"Ele Slade was great at organising the students to produce an event which had many of Senior Management in awe at what the students were capable of. The students themselves were buzzing for days after, earning self-esteem, respect from others, and more knowledge about their own capabilities in the process.
Oasis Academy, Mayfield, Southampton. Feedback for Konflux Theatre in Education workshops.
"The Director, Ele Slade, was very professional, full of energy and inspired the students. Her enthusiasm was very catching!"
Jan Parkin - Southampton Road Safety. Feedback from Konflux Theatre in Education workshops in Secondary schools.
workshops & facilitation
I am a creative facilitator / workshop leader for people of all ages and abilities.
Part of my freelance work is for Theatre in Education companies, for whom I am a director and facilitator / actor, running ‘play in a day’ and ‘story journey’ workshops in primary and secondary schools.
I have run many art, craft, set and costume design workshops in schools, for arts organisations, county councils, national funded community theatre productions, and theatre companies.
I also have experience working with children with special educational needs, those with Autism and Aspergers syndrome, adults with learning and social difficulties, and older people.
Workshops I have delivered in the past have included:
Draping to create costumes
Developing costume understanding from the point of view of what a garment offers us, rather than starting with character
Playing with costume and it's effects on us as performers
Set design starting with the physical model box & scale model people - exploring different perspectives, approaches, atmosphere, size, scale
Lighting design in a model box - using gel samples - exploring atmospheric effect and basic technical aspect
Art, craft & textiles
Drama games & skills
Play in a day
'The Vision' - Woking Community Play Association
Working as Costume Assistant for large scale community production 'The Vision', I ran workshops in local schools and public 'drop-in' sessions on Saturdays.
In one school workshop, the students, inspired by research images, designed and made their own appliqué and embroidered disks which were used to decorate costumes for the production.
Silk painting with primary and secondary students. Inspired by reference imagery, the students designed their own individual silk painting panel, and worked in groups to design the layout of all their panels put together.