Drama workshops boost confidence
KNOWN for his roles in Drift and Mcleod’s Daughters, Myles Pollard has channelled his 20 years’ of acting experience into workshops for kids.
As part of this year’s Perform Act Dance WA Kimberley Festival of Arts (PADWAK), Mr Pollard will be running Acting with Camera workshops for kids in the region.
“Unfortunately kids are becoming a lot more detached socially and more obsessed with devices like ipads and game consoles and as a result are less communicative, less able to express and more reluctant to deal with people directly,” Mr Pollard said.
“The creative arts helps kids become more effective communicators, more self-aware and much more personally and socially confident,” he said.
Workshops in regional areas can also have fantastic benefits for indigenous students in improving truancy issues, behaviour and engagement.
“I was blown away by the creative talent I saw whilst teaching in the North West. Performing really inspired kids to attend school because they found something that they loved to do that gave them a sense of belonging, pride and plenty of laughs. The arts has a big role to play in communities in helping kids enjoy school,” Mr Pollard said.
All student are encouraged to take a class, even if they are nervous and have no prior experience, as the classes could be the confidence booster kids in remote areas need.
“I hope this festival opens doors to kids personally, socially, creatively and imaginatively,” Mr Pollard said.
“I think there’s a real need for these opportunities and for me personally, it’s exciting, being a bit of a homecoming since I grew up in the North West myself,” he said.
PADWA director Beej Francis said the festival workshops encouraged personal growth, self-esteem and confidence through performing arts.
“Our aim is to reach more students in regional areas and give them the same opportunities that usually only big cities present,” Ms Francis said.
“The basis for doing so is the fact that the Kimberley region has one of the highest incidences of suicide with young people in Australia (and in fact the world), alarming rates of addiction, and domestic violence.
PADWA also runs a range of masterclasses around the country with industry professionals in the areas of acting, dancing, singing and music, with artists including popular Australian personalities from the Australian Ballet; prominent TV series’ including Mcleod’s Daughters, Home & Away, and All Saints; films such as Wolverine; and musical theatre personalities from big box office hits Cats, Les Mis, and Beauty and the Beast.
Ms Francis said many schools were opting to include programs like Rachael Beck’s Your School Musical into their performing arts curriculum to achieve a broad range of outcomes.
Entertainer, vocal artist and actress Rachael Beck has conducted multiple workshops with school across the country, sharing her extensive performing arts experience with students.
Working closely with teachers, staff and students, Your School Musical brings together a team of professionals including a musical director, stage and creative director, light and sound expert and performers.
“No one can predict how technology will change job opportunities in the future but the skills of innovation, problem solving and teamwork developed through engagement in the creative arts will undoubtedly be essential skills for success,” Ms Beck said.
“Beej Francis is a consummate professional who will inspire your kids to be the best performer they can be. I have no hesitation in recommending PADWA for their fantastic workshops and talent agency.”
For more information about PADWA workshops and events visit: www.padwa.com.au.
Australian actor Myles Pollard.