Bringing the benefits of drama to children

TEACHING NEW SKILLS: Caitlin McGrath is starting a drama workshop for children. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

TEACHING NEW SKILLS: Caitlin McGrath is starting a drama workshop for children. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

A BENDIGO school teacher will put her theatrical skills to work by hosting a series of children's drama workshops.

Caitlin McGrath has a background in performance and playwriting and thought there was an opportunity in Bendigo to host creative sessions for kids.

Her new business is called Cloudstories Children's Workshops.

"I will run three drama workshops over the coming school holidays," Ms McGrath said.

"They will focus on creative and fun activities such as theatre games, mask activities and characterisation, storytelling, voice work, singing, and creating props and costumes from household recyclables."

Ms McGrath, a relief teacher, said the workshops would be fun for children and would boost their confidence, creativity and general wellbeing.

"I did a little bit of research and there doesn’t seem to be too many organisations in Bendigo doing what I propose to do," she said.

"While chatting with some friends who have school-aged children, they were saying it would be really nice if there was somewhere the kids could go along and do some theatre-based activities. I thought 'why not'?"

Ms McGrath has received strong interest in the three holiday workshops.

She hopes to expand the program to include after-school and in-school sessions during term.

"I'm really excited, it will enable me to use my theatre skills," Ms McGrath said.

"Some of the skills I have I developed because we didn't have much apart from TV. I don't want all those skills to go to waste and I think kids could do with a wider toolkit.

"The workshops will allow students to come up with their own resources."

The first two workshops will be for six to 12-year-olds and will be at Bendigo Library from 10am to noon on each Monday of the school holidays.

A third workshop will be for four to eight-year-olds and will be on Wednesday July 2 at The Old Church On The Hill from 10am until 11.30am. 

For more information, go to cloudstories.webs.com or contact Ms McGrath on 0427 689 131.

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