Over the past five years, we at Round Midnight have expanded our work from the UK overseas into International Schools. Our mission is to provide the highest quality creative arts projects to schools all over the world, so that all young people have the opportunity to learn through creativity. With our drama workshops and arts festivals any subject in any classroom can be brought to life!
As we do in the UK, Round Midnight create bespoke programmes of work, tailored to each International school's specific needs. We create topic-based creative arts workshops in order to develop and enhance the curriculum, whether it be part of a week of one-off acting workshops, or a fortnights worth of creating a full performance - whatever it is, we can create it!
Round Midnight have built strong relationships with various International Schools, so much so that we are invited back time and time again!
In March 2017, Round Midnight embarked on their third trip to Wellington College, Shanghai. Every year the college host an Arts Festival, inviting artists from all over the world to teach themed workshops at their school. Past themes have included Shakespeare, The History of Comedy, The Works of Roald Dahl, and Countries around the World. This year the theme was The Progression of Film and Cinema. We work with students of all ages on the chosen theme, creating and rehearsing a professional large scale performance... in just 4 days!
Outside of developing the performance, Round Midnight also teach theme-based workshops to younger students in the Prep School. We use drama games to encourage performer skills, confidence and enhance literacy and language skills. Similarly we dedicate a drama session to working with parents of pupils to illustrate the work we have been conducting with their children, which is always fun and beneficial to the home/school connection. The pupils benefit from this experience hugely, as stated by the Festival Coordinator, Kerry Coburn:
“They challenge themselves to get outside of their comfort zones and actually, they learn things about themselves, their peers and about people from outside of their school as well”
This year, Round Midnight's co-Director Claire Downes, also attended the Arts Fesitval at Wellington to teach Acting for Camera workshops. Having been in the film industry for two decades, Claire was able to bring a juxtaposing technique for the children which taught them the difference between acting for stage and acting for film.
If you would like to find out more about the International work we do, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd be happy to discuss the programmes of work we offer, or tailor a brand new bespoke project for your school, wherever in the world you are!