Bunbanter’s Scottish Young Theatre Group offer participants a safe, creative environment. Click to read more…
We provide one-to-one drama tuition sessions to students, both in-school and at home.
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We believe that working on elements such as confidence, communication & team working. Click to read more…
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In addition to their creative work, The Bunbury Banter Theatre Company also teach the next generation about theatre, audio and the arts by delivering specialist workshops, private drama and singing lessons and ongoing classes across London, the South East and more recently, in South West Scotland.
Over the past decade they have had the pleasure of seeing numerous children and students benefit from the positive effects drama and the arts can have on people. The arts provides us all with the unique ability to develop communication skills and moral, social awareness, to inspire self-expression and creativity, to instill a sense of self-confidence, self-esteem, achievement and identity, not to mention developing an understanding and empathy towards others and the world around us.
Bunbury Banter also work with partner organisations to create bespoke one-off workshops in a number of areas including audio, musical theatre and new writing.
What’s so good about the arts anyway? Why should I join, or send my child, to your drama groups? What do participants learn and what’s the point? How is drama even relevant to me or my child? Does someone need to have had experience to be able to join and is it like drama in schools? Is drama and the arts really for everyone?
Our classes are created using Bunbanter’s many years’ experience in both making professional work and nearly a decade of designing, teaching and facilitating arts based subjects to people of all ages.
Our learning ethos is focused on the holistic approach, meaning that each class is unique and created around the individuals involved. All our classes are delivered by trained theatre professionals and use methods rooted in a balance between technique, knowledge and above all, fun.
The Cultural Learning Alliance: The Arts empower children and improve life chances
Arts education is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. It’s really the air many of these kids breathe. It’s how we get kids excited about getting up and going to school in the morning. It’s how we get them to take ownership of their future.
– Michelle Obama, Honorary Chair, President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities, 2009–2016 –
Cultural Learning Alliance, Key Research Findings: the value of cultural learning, 2017
- Participation in structured arts activities can increase cognitive abilities by 17%.
- Learning through arts and culture can improve attainment in Maths and English.
- Learning through arts and culture develops skills and behaviour that lead children
to do better in school.
- Students from low-income families who take part in arts activities at school are
three times more likely to get a degree.
- Employability of students who study arts subjects is higher and they are more
likely to stay in employment.
- Students from low-income families who engage in the arts at school are twice as
likely to volunteer.
- Students from low-income families who engage in the arts at school are 20% more
likely to vote as young adults.
- Young offenders who take part in arts activities are 18% less likely to re-offend.
- Children who take part in arts activities in the home during their early years are
ahead in reading and Maths at age nine.
- People who take part in the arts are 38% more likely to report good health.
Read the Key Research Findings in full at:
Cultural Learning Alliance
As a working theatre company, Bunbanter prides itself on using professionals from all over the arts industry as our workshop leaders and teachers alike! These professionals use their passion and past experience to pass on their expert knowledge improving the technique, abilities and focus of all our students.
Using members of the theatre profession enables us to continuously be on the pulse of what is happening in the theatre scene, including current productions and trends. All those who teach with us at Bunbanter follow our holistic approach to education and as experienced and highly original teachers, they all balance the ability to both inspire and discipline all their students.
All our staff are subject to a thorough reference and background checks.
Reviews, comments and feedback
Feedback, reviews and comments are crucial to our ongoing work. We design our classes, workshops and all other learning output around our knowledge and experience, which is continually being shaped the feedback we receive – both positive and negative.
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Our young people really enjoyed working on the play. It was powerful and moving and helped them feel they were making a difference to public perception of the main characters situation and how this can happen to someone in real life.
It brought up some emotional issues for certain individuals in the play but they received great support from Bunbury Banter and Soul Soup and it helped them express their feelings and work with them. Bunbury Banter theatre company were excellent at working around really gritty emotional issues and supporting the young people as they did it. They were sensitive to our young people’s needs and spent time supporting them as well as directing the play. Our young people feel they have been involved in raising public awareness of struggles and issues surrounding today’s youth.
The soul soup young people involved were literally beaming with a sense of achievement after the first night of the play. They have all experienced a shift in self-esteem, confidence and a sense of achievement that I believe will add to their resilience and positive internal beliefs about themselves. I feel that this has been a phenomenal influence on their positive mental health and would recommend it to many more young people.
Director – Soul Soup
Bunbanter’s Scottish Young Theatre Groups
“Drama Group is a great way for young teenagers to by – pass the awkward stage and grow in confidence in talking and acting with other kids in a creative environment, whilst being coached to think outside of the box”. – Parent
“I enjoy the fact that everyone can be themselves without being judged or left out. I also like how the group is always friendly and inviting, and how we can build our confidence and knowledge.” – Student
“Well organised, enthusiastic, interesting and a wonderful opportunity to develop life and drama skills”. – Parent
” I have gained a great amount of confidence to be able to be braver about doing things in school and outside. I have also gained a group of great new friends!” – Student
“She continues to grow more confident in her ability! I would recommend this group to any parents.” – Parent
“I enjoy talking to everyone. I enjoy playing the games and doing the warm – ups, I also enjoy learning new things like stuff about MacBeth, Shakespeare or radio plays.” – Student
“It’s local and there’s good communication with the organisers. The group appears very supportive of one another. My daughter always enjoys coming and taking part in the projects and always comes home really happy.” – Parent
“A benefit I have got from attending this group is that I have learned how to speak out loud in front of an audience.” – Student
“My daughter has enjoyed the challenges of the different projects. I think it’s fantastic that they’ve tackled Shakespeare as she has developed an understanding and appreciation of what can be a very daunting subject. She has also developed in her confidence and is more able in her communication skills – and she now enjoys Shakespeare, which is no mean feat!!” – Parent
“I’ve grown a lot in confidence” – Student
“I love their enthusiasm and abvious enjoyment of theatre and performance, and how they pass this onto their pupils. Other after school activities that my kids have attended have suffered by inconsistent timings and cancellations. Ali and Phil’s reliability is amazing!” – Parent
Bunbanter’s Saturday School
” My son has attended the Saturday school for 2 yrs now. He loves singing, dancing, drama and enjoys it. He has become more confident, jolly and met new friends. Thanks to their amazing work and well done Bunbanter!” – Parent
“My daughter has attended the Saturday School for almost a year now and she loves it. She has met a whole new group of friends. She has become more confident in her drama and singing during normal school activities. Well done Bunbanter….” – Parent
Bunbanter’s In-School programme
An email response to her students LAMDA results and after watching our LAMDA evening.
