“Over the past 25 years Ian has devised and lead workshops for young people on a variety of topics and for various companies. Some of the companies Ian has produced workshops for include Shakespeare 4 Kids, Rainbow Theatre, Seagull Theatre and Spin Off Theatre Company.
In addition to this Ian has toured with workshops as a freelancer across the UK to; schools, theatres and community venues. Drawing on his experience in workshop production as an education resource AMA Theatre are pleased to have Ian at the helm for a variety of educational workshops.
We hope you will find the programme invaluable whether you are a school, drama group or youth club and we look forward to working with you.”
Ian Britten-Hull – AMA Theatre
Exploring the Topic
Basically, there are two workshop formats that we are currently offering. The first is where the participants explore and discuss the given topic and devise short improvised scenes. This helps the students to re-live and explore the conditions and feeling of individuals living through a particular era.
Performing the Topic
The second format is drama based and explores the story of a given text, culminating in an improvised performance. The performance is either to fellow students or without an audience and purely to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the piece.
The aim of all the workshops is to understand not just the basic theme of the topic examined but to also understand human relationships and actions derived from given situations.
Why do certain people behave in the way they do?
What events in their life have led to the reasoning of their actions today?
All the workshops are explored through modern concepts in order to make the plots up to date and encourage students to utilise their own experiences and understandings to build and create the narrative. The aim of the workshops is not simply for students to gain an understanding of the theme or plot but also to explore modern issues in relation to the theme such as racism, bullying, self-awareness and self-expression.
All our workshops are for KEY STAGE 1 & 2 and are explored through modern concepts in order to make the plots up to date and encourage students to utilise their own experiences and understandings to build and create the narrative. The aim of the workshops is not simply for students to gain an understanding of the theme or plot but also to explore modern issues in relation to the theme such as racism, bullying, self-awareness and self-expression.
The workshops are led by two workshop leaders and each session lasts for two hours, although this can be adapted to requirements. We also provide props, parts of costume, masks, musical instruments and sound system which become tools the students use to create the environment of the given piece. Each workshop comes with follow-up study notes and fact sheets. We have a brochure for each workshop topic giving in-depth details of the given workshop together with cost details. Simply email us for a copy.
Stunningly good, exceeded expectations. They took the children and in two hours produced A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was magical, funny and enchanting. The children loved doing it. Everyone sat spellbound as Ian as Shakespeare himself narrated the play and the children (mostly 7-12 years old) became the characters who prompted by him played their parts with confidence.
When I contacted Annie and Ian I had a dream in my head but never thought it would be possible. They asked me what I wanted and I told them. They came back with enthusiasm and explained how in the two hours they would play games with the group of children, introducing them to characters then perform the play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
They fulfilled my dream, thank you!