What’s the difference between Philosophers and Inventors?

Program Length 1 hour 1.5 hours Class Size 12 students 4 students Content Tailored group program with lots of improvisation, team work, plays, some focus on technique Tailored individual program with some group activities including plays, improvisation. More time to focus on technique. Exam Informal studio exam in class External AMEB exam Performances Imagination Festival Annual Concert Imagination Festival Annual Concert Fee $100 per

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What’s the secret to being confident?

Do you want to know the secret to confidence? It is quite simply, knowing who you are, and being ok with whoever that is. The secret to confidence is to embrace what makes us different, and to share it with the world. Our world teaches children to compare themselves to others, to try to fit in no matter what, and that different, is wrong.

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Successful drama performance

Creating successful drama performances

One of our main areas of focus at Speak Up Studio is to ensure we create positive drama performances for our students. We want to show them how magical it can be, so that they fall in love with performing in front of an audience. There are four main steps to our approach for great performances. Firstly, a successful performance starts with selecting the

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Experience the magic of performing

When Speak Up students, small and tall Got up on stage in the concert hall Their mums and dads looked on with pride. What a wonder! What a day! They cried. To see them standing on the stage So brave, and strong and unafraid. Confidence and talent in equal measure, It makes our hearts just leap with pleasure! We’re celebrating the magic of performing

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How to become a professional actor

So your child wants to be a professional actor…

Your child loves to act and sing or dance. You’ve asked what they would like to be when they grow up. They stand proudly, and confidently declare, “I’m going to be a professional actor!” Eek. You gasp. What are you going to do to help them achieve their goal?! Becoming a successful actor might seem like quite an ambitious dream for a child, but

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practice makes progress

Practice does not make perfect

As we reflect on the year, we thought it would be lovely to share a video of some of our long term students talking about the progress they have made over the years. There is enormous value in sticking with an activity for a while, and the brilliance of the Speak Up program, is that students can start with us when they are three years

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Four reasons your school needs a Speech and Drama program

1. Schools are under more pressure than ever to deliver academic results With Naplan and increased standardised testing, schools and teachers are under pressure to deliver academic results. Unfortunately, this often impacts the way schools approach the curriculum, and subjects like drama, music and art sometimes receive less attention. We meet students who are struggling because so much focus is put on their academic achievement rather than other important things like

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The History of Halloween

The History of Halloween

Have you ever wondered about the history of Halloween? Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, falls each year on 31st October. It is believed that the day was originally celebrated as an ancient Celtic festival which marked the end of summer and the harvest, and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. The Celts believed

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Why we love Roald Dahl

With his stories of mischievous children, evil witches, wondrous adventures, and fantastic creatures, Roald Dahl takes us all to a world of magic and amazement! It’s clear to see why we love Roald Dahl! Not only was he a short story writer, novelist, and one of Speak Up Studio’s most beloved authors, he was also a fighter pilot! What a guy! Dahl served in the British airforce

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Creativity and speech and drama

Where does creativity come from?

Creativity isn’t just colour and paint. Creativity is a way of looking at the world! At Speak Up, kids use their creativity and imaginations to solve problems, illustrate meaning and mood with their voices, build believable characters, design crafts and costumes with a focus on individuality, and much more. We asked some of our creative kids to tell us where creativity comes from… Their

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