Freelance drama workshops for various schools and organisations. Here are a few examples of my work:
Applefields Special School, York
A creative whole-school week long project exploring the Olympics to coincide with the school’s sport week. Also a celebration of the school’s new perfromance space/hall. This project culminated in whole-school sharing event including a torch relay, music, arts and drama.
Applefields Olympic flame and mascot
Barmby Moor Primary – school pantomime
Writing and Directing a school pantomime for the whole of KS2 to perform. For more information about this particular project click here
I was heavily involved in the City of York Council’s York Stories 2012 initiative that aimed to collect the stories of the people of York for their York 800 celebrations and store them for posterity. Activities included running staff training sessions on gathering storyboxes, children’s storymaking workshops, and interviewing York residents; recording and writing up their recollections.
Creative Partnerships – Priory Woods and Beverley Special Schools, Middlesbrough
Using drama to help understand and express emotions among students with little language and communication skills. Helping a group of mixed age students with special needs to understand and express emotions (in line with Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) through the use of drama and dance. For this project I collaborated with a b-boy specialist and we devised a new story in which the students explored the expressing of emotion through mime, improvisation, dance and limited language. This project also incorporated staff training and the creation of a resource pack.
Creative Partnerships – St. Mary’s Primary, Selby
Exploring the positive impact that drama can have on children that are underachieving or from vulnerable groups with the intention of increasing attainment and self-belief.
Creative Partnerships – McMillan Children’s Centre Hull
In this project I was working with children aged 3-4 and their parents, both in the nursery setting and off-site in a woodland area. The project focused on exploring natural surroundings and nurturing imaginative play through, or inspired by, storytelling. As a performer I encouraged interactive telling and sharing of stories, both established and improvised. This project had a great emphasis on evaluation, both written and visual (in the form of photographs and video which I edited) and it is hoped that the combined evaluation will create a support pack/research tool for the future. This developed into an ongoing relationship with Mcmillan Children’s Centre in Hull and St. Paul’s Nursery in York where I continue to run storytelling projects and offer Early Years Staff Training sessions based on Storytelling.
Gruffalo Mud sculpture/herb garden
Creative Partnerships – St. Georges CofE Primary, Middleton St. George
Examining the telling of stories in a range of environments based on the principles of multi-modality. One class worked towards a performance of Roald Dahl’s Red Riding Hood, incorporating music from Sondheim’s Into the Woods which I arranged for various instruments. Another class looked at the filming of a TV scene; they scripted, filmed and edited their own scene, identifying areas of the school as shoot locations. A third class explored the themes from their set book (Kensuke’s Kingdom) and devised an outdoor promenade performance of short scenes depicting those themes
Other companies include:
York Theatre Royal – adult and youth theatre classes
City of York Council
In addition Richard has run workshops for:
Northern College of Accupuncture
St. Paul’s Nursery
York Musical Theatre Company
Bishop Wilton Primary
The University of Birmingham
City of York Council
For more information or to discuss availability please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org