The club that wants your drama kings and queens
Creation Theatre's online drama club is a brilliant interactive way for your wannabe thespians to explore classic literature while channelling their penchant for dramatics.
It may be only week two of lockdown 3.0, but for most of us mere mortals, WFH coupled with home-schooling is a hotbed for boredom and blow-ups, especially for kids. But, like a knight in shining laptop, Creation Theatre is providing a way for little darlings to channel all those pent-up dramatics in a far more productive (read: non-plate-throwing) manner. Read on.
Creation Theatre’s Spritelings (ages 5 to 7) and Sprites (ages 8 to 10) online drama club delves into fresh ways of storytelling with some of our best-loved childhood stories. The 12 weekly classes – all conducted via Zoom – explore a different story each week in interactive sessions that bring much-loved characters to life, including my childhood heroes from Edith Nesbit’s The Railway Children. Each week and prior to the class, you’ll be emailed a support pack, which includes some relevant activities, such as postcards and puzzles. A great way for your budding thespians to prepare for the Saturday session, as they’ll know what to expect and can get into character (hopefully not the baddy ones).
At the start of each hour-long class, expect to see 15 friendly faces pop up on screen, plus the class leader, Andy (smiley chap above), who is also a professional actor, and Fiona, the group moderator. It’s worth noting that safeguarding measures are in place and the kids are asked not to do the call from their rooms and to keep doors open. Each new member takes it in turns to introduce themselves and this works well on Zoom, as Andy is able to mute and unmute as needed to avoid everyone talking at once (or from hearing parents having lively ‘domestics’ from the kitchen – God bless the mute button!)
Have older kids who want to get in on the act? Creation Theatre has classes designed for them, too. Mechanicals groups (ages 11 to 16) each choose one story to adapt into a digital play to perform for family and friends, while Young Company (ages 14 to 19) work on the development of performance, devising and creative leadership skills by creating their very own online production to perform.
So, that’s the kids from toddlers to teens taken care of, plus a family show for the folks at the end of the term. You want more? Oh, OK then. Sign up this week and the first session is free!