Orange Frog Theatre Company
WHO ARE WE AND WHAT DO WE DO?
Orange Frog Theatre Company is a new kind of theatre company aimed at ensuring all those that want to be involved in the performing arts get the opportunity to do so. Their classes are currently for students aged from 6-11 but they hope to expand the age range in the future. Orange Frog strongly believe in inclusion for all and welcome any children aged from 6-11 to come and try out.
Orange Frog Theatre Company also offers bespoke classes and workshops to preschools, nurseries and primary schools and can cover specific learning targets for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
It was started by Carol Soper and Eliza Hemphill, both of whom have a passion for the performing arts and making it accessible to all..
Carol is a graduate of the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and has worked as a drama teacher for more than 20 years As well as successfully working in many London secondary schools, Carol has also taught in private, independent schools and has owned and run a mainstream part-time performing arts school since 2013.
Eliza has many years of attending a performing arts school part-time and is currently studying Community Arts Practice at the esteemed Brit School of Performing Arts and Technology. She has seen the difference bringing performance to those who wouldn't necessarily be able to access it can make to the individual, and is passionate about inclusion for all.
Orange Frog was born after a discussion between Carol and Eliza about how they could make the mainstream performing arts school more accessible to all children and young people, as some people found the noisy, boisterous classes too much for them. They then discussed the idea of having smaller, specific, drama classes, where everything from class activities, to class size, to venue would be developed specifically to make the classes accessible to all, and as such Orange Frog was created.
Orange Frog runs with a half-termly theme, enabling the children and young people to develop their knowledge and skills around a continued topic, therefore helping them to feel confident of what to expect each week. This is also assisted by the regular and continuous format each week setting clear boundaries and flow to each class. The classes run for 90 minutes with a working break in between where the children and young people will be set a task, which has been started in class, to discuss and work on in groups, before returning to the class to continue working on the task. Orange Frog believes that opportunities to socialise are very important, not only helping to build and develop friendships, but to also encourage successful collaborative working. By starting an activity in class it is ensured that the students understand what is required before they take their break, and with the teachers supporting their group discussions during break, everyone is coaxed and inspired to share their ideas and made to feel like an important part of the process. Orange Frog knows that if the students have been involved in the decisions and creativity that they are more likely to take ownership of the work and so feel more committed to the process and end product which helps to build their confidence and self-esteem.