“I get to be whatever I want to be. I can make up my own character and no one limits my ideas! That’s why I like it so much!”
Speak To Me Gabriel (STMG) has an amazing track record of encouraging children and
young people to develop their creative talents in both art and drama.
Paulo Baigent, a qualified and experienced Primary teacher, teaches Art and Drama at two
He also runs after-school drama and art clubs and is Youth Director at Bath's Rondo Theatre.
the year on a Tuesday and is open to 8-15 year olds. Rondo Summer School is held in the
summer, with one week at the start of the school holidays and a second at the end. Our
Summer School webpage has all the details.
Children and young people are at the centre of the creative process. Rather than having a
structure imposed on them, they are empowered to develop their own work. In our drama
groups, they are the conceptualisers, storytellers, playwrights and co-directors. In our art
groups, they are able to choose their own direction.
Although parents say they are impressed by what they see, it is their children's experience that
counts most for us.
Benefits for children and young people
Developing real confidence as artists/performers and people
Unleashing their creative spirit
Learning valuable skills - for the arts and for life
Experiencing the fun of creativity
Encouraging a belief in themselves as creative people, hopefully a belief that will last for life.
"The art [my child] produced at art club was impressive. With the time to get into each project in more depth than at school,
and with Paulo's skilled support, the results were amazing. But the best part was how she and the rest of the group saw themselves as artists."