Hello! I’m Sophie and I’m very excited to be on board as Eco Drama’s Out to Play Drama Artist for a second year, having worked alongside founding Drama Artist Ben Mali, in 2017.
I had a hugely memorable experience working with primaries 1-7 at Merrylee and Chirnsyde Primary schools last year, and you can read more about that on the ‘Out to Play’ Blog here.
Since taking part in the project, I have found myself increasingly keen to find new ways to combine environmental learning, nature, storytelling and outdoor play with my specialism of drama.
So, who am I? I work as an actor, performer and writer trained in acting and physical theatre. I have worked extensively in Scotland in community, third-sector and educational settings facilitating workshops using drama and the performing arts, therapeutic play and interactive storytelling. Most recently, I’ve had the pleasure of playing the role of a giant honeybee and educating children about pollination and the importance of insects, working for Edinburgh Science Festival’s ‘Generation Science’.
In my personal life, I’m passionate about looking after the planet, and I love camping and adventuring outdoors. Outdoor Learning and Sustainability are hugely important learning areas at the moment, and I’m looking forward to helping more children enjoy the imaginative possibilities of exploring outdoors and nature, rather than any game they can play on a console, phone or computer!
I’m looking forward to adventuring with two new schools during 2018’s ‘Out to Play’ project and I hope they will enjoy it as much as I will.