Stage 84 - The Yorkshire School of Performing Arts - Est. 1984
Drama Workshop (Bradford)

Drama Workshop at Stage 84

Stage 84's Drama Workshop classes are fun, engaging and explore many areas of acting and drama within a friendly, creative environment.
Work in the Autumn term focuses on the learning and development of specific skills. Additionally, every student is offered the opportunity to take part in our annual Christmas performance. This is a delightful festive showcase of work, and is often considered by our audiences to mark the beginning of Christmas festivities. Drama Workshop students contribute a fun-filled selection of work including improvisation, script work and mime. Groups have recently contributed to the Concert play extracts, TV parodies, advertisements, game-show performances and other improvised formats.


Skills explored in Drama Workshop classes may include:
- Improvisation
- Audition technique
- Camera work
- Script reading
- Script writing
- Choral speaking
- Verse speaking
- Works of Shakespeare
- Mime technique
- Presentation skills
- Physical theatre
- Character development
- Stage combat
- Problem Solving
- Props handling
- Vocal coaching


In the Winter term students begin work relating to a chosen play or scripted piece which they will study over this period. A student attending Drama Workshop classes over several years will therefore cover a wide variety of dramatic material and experience numerous roles and styles of literature. An extract or several scenes of the chosen work are selected and students will then rehearse in a group with a drama tutor. Each extract is explored and developed for performance at competitive drama festivals. Each group performs for live audiences and is assessed by festival adjudicators. Outstanding performances may be awarded 3rd, 2nd or 1st places and trophies in the competition. All entries receive a written report which students can use to reflect on their ongoing development of individual skills.

In the Spring / Summer term students work towards a graded group examination with the Trinity College London examination board, for which they will be entered in June or July. Stage 84 is a registered examination centre, thereby eliminating a requirement to travel to another Centre or for students to work in unfamiliar surroundings. We have achieved a 100% pass rate in these examinations since first entering in 1984. In 2006 we received the highest mark in Great Britain in a Group Drama exam at Grade 6 (96%) and students were awarded a prestigious Exhibition Award by Trinity College London in recognition of their achievement. We continue to regularly secure results of Merit and Distinction for our students.

Trinity College London is a highly respected board to be examined by. Their certificates are held in high esteem and will enhance any CV. Older students holding Trinity certificates applying to further and higher education institutions will find them advantageous, as evidence of extra curricular education and development.

Class Times
Our Bradford Drama Workshop Classes run on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings at the Old Fire Station, Idle and are organised as follows:
DW1 - (Wednesday Juniors) - Ages 7-11, 5.30pm-6.30pm
DW2 - (Wednesday Inters) - Ages 11-14, 6.30pm-7.30pm
DW3 - (Wednesday Seniors) - Ages 14-18, 7.30pm-8.30pm

DW4 - (Saturday Juniors) - Ages 7-11, 10.00am-11.00am
DW5 - (Saturday Seniors) - Ages 11-18, 11.00am-12.00noon

Uniform requirements - in brief
Throughout the year students are expected to wear sensible clothing to enable them to move safely, easily and comfortably during acting activities. Flat shoes and trousers / bottoms are desirable, wearing of jewellery is discouraged. Hair should be tied back so the face can be seen clearly.
For group examinations / festivals, all students are required to wear Stage 84 t-shirt, black bottoms, black socks and black footwear. Information here.

Stage 84 Drama Workshop classes offer young people of every age and ability the opportunity to perform for live audiences, be trained by experienced professionals, learn new skills and build confidence. Disciplines learned in our Drama Workshop classes often become life skills a young person may draw upon in later life. Every student is valued as an individual and guided to achieve their own potential. All students have the opportunity to be represented by the School for potential work in professional television, film, radio and theatre productions.

If you are interested in joining a Drama Workshop class at Stage 84, please navigate to our Contact page for contact details.



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