Set up by Suzy Duxbury, an ATCL Trinity and LAMDA qualified teacher, Dramatis is on a mission to bring the benefits of drama to the West Sussex community.
Whilst some drama schools are known for cultivating a competitive environment and pushing people to their limits to get the best out of them, Dramatis focuses on nurturing individual personalities and skills. Viewing each student as part of an extended family, Dramatis believes that building people up, not breaking them down, is the key to success (both on and off the stage).
Dramatis offers a range of classes, courses, workshops and sociable activities to benefit local residents of all ages. For younger members of the community who are growing up in a tech dominated world, drama encourages creativity and self-expression whilst nourishing their imagination. It teaches children to think on their feet and can help them to both stand out from the crowd and to work within a group. One of the most important
skills it brings is an increased level of self-confidence, plus the opportunity to make friends outside their usual circuit. Dramatis Youth Drama activities include Drama Classes, School Workshops, Holiday Workshops, Private Tuition and Children’s Parties.
For the adults, drama can help develop a number of skills to help in day to day life. These may include improved communication skills in relationships and at work, increased self-confidence, stress relief, meeting new people, improved empathy skills and increased assertiveness. Dramatis Adult Drama activities include Act Your Age (a sociable drama group), Adult Courses, Corporate Training and Public Speaking. The Dramatis Outreach programme, provides free classes and workshops to more vulnerable members of
the community. Funded by charity donations and council grants, Dramatis Outreach is designed to improve life for West Sussex residents by reducing social isolation and developing interpersonal skills. Design and delivery of the programme is overseen by a Board of five local community members whose collective experience and skills ensure impactful results.
For further information see www.dramatis.co.uk
‘An Evening Soirée’
In celebration of their first anniversary, Dramatis community drama school is holding ‘An Evening Soiree’; a night of afterdinner entertainment at the Jeneses Arts Centre.
On Thursday 25th April, ‘An Evening Soiree’ will provide local residents with the opportunity to learn more about the school and its future plans, enjoy two short performances from the Dramatis adults drama group, chat with other local residents over a glass of wine and music from a young musician AND raise money for a Bognor Regis charity.
The first performance is a rehearsed reading. Written by members of Act Your Age (the sociable adults drama group), performers will read through their Sci-Fi/Comedy script based on what happens when the whole world loses their sight. The second devised performance centres around three women who, while sorting through their recently deceased mother’s belongings, stumble across an object that wreaks havoc. These performances will be followed by a wine reception. Accompanied by live music from talented local musician, Isaiah Brown; it will be the perfect setting for guests to meet and chat with other members of the community.
A £2 donation from every ticket sold will be given to Bognor Regis Pier Watch, the local charity that works to protect the Grade II listed building for future generations.
In addition to this charitable donation, each £5 ticket includes two glasses of wine per person. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.