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Brief description

Drama course for people who want to have a go. Games, exercises and fun held in a safe and friendly environment. No experience necessary.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

Anyone who wants to do fun, practical Group Drama led by a tutor.

– People who have never tried Drama before

– People who want to build skills and confidence to join higher level courses

For the sake of the group, please try and attend every session.

Course description in brief

We will look at what makes Drama and how to create it as a supportive group. We will explore varied ways of story-telling, building a dramatic character and making up short scenes.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    – to use my voice and body more effectively

    – to work well in a group, making Drama

    – to understand more about story, character and improvisation

    – the skills and confidence to progress further

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

No. You do need to be willing to work in a group, and to use English well enough to communicate.

What equipment will I need for the course?

Comfortable clothes and soft shoes.

What materials will I need for the course?


What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

– Each week, Drama games and exercises to help you warm up, relax and free up your voice and body

– The first half-term: story-telling, character and making up scenes

– The second half-term: building on skills and confidence to make a longer, rehearsed piece of Drama

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

Time commitment: you will be expected to attend the classes, 2 hours each week. There won’t be any homework.

Personal commitment: to join in and ‘have a go’.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

There will be class discussion, and the tutor will give feedback on your work throughout the term. You will get written feedback at the end of term.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

Swarthmore runs ‘Page to Stage’ for people wanting to specialise in scriptwork, and a student-led Drama evening course.

Elsewhere, there are accredited Drama courses, and amateur theatre groups which produce plays.

How will I say what I think about the course?

Talk to your tutor or ask the staff at reception if you’d like to talk to the Arts Manager. Swarthmore is a small and friendly place to learn, and staff will listen to you.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
L608a 2 Friday 1pm – 3pm 28 Sep to 7 Dec 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £66.00; R rate £22.00; A rate £6.00 (funder_code:L)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.