Making Theatre for children and young people
In partnership with Inverness College UHI and Eden Court Theatre, the Scottish Drama Training Network developed and delivered a training event for BA (Hons) Drama and Performance students at Inverness College, University of the Highlands and Islands.
As part of the Drama department’s Prologue Induction Programme, Programme Leader Jesse Paul asked if SDTN could deliver workshops led by Theatre professionals, on the specialist area of making theatre for children and young people.
The Prologue Induction week involved around 45 students from second, third and fourth years of the course, working in groups, to create short pieces of theatre for Early Years, Primary and older teenagers.
SDTN invited leading children’s theatre makers; Dougie Irvine, Artistic Director of Visible Fictions Theatre Company; Heather Fulton, Artistic Director of Frozen Charlotte Theatre Company and Lucy McGlennon, Engagement Officer at Eden Court Theatre and Director of the Eden Court Collective, to deliver the training for the students on Monday 12 September.
Each director focused on a different age group in their workshop sessions, by the end of the afternoon the students had established six mini-production companies and agreed the themes for the rest of the week’s devising process.
Feedback from the students on the workshops with the directors included:
“It was really fun and interactive!”
“Good insight into the working world and some idea what happens (when making theatre).”
“It was very interesting to hear from the (Theatre) Industry professionals.”
“Very well organised and planned.”
Following the workshops the students created six theatre pieces, two for each age group, and performed these for children and young people in their local community.
The students evaluated the process of workshops, rehearsal and performances and gave the following feedback on the Prologue Induction week:
- Cross year group collaboration was excellent in terms of developing a learning community
- The fast-paced Prologue has had a positive impact on our work-ethic – we’ve been very productive
- The exposure to practitioners is exciting – more of this please
Jesse Paul, Programme Leader said:
‘The whole Prologue event has been a valuable, learning experience for our degree students and we couldn’t have done it without the input of the Scottish Drama Training Network.”
SDTN can offer our Network Colleges and HE Institutions activities led by theatre, film or TV professionals that ‘add value’ to what students are already learning as part of their courses and contribute to skills development.
If you are interested in finding out more, or would like to discuss how SDTN could contribute to the work you are doing with your students please contact:
Lucy Vaughan, Director, SDTN, firstname.lastname@example.org or T: 0141 270 8395