The Launch of The Drama Club
Shakespeare once said: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.”
As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 7
This quote is a perfect summary of our life and day-to-day interactions with each other. We encounter strangers on a daily basis, we regularly talk to our friends and relatives, but do we really get the meaning of those conversations? How do those people actually feel? Where is the truth in the world of lies?
Even though we all walk the same ground, we experience life differently.
Welcome To The Club
Bearing in mind the wise words of Shakespeare, this weekend the residents of Cherwell House had a surprisingly pleasant visit: Simon Howard, an exceptional screenwriter, director, lecturer and journalist gave us a Drama Masterclass, unveiling the complexities of human nature.
It was a valuable opportunity for students to work as a group and develop their acting and performance skills. In such a way, the first step to create a community of individuals who share a passion for the arts and who are dedicated to creating compelling and entertaining performances was made.
Here at Cherwell we believe that joining a Drama Club can be a transformative experience for students. It’s a chance to step out of one’s comfort zone and explore different characters, emotions and stories. Students can develop their acting skills through workshops, rehearsals, performances, and learn from experienced directors and coaches.
Indeed, Drama Club productions are often the highlight of the school year. They provide an opportunity for students to showcase their talents and receive feedback and support from their peers. The sense of camaraderie and teamwork that develops during the rehearsal process is priceless.
Beyond the performances themselves, Drama Club can have a positive impact on students’ lives in a number of other ways: they develop confidence, communication skills, and empathy. Those who participate in Drama Club often report feeling a sense of belonging and community, as well as a deeper appreciation for the arts.
Students from different grades and backgrounds can come together to create something meaningful and memorable, either through acting or technical work.
A Hub of Support
Cherwell College Drama Club is a friendly space that provides a supportive and collaborative environment for students to develop their skills and explore their creativity. Whether you’re an experienced actor or a complete novice, we’re waiting for you!
Last but not least, don’t miss some valuable insights from one of the Drama Club participants, Zuha:
What did you expect?
I expected that we would do something like what I’ve done in the past: have a script of a play and audition for roles and learn lines. I can say it was nothing like that. It didn’t feel childish. It felt a lot more professional. We were asked what we find interesting. And what we would like to create a piece on. It was very inclusive.
Was it an unusual experience for you?
I wouldn’t say unusual. Instead, I would say different and unique.
What was hard?
I feel like many people can relate to this: it was hard to participate because the thought of being judged by others is always lingering. But the director established a very comfortable environment where no answer is a wrong answer.
Your emotions/feelings after the Drama Club?
I feel quite positive about it. I think the students all had very good input and ideas. I felt comfortable acting with the director guiding us because he has a lot of previous experience and knowledge.