There are many recognised studies about the power of drama for young people. The benefits are extensive and develop a child’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills, evidence of which can be found here.
Drama is a strange word. It can mean so many different things to different people. For some it conjures up notions of ‘show business’ and talent scouting, others think of it as learning to speak properly and exams. Drama can also evokes images of overconfident children and young people all vying for the spotlight.
At BYT, our experience, our reality, couldn’t be further from any of these.
‘Why do you come to BYT drama?’, we ask our young people during their ‘check in’ session . Lots of of them say they are there for sheer enjoyment and belly laughs, a release from the trials of school. Many admit that they are there to help gain confidence, to improve their communication skills at school, to find their voice in social situations and most explain that they are there to let their creativity loose in a safe space with like-minded people who enjoy thinking outside the box. A space where they can truly express themselves and unlock their full potential. Oh and for the younger children, they are doing all that too, they just don’t know it! That’s the healthy dose of BYT Hidden Vegetables!
The real life impact
Business people, senior executives and hugely successful individuals often share with us how drama shaped them for life, becoming a real turning point on their journey. In school, the rule is to conform: like the same things, have the same skills, think the same way. However, when you become an adult, you realise being a leader is about the opposite: thinking differently, being a creative and a critical thinker. The most remarkable stories we have heard about the power of drama, which we hope to share with you in time, may surprise you, not least because the person in the stories may not fit your image of ‘the drama goer’.
BENEFITS OF DRAMA:
- PREPARES CHILDREN TO DEAL WITH LIFE’S PROBLEMS.
- BUILDS CONFIDENCE
- DEVELOPS SPEECH, COMMUNICATION & PRESENTATION SKILLS.
- ENCOURAGES AND DEVELOPS CREATIVITY
- DEVELOPS CRITICAL THINKING
- HELPS CONCENTRATION
- ENCOURAGES TEAMWORK AND CO-OPERATION
- BROADENS MINDS AND HELPS CHILDREN TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND THEM
- DEVELOPS EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND EMPATHY
- SUPPORTS HEALTHY MINDS AND WELLBEING
- ENCOURAGES TRUST
- ASSISTS PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
- NURTURES FRIENDSHIPS
- DRAMA IS FUN
The emphasis at Bright Young Things is about learning drama in a fun way, without any pressure and in an informal environment that is positive, honest and inspiring. For us, it’s all about the process, rather than the big performance (although we do that too!).
The goal that inspires us every day, why we do what we do, is to unlock every child’s full potential, helping them to present their best selves in life. For every child that is a different journey, a different goal, a different definition of success and as such our approach to drama is personal to every child.
The benefits of drama are endless and at Bright Young Things we believe passionately that drama is a powerful way to develop the whole child, building the essential soft skills from as young as 3, the formative years, in a time when our education system increasingly focuses on exams rather than developing our children to be confident, creative thinkers and innovators.
Click here to read much more about the power of drama for children from age 3 and up!