Scotland

Drama workshops

Our Dragon Tails drama workshops focus on a youth group rehearsing and performing a reptile and amphibian themed play. As part of these workshops we ran a Scotland-wide script writing competition where children had the chance to win loads of great prizes and the chance to have their play performed by youth groups across Scotland during the coming years of the Scottish Dragon Finder Project. Find out who won here!

 

What’s new?

Scottish Dragon Finder’s drama workshops for 2017 are just beginning but we have had a great start already with the Dunblane Centre drama group performing the play at Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh as part of Scottish Environment Week. Many more drama sessions are scheduled for the rest of the year and we can’t wait to meet the new groups and see their performances!

 

 

1st Dunning Brownies learning about our species before the play

1st Dunning Brownies learning about our species before the play

 

 

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Brownies during the performance

Children from the Dunblane Centre performing the play for MSPs at Scottish Parliament

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Years 1 – 3:

The Scottish Dragon Finder team have been busy in 2016 getting out of the office to meet some Brownie groups, namely the 1st Auchterarder Brownies and the 180th Edinburgh Brownies. Each of the groups were very interested in learning about our native amphibians and reptiles and were keen to take part in the play. Each groups initial run through of the play were very good and all the girls really got into their parts. We left them with all the necessary props and returned to see the final performance of the play after a month (which each of the groups had been practicing hard for). Families and friends gathered to see the performances and they were both well received, all the performers had done a great job learning their lines, so a big congratulations to all the girls who took part and to the leaders for helping with the smooth running of the play. Following this Froglife staff visited the Bracadale Wildlife Watch Group, Highlands, the St Andrews Botanic Garden Youth Group, Fife and the 1st Dunning Brownies in Perth and Kinross who all ran excellent renditions of the Dragon Tails play.

We first visited the 112th Edinburgh Brownies in October 2015 and were impressed by their knowledge of amphibians and reptiles and their enthusiasm to get stuck in with acting out our Dragon Tails script. Their effort shone through on the performance night with an excellent version of the play performed to a full audience. They were also the first group to use our bespoke pond-scene backdrop, designed and hand-painted by local Glasgow artist Sandy Grant (http://www.sandygrant.net/). A member of the audience said “the stage backdrop was very professional and made it really exciting for the girls” and one of the brownies said “the big picture is amazing!!”.

During year 1 of the activity the Turriff Girlguiding group put a lot of effort into their practices to produce an excellent performance of the play in September 2014. They made many fabulous props and entertained the audience whilst also educating them with some amphibian conservation facts. Click here to see the performance. Many thanks to the girls and their leaders from both groups for all their effort!

 

 

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Turriff Girlguides practising the play

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Performance night at Turriff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Between years 1 – 3 of the the drama workshops we have run sessions with 14 groups in Scotland with over 650 children and adults involved in performing and supporting the performance.

 

First scene showing the metamorphosing frogs with pond-scene backdrop

Young audience members makes an ‘I heart Froglife’ banner at the arts and crafts table