Raenbow Theatre School is a unique community led children’s theatre company, dedicated to inspiring 5-18 year olds through drama and vocal performance workshops. Their goals are to ensure each student grows in confidence and ability, at their own pace, and that their students feel safe in their environment and enjoy every moment of their time at Raenbow.
Children of all ages and ability are welcome, there is no audition process and the focus is on allowing each student to develop in their own unique way. The theatre classes are presented as a series of workshops specifically designed for students at the Raenbow Theatre School. The workshops offer a full range of drama and performance skills.
What will students gain from being part of Raenbow?
The aim of the workshops is to develop both ability in, and enjoyment of drama through
specific exercises: to extend imagination by exploring ideas and situations created by
the students themselves and developing basic skills as an actor. The hope is to cultivate
a wide view of, and interest in theatre and drama in general. The key focus of these
workshops is on participation and development, so that each child fulfills the potential of
his/her own creative instincts.
Every year the students perform in their annual show which is written specifically for and by the Raenbow team, ensuring each student is fully involved.
Classes: Monday & Tuesday evenings at Baljaffray Parish Church, Bearsden
Classes are split by age to allow students to progress and feel comfortable within their own age group. Each class is specifically designed to build on skills and techniques learned in the previous weeks.
Classes (click to expand)
- Preparatory (5-7 years)
This lively class concentrates on teaching children the basics of drama. Theatre games are mixed with mime, music, movement and stagecraft to ensure that we slowly build the confidence of each student. There is one golden rule and that is: Have fun!
- Junior (8-10 years)
This class endeavors to enhance their skills. Each child's level of abilities are worked on to ensure that they progress as individuals as well as being part of a group. Improvisation forms an integral part of this class, as this encourages the children to use their imagination and helps them to develop their acting abilities. Scripted work is also introduced as we start working towards developing different characters.
- Intermediate (11-13 years)
At this stage the children are concentrating on Performance, Voice Control, Movement, Music, and all other aspects of theatre work. Group discussions also play a big part as each student is encouraged to express themselves freely, to offer their own opinions and ideas and take more control of their own creative direction.
- Senior (14+ years)
The work completed in this class is more advanced than the previous classes, with some students considering drama for further education. Added to the work of previous classes e.g. improvisation, mime, speech & drama, is writing and directing. The young people have the opportunity to perform their own scripts and follow this up with a detailed analysis of what they have done.
- Vocal Performance (8+years)
This class is taken in conjunction with the drama classes. The aim of the class is to encourage confidence and develop the skills required for a vocal performance. Students are introduced to various types of music, requiring different kinds of vocal abilities and presentation skills. In addition, we bring in adult performers to give students the unique opportunity to perform with professionals – this has proven to be a big hit with students.
"Well personally I'd say that the staff are amongst the most caring and friendly you could ever meet…my children are so proud to be part of the 'sparkling Raenbow family'"
Sharon Watters (Parent)
"My 8 year old son has been attending Raenbow Productions for over 3 years and his confidence, imagination and his 'entertainment factor' are superb. The drama teachers are very patient and know how to interact with each individual child to ensure they enjoy the drama and get the most out of it. Each week my son comes bouncing through the door with a smile on his face. Thank you. I'm hoping to enrol my daughter too when she starts school later this year!"
Jackie McColl (Parent)
"Raenbow means fun for everyone!"
Rebekah and Hannah Watters (Students)
"My daughter loves going to drama, I think all the teachers and older helpers are great with the children, always full of praise for them and great at building up their confidence. There is so much hard work put into the shows. Raenbow is one big family :) I look forward to watching my daughter get her 10year trophy ... in 6 years time!!"
Donna Traynor (Parent)
"My two sons have enjoyed being part of Raenbow Productions Theatre School for many years now. I have always looked forward to the yearly shows which have consistently been fantastic professional productions, and thought provoking too. Many thanks to Anne, Margot and everyone involved."
Sheila Macrae (Parent)
"I get excited going to drama, I have lots of friends. I like learning new songs and love acting I wish there was more time. My teachers always make me feel good and I LOVE show nights!!!"
Kayla McAnally (Student)
"I sent my son to Raenbow when he was five to have an activity which was not sport and would be good fun and increase his confidence. Five years later both my boys are still going to drama and love it. They love the fun of the weekly classes and the annual show is a delight for all. I would recommend Raenbow to all parents thinking of an activity for their child."
Lucy Stevenson (Parent)
"The Raenbow production shows are my favourite of all the out of school activities! They make me laugh and cry in equal measures - so enjoyable! Very cleverly written, produced and costumed! All of the children have a chance to participate and very obviously enjoy the whole experience Fantastic!!"
Lynne Cohn (Parent)
"I attended Raenbow Productions for 11years. Raenbow has given me invaluable confidence in myself and in my ability to speak publicly in front of large groups. The classes gave us a safe environment in which to perform and also the opportunity to develop my leadership skills. But I think the most important thing to know about Raenbow Productions is this – it is fun, it is a good laugh and, honestly, there was nowhere else I would rather have been on a Tuesday night than in Drama class with my mates at Raenbow!"
Kirsty Reid (Student)
“We have had 2 girls attend Raenbow for 12 years so we are now getting to the end of the journey. Our girls have had the most wonderful time with opportunities to sing, improvise, enjoy weekly drama activities and end of year shows. However, more importantly they’ve had great fun, made lots of friends and improved in confidence along the way. We have always loved the fact that at Raenbow it’s all about every child having an opportunity to have a voice and shine for a short time. We don’t like the competitive “stage school” atmosphere and at Raenbow the emphasis is definitely on fun, energy, respect and confidence building. Thanks to the wonderful team at Raenbow for all they have done to give our girls such a great experience.”
Evelyn & Stephen Hart (Parent)