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Drama club and shows for children in NW3

For children aged 4-11 in Reception to Year 6

Our holiday drama camps offer fun and creative activities especially chosen to develop self-confidence, focus and concentration.
Dramarama camps encompass a wide-range of performance arts training and introduce children to a variety of genres, themes and styles, with an introduction to Musical Theatre. Children will learn songs, scenes and dances from family-friendly musicals. A different musical will be included on each camp, so that content in not repeated.

 

 

Children are split into groups, according to their ages

All our holiday camps are taught by qualified Drama teachers, together with a teaching assistant.  Children are encouraged to make new friends, but if they attend with friends of the same age, they can be in the same group. We may have more than one group in each age-range so please inform us in advance of any friends also joining us. 

We ask that parents provide a clearly named, nut-free packed lunch each day, along with a named, refillable water bottle.

Children should wear comfortable clothing, please ensure that all removable
clothing is clearly named.

Find out more about a day at Dramarama and Drama Stages FAQs.

A day at Dramarama
A day at Dramarama Stage School in North London

Camp time: 9am  - 3.15pm

The Structure of a Day 

On the first day, the teacher will introduce themselves and their assistant to the children, and the children to each other. Throughout the week, as the teacher leads the camp, the assistant will repeat instructions as necessary to ensure that the children are fully aware of what is expected of them, and are confident to participate in all of the activities.

 

In both morning and afternoon sessions, all children will be given the opportunity to lead a game or exercise.

 

Upon arrival, the children will be registered and taken for a toilet-trip, and to wash their hands.

 

The teacher will explain to the group what they will be doing that day.

Morning Session

The morning sessions comprise a variety of movement/warm-up, fun-packed, creative drama games and activities. Physical games encourage concentration and coordination and channel creative energy.

Supervised Lunchtime

Staff will ensure that children eat all the food provided.

Afternoon Session

In the afternoon, children devise scenes and explore extracts from family-friendly plays and musical theatre shows. There are many opportunities to develop and explore a variety of different characters. We also include genres and themes which are of particular interest to a group. In addition, children will explore songs and movement from scenes from popular musical theatre.
 

 

Please note that most Dramarama camps are Workshops; unless specified otherwise, there is no end of week Show to parents/carers.

Children are allocated a place in a group based on their age/school year. All Dramarama camps are fun-based and entertaining, but as students progress the drama work becomes more challenging, incorporating more advanced, age-appropriate stage-work and  dramatic technique. Older children are introduced to more detailed script work and movement, in addition to devising and improvising scenes.

 

Please provide on the registration form all relevant medical information and the names of adults authorised to collect.

