Workshops & Projects

 

Educating, Entertaining, Inspiring - Workshops and Productions in All Media

Workshops & Projects

A range of workshops and projects from KS1 to university level

 

A selection of some of our work:

 

Title: Film Project

Type: (minimum)10 X 2hrs. leading to finished film

Description: Workshop leaders from the film/TV industry help pupils to create one or more short films. The project takes participants from idea stage, through script development, storyboarding, pre-production, filming and post-production. There are video/DVD copies of the films available at the end of the project. The difference between this and many other video projects currently on offer is the opportunity for pupils to meet workshop leaders with a genuine first hand knowledge of the industry, offering many insights into the world of film and Television.

Age Group: Can be KS1 - 5 or FE/HE level

Curriculum areas: film, media, drama, literacy, PHSE, SMSC, Science, IT.

Venue: Class room and around school/ local area

Duration: (minimum) 10 X 2hrs. (1 week, 2 week (half days), half a term (1 day/week))

Maximum No: One class per session (can be split between classes)

 

 

Title: Audio Project

Type: 10 X 2hrs. leading to finished CD

Description: Workshop leaders from a professional writing background and production in the radio, music and film industry help pupils to create a unique themed CD. The finished result can be documentary, spoken word, drama, poetry, music, songs, new media or a mixture or all of these. The project takes participants from idea stage, through writing development, sound planning, pre-production, recording and editing. There are CD copies available at the end of the project.

Age Group: Can be KS1 - 5 or FE/HE

Curriculum areas: Media, drama, literacy, English, PHSE, SMSC, Science, IT.

Venue: Class room and around school/ local area

Duration: 10 X 2hrs. (1 week, 2 week (half days), half a term (1 day/week))

Maximum No: One class per session (can be split between classes)

 

 

Title: 4 Corners Music Project

Type: One off Workshops in Music and Drama

Description: Workshop leaders from a music and drama background introduce pupils to instruments from around the world and how to play them. The links between music and drama are explored and pupils can then adapt a ‘world literature’ story for a presentation using music and drama together. Each student will have the chance to play and instrument, observe a performance and act as part of the workshop. These workshops connect science and art, along with introducing pupils to others cultures and music and theatre practice from around the world.

Age Group: Can be KS1, 2 or 3

Curriculum areas: Music, drama, literacy, PHSE, SMSC, Science, IT, multiculturalism.

Venue: School Hall

Duration: 2hrs.

Maximum No: One class per session

 

 

Title: Devised Theatre Project

Type: 5 X 2hr rehearsals leading to a full performance

Description: The performance and workshops can be on any topic and can cover any subject matter. Past projects have included The Environment, Coming to the UK, Vikings, Hercules and Ananse, so there is a lot of scope in this project. Students devise their own material, led by two experienced workshop leaders. They then develop this into a full performance to be shown in assembly or to parents. This project can run in conjunction with school festivals or special events as well. It can be run with one class or integrated across the year, whole school or inter-school, as the process allows each group to work on their own parts separately, coming together and sharing/ integrating their work for the performance day.

Age Group: Can be KS1, 2 or 3 or mixed years, KS4-5, FE/HE.

Curriculum areas: Music, drama, literacy, PHSE, SMSC, Science, IT, history.

Venue: School Hall

Duration: 2hrs X5 + performance day.

Maximum No: One class per session but up to 5 classes/groups (140)

 

 

Title: The Tudors

Type: One off inclusive drama/educational workshop.

Description: The Tudors are explored using hands on drama techniques to illustrate their life and times. Workshop leaders teach through songs of the time, drama games and role play how the Tudors lived and how they viewed their world.

Age Group: KS2

Curriculum areas: Music, drama, literacy, PHSE, Science, IT, history.

Venue: School Hall

Duration: 2hrs.

Maximum No: One class per session

 

 

Title: The Victorians

Type: One off inclusive drama/educational workshop

Description: As with the Tudor workshops The Victorians are explored using hands on drama techniques to illustrate their life and times. Workshop leaders teach through Victorian songs, drama games, Victorian games and pastimes and role play how the Victorians lived and how they changed the world we live in.

Age Group: KS2

Curriculum areas: Music, drama, literacy, PHSE, SMSC, Science, IT, history.

Venue: School Hall

Duration: 2hrs.

Maximum No: One class per session

 

 

Title: Shakespeare

Type: One off workshops

Description: Either looking at the Elizabethan World Picture and Shakespeare’s role in it, or looking at the nuts and bolts of a specific curriculum based play. The workshop looks at acting technique, history, verse, prose and structure in the Shakespeare play. The workshops are tailored to the level of the group but looked at from a performance (acting and writing) point of view. They emphasise the quality and importance of the work through performance (both by the workshop leaders and the students) and bring out the meaning of the plays then and now. They will give students the understanding and confidence to enjoy the plays as they should be enjoyed

Age Group: Can be KS2 or 3

Curriculum areas: Music, drama, literacy, PHSE, SMSC.

