WELCOME TO TROUPERS

After School Drama Clubs for adventurous minds

Since 2010 we have been working with schools across London to give 5-11year olds the most adventurous and playful after school drama experience imaginable!

Troupers classes use fun improvisation games and collaborative theatre exercises to instil a spirit of togetherness and optimism in each group, boosting their confidence and their ability to create original stories, characters and scenes together.

One week the Troupers might be pirates, the next week they might be Lords and Ladies of the Manor and the following week they might be aliens. Whatever they can imagine they can be. 

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain one as we grow up.”

Pablo Picasso

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"When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero."

Fred Rogers, American TV Host

 
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ABOUT US

Our Mission

Troupers is built on the belief that every child (and adult for that matter) is innately creative. Our job is to give all students as many opportunities as possible to discover and reaffirm this wonderful fact about themselves. To facilitate this ongoing process we always prioritise creating an environment where children can try (and fail) safely, all in the name of fun, and without fear of judgement.

Whether your child is passionate about acting or just interested in having fun and making new friends, the skills developed through improvisation and drama will support them throughout their life. In a changing world, what could be more valuable than the ability to adapt, to accept yourself and others, to listen deeply and respond authentically, to be able to learn, play and collaborate with anyone and everyone, and ultimately, to get good at being you?

Nothing makes us more proud than watching a child become more confident, more happy, more calm, more engaged and more THEM throughout their time with us.  

 

MEET THE TEAM

All Troupers Play Makers are professionally trained actors and directors with bags of experience- on stage, screen and in schools! Past Troupers Play Makers have included RSC directors, Olivier Award winning actors, and even one of Dr Who's assistants! All Play Makers have enhanced DBS clearance.

 

JIM RASTALL

Co-Founder and Director

Jim co-created Troupers way back in 2008 while training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

What started out as an excuse to play games over the holidays rather than work in a bank, became an excuse to play games full time rather than work in bank. 

He continues to learn from the best, developing Troupers' playful teaching style alongside an acting and directing career which has seen him work with several of his idols while also enabling him to dress up as everything from ancient Greek heroes to Santa Claus.

Favourite Game: Blood Potato (or football)

Super Power: Moving faster than I can think

Highlight: Go-karting through the dessert

JOIN THE CLUB

 

SCHOOLS

If you think Troupers might be a good fit for your school, drop us a line for more information or to arrange a free taster session for your students!

PLAY MAKERS

Do you have a passion for inspiring young people through improvisation, drama and play? Yes? Well we'd love to hear from you, so click the button below and say hi!

TESTIMONIALS

 

"If you are looking for the best possible drama provision in your setting - look no further... Troupers is delivered by professionals who understand what drama is and what children need to do to develop their early craft. Our club is consistently oversubscribed, which speaks volumes."

Cheryl Payne, Head Teacher, St Mary' RC Primary School, Putney

 

©2020 Troupers, photography by Craig Fuller 2019