When we walk around Sydney, it is easy to see all the diversity made up of different cultures. It’s one of the best qualities Sydney has, but sometimes because of differences in our background and culture, what we say can become “lost in translation.” If you say your communication has been lost in translation, you mean that the original meaning or implication is not very clear as a result of being translated in another language or told in a different way.
That takes us to our question, how does drama help in saving communication from being lost in translation and bridging the gap between different cultures?
Drama is about action, meaning, communication and storytelling. Drama bridges the “cultural gap” because it is used as an educational tool through exposing children to different literature from different countries of the world at different time periods. All of us are born with an ability to adjust to the environment we are surrounded by. Like sponges that soak up water, we adapt in two ways, by adjusting and assimilating. Adjusting to an environment is learning by experiences and assimilation is imitating what we learn. When we assimilate it becomes a part of us.
Participating in drama lessons allows your child to adjust by giving him/her a social and personal experience to learn from and allows him/her to practice assimilation from various scenarios, so he/she can adapt by imitating the nature of the story or scenario.
Especially for students who are raised in a multicultural home, drama can help them play out and adapt themselves to all sorts of scenarios and environments, resulting in them becoming more culturally balanced, well-rounded and prepared students.
Our teachers offer students support so students can develop, adjust and assimilate for each scene and situation to reach their full potential.
Drama is truly a tool that helps train students for life, giving them a large variety of experiences so that they can develop individual skills that help them understand and immerse themselves into different social situations, regardless of context. In that way, they have more practice, exposure to various forms of communication and cultures, saving their communication from becoming lost in translation as they age.
At the Acting and Communication Academy, we offer group classes where students gain confidence, experience and explore ideas and learn from each other in a supportive, creative environment. If you would like to explore how drama can help your child develop skills to immerse themselves in various situations and scenarios, get in touch today for more information, or enrol through our online Parent Portal.