Performance and Confidence Workshops

Confidence Workshops

Our Confidence Workshops are aimed to create a safe and nurturing environment where students can explore barriers to confidence, develop their own skills, experiment with different techniques, and receive constructive feedback. Typically we cater for Year 9 students but the sessions can be adapted for any age, including adults. 

Our standard workshop sessions last for 2 hours and are run over a series of sessions (usually four plus performance day but this can be adapted). The sessions are planned to finish with a short performance by the students for parents/carers and peers. 

The sessions are designed to be student led to allow them to develop their confidence as individuals and as a group. There is no pressure to take part but all students are encouraged to push their own boundaries to get the most from the sessions.

Our coaches work with the students in a professional, relaxed way to give them the opportunity to ‘come out of their shells’. We ask the students to work with different people in the group to avoid ‘cliques’ which also develops crucial communication skills amongst their peers. 

A standard five session workshop is for one tutor to include all prep time, five sessions, performance and a PDF version of our own Confidence Workbook with tips and reminders on how to maintain confidence beyond the session. 

“We really enjoying work in with Kathryn from Standing In The Wings. She created a series of workshops that focused on building students’ confidence through engaging drama games and activities, which fostered a sense of trust, and, most importantly, self-assurance. Students honed their public speaking skills, learned to think on their feet, and gained an understanding of teamwork. The immersive nature of the activities provided a safe space for students to step out of their comfort zones, fostering personal growth in a supportive environment. The workshops culminated in a performance to parents, who expressed gratitude for the evident boost in their children’s confidence, noting improvements in communication skills and an increased willingness to express themselves creatively. The workshop not only empowered the students but also created a lasting impression on parents, highlighting the value of creative education in building well-rounded individuals.” – Caroline Millington, Head of Drama at Goldington Academy, Bedfordshire. October 2023. 

Character Development Workshops

Developing and maintaining characters throughout a performance are vital to ensuring a believable story for the audience.

Our workshop leaders will work with students to understand, interpret and develop their characters and support with techniques to ‘become’ the character in a safe and focused way. Based on Stanislavski’s practice, the workshops are designed to make the student think about how they are in character, why their character behaves as they do and how that influences other characters. 

Techniques include ‘Hot Seating’, developing back stories for each character, understanding relationships within the character list and ‘Consequences’. 

Workshops are usually carried out in group settings but can be completed 1-2-1 as well. Workshops include one tutor, all prep time, sessions, plus PDFs of our own ‘In Character’ Workbooks and Top Tips and Tools for Performance. 

Meet The Workshop Leaders

Jamie

Jamie Tyler

Credits include – Chester in The Staged Concert of High Society (West Green House Opera),  Du Fresne in The Staged Concert of Gigi (West Green House Opera), St Kenneth’s Captain cover Mr Hawtrey in The Boy In The Dress (RSC Stratford), Sea Captain cover Malvolio and Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (RSC Stratford), Herr Uber/Doctor cover Bob Cratchitt and John Foster in A Christmas Carol (RSC Stratford), Footman cover Moth and Dumaine in RSC’s Love’s Labour’s Lost (Chichester, and Theatre Royal Haymarket); Hugh Oatcake cover Claudio and Balthasar in RSC’s Much Ado About Nothing (Chichester and Theatre Royal Haymarket), Lancelot cover King Arthur in Spamalot! (UK Tour); Cover Che in Evita (Dominion Theatre, UK and European Tour); Spamalot! (Playhouse Theatre London); Disciple cover Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular (UK & Australian tour); Uncle Ernie in The Who’s Tommy! (English Theatre Frankfurt & European Tour); Eugene cover Vince Fontaine, Teen Angel and Doody in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre, Victoria Palace, UK Tour); Seabee in South Pacific (UK Tour); Brad in The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour); Swing in South Pacific (UK Tour); Ensemble/cover Cousin Kevin and young Tommy in Tommy! (UK Tour); Spend! Spend!Spend! (The English Theatre Frankfurt); Benjamin in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Gaiety Theatre Isle of Man); Babbies in the Wood (York Theatre Royal); Griffo in The Corsican Brothers (Gaiety Theatre Isle of Man); Duckling cover Cat in Honk! (Landor Theatre London); Tim Murphy in The Telephone Girls (Gaiety Theatre Isle of Man), Dandini in Cinderella, and Prince in Snow White (Stoke Regent Theatre); Lead Vocalist on P&O Artemis (World Cruise)

TV/Film credits include dancer in ‘Muppets Most Wanted’, Hero in Che Banca commercial, Punter in Fosters Comedy, Football Bore in McDonalds commercial.

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Natalie

Natalie trained in Acting for Theatre, Film and Television at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, graduating in 2007.

She toured the UK and Ireland for the next four years performing theatre-in-education shows and workshops ranging from anti-bullying to Shakespeare. After putting away her touring suitcase, she has continued performing, both on stage and as a scare actor at Thorpe Park Fright Nights and The Howl. She works closely with several Bedford based theatre companies, and regularly performs in StageWrite, an annual new writing festival. She can also be spotted in several music videos and award winning short films. She was a dancer in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and danced at the FA Cup Final 2016 alongside Tinie Tempah. Alongside performing, Natalie teaches drama and singing, and several of her students have gone on to study at prestigious performing arts schools across the UK.

Theatre credits include Mrs Kranky (George’s Marvellous Medicine), Hero (Much Ado About Nothing), Leslie (Her Big Chance – UK & USA), Lana (Intercourse), Mother (The Railway Children), Counsellor (Hot Thoughts), Ranger Rita (Ranger Rita’s Animal Adventure), Maid Marian (Robin Hood), Cinderella (Cinderella), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty() and Abanazar (Aladdin).

Writing and directing credits include adaptations of Oliver Twist, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Treasure Island, The Wind in the Willows, Robin Hood, Holmes, The Elves and the Shoemaker and The Brothers Grimm as well as original works including The Grey Lady, SHE, Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye and The Witching Hour.
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