Due to the situation of COVID-19, the demand for online learning has increased significantly. Many schools have contacted us about doing online workshop and play readings with their students. So we have been adapting our usual activity to fit the online setting. Students have greatly benefited through playing a variety of confidence building and communicative drama games, text reading and analysis, acting craft techniques and by listening to stories of theatre experiences and talks on theatre history. Students have also performed their work on Zoom and by showing recordings they have made of them of themselves speaking monologues or performing scene work.

Students are finding our work extremely beneficial. All our classes have some kind of vocal or physical warm-up to energize the group. The numerous games we have used adapt well to the online setting – word games, speech tasks games, role play, improvisation activities, interrogation games – and students have has much enjoyment playing them. Script work, which is chosen to suit the level of our student, is read and performed in class via the share screen option or material can be forwarded prior to the start of the class.

We are very flexible in how we run the activities. Sessions are usually somewhere between 45 minutes and 90 minutes long. Class sizes are kept small so students feel like they are a part of the learning process and comfortable to express themselves in groups. Lessons are usually held in afternoons or evenings or on weekends. Finally, our syllabus is filled up with exciting activities to keep students engaged and eager to explore.

If you would like to find out more information about us or book an online drama lesson, please feel free to contact us at blackstripetheater@gmail.com.