Drama Stages FAQs
Musical Theatre camps for children in South Hampstead
  • What is Dramatots?
    Dramatots is a fun-filled Drama camp comprising specialised creative activities that aim to develop children's self-confidence and performance-awareness. Each day, different stories and acting adventures are devised. Children are welcome to attend wearing their favourite dressing-up clothes, so that we can create original stories for their unique characters. Dramatots camps are taught by qualified Drama teachers, along with a teaching assistant. The maximum number of children in a group each day is 14, and friends will be placed in the same group if requested. Please let us know if your child has friends attending, as we may have more than one group. Our aim is for children to develop their communication skills, cultivate their empathy, explore their emotions, and fire their imagination within the framework of a safe, nurturing and creative environment.
  • Who is Dramatots for?
    Dramatots is for pre-Reception children aged from 3 years 6 months who have been attending nursery school for at least a term. All Dramatots must be confidently toilet trained for a minimum of 3 months, as children cannot attend wearing nappies or pull-ups. Children will be taken on regular toilet trips by the group assistant; however, we are not permitted to enter the cubicle with your child to provide intimate care. If your child does not meet these criteria now, don’t worry! We look forward to welcoming them to Dramarama, once they are ready, on a future holiday camp. We run courses regularly throughout the year, in February, May October Half Terms, as well as Easter, Summer and Christmas Holidays. Please note: Dramatots is just for the children! All Dramarama camps are drop-off sessions and unfortunately, parents and carers cannot stay to watch (or join in!)
  • What is the Dramatots drop-off and collection procedure?
    Please aim to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the course start time. If you are running late, please come to the drop off point. You will be advised of your child’s drop-off/collection points before the start of the course.
  • What should Dramatots bring to the camp?
    Please provide a named, nut-free packed lunch each day, in packets/containers that your child can open and close. If you give your child food items such as grapes or cherry tomatoes, please ensure that they are sliced in half, as they can otherwise pose a choking hazard. Please ensure all lunch items are fully named, as there are often many similar-looking lunch boxes, bags and cups! Please only provide food that you know your Dramatot will eat! Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities to warm food, and cannot provide tableware or cutlery. You may also provide a small, named, nut-free, mid-morning snack. Children should not bring any other items to the camp (eg. toys, games, personal/valuable items). Dramatots should wear comfortable clothing - please ensure that all removable clothing, such as cardigans, hoodies and jackets, are clearly named. Dramatots are welcome to attend wearing their favourite dressing up outfits, although this is not compulsory - again, please name everything! Alternatively, your child can bring a prop eg. crown, tiara or similar. To ensure a happy, positive environment, please do not provide toy swords, guns or scary masks, etc.
  • When I ask my child what they do at Dramatots, they do not give me any information!
    It is very common to find at the end of the day that your child does not provide you with much/any information about what they have been doing at Dramatots all day! Here is a selection of some good questions to ask: What part did you have today in the story? What was your favourite game? What was your favourite story today?
  • My child suffers from separation anxiety, and I know they will cry as soon as I to leave them in the morning. What should I do?
    If you have any concerns that your child will suffer separation anxiety, please consider first if now is the right time to try the course, it may be too soon for your child. If your child is not ready to be left yet, don’t worry! We look forward to welcoming them to Dramarama on a future holiday camp. We run courses regularly throughout the year, in February, May October Half Terms, as well as Easter, Summer and Christmas Holidays. We have several proven, successful ways of dealing with this delicate issue, including distraction techniques with our drama props. We know that it helps if the parent/carer is enthusiastic and positive about the course in advance of the child starting. Please try not to vocalise any anticipated issues with your child. It helps if your journey to Dramatots is as stress-free as possible, and that your child is comfortably dressed, and not hungry or thirsty. We ask that parents leave the vicinity as soon as possible, and also to allow our Drama teachers and assistants to engage with your child immediately, and positively. Please try to arrive on time, as arriving too early, or late, can be disconcerting. If your child is attending the course with a friend, it may help to drop them with the friend first, so that they can arrive together at the Dramarama course. Please note that under no circumstances are parents/carers allowed into the Dramarama classrooms with children.
  • My child has never attended a holiday camp before - do I have to enrol for the whole week?
    Our camps are booked for the number of days that they are running. Most of our camps are five-days (Feb Half Term, Oct Half Term, Summer Holidays). Some of our courses are four-day (Easter, May Half Term) or three-day (Christmas). Please email info@dramarama.co.uk if your child cannot attend for all the days offered.
  • I need to pick my child up early one day. How do I arrange this?
    Please email the office info@dramarama.co.uk in advance to arrange this, or inform your child's Dramarama teacher in the morning.
  • My child has nursery friends also attending. Can they all be together?
    Yes, of course! We will always ensure where possible that friends are in the same Dramatots group. Please email the names of other friends also joining us, as we do not automatically know which nurseries and schools the children attend.
  • Can my child be in the same group as their sibling?
    Children attend Dramarama in age-related groups, so siblings can attend together if they are the correct age to be in the same group.
  • I love to see my child perform – can I come to watch?
    Unfortunately, parents/carers are not permitted on-site to watch any part of the camp, or sit with their children as they participate.
  • Where should I drop-off and collect my child?
    We will email their group name, along with the drop-off/collection points, the week before the start of the course.
  • What happens if I am running late one morning for drop off?
    If you are more than five minutes late, please drop-off at the drop-off point. This information will be emailed the week before the course.
  • What is the earliest time I can drop-off?
    Please drop-off no earlier than 9.30am.
  • What should my child bring with them each day?
    Please provide a named, nut-free packed lunch each day, in packets/containers that your child can open and close. If you give your child food items such as grapes or cherry tomatoes, please ensure that they are sliced in half, as they can otherwise pose a choking hazard. Please also provide a refillable water bottle. Children should not bring any other items to the course (eg. toys, games, personal/valuable items).
  • I have two children attending; which child should I collect first?
    Siblings can be collected together - please collect all children with your youngest child.
  • What should my child wear?
    Your child should wear comfortable clothes, and can attend wearing their favourite dressing up clothes. Please ensure that all removable clothing is clearly named. If the weather is warm, please apply sunscreen in the morning, and provide a sun hat or cap.
  • Will my child be able to play outside, to get some fresh air?
    Our Dramatots courses take place in a well-ventilated indoor space. Dramatots do not play outside.
  • Can my nanny collect my child?
    Yes, please include on the registration form the names of all adults authroised to collect. After that, please inform your child’s teacher of collection information at drop off. If you’d prefer to email any information not included on the registration form, please email info@dramarama.co.uk
  • Are there any parking restrictions I should be aware of?
    Most of the surrounding roads have pay-and-display parking. Please be mindful that some roads have restricted access during certain times; please be mindful of all parking regulations to avoid receipt of a PCN.
  • My child will scoot or cycle to and from the camp; can they leave their scooter/bike on-site for the day?
    Unfortunately no personal items, including bikes or scooters, can be left on site.
  • Can I contact Dramarama during the camp?
    Rest assured, you will be contacted immediately if your child is unwell, or there any issue arises with your child during the course. If you need to provide any additional information – eg. changes of names of adults authorised to collect, etc. – please email info@dramarama.co.uk
  • If I have any further questions, who should I ask?"
    In the first instance, please direct all questions and queries to the Dramarama office - email info@dramarama.co.uk
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