The Lost Boys believe that the arts and education are strongly linked and in combination make for exciting and innovative learning. Both Lost Boys directors, Ben and Paul are trained and qualified teachers with over 25 years of experience between them. The Lost Boys education programmes and workshops were created to maximise engagement and strongly factor in differentiation and contemporary learning theories to ensure that Every Child Matters. British Values are also explored and supported through each workshop. The workshops tap into the Lost Boys professional experience in theatre, film and fight performance.
Please see our programmes below
Textual Exploration –
Learn how to dissect and analyse a text considering both authorship and readership. We focus on a text as a whole, specific plot points, characters, themes and issues. The workshops focus on using drama techniques to gain a deeper understanding of a text and to give students the opportunity to give a real world context to the texts they are studying. Key Stages 4-5. Current workshops available that sit alongside our productions are:
Lord Byron and Percy Shelley
A Christmas Carol
Physical Skills Workshops
Not standing up but falling down. Film, TV and Theatre is filled with visual comedy legends, action heroes who made their mark in different physical guises – physical, acrobatic, shambolic, eccentric, salacious, grotesque. As the slapstick passed from hand to hand Chaplin, Tati, Laurel and Hardy, Cook and Moore, Monty Python.
This workshop delivered by The Lost Boys offers a fun exploration of the history of slapstick drawing together the many strands of knockabout comedy tracing its roots from the beginnings in primitive ritual through Commedia dell’ Arte and onto the aforementioned legends of film and television before venturing into the practical building blocks of creating slapstick action.
Stage Combat –
Learn how stunt performers and choreographers create fights for TV, Film and Stage ensuring effective story telling, realistic characters and above all else safety, whether that is a slap, punch, kick or the use of weapons. We are specialised in unarmed and armed stage combat and can run workshops that are focused on skills building by exploring stage combat technique in either the armed or unarmed discipline. We can also focus on a specific text and look at how combat can bring the text alive in a completely different way. Risk assessments and health and safety are always the primary concern. Key Stages 4-5.
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Creating Comedy Characters
A Workshop that explores building and developing comedy characters for the stage and screen. Blending the Lost Boys physical approach and learn how to create a character from the ground up or the head down.
Vocal Skills Workshops:
Public Speaking and Personal Impact –
A full day workshop that covers the art of public speaking and positive communication skills whether they are used on a one-to-one basis, small groups or large groups. Students will explore, speech physiology, vocal techniques, body language, and speech structure culminating in a speech delivery at the end of the day. Key Stages 3-5.
Public Speaking Awards –
Derby’s Annual Public Speaking competition contested by schools. Learn communication skills, including vocal and body language techniques to become an excellent orator and maybe win the trophy and prize.
We are able to tailor workshops to your needs. This may focus on a specific assignment you are running or even a specific marking criteria that you may need some new creative ideas on how to explore. Our educational experience allows us to be able to really focus on any aspect of a course that you choose, this could also include the creation of resources and teacher training to ensure that a legacy could be achieved. All of the above can also be accessed for adult learning as well if teachers would like to develop their existing skills or even develop new ones.
We also have workshops that were designed to sit alongside some of our productions. Please contact us for more information on those.
Over 95% of our workshop attendees rated the training as excellent and that they would recommend them to others here are some of their personal comments below:
‘It was very helpful and useful.’ Student
‘Made us feel comfortable when performing, wasn’t as scary as I expected. Also the feedback was very useful.’ Student
‘Challenging and exciting.’ Student
‘The workshop really boosted my confidence.’ Student
‘They really helped me improve my confidence.’ Student
‘I feel more confident now speaking in front of people I do not know.’ Student
‘I feel like I know how to do all the things they taught me.’ Student
“Paul is a creative, spontaneous passionate person who is able to influence and inspire others. He has strong leadership and management skills; he is able to communicate effectively in a variety of different situations and always has a unique ability to listen to others whilst staying true to his own beliefs. Paul is a fine communicator, a skilled negotiator and an acute strategist. He has developed a number of diverse ventures from simple ideas into finished, effective projects.”
Chris Coleman, Programme Coordinator, Derby College
“I have worked with Paul for over three years in various roles and have always found him to be innovative, hardworking and creative. The projects we have worked on together have been both successful and exciting and in his role a director of Lost Boys Productions he gives 100% effort and commitment. I look forward to working with Paul and Lostboys Productions as we develop further areas of collaborations.”
Helen Britten, Satellite Club Activator at Derby City Council