Drama Workshop Assistant – Spark Arts

spark_artsDMU Student Project 2 – Drama Workshop Assistants

The Spark are offering volunteer opportunities for 2 people from October  – December.

The Spark Arts for Children is a registered charity which offers children the opportunity to discover and enjoy the arts as audiences, as learners and as creators of their own art.

The Spark creates an annual festival for children hosted by venues across Leicester during the summer. Throughout the year we also facilitate and commission a range of events & projects which complement and extend the work of the festival.

About the play

We will be producing a new one-man play for schools as part of our “Imaginative Spaces” project in Braunstone Library at The BRITE Centre.  We are looking for two volunteers to support our Artist in Residence (and writer) Jayne Williams with the School Resource Pack and the delivery of follow up workshops to schools.

The First is a brand new play based on the global events of World War I, told from the perspective of two boys from Leicester. A work of fiction, The First follows best friends Frederick and Jack, as they grow, play and enter the Great War together.  Designed to develop excitement for learning about local history, this is a play of choices and the audience is invited to decide the fate of Jack at the end of the play.

The follow-up workshops linked to this performance, which teachers can deliver in-class, will explore the events of WWI (history) as well as unpicking some of the most famous poems from those on the frontline (literacy).

Duties: Researching information and developing ideas with Jayne for the Resource pack. Developing with Jayne the format of the workshops and helping her deliver these workshops in schools

Dates:            Week beg 20 Oct – 1 session tbc with Jayne to go through research required

Week Beg 27 Oct – I session tbc with Jayne to share the information

Monday 3November – attendance at rehearsals to see the latest version of the script

Tuesday 11 November – attendance at the first performance

Must be available for one session (either am or pm) on all the following Thursdays (13, 20, 27 Nov & 4 Dec) for the school workshops.

Suitable for students with training/interest in English Literature, Drama, Local History or Education.  Desirable to have some experience with working with children at Key Stage 2.

All volunteers should be friendly and approachable, with good verbal communication skills, and willing to engage with the public.  They should be good at working in a team and be reliable and good time-keepers.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of their application and an interview.  Please also include the name and contact details for a reference.

Applicants are not required to have a DBS check but will be asked to sign a Disclosure form.

If you are interested, please get in touch with Lynette Williams lynette.williams@dmu.ac.uk  or call 0116 250 6226.