Welcome To The Drama Studio

Here you’ll find everything you need to know about my work and how we might work to develop creative writing & performance together. Have a look around and please get in contact if you have any questions! – PJ

 

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PJ the Poet

Paul has been working alongside the National Literacy Trust to develop new ways of engaging pupils and teachers with poetry in the classroom since the beginning of 2015.

A Closer Look

PJ the Performer

Paul has been on the stage since he decided that his primary school assemblies weren’t interesting enough and asked his schools deputy head if he could do a play instead at the age of eight. He earned his stripes with Basildon Youth Theatre before heading to the University of Kent at Canterbury.

A Closer Look

PJ the Published

Paul has worked solidly as a writer since leaving education in 2015 and began a small blog that told tales from behind the classroom door. Following the life of ‘fictional’ Drama Teacher Jim Tovey – “Requires Improvement” is a satirical view of education in 21st century Britain and has received fantastic reviews since its publication in May 2016. The book was a crowdfunded project and Paul successfully ran a campaign to raise the funds nationally to get the novel to its first print run. He is available for book events and festivals and regularly attends teaching conferences to talk about the process of writing and of self publishing.

A Closer Look

PJ the Playwright

Paul has written plays throughout his career, whether it be specifically for an educational setting (assemblies, presentations and school events whilst working as Head of Drama) or for local fringe presentations.

A Closer Look

About

Here you will find all the information you should need about my work, what I’ve done so far but more importantly what might I able to offer in creating new work with you in the future. I am a freelance actor, teacher, poet, playwright and novelist (I have a lot of strings for my bow) and am always on the lookout for new projects.

Whether you are a primary school looking for some one off sessions to help develop confidence in your children, a secondary looking to focus pupils attention on a specific topic or even a local group trying to get a creative community project off the ground, then I would love to hear from you!

I’m happy to travel (seeing the world is one of the perks of this job) so no matter where you are, please get in contact for a quote and we can see what we can do. I’ll always tailor the cost of a visit to you based on the nature of the project and the location I am travelling to, trying to keep your costs to a minimum wherever possible. I don’t come for free (my kids have to eat) but I understand completely the pressures put on people’s budgets. We’ll have a chat and sort something sensible out.

 In the meantime, have a browse at the kind of things I’ve been up to and I very much hope to be meeting with you soon!

PJ the Poet

Paul has been working alongside the National Literacy Trust to develop new ways of engaging pupils and teachers with poetry in the classroom since the beginning of 2015.

Originally using visits to galleries and museums as a visual stimulus to help generate new writing, Paul’s poetry sessions have developed over time to enable those taking part to explore poetry in fresh and innovative ways.

Placing emphasis on participation and confidence building, Paul helps pupils develop poetry as a group based on their own experiences and then uses performance techniques to share the work.

Paul is member of his local town Ramsbottom’s writers circle and will be releasing his first anthology of his own poetry work early in 2017.

“The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the activities, and you made it really accessible for children who have special needs.”

            Acorns Primary School, Preston

“Just to say a massive ‘thank you’ for the year 6 poetry day last Wednesday. The children (and adults) had a fantastic day! They all learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity of working with you.”

           Belle Vue Primary School, Carlisle

PJ the Performer

Paul has been on the stage since he decided that his primary school assemblies weren’t interesting enough and asked his schools deputy head if he could do a play instead at the age of eight. He earned his stripes with Basildon Youth Theatre before heading to the University of Kent at Canterbury.

During his time at University he was president of the campus Drama Society and took productions on two occasions to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as an actor with ‘Gangster No 1’ in 1997 and as a director/producer in 2000 with Harold Pinter’s ‘A Slight Ache’. He also directed Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’ and Alan Bennett’s ‘Green Forms’ – both for the Gulbenkian Theatre.

Graduating from UKC in 2000 with a BA(Hons) in Drama he then went on to complete a PGCE in Performing Arts at Liverpool Hope University in association with LIPA, which was the location for the practical training on the course. This led to him becoming the Head of Drama at a Lancashire high school, where he developed his skills directing everything from full scale musicals to ensemble murder mystery plays, both with pupils and staff.

Leaving the teaching profession in 2015, Paul has now returned to the stage and has acted both nationally for Splats Theatre Company (Midsummer Nights Dream, Shakespeare’s lost Panto) and on corporate entertainment projects for the Activ Events Company (Murder…and all that Jazz). He also trials new writing at Scratch Preston (Doorstep)

As well as being available for new acting projects, Paul has continued to work in schools and with young people in the community to develop performance workshops that focus on finding ways to help pupils develop their own performance skills. For some, this may be a desire to take part in big events and showcases. For others, it may be a desire to increase their own levels of self confidence. Paul’s workshops try to be as inclusive as possible, recognising that the achievements of every pupil will be different.

PJ the Published

Paul has worked solidly as a writer since leaving education in 2015 and began a small blog that told tales from behind the classroom door. Following the life of ‘fictional’ Drama Teacher Jim Tovey – “Requires Improvement” is a satirical view of education in 21st century Britain and has received fantastic reviews since its publication in May 2016. The book was a crowdfunded project and Paul successfully ran a campaign to raise the funds nationally to get the novel to its first print run. He is available for book events and festivals and regularly attends teaching conferences to talk about the process of writing and of self publishing.

 Paul also continues to create practical classroom resources and worked with the National Literacy Trust & BBC to create the teachers pack for their ‘Comedy Classroom’ project. He is currently working on a new project for the classroom which will assist teachers in looking at war poetry and engaging with the centenary commemorations that are taking place across the country.

 If you are looking for a short script, scheme of work or a session on creative writing, then please get in contact and Paul will be happy to chat to you about how a useful resource can be created.

PJ the Playwright

Paul has written plays throughout his career, whether it be specifically for an educational setting (assemblies, presentations and school events whilst working as Head of Drama) or for local fringe presentations.

Paul wrote a number of pieces for Canterbury’s OTK Theatre company including two community pantomimes (Elves & the Shoemaker, Emperors New Clothes) and a number of Theatre in Education plays. (The Life of a Book, Colin meets the Victorians).

Since leaving education Paul has had his work performed by the Bolton Octagon Theatre as part of their WWI heritage project (Peace in our Time) and in August 2016 will be hosting a summer school for children in which his adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ will be performed as part of the 400th anniversary celebrations. His first Murder Mystery (Murder…and all that Jazz) was performed for the Activ Events Company in December 2015.

Paul is available to accept commissions for short plays and is happy to discuss tailoring his work to your needs – please do get in contact if you have some ideas!

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If you’d like to work with me on a new project, want to know more about what I do or even if you just want to chat about what’s cool in the arts world, please fill out the web form and I’ll respond within 24hrs or give me a ring on 07772 524357 if you want to speak to a real person!

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