Forbes Drama offers fun 21st century improvisation drama classes, in a friendly encouraging and professional environment for children and teenagers. Improvisation has been proven to help self-confidence and enables students to express themselves freely without the restriction of working from a script. FD is interested in students with or without experience as we believe that no experienceis an advantage, in having a raw and authentic acting ability, which is important in performing naturally. No matter what your background, everyone is welcome, and we do not discriminate, in fact the more character, uniqueness and diversity the better! The only thing we ask of our students is respect for their fellow student’s which forms part of our ethos.
Our classes are open to all levels of experience and FD teachers are DBS-checked, professional with experience in the industry, with a positive and good energy to ensure classes are enjoyable and discipline is maintained through out. Classes cover working with props which encourages students to think outside of the box to physicality and characteristic work.
Our student showcases are held throughout the year, and is an opportunity for friends and family to come along and watch what techniques the students have learnt and see them in action. Our most recent showcase was held at The Beckenham Theatre (see below) and included one of our students singing a solo song which was fantastic! Students are encouraged to bring whatever talent they have to the showcase.
The Monologue Messages
Our most recent showcase (The Monologue Messages), was held in May of this year and it’s topics centred around bullying & social media insecurities/image. It was a series of monologues and vlogs, which were filmed, and then shown to friends and family via a large screen at the Beckenham Theatre for that cinema experience. It was a fantastic evening, and lots of fun for students to see themselves make their very own debut via a private screening. The event included a brand stand and red carpet for that VIP treatment! Filming the monologues gave the students experience, and an opportunity to act/work in front of a camera and follow direction.
Drama Coach (Lily Reed)
Founder (Delanie Forbes) met Lily when she cast her for a comedy she wrote and produced in 2012! She played Chanelle (the chav) and what a fantastic chav she played! Lily’s theatre training started early in her childhood, her passion leading to further training and experience working in the arts. Lily achieved a BA Hons from Trinity College of Music where she studied Musical Theatre. Lily has gained various experience working within the industry and has co-written and co-directed a TV Comedy Sitcom. She has experience on screen and in theatre, and has toured London fringe theatres with her self written cabaret show as well as performing productions at corporate events. Lily looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion with the students at Forbes Drama classes and workshops.