Drama Activities for Schools and Colleges
The University’s 3,000 creative industries students call our vibrant Cardiff Campus their home. In this session, students will learn more about the courses on offer – from drama, graphics and fashion design, to TV and film set design, music business and documentary photography - and how our state-of-the-art facilities and impressive industry links ensure that our students are ready to embark on a career in this billion-pound industry after graduation.
So, how exactly do we read a script? First, we need to note what type of script it is. Radio? Film? Stage? They are all formatted differently from each other but have one thing in common – a story!
Reading scripts is vital toward immersing oneself in character and the scripted world. Finding the main plot is easy but what about the sub-plot? Character relationships? Physical traits? Emotional highs and lows? Comedic moments?
This workshop will guide potential student writers/actors/directors toward digging deep into a text to study its structure, characters, themes, style and so forth.
Tools required for the workshop: pen, paper, and a sense of adventure!
This workshop will look at the discipline and techniques of radio performance through the works of Mercury Theatre's - On the Air. A variety of texts will be explored with students including; War of the Worlds, Dracula and Hearts of Darkness.
An interactive seminar exploring selected contemporary plays and how they deal with current themes. Example themes could include; climate change, identity, refugee experience, mental health, science, and pandemic.
Students will participate in an online seminar/workshop focusing on approaches to making performance online; explore what makes engaging performance online, what different platforms offer, and tips and techniques to improve your performance-making.
What happens when you are called in for an audition? Your first reaction might be to get very nervous so, how can you use this to your advantage? Remember; nerves are normal!
This workshop will invite you to recognise the blocks that all performers go through and incorporate them as a positive working tool to help you get closer to that job.
Tools required for the workshop: pen, paper, and derring-do!
In this online interactive session, students will explore approaches and techniques to devising theatre work. Students will be introduced to the ways that different companies have devised work, participate in online group activities, and learn tips and techniques for devising and bringing ideas to life on stage.
An interactive seminar exploring one of your set plays, or a play of your choice. Explore themes, character, structure and performance possibilities with one of our playwriting experts.
There are a rich variety of performance forms across the globe. This participatory seminar will introduce students to key performance forms, considering how theatre functions in different societies and contexts. We can introduce a range of different forms, or focus on a specific form of your choice.
Introducing students to the wonderful world of adaptation. An interactive seminar exploring different approaches to adapting novels and stories for the stage and screen. This can also be offered as a workshop exploring one particular text and the possibilities of adapting it for the stage.
An opportunity for students to talk to current USW drama students. Ask them questions about their experience of studying at USW, get tips for making the most of their time with us, or find out about the projects they're working on and what excites and inspires them!