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Let’s Explore

Mary Power-Cooney’s youth theatre group Theatrics (formerly Poetry n Motion) is now entering its 20th year in Naas. We are based at Naas’s fantastic Moat Theatre.


Exploring new worlds with theatrics

Performance drama is only one aspect of the Theatrics approach. When not in rehearsal for performance, students of Theatrics explore a variety of exciting and strange worlds and situations in the safety of the class through process drama.

Process drama involves students and their teacher working together in and out of roles to create improvised worlds where thoughts, feelings and themes can be explored in a safe environment. While traditionally drama has been performed for the sake of the audience, process drama is drama for the sake of the participant. It is drama as a way of exploring an issue, theme or feeling.

Process drama is beneficial to children because it develops:

Allowing the child to come up with new ideas and to make creative choices

walking in other people’s shoes encourages tolerance of the feelings and opinions of others

discussing, negotiating, rehearsing and performing are all cooperative processes that combine the creative ideas and skills of all participants

Process drama enhances the verbal and non-verbal expression of ideas. It also aids voice projection, articulation of words, fluency with language and persuasive speech

Children learn how to communicate the who, the what, the where and the why to the audience. Process drama fosters quick-thinking solutions, which leads to great adaptability in life

myths, legends, stories and plays allow students to discover and learn from social issues and conflicts from the past and present

the values of practice and perseverance are fostered through the rehearsal process. Drama games and creative movement foster self-control

An infinite number of themes can be explored through process drama. Here are just some of the themes we have worked on recently