The senior cycle of the school is allowed to request what area of the dramatic arts is of most interest to them.
This usually sees a “shift” from the traditional drama games and recitals to learning more about the art of stage craft and performance.
Below is a list of the most requested areas of learning for our teenage drama classes:
The most popular courses are the Improvisation and Play making modules.
The experience and knowledge that you gain from participating in the improv. troupe will enrich you in many unique ways. Some of the common benefits are:
1. What is improv.?
Improv. is a term for Improvisation, an art form that brings people closer to themselves through eliciting freedom of creative expression. Improvisation frees one’s imagination from conditioned responses that block self-awareness. This freedom results in personal insight of one’s true self. Improvisation develops essential life skills at the individuals’ own pace through fun creative activities and storytelling exercises in a safe learning environment.
2. What’s the history of improvisation?
Improvisation is a centuries old art form that has been used mainly in the performing arts, the acting and music traditions. It has been developed through the ages and the three main pioneers of modern improvisation for the theatre in the 20th century are Viola Spolin, Keith Johnstone and Del Close. From their work, improvisation has developed into a professional performed art form in its own right. Spolin and Johnstone are largely responsible for the modern short-form improvised performances, which has influenced television shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway and Close is recognised as the creator of the Harold, a style of long-form improvisation.