Thursday, 7 November 2013

Ensemble theatre - what's that then?

Ensemble theatre demonstrates a collaborative model or working.  Basically it is group work.  Everyone's contribution is valuable and essential to the whole.  Little Actors uses this methodology to ensure everyone is challenged and can experiment and take risks.  We make sure all abilities and interests are represented and developed.  Ensemble work is also a way of developing many skills that are useful in the wider world.  People learn to work supportively and they learn to value other's ideas and develop understanding.  Inclusion is encouraged.  To work in an ensemble manner is enriching for the participants and for the audience.  Little Actors uses the ensemble approach so that all children feel involved and valued.

The picture shows an ensemble performance of 'Don't Feed the Animals' with InterACT Youth Theatre as part of the National Theatre's Connections programme.