Drama for Confidence

This beginners course consists of classes that combine acting, body, movement, voice and speech in order to improve your confidence and wellbeing. The teaching is practical, incorporating some basic theory. Throughout the course there will be opportunities to explore the dynamics of self and the emergent feelings, which we can use in the space as a means to give self-management and improvement of wellbeing.

We will explore the creative principles and techniques in acting, and how to get behind a role. We will be using improvisation and devising to create our own work, or expanding on pre-written scripts. The classes will incorporate ‘finding our voice’ – this will include breathwork and making noise! As a group we will be working as an ensemble and there will be some rehearsal, and if the group or individuals wants to devise a final ‘Showcase Performance’ on a small scale then we will do that too.

Course Content

Each class will provide plenty of opportunity to practise your new acting skills under the friendly guidance of an experienced tutor, ensuring you feel comfortable and get the most out of your course.

•Each week we will experiment with getting comfortable with voice techniques and learning to breathe.
•Learning about the physical space and how we can move within it. Learning to ‘play’ in drama, using objects within the metaphor.
•Learning to express ourselves to others – drawing on this to work with characters - exploring tension.
•Learning about different scripts and how to interpret them to create deeper meaning.
•How to work as a team, rehearse and take direction.

By the end of the course:
•You will have worked in a group to devise and create different pieces of work
•Been able to share your process and understanding with others and gained in confidence
•Learnt some drama techniques which you can apply in life too!

* the Hillcroft and RHACC courses will vary slightly in content.

At Hillcroft the weekly sessions will consist of enjoyable drama games, improvisations and drama exercises enabling participants to develop and apply their imagination and creativity. Participants will work in groups and pairs within a friendly and supportive environment and will learn how to develop specific acting and stage techniques, explore vocal and movement skills as well as begin to be able to interpret characters and perform in an acting role.

This is an ideal course for those who wish to give acting a try or for those individuals who wish to acquire skills on intonation, posture, movement as well as develop their confidence and presentation skills applicable to many different areas of life - either for personal or professional reasons.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

This course is for individuals who want to reduce stress through the following of simple techniques and building an action plan.

Anyone can join the course; you do not need to have had any experience on stage or performance. However the course is mostly experiential so you will gain the most if you are able to:

•Verbalise your feelings and work in a group
•Listen and act upon feedback
•Be willing to work within the group medium, work with self and others.

First Class Requirements

Please make sure you wear comfortable, casual clothing and footwear suitable for drama activities so that you are able to engage in all elements of the course. We also recommend you bring a bottle of drinking water with you to each class (although there are water machines available on site, they may not be near your classroom).

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is essential.

Assessment Methods

Your coursework will be continuously assessed and feedback given in class and your final grade determined on submission of your coursework folder.

Additional Information

You may be required to practice /rehearse in between sessions
You may be required to create and improvise props.

The Wednesday classes take place at Hillcroft in Surbiton.
The Tuesday class takes place at Parkshot in Richmond


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.