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The Benefits of our ASA Programme – Drama

This week we continue our series of articles related to the benefits of the different elements of our ASA programme. Last week we focused on learning and instrument and this week we turn our attention to the benefits of involvement in Drama productions. Whilst some students may not opt to study Drama / Theatre as an IGCSE or IB Diploma subject, they can still get involved through our ASA programme and take part in BSM productions throughout the school year.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Empathy – through understanding characters, roles and the underlying subtext of a play / musical, students learn to relate to different situations, backgrounds and cultures. Through the creative process students learn about tolerance and compassion, helping them to grow and develop as global citizens.
  • Memory – the brain is a muscle, which needs to be trained. Learning lines for a play will help students train the brain, supporting them with other aspects of their learning, in particular when revising for examinations.
  • Creativity – by being involved in the creative process, including making creative choices, students develop this important skill, which can be transferred to other areas of their learning, helping them to ‘think outside of the box’, view problems from new perspectives and develop innovative solutions to complex issues.
  • Getting physical – Drama performance is a physical activity, involving intense and coordinated movement over a prolonged period. We will explore the multitude of benefits linked to physical activity in a few weeks, so keep reading the Lion’s Roar!
  • Emotional outlet – Drama can help students to explore issues and emotions that they may be experiencing, in a safe and controlled environment. This can be a vital support to students’ mental health and well-being.
  • Learning Power – being involved in drama productions requires cooperation, communication, concentration and perseverance. These skills are all vital for other aspects of learning.
  • Fun – Research shows that students learn most effectively when they are enjoying their learning. Being involved in activities that provide opportunities for laughter, fun and enjoyment help reduce stress levels and support academic achievement across all subject areas.
  • Self-confidence – Performing or supporting the performance process through technical roles can help students increase their self-confidence, which can support them with other areas of their learning and well-being.

If you would like to find out more about learning drama at BSM, then please contact our Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Leader and one of our two Senior School Drama teachers, Mr Paul Hannon at: phannon@britishschoolmanila.org. Do keep an eye out for the term 2 ASA schedule, where the range of Visual and Performing Arts ASAs will be expanding, further utilising weekend slots, which will enable students to become involved in a wider range of activities throughout the week.

Next week is Week B.

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