Theatrecraft

Drama Camp for secondary school students delivered in conjunction with Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited

Monday 4th to Saturday 9th of July 2022
AND
September 2022 dates TBC

6-day / 5-night camp
This program is a part of the Positive Start initiative.

This Drama Camp is for secondary school students and will be delivered in conjunction with Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited. The program and workshops are led by specialised youth and arts leaders. These camps welcome Year 7-12 students with an interest in theatre. Young people can further develop their skills in performance, voice and movement, with likeminded young people from all over VIC.

What programs are on offer?

We offer a 6-day / 5-night camp including meals, accommodation and performing arts focused activities and workshops.

The Winter Drama Camp (July) has a focus on writing pieces for performance.  A range of different approaches will be explored, but the aim of a performance piece is to tell a story and let the audience into a different character’s experience and view point.  There’s plenty of scope for experimentation and things don’t get straight to their final form. Most definitely a fun and  interactive process!

There will be chances to try Lucid Writing, Story Development,  Actions and Objectives, Improvising Dialogue and other Improvising Games, Monologue Writing and Mask work where observers provide dialogue for action. By the end of the camp, participants will have some written work completed, have tried some performance ideas with other camp attendees and have some skills to continue independently as they wish.

The Spring Drama Camp (September) is about devising work and putting creative thinking together with spoken word and non-verbal approaches.  This is flexible, depending on the works commenced at Winter, that may be developed further. The Spring Drama Camp is likely to be a review and refresh of established skills and then going into rehearsal skills, collaborative direction, using voice and devising work from aural and visual stimulus.

By the end of this camp, participants will have devised works that incorporate written text and/or physically devised sequences.

Our programs are fully supervised theatre based experiences. Allambee Camp staff  will look after the catering and accommodation and the specialist Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited team will manage the program of theatre arts activities.   There will be morning, afternoon and evening sessions, and time to enjoy the natural environment at Allambee Camp.  Social time is valued too, with opportunities to get to know the other young people at camp.

What  do students gain from this school holiday program?

The students will expand their Theatrecraft skills and make friends with other young people that share the same passion. Camps are an important part of growing up and independent research clearly shows that students who participate in camp programs grow in independence, interpersonal relationships, leadership, self-confidence and self-esteem.

For which ages are these Drama camps?

These Drama Camps are designed for secondary school aged students (13-18 years of age). We do believe that our programs give students the opportunity to grow as a person, make new theatre friends, explore new activities and allow them to become more independent in a safe and supervised environment.

Who is involved in running these camps?

Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited  (part of The Victorian Drama League Inc) have a pool of youth and arts leaders with varied qualifications, training and experiences, but have been running performing arts focused school holiday programs and performance project intensives  for young people since 2008.  Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited Project Co-ordinator Joanne Watt has an extensive dance background, which led her into community theatre, which is The Victorian Drama League Inc’s primary concern.

Allambee Camp is owned and operated by Roman and Imelda Cathomen. Their venue is a Quality Tourism Camp & Adventure Activity Accredited Operator. Allambee Camp is also member of the Australian Camps Association.

Allambee Camp and Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited staff that work with the students have Working With Children Check Cards and follow the Child Safety Policy & Code of Conduct which can be found under the Resources on this website.

How are the risks around COVID-19 managed at camp?

We follow Department of Health guidelines. The Allambee Camp COVID-19 Policy & Procedures have been implemented and guidelines are followed at all times.

How can I book?

If you would like to go ahead and book your child in for one of our Drama camps, please contact us and we will send out an application form. Once we have received your form, the Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited Project Co-ordinator will contact and discuss further details.

My child is eligible for a FREE Positive Start 2022 School Holiday camp, what do I need to do?

If you have received an email from your school that your family is eligible for Positive Start 2022 School Holiday Camps, please register your child with the link provided to you by your school. You will then receive and email from the Department of Education with a booking code for your Positive Start 2022 camp. When you contact us to book your child in, please let us know the booking code and that you are eligible for Positive Start.