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'Mary Seacole-Black History Month' with The Drama Hut
During this workshop we travel back in time to the 1850’s with Mary Seacole, to both remember and explore her extraordinary life and work. We listen to her incredible story and experience life as a nurse during the Crimean war. Led by Mary herself, the children will explore the Victorian era and Mary’s place within it. Using our imaginations, through improvisation, we will travel to the Crimea and Mary’s 'British Hotel' for the wounded. With the use of role play, we will have an opportunity to become a soldier or nurse working during the Crimea, perform a poem about Mary’s life with song, action, sound and movement and also create a time line to place Mary Seacole firmly within a historical time frame!
During this workshop our actor will take on the role of Mary Seacole, to both remember and explore her life and work specifically during her time as a nurse during the Crimean War.
As an important historical figure, Mary Seacole is portrayed by a professional actor, to help children both remember and explore her life and work. We will create a time line to place Mary Seacole firmly within a historical time frame and shall also cover the prejudice that existed during this time and explore the importance of her work in context with black history.
During this workshop we meet Mary Seacole, listen to her incredible story and experience life as a nurse during the Crimean war. Led by Mary herself, the children will explore the Victorian era and Mary’s place within it. We will create a time line to place Mary Seacole firmly within a historical time frame and shall also cover the prejudice that existed during this time and explore the importance of her work in context with black history.
Our workshops include tailored, fully interactive, drama games, role play, teamwork exercises, songs, movement and more, led by a professional costumed actor.
What size groups do you cater for?
We typically run 60-120 minute workshops with up to 30 children at any one time and can offer special day rates for multiple classes. We are also able to provide two different topics on the same day for different year groups.
How does safeguarding work for online workshops?
Online sessions are jointly hosted by the teacher and our actor and may or may not be recorded, depending on the preference of the school. Ideally workshops take place in a school hall with a large screen, however, they can also work extremely well in a classroom, with desks pushed aside. Our Risk Assessment document is available upon request and is updated regularly to comply with all current advice and guidelines.
What technology/devices/type of internet connection do schools need for an online workshop?
Online workshops are delivered live by professional actors and typically last 60-75 minutes each. They are structured in the same way as an on-site visit and have the advantage of utilising the benefits of technology – in particular, virtual backgrounds, enabling actors to transport children back in time, to any era or location. School will require a good internet connection and ideally a large screen to project our actor on to, so all the children have good visibility.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Yes - the very nature of our workshops being so visual and experiential, has led to extremely positive feedback from teachers.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Yes - children with special educational needs really benefit and enjoy our workshops.
'All staff and children fully enjoyed each workshop. Children left feeling they had met Mary. Teachers were impressed with behaviour management skills and how engaged she kept the children. It was fast paced.'
Summerswood Primary School
Who are The Drama Hut?
At the Drama Hut we employ skilled costumed actors who use the Performing Arts, to help children truly experience a subject, complementing and enhancing learning in the classroom. Through improvisation, role play, movement and song, we help to bring the curriculum to life. Whether you choose to have us visit you online or on-site, our workshops are delivered live and are fully interactive. Prices start at £120 for a single workshop, with discounts available when multiple sessions/different topics are booked.
Whether it's a history subject, creative writing workshop, PSHE or an opportunity to celebrate a significant person or event, let us help you to inspire learning with a Drama Hut workshop.
Reviews from Schools..
★★★★★ "The workshop was great, exactly what we wanted to round off our topic. Even though the workshop was via zoom Amelia managed to keep the children engaged throughout and they haven't stopped talking about it. The workshop addressed important issues at an age appropriate level and the children learned so much about Mary Seacole and life at this time."
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