An area of childhood development that can be overlooked is the development of a child’s creativity, self-confidence and social skills. Learning drama from an early age can lead to unlimited numbers of positive benefits to children. Read on to find out how children of all ages can benefit from attending drama workshops.
1. Drama builds confidence
Drama and theatre is a unique form of creative expression, and it takes a lot of courage to stand on a stage and speak in front of an audience. Our drama workshops encourage all children to express their creative ideas in an interactive, nurturing setting. Even the shyest of children will be able to build up their self-esteem through drama.
When a child is given space to be creative and their imaginations supported, this helps to builds their confidence and their self-esteem levels. This confidence gained from learning drama will be very applicable in school, careers and in life!
2. Drama develops creativity
In our drama workshops, we explore new worlds, become people from different times and places and learn about different perspectives and ways of thinking. Exploring these things can give us the skills needed to be creative and imaginative. In an ever-changing world, having a creative and imaginative approach is so important for thinking ‘outside the box’ and coming up with new and interesting ideas and solutions. Our improvisational activities and games encourage children to come up with ideas and respond imaginatively to a range of scenarios.
3. Drama improves verbal and non-verbal communication skills
Learning to act and drama skills can help children develop their speech, communication and presentation skills, which are vital skills for anyone! In our drama workshops, we include activities where children take on different personas – this gives children the environment to develop their vocabulary, vocal projection, articulation and expression. Drama can develop children into becoming better communicators, and storytellers!
4. Drama develops empathy
Drama requires members to play different characters. A good understand of characters, roles and subtext of plays will allow members to relate better to different situations, context and even cultures. As a result, members are encouraged to develop empathy – the ability to view the world from another persons' perspective without judgement. This in turn will build our members’ emotional intelligence through the use of imagination.
5. Drama develops concentration
Drama develops members ability to be able to focus the mind, the body, and the voice. Many of our drama activities and games during our workshops are designed to develop concentration. Even rehearsing and performing lines or movements will require concentration and improve memory, which requires plenty of exercise, just like a muscle.
6. Drama encourages teamwork and collaboration
Teamwork is undoubtedly an essential element of drama - without it, no theatre plays and performances can be performed. Our drama workshops are a strong platform to foster and develop teamwork in our members.
For example, in one drama activity, members are divided into small groups. Each group is given a scenario to perform and are left to develop the story together as a. Children quickly realise that teamwork and collaboration are important skills to get the best out of their workshops.
In a performance context, every member of a performance has a specific role to play during a scene and work together as a team. Learning how to work together as individuals is a skill that they will carry with them their entire lives.
7. Drama workshops develops new friendships
There is nothing that bonds a group of people quicker than making a piece of theatre together. This is because drama is fun, and we bond through laughter and enjoyment. Drama requires children to openly express themselves throughout the activities, which helps members become friends by supporting each other.