Communications Training | Speech and Drama Workshops

Young Performers |  See timetable

From reciting a poem about a tarantula to performing Shakespeare pieces and practising public speaking skills, Speaking Works is as much for the budding actor as for those just wanting to gain confidence in speaking. Children learn best when they are having fun so we do just that whilst helping them to speak up, express themselves and develop their listening skills through storytelling, performance and role-play. Each child also has the opportunity to improve their vocal/physical communication technique for exams.

Through preparing for LAMDA examinations pupils gain a better grasp and appreciation of language, poetry and performance. Pupils can even gain UCAS points through successful completion of exams at the higher grades (6-8).

Please contact us to join a class, waiting list or attend a TRIAL.

What makes us unique? We have smaller classes to allow for individual attention and we are a speech and drama class, allowing children to build their confidence in speaking in front of others regardless of whether they like acting or not - we all need to learn to communicate better in the world today!


Age Groups

5-7yrs | 8-10yrs | 11-13yrs | 14+yrs (For 2.5-4yrs see Storytelling Works)

Our Workshops:

  1. Provide life-long speaking skills for social situations, interviews & future employment
  2. Encourage creativity, imagination, storytelling and improvisation
  3. Aim to make speaking in front of others a natural thing to do with ease and clarity
  4. Are limited in size to allow for individual attention - we are not a stage school
  5. Offer LAMDA exam preparation and enrolment (where you can gain UCAS points in higher grades)
  6. Provide training in vocal & physical expression
  7. Foster an appreciation for poetry, prose and language

Class Structure:

Conversation - Warm-up games - A physical or vocal exercise/game
Games or Improvisation around different speaking or performance techniques
Practising vocal or physical public speaking techniques followed by rehearsal or performance 

Young Storytellers for 2.5-5yrs | See timetable

  • Suitable for big OR small voices!

  • Small, fun classes to allow for individual attention

  • Builds confidence & independence

  • Encourages imagination and creativity

  • Prepares children for basic speaking & listening skills needed for school

  • Encourages improved articulation & sentence structure

Please note this is a class for your child to attend on their own! You can wait for them in the venue and maybe have a cup of coffee or a well deserved rest for 45 minutes. This is to encourage the children to be brave on their own, build friendships, improve their communication skills and gain independence before school.

Active storytelling sessions provide a fun environment to encourage even the quietest of children to tell their own stories and gently act them out with friends. Speaking with confidence and clarity is an important life skill so why not make it natural from a young age? The storytelling technique asks children to make up their own stories, however big or small. They then become auteur and director acting it out with others to build confidence in speaking and performance. 

We also adhere to the framework for early years foundation stage (EYFS):

1. A unique child - every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
2. Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person

3. Enabling Environments  – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning
4. Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.

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