Condo high students learn from drama legends

Condoboiln High School Students took part in a drama workshop run by The Maids.By Dominic Geiger

Condobolin High School students had the opportunity last Thursday to learn from the cast and coordinators of The Maids theatre presentation at a drama workshop held at the Condobolin Community Centre.

Thirty two drama students took part in the workshop while approximately 120 other students were given a tour of the building and received a sneak peak of the stage and props as they were being prepared for Friday night’s performance.

Penrith based drama teacher and stand-up comedian, Brent Thorpe, said the aim of the workshop was to encourage students to express themselves in ways they usually wouldn’t be able to while in a school environment.

“It’s about letting kids know it’s ok to express themselves and that they do have a voice and it’s ok to use it,” he said.

“We do basic skills training, drama games and we give them a taste of what it is to act.

“The students also had the chance to have a Q and A with The Maids actors and learn about how they got into [National Institute of Dramatic Art].”

Actor Elaine Crombie said the workshops were designed to help children release stress they might be experiencing at home or at school.

“The issues a lot of young kids go through day to day can create something like a tension wire for them,” she said.

“If they don’t have access to ways to express themselves that wire can snap later in life and then that becomes something the rest of the community has to deal with.

“I’m not saying this is the only way, but early intervention like this can address these sorts of issues now.”

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