Welcome to Prospero
We are an inclusive theatre company that uses drama to improve the quality of life for adults and young people with disabilities and mental health conditions. Our dual purpose is artistic endeavour and socialisation and we believe the one feeds into the other. We work to improve the quality of life of each person by giving the opportunity to be creative, express emotions, work as a valid member of a team and have a voice.
Monday evenings, 7PM-9.30PM. Prospero’s inclusive theatre company rehearse and perform devised plays. This is a touring company that has performed in many parts of the UK. Suitable for ages 18 and over.
Saturday mornings 9.30AM-1PM. Termly curriculum including tuition in acting technique, characterisation, voice, improvisation, physical theatre, singing and dance. Suitable for ages 14-18.
In schools Prospero delivers Mind Fitness through drama workshops to help build confidence and reduce anxiety and stress.
Prospero work in partnership with Mind Fitness to design and deliver projects to reduce stress and anxiety, Reframe negative thinking, build resilience, release creativity and develop emotional controls.
Mindfulness for Performers
A six-week course around mindfulness and cognitive training, specifically designed for Performers.
Over the six weeks you will learn how to:
- Manage the many stresses around the performance industry
- Employ your creative skills to build resilience
- Develop a simple mindfulness practice that will allow you to press the clear button on the clutter of life
- Retain a more positive mindset and belief that you can cope
- Build self-awareness that will boost both mental health and performance skills
Beth is one of the founding directors of Mind Fitness and author of the hugely successful Unlock You, business book of the month in August and September 2020. She is currently working on Emotional Health for Performers, commissioned by Nick Hern, the leading theatrical publisher.
Beth’s background is in theatre having worked for 15 years in mainstream before founding Prospero Theatre in 2015, an inclusive theatre company working with actors with disabilities and mental ill-health.
For Mind Fitness Beth designs and delivers training for Equity, BECS, Surrey Arts Partnership and numerous drama schools, theatre companies and arts charities. She also delivers mental health and wellbeing training to corporates in the creative sector and speaks at training events and conferences across the UK.
Feeling stressed is part of the human condition but there are simple techniques we can employ to take us out of the stress response and back to a place where we can think clearly and perform well.
Having negative thoughts is, again, a part of the human condition but we don’t have to listen to them. We can use simple techniques to retrain our brain so that it doesn’t get tangled up in the negative, and gradually we can replace them with positive thoughts and emotions.
In other words you can learn to get out of your own way and achieve your potential.
The Performing Arts has always been a stressful place to build a career, but the current situation has taken this to new extremes. I want this course to give you simple techniques to help you to cope now and get yourself to the best possible place for when better times come.
Dates – Weds 24th Feb to Weds 31st March
Wednesdays 7 to 8 pm on Zoom
Trainer – Beth Wood
Cost £50 – £25 for students and unwaged
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