Drama Mania is designed to facilitate communicative and imaginative development in children by promoting physical expression and verbal articulation. With a creative thinking approach, sessions are designed around engaging activities and simplified theatre games that develop awareness, spontaneity, and improvisational skills.
Our curriculum is designed to include speech training exercises to promote good posture, breathing techniques, precise enunciation, and verbal flair. Pedestal Talk is a unique segment that hones presentation skills by encouraging children to formulate their thoughts intelligibly on their feet to an audience. Imaginative Play is seamlessly weaved into the classes to allow children to employ observation and interactive skills. Theatre techniques with practices inspired by Laban and Alexander are incorporated in engaging activities emphasising on posture, movement, and spatial awareness. Giving children the disposition of presence, with the clear advantage of leaders in the making.
Igniting Imagination through Creative Expression
Drama enrichment programme is designed to facilitate communicative and imaginative development in children by promoting physical expression and verbal articulation. With a creative thinking approach, sessions are designed around engaging activities and simplified theatre games that develop awareness, spontaneity, and improvisational skills.
Life is drama!
Novelists and playwrights draw on these experiences to create books, theatre, and films, which we consume avidly to understand, spice up and escape from our own personal dramas. Children naturally create their own dramas, from about eighteen months, when they begin to play symbolically. Their dramatic play models what they see in life as this re-creation helps them to understand what is happening around them. So, children play to learn naturally. Play is termed dramatic’ when it involves a suspension of reality, an imaginary situation to taking a role of another character. For example, when children become mum or dad to their toys, read to them, bathe them, dress them, and cook meals for friends, family, and teachers.
Drama for young children is essentially a structured extension of this natural, socio-dramatic play, which has an important role in children’s development, allowing them to act out and consider alternate realities safely, away from the constraints of real life. Drama for young children is focused on children’s experiences and interests, with a teacher to shape and extend their play into new ways of understanding. Using drama as a process to make learning meaningful through experience, Process Drama is typically a channel for teaching drama, away from theatre, towards the development of the individual.
Peter Slade, the pioneer of drama in education in the 1950s and 1960s, England, seeded Process Drama. Slade considered child drama to be an art form that grew from a child’s natural ability to participate, given the right conditions in the “great activity”, it never ceases where there is life; it is eternally bound up with mental health. It is the art of Living (slade,1954, n.p.).
Pedestal Talk ~ a public speaking platform was created by IQKidz to invite children to speak and think on their feet to gain confidence and practice speech techniques with tender guidance from IQKidz drama facilitators.
Children in drama may, from time to time, be invited to local TV drama series making. Our Creative Director, Ms. Dawn Tam, a local professional actress has worked with many children on set for filming over the last two decades. She has garnered international accolades as comedienne in Just for Laughs, Asian Edition 2011.
Our Artistic Director with child actress in local TV drama series
Children having fun at Mediacorp studio in a live show with famous singer, Adam lambert, from U.S.
Children having fun with TV live show co-hosts, preparing their lines!