Venue: School Hall/ large classroom

Duration: 2hrs.

Maximum No: One class per session

 

 

Title: Writing/ Scriptwriting/Screenplay

Type: 5 X 2hrs or one off

Description: Led by professional writer(s) these workshops can be general creative writing, (looking at storytelling and story structure) or specific Film, Television, Theatre, radio drama or documentary writing (looking at specific film and TV structure and film and TV formatting). Students will work towards a specific piece of work that can be published or presented at the end of the course. Past courses have included short films, plays and children’s books (written by parents).

Age Group: Can be KS2 or 3, parents or teachers, FE/HE

Curriculum areas: Literacy, drama, PHSE, SMSC, IT, media, history.

Venue: Classroom.

Duration: 2hrs. per session X5 or one day/morning

Maximum No: 15

 

 

Title: Literacy Workshops

Type: One off workshop or series

Description: These workshops look at the word and how we use it to create interesting and stimulating literature. By looking at given texts the group enact parts of it and examine the words, structure, punctuation, imagery etc. to enhance understanding of writing in general and help with enjoyment and academic achievement.

Age Group: Can be KS2 -5

Curriculum areas: Drama, literacy, PHSE, SMSC.

Venue: School Hall

Duration: 2hrs.

Maximum No: One class per session

 

 

Title: Modern Theatre

Type: One off workshop

Description: Looking at newer plays, these workshops examine writers and productions over the last fifty or so years. They can be tailored to specific writers, depending on the availability of our experts in the particular field. Writer’s/plays looked at include Harold Pinter, Edward Bond, Roy Williams and Bertolt Brecht.

Age Group: KS3 - KS5, FE/HE

Curriculum areas: Drama, literacy, performance.

Venue: Classroom

Duration: 2hrs.

Maximum No: One class per session

 

 

Title: Custom Made Learning Projects Through Drama

Type: One off/ continuing workshops

Description: These sessions use drama techniques to enhance topics or curriculum subjects, to create a greater understanding or to form links between knowledge bases. They are often used for PHSE sessions or to enhance SMSC, to promote group dynamics, address problems within the group or build a creative dialogue. They are fully inclusive, regardless of ability, special needs or language. They have included Communications, Peer Pressure, Conflict, Biography (local/personal history), Spaces, Time, signs and signals, Friends and Strangers.

Age Group: Can be KS1 - 4

Curriculum areas: Music, drama, literacy, PHSE, Science, multiculturalism.

Venue: School Hall

Duration: 2hrs.

Maximum No: One class per session

 

 

Title: Team Building

Type: One off session/ day

Description: These sessions offer practical solutions as well as training in games and techniques to use in the classroom. By taking part in the workshops participants gain first hand knowledge of how drama can be used to solve problems, highlight areas of difficulty and offer solutions. Feedback on these sessions has always been overwhelming and teachers and parents or co-workers have found the experience an invaluable way of opening discussions and enhancing the group dynamics of the organisation.

Age Group: Teachers/ parents / employees/ groups

Curriculum areas: Music, drama, literacy, PHSE, SMSC, Science, IT, multiculturalism.

Venue: School Hall, Conference Room

Duration: 2hrs +.

Maximum No: 30

 

 

Title: Professional Performance Training

Type: One off sessions

Description: Professional advice and training in most disciplines for theatre, television, film and radio. These sessions offer drama training for students wishing to move on to Drama School, audition for theatre/TV/Film/radio or brush up on their skills for professional work in the entertainment industry. Students can work on speeches/routines/scenes of their choice or get advice on what to choose for the right purpose and how to achieve their best.

Age Group: KS3, Young Adults, Adults

Curriculum areas: Drama, literacy, performance.

Venue: School Hall, large classroom, rehearsal room

Duration: 2hrs.

Maximum No: 15

 

 

 

Special Education Needs

 

With over 15 years experience in Mental Health and SEN we can offer all our workshops and projects catering for these groups. Our pool of workshop leaders include specialists in working with a variety of special needs.

Below is an epsiode of our Rivercross Soap Opera, developed with Radlet Lodge ASD school, where we used green screen to work with the young people in the school, allwoing them to create their own stories and then place them in another location.

 

 

If you would like more information on any of the workshops opposite, or would like to discuss your own individual needs for a workshop, set of workshops or a production, then please feel free to contact us via the form below. We also organise and run bespoke events for companies, education centres or organisations.

Pointless Taxi is a film club created by Mick Wearing and originally funded by Bexley Council. We moved to Rose Bruford College in 2009 to run weekly workshops for young people aged 14 - 19.

Contact:

95 Old Woolwich Road, London, SE10 9PP

Special Projects:

 

As well as our existing portfolio it is also possible to provide tailor made projects and productions to enhance National Curriculum or local community initiatives. If you wish to discuss these, or be added to our mailing list, please feel free to contact us. We have expertise in special needs and mental health settings and our facilitators have a variety of training and experience with these groups.

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