“This all sounds wonderful. Thank you for the work you are doing, I know it is really appreciated by all the students. I was so impressed with them when I came to watch the other evening…” – Maggie Bailey – Head teacher – Grey Court School
In response to drama workshops with all year groups from Reception to Year 6 and providing quality PPA release time.
“Activities are purpose designed to enrich our curriculum whilst developing the children’s dramatic skills and teamwork. She has been happy to follow the school’s behaviour management policy and provide feedback to class teachers. Glennon’s punctuality and reliability are good, as are her working relationships with children and staff.” – Nikki Turner – Dept Head at Laleham Church of England Primary School
In response to an audio drama workshop at the Keats House Festival, 2012.
“Many thanks to you and Ali for the workshop ,which was excellent from all the reports back and I know we’ll work again in the future.” – Maureen Roberts – Senior Officer at The City of London
Private Drama Tuition
” Glennon helped my daughter Bethan take her first LAMDA exam. She had great ideas on how to bring the pieces to life. Glennon treated Bethan like a professional (which she loved) and therefore got impressive performances from her. Bethan got a distinction in her LAMDA exam – this would not have been possible without Glennon’s help and encouragement. I cannot recommend her enough…” – Claire Ellis – Parent of LAMDA & Drama Pupil
“Thank you for all your encouragement and teaching – it has done Aoife the world of good…” – Rose & Dave Simpson -Parents of LAMDA student
“Glennon was the Drama teacher at the Odiham Drama Workshop that I attended as a student last September for a short run. Each time I went I found her very warm, friendly and approachable. She was highly experienced and professional in her role as the teacher and was able to encourage us, the students, to join in with ease. Most importantly, I am profoundly deaf and Glennon has a rare gift to be able to put across what is happening, I have learnt from her and it made me feel that I am part of the workshop group and not an outsider. It was a real shame when the Drama Workshop finished – it is lucky people who now received her attention and tutoring. Glennon is a dedicated teacher and I know she will continue to be a real credit to all the students who learn from her and colleagues who work with her…” – Kimberly Waine – Thomas, a drama student of a previous weekly adult class
Past Creative Learning Work
Since we started Bunbury Banter in 2006 we have developed, setup and ran many successful educational elements of the company.
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Bunbanter’s Saturday School
In 2008 we opened the Bunbanter Saturday School in Ealing, London, to offer local children a high quality and professionally run theatre school to benefit from. We covered the core three subjects of drama, singing and dance but also specialised in media classes such as screen acting, commercials and radio. Our students also benefited from our holistic approach, when it comes to learning and the structure of a year, and with regular rewards, reports and a yearly musical written specifically for them; our Saturday School was like no other!
Bunbanter’s Young Theatre Company
Set up as a two year project in 2013, the Bunbanter Young Theatre Company is now successfully drawing to a close having accomplished many milestones, both with the students individually and as a group.
From the outset, we showed the group a variety of theatre styles and techniques and the arts as a whole, both in our sessions and on excursions, encouraging questions and personal responses from all we’ve experienced; from the performance art of Marina Abramovic, to the politically charged ‘Little Revolution’ at the Almeida Theatre. We also experimented with techniques such as ‘Recorded Delivery’, Meisner and Stanivslaski, created videos and blogs documenting their discoveries and journey, explored a myriad of theatrical styles including the works of Brecht, Artaud, Berkoff and Grotowski and staged work by Caryl Churchill at Lost Theatre, London.
This has all culminated in the creation of their final production; a devised scripted theatre piece, inspired by the debates on gender equality and incorporating elements of verbatim and ensemble movement work. ‘Mind The Gap’ initially staged at ArtsEd, also offered the opportunity to put their technical and production knowledge to good use, as, along with the script itself, every element from design to the marketing and fundraising, was under the group’s control. Just after their performance at ArtsEd, Bunbanter’s Young Theatre Company were thrilled to be invited to stage ‘Mind The Gap’ one last time, as part of The International Youth Arts Festival in July 2015.
Over its life span the YTC has offered participants a safe, creative environment to explore the diversity of theatre and the arts, guided by our Ali, our artistic director and supported by a wealth of industry specialists, acting as the group’s regular Mentors.
We are exceptionally proud of Bunbanter’s Young Theatre Company, its members, mentors and the progression and work that has been achieved over the past two years; but don’t just take our words for it, see their facebook page for even more about the students and their work! Like much of our work, Bunbanter’s YTC existed to challenge and inspire, encouraging participants to explore the diversity of theatre and the arts in a safe and supported environment, regardless of the personal circumstance.
Please see our YouTube Page for our YTC playlist.
“It’s a fab example of best practise and achieving excellence”
“Regardless of how long it continues for, I am really grateful to have been a part of it.”
“I’ve learnt so much from their openness and they have been a pleasure to teach.”