WORKSHOP: Saturday August 18 10am-12.30pm showcase 12.30pm

Playing Field Studio, City
AGE RANGE: primary age

This workshop is designed for primary school students who would like practical training in public speaking to approach school oral presentations, speeches and other public speaking tasks with greater confidence and skill.

Students will learn the following (adjusted for the age of the students and taught in a fun and interactive way):

  • Anxiety management techniques (advice is based on research including the presentations of academic Matt Abrahams; see “Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques”)

  • The art of persuasion: Logos, Pathos and Ethos as established by Aristotle; study how to use these concepts to enhance speeches

  • Specific speaking techniques to engage and persuade an audience e.g. repetition, analogy, parallelism, pacing, gesture

  • Develop an original persuasive speech on a topic the student cares about, integrating evidence/examples and using techniques from the course (students should come with an idea of an issue they would like to speak about)

The course will end with a showcase of speeches for family.

Note: students who complete this workshop have the option of being admitted as a finalist in the Drama Olympics at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Sunday September 29. Read more about the Drama Olympics here.

Tutor: Kirsty Budding (BA, DipEd, MSt ANU). Kirsty lives and works in Canberra as a theatre producer, director and teacher. She has been shortlisted for the Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwright’s Award (2008) and has won the Canberra New Playwright’s Award (2008); the Canberra Area Theatre Award for Best Original Work (2014); and the Short+Sweet Festival Best Script Award (2016). More recently, Kirsty was a semi-finalist in the 2017 ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest, Los Angeles. Kirsty’s playwriting appears in The Voices Project: Encore Edition (2015) published by Currency Press, Sydney and her anthology of monologues Paper Cuts: Comedic and Satirical Monologues for Audition or Performance (2017) is published by Blemish Books, Canberra. Kirsty has produced and directed a range of youth and adult productions and especially enjoys working with teens who love performing and public speaking.

Status: Currently accepting enrolments

Fee: $45 for single workshop.

Limited places.