We are often asked: “what is life like for the Starz Drama School team?”
Now, I thought hard about how I best answer this question. It’s a tricky one, as no two days are ever the same – and that’s one of the things that I love most about this role! So, do you know what I am going to do? I am going to tell you what I’ve been up to over the last few days. Some of the team are going to be doing the same, and they are going to share their tales on this page too.
Ready? Great! Let’s get this show on the road!
Thursday 14th January 2020 – Kym, Starz Drama School County Durham
Things have changed significantly for us all over the last 12 months. As an adult, it can be hard to wrap your head around everything, so I can only imagine how difficult this must be for our kids! I’ve been doing various exercises and activities at home with my three, and I’ve been sharing these with some of our Starz via our online classes recently. It’s all about building up their resilience, and teaching them how to express themselves, and how to tackle some of the challenges and uncertainties that life throws our way.
I’m so pleased that I can help children to do this, and hearing how the skills that they have learned during classes have empowered them – well, that just makes my day!
Earlier this week, I had a call with a local school. Like all the other schools across the country, they are closed to all children apart from those with key worker parents. They can see that some of the children who are in school are struggling with everything that is going on. And those who are learning from home – well, it’s not been easy on them either. We had a really good talk, and bounced around some ideas about how drama can help children deal with some of these feelings. In a nutshell, the school want me and the Starz Drama School team to create a personalised course that they can deliver – in school and via remote learning – to support their students. It’s really exciting!
I’ve spent most of today brainstorming and mapping out this content. I’ll be honest, the technology-side of how we deliver this isn’t particularly in my comfort zone, but I am lucky to have a team of experts around me who I can call upon for things like this – and I actually really enjoy learning about it all!
By the time tea time arrived (or dinner time, if you’re from down south – let’s not start that here!), I had a plan in place, had made great progress on the content, and was feeling super-positive! I even managed to help my little boy complete his maths homework without resorting to Google. Winning!
Anyway, I’m going to have to dash now as I’m about to hop onto Zoom for a fun-packed evening of online drama classes. The kids never fail to make me smile, and I honestly am so proud of them all!