Posted By MatthewWoodford
Posted on: November 1, 2019

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The Key to a Successful Drama Workshop

 

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There is no ‘one-size-fits all’ approach to drama facilitation. Each group has different needs, and will respond to exercises in varied ways. The following techniques will enable you to be responsive to the group, and facilitate in a fun and structured way

Energy
Participants look towards a leader to set levels of energy and enthusiasm. If you are not enjoying yourself – the chances are everyone else won’t be either. The amount of energy you give to the workshop is likely to spread to and affect others – it is contagious!

Awareness
Keep an awareness of how the whole group progresses through exercises. Be responsive to their needs.
A plan is merely a plan – and in front of you are a group of creative, responsive, reflexive human beings.
By keeping an awareness of what’s happening in the whole room, you are in a better position to be flexible with your workshop plan. If the group needs it, you can change things up.

Failure
Contrary to what school teaches us, failure is a positive thing. By creating an atmosphere where failure is O.K., participants are free to take more risks and make bolder choices.

Opportunities for learning
Problems will arise. When they do, allow the group to work through the challenges. This is a crucial part of the process.

Each moment of failure is great opportunity for learning. Use these instances to discuss what happened and why the team didn’t reach their goal.

– When was the communication clear in that exercise?
– When were you united / divided as a team?
– How did your team make a good team?
– When did you cooperate well / not so well?
The concepts of communication, cooperation and team work are the bedrock of the dramatic process, and can always be linked back to.