More needs to be done to put dance and drama education in schools centre stage

Education

We had a fantastic time staging dance and drama sessions for students at Framingham Earl High School on World Theatre Day.

It was in support of the Drama and Theatre Education Alliance‘s national Seize The Day initiative, which is calling for drama and theatre education in schools to be more valued and better funded. From 2010-2017 there was a 24% drop in students taking GCSE Drama. More recently, Covid has had a devastating affect on theatres that produce work for young audiences despite emergency funding.

Ade Slack, Framingham Earl’s Director of Drama, said: “We need look at the government and how they can support schools in terms of promoting the subjects and the importance of the subjects. Things like drama… There’s so many skills that are really valuable in the workplace such as teamwork and presenting things in front of other people.”

Headteacher Becky Arnold added: “Huge thanks to Mr Slack for organising this. Fram was delighted to work in partnership with The Garage for Seize the Day.  It’s a great opportunity for students to be creative, have fun and to find out more about the value of drama.

“Having The Garage’s drama and dance practitioners in school alongside our own team is a great strength in helping students enjoy the moment and think about future pathways. As a school, we run weekly classes with The Garage and we’ve used some of their innovative programmes to help students engage positively in school.

“In addition, we are part of the National Theatre Connections project and are performing our piece Tuesday in The Garage’s professional theatre later in the year.  The power of drama is immense and I hope all our young people thoroughly enjoy this opportunity.”

Our Accredited Courses Leader Danielle Gardner was delighted we could team with the school for such an important national initiative.

She said: “We love teaming up with local schools, whether that’s inviting groups to work with us in our venue or visiting schools, colleges and youth groups to inspire the next generation of theatre-makers.

“Seeing the value of drama and dance in schools is fantastic. Events like this and the GSCE Dance, GCSE Drama, and HNC  Performing Arts programmes we offer highlight that. We’ve GCSE Drama and GCSE Dance masterclasses here 1 April for anyone interested in the arts. We can’t wait to welcome Fram when we host the National Connections Festival again from this April and such see a huge array of talent on our stage.”

Booking for our summer term of classes is now open. You can find out more about those here. Our friendly front of house team are happy to answer any questions. Give them a call on 01603 283382 or email info@thegarage.org.uk.

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