fun is a serious business.

Each week, a theme will be chosen as a springboard for adventures...from under the sea to outer space, from dragon hunting to performing at the circus! Drama produces tolerance and mutual respect as children work together to create theatre and explore imaginative experiences. At Drama Club, children will learn and develop communication skills, creativity, self expression and problem-solving.

Children will make friends, they will learn to listen, negotiate, share ideas and work collaboratively. Introducing drama at an early age is a perfect medium for exploring these skills in a safe, non-threatening environment.

ACT 2 (7 – 11 YEARS)

Whilst we encourage our young Drama Club members to work hard to reach their potential we recognise that the sessions should always be about having fun.

During the first term we will spend a lot of time playing drama games, developing confidence and getting to know each other. We will be using our imaginations and our bodies during role play and improvisation to create fun scenes and stories.

The second term will focus more on learning and developing new acting skills. We will look closer at improvisation, physical theatre and mime. Depending on the group, we may introduce some script work to help us with our story telling, however this would only be a few lines and could easily be achieved in class.

At the start of the third term we would like to begin rehearsal for a small scale production, the structure of which will largely depend on the group we have at that time. We will endeavour to cause as little impact as we can on a busy time of year at school. However, we would expect commitment, hard work and full attendance to dress rehearsals.

ACT 3 (12 – 16 YEARS)

The aim is to develop the groups acting skills in a fun, safe environment. Students will be challenged to push themselves to their full potential. We will look at drama games that develop their confidence, the notion of team work and mutual respect.

As workshop leaders we work the group extremely hard, asking high standards of both performance and commitment within the sessions.

The workshops will explore the use of physical theatre, improvisation and mime to tell our stories in a more creative way. We will be looking at scripts, voice work, exploring character motivation and development, and there will be an opportunity to learn stage combat.

The Drama Club would compliment students studying GCSEs in Drama and we would be more than happy to assist with any audition speeches/readings students need to work on.

At the start of the third term we would like to begin rehearsals for a small scale production, the structure of which will largely depend on the group we have at that time. We will endeavour to cause as little impact as we can on a busy time of the school year. However, we would expect commitment, hard work and full attendance to dress rehearsals.

Arts Award

BRONZE ARTS AWARD

SILVER ARTS AWARD

The Drama Lab is offering a unique opportunity for young people between the ages of 12 and 19 to achieve a nationally recognised qualification. Find out what inspires you, share your talents, and you'll walk away with an award that makes a real difference in the world of work and the arts.

To achieve Bronze, a Level 1 national qualification, young people take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts inspiration and share their skills with others.

Young people need to plan their work with an adviser, and keep a record by creating their own Arts Award portfolio. Their portfolio might be a folder, sketchbook, video diary or a website – it's up to them.

To achieve Silver, Level 2 (QCF credit value 10) students will begin to take on leadership roles, they will help plan, create and deliver a project. They will also research arts events and arts career pathways.

You can find out more about the Arts Award at www.artsaward.org.uk.

For enquiries, or to register please email thedramaclub@yahoo.co.uk, or telephone 07804848674.

The Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England. Employers and colleges recognise it as proof of your skills and commitment.

Arts Award’s unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. The programme develops creativity, leadership and communication skills.

Arts Award is open to anyone aged up to 25, and embraces all interests and backgrounds. Through Arts Award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment.

LAMDA logo

At The Drama Club, we are delighted to be offering LAMDA qualifications in the following performance disciplines:

  • Acting
  • Devised Drama
  • Miming
  • Shakespeare

LAMDA coaching sessions are taught as solo sessions or in small groups and can be conducted online via a secure portal.

LAMDA is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding bodies. Offering practical examinations and providing young people to develop the life skills they need to be a success: such as self-confidence and the ability to communicate clearly and present ideas.

For enquiries, or to register please email thedramaclub@yahoo.co.uk, or telephone 07804 848674

STRATFORD YOUTH THEATRE

Stratford Youth Centre Logo

Stratford Youth Theatre CIC is the performance arm of The Drama Club, Stratford-upon-Avon.

We only meet as Stratford Youth Theatre when we are preparing a production, but we meet as The Drama Club weekly during term time. Stratford Youth Theatre CIC aims to create opportunities for young people between the ages of 7 & 20 to explore the arts in a fun, safe and stimulating environment, as well as supporting them to undertake the nationally recognised DofE and Arts Awards.

