We believe that drama provides countless transferable skills, all of which can and will be used at some point in a student’s life. Even if drama isn’t necessarily their favourite subject at school, it can give them an opportunity to express themselves freely and connect with others. Here are some of our favourite benefits to be gained:
Wherever life takes you, confidence is key in every aspect of it. Whatever the scenario, we all encounter moments of shyness. From delivering a speech to the hundreds to making new friends in a new class, drama is all about expression and giving yourself the freedom to explore new things, taking centre stage and potentially performing for an audience of thousands. Through group warm up games, as well as improvisation, drama springboards students into gaining confidence right from the start.
Coordination & Listening Skills
It’s imperative as human beings that we listen to others, no matter who’s talking. Acting involves listening and reacting. As a result, it gives students the ability to analyse what others are saying and their own reactions to those thoughts. Furthermore, a physical warm up during every drama class not only prepares students for the exercises ahead, but over time improves their ability to co-ordinate. Whether it’s avoiding conflict or simply becoming more aware of your surroundings, drama will open your children’s eyes and ears to the world around them.
Potentially one of the biggest and most noteworthy benefits of joining a local drama activity is the improvement of speech, also linked to confidence building. Through vocal warm ups, students will become more aware of how to use their voice on stage and as a result, improve their clarity in day to day life.
Joining a drama activity can be both fun and nerve-wracking, particularly if you don’t know anyone. But rest assured, you will make plenty of long-lasting friendships along the way. A big element within drama is ensemble building. This is the idea of acting together as a group, rather than individually. You never know, you might just find your best friend for life!
It is believed that kids spend nearly 70% of their time in non-reality and that is why drama classes are great for harnessing that energy. Consequently, students can sometimes fully believe that they are on the run from a T-Rex in the Jurassic or sailing the ocean as a team of pirates. By nurturing this ability, drama helps develop the student’s imagination and creativity as time goes on.