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Drama after school

Along with learning drama techniques such as improvisation, voice and body movement, Gisborne Theatre School students develop their own characters and scripts, says tutor Bo Jarratt.

Bo and her team have set up the theatre school as a place young people can attend as an after school programme. Year 11-13 students help facilitate and act alongside GTS's juniors. Local actors, singers, musicians are invited to work alongside the students.

“GTS is really about finding and recognising your own individual creative strengths while having heaps of fun. We work towards a final performance that is produced by the students each term,” says Bo.

Bo was part of last year's Gisborne/East Coast schools' Shakespeare festival winning team, she was a part of the 48hr film festival's best school category winning team and has taken on the lead role of Juliet in a Unity Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet. This year she will attend the National Youth Drama school's eight-day intensive in Napier.

Places are still available for GTS's after school classes. For more information, contact Bo at gisbornetheatreschool@gmail.com or through the school's Facebook page.

Bo Jarrat (left) and her Gisborne Theatre School team have set up the theatre school as a place young people can attend as an after school programme. Places are still available for GTS's after school classes.