We would like to help more people engage in the arts, develop new skills and grow in confidence, some will develop their leadership skills and for others it will help define their creative futures

Please take a look at our website www.stratfordyouththeatre.com and our Facebook page and get in touch if you know a child or young person who is interested in joining us. stratfordyouththeatre@yahoo.com


OUR CLUBS

The Drama Club - Act 1 (School Yrs 1 to 3)

The Rosebird Centre
Shipston Road,
Stratford-upon-Avon,
Warwickshire.
CV37 8LU

Every Thursday during term time:

4:15 – 5:10pm: Early Years, School Years 1 to 3

£5.50 per session. A terms fees is payable in advance.


Dates

Thursday 9th September

Thursday 21st October

No Drama Club on Thursday 28th October - Half Term

Thursday 4th November

Thursday 9th December

13 Weeks

The Drama Club - Act 2 (School Yrs 4 to 6)

The Rosebird Centre
Shipston Road,
Stratford-upon-Avon,
Warwickshire.
CV37 8LU

Every Thursday during term time:

5:20 – 6:15pm : School Years 4 to 6

£5.50 per session. A terms fees is payable in advance.


Term Start

Term End

Thursday 9th September

Thursday 21st October

No Drama Club on Thursday 28th October - Half Term

Thursday 4th November

Thursday 9th December

13 Weeks


The Drama Club - Act 3 (School Yrs 7 to 11)

Stratford upon Avon School
Alcester Road,
Stratford-upon-Avon,
Warwickshire.
CV37 9DH

Every Tuesday during term time:

5:15 – 6:15pm : School years 7 to 11

£5.50 per session. A terms fees is payable in advance.


Term Start

Term End

Tuesday 14th September

Tuesday 19th October

No Drama Club on Tuesday 26th October - Half Term

Tuesday 2nd November

Tuesday 12th December

12 Weeks


The Drama Lab - Act 4 (School Yrs 6 to 9) Ask about Arts Award with this class

Stratford upon Avon School
Alcester Road,
Stratford-upon-Avon,
Warwickshire.
CV37 9DH

Every Saturday during term time:

1:30 – 2:30pm : School Years 6 to 9

£8.50 per session. A terms fees is payable in advance.


Term Start

Term End

Saturday 11th September

Saturday 16th October

No Drama Lab on Saturday 23rd October - Half Term

No Drama Lab on Saturday 30th October - Half term

Saturday 6th November

Saturday 4th December

11 Weeks


The Drama Lab - Act 5 (School Yrs 9 +) Ask about Arts Award with this class

Stratford upon Avon School
Alcester Road,
Stratford-upon-Avon,
Warwickshire.
CV37 9DH

Every Saturday during term time:

2:45 – 3:45pm : School Years 9 +

£8.50 per session. A terms fees is payable in advance.


Term Start

Term End

Saturday 11th September

Saturday 16th October

No Drama Lab on Saturday 23rd October - Half Term

No Drama Lab on Saturday 30th October - Half term

Saturday 6th November

Saturday 4th December

11 Weeks


The Drama Club - Act 1 @ Stratford Primary School

Stratford Primary School
Broad Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon,
Warwickshire.
CV37 6HN

Every Monday during term time:

3:30 – 4:30pm : School Years 4 to 6

£6.00 per session. A terms fees is payable in advance.

For registration and payment, please contact the School Office


Term Start

Term End

Monday 13th September

Monday 18th October

No Drama Club on Monday 25th October - Half Term

Monday 1st November

Monday 6th December

12 Weeks



ABOUT US

Sarah Plowright

Sarah Plowright

Sarah Plowright, trained at East 15 Acting school and worked extensively as an Actor before beginning a 15 year career in the RSC Costume Department. Having worked as drama teacher at The Dupont School in Leicester and workshop leader for Speakeasy Theatre Company, Sarah is now co-founder of The Drama Club and a Director of Stratford Youth Theatre CIC.

Aaron Bixley

Aaron Bixley

Aaron Bixley, won a scholarship to study at Guilford School of Acting. He then worked as an Actor/Director for 17 years and is former Head of Drama at The Croft Preparatory School in Stratford upon Avon and Arnold Lodge School where he directed over 45 productions! Aaron is also a Director of Stratford Youth Theatre CIC, works as a freelance director, actor and is co-founder of The Drama Club.

The Legend of Robin Hood


The Snow Queen


Noughts and Crosses


Shakespeare Showcase


Gangs


The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe


The Tempest


Rehearsals