Raising a child is hard, everyone you speak to tells you a different skill or virtue that your child must have nurtured as they grow up but there is not enough time in the day to provide for all of these so-called ‘vital’ (and often expensive) skills. We believe that drama provides many of the key skills that are transferable and necessary for everyday life, and as a not-for-profit organisation that this does not have to come at a great price to parents who may already be under financial constraints. One of the main skills that theatre can nurture is confidence, allowing ordinarily shy children to get onto the stage and be brave.
Improvisation is an unavoidable aspect of drama since drama is, by definition, unpredictable and exciting. Practising such improvisation allows children to prepare for everyday situations where life may not go quite to plan and you’re forced to think on your feet. No matter where life leads you, improvisational methods can and often must be integrated into your life, from deciding where to go to lunch with friends to making important business decisions. Our drama classes provide a safe and relaxed space to practice such skills.
When someone says drama instils confidence in young people they may not be thinking about the implications it has on simple everyday interactions but the effect it can have on these seemingly small actions, such as talking to someone new is huge. Youth theatres such as ourselves allow you to build long-lasting friendships from the ground up so don’t be too nervous about not knowing anyone! Group warm-up activities, where students must work together, allow them to feel comfortable with each other and thus ensure that they get the most out of each class.
Everyone will come across a time in their life where they must speak in front of a crowd, whether it is a class presentation or acting on stage to thousands of people. Although some take to it naturally, many struggles with this, fearing to make a mistake or being judged. Drama waives this fear for many since on stage you play a character whose mistakes are not their own. This separation from the self can help students forget their fears and allow them to act freely and without fear of judgement, an ability that is important to demonstrate in daily life.
Somewhere hidden in the more obvious development of confidence skills is the development of self-confidence. Drama can give students the confidence to raise their hand in class and be sure of their answer, to believe in themselves and express themselves with confidence. Theatre allows us to connect with others and encourages students to interact and collaborate. Increasing self-esteem is incredibly important since it directly impacts the way children behave in everyday life, affecting their friendships, their ability to deal with problems and their overall confidence as they learn to communicate confidently and effectively.
Written by Ellie