WHAT WE DO
Small But Mighty is a Young People's Theatre Company committed to providing a nurturing environment where students develop the skills and creativity to become dynamic theatre practitioners and confident young people. No experience is necessary and we aim to have fun.
Lessons focus on Acting, Devising, Performance, and Reflective Skills. In the early stages, we explore stagecraft and acting skills through imaginative play, games and small performances.
As students move through the company and develop as performers they are able to apply their knowledge and understanding of drama to themes that matter to them. We adapt, devise and write alongside students to develop original and innovative work to be heard by adults and young people alike.
We want to use creativity and participation to engage and empower children and young people so they may build confidence and essential skills for life. Working collaboratively and directly as creative practitioners we inspire young people to realise their potential.
Our programs and projects are designed with and for young people.
All young people, regardless of age, experience, culture, gender, disability or circumstance, will have the opportunity to (1) develop creative skills and (2) participate in cultural activities. These young people will be supported and encouraged to use their individual and collective voices to influence positive social change.
We believe in creating STEAM! Adding the power of the Arts to an education system that promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). All forms of art are are necessary in stimulating academic achievement and positive mental health.
We are keen to partner with other organisations to broaden the social reach of the company and to secure the funding to do this, please contact us if you are interested.
Fran trained with the National Youth Theatre, The Central School of Speech and Drama and at the University of York. She received an Arts and Humanities Research Board award for her Masters Degree in Applied Theatre. Fran believes passionately in the transformative power of the Arts and the right of everyone to access and enjoy participation in high-quality performance.
Fran is an Associate Director for the Oxford Theatre Company Living the Drama, and has worked as a Secondary and Primary School Teacher. Fran is also a Trinity Arts Award adviser. Her favourite project to date was Project Q, a verbatim play written with students commissioned to tackle LGBTQ bullying in Oxfordshire schools. Now, more than ever, she believes that it is crucial to amplify the voices of our young people, and supplement the work done in schools by focusing on the creative process and the many skills it develops.
Fran has a special interest in devised performance work and puppetry. Her favourite play is Hamlet! She lives in Oxfordshire with her family and other animals.