Our Theatre & Film solutions

Our solutions

The value of using drama within our programmes has always been its ability to engage the mind and the emotions in equal measure and above all to instigate real change in the work place. We use drama as a fluid resource within training. We keep it truthful, recognisable, realistic and above all enjoyable.

MaST Theatre & Film is the only business theatre group to be a part of a larger learning and development organisation, working alongside non-theatre consultants on most projects.

Within the team are theatre professionals, all of whom have business experience and who work regularly in front of the audience or behind the scenes in television, film and theatre. Many of these work with us as professional roleplayers.

We have developed innovative ways of ensuring that delegates retain the learning from our programmes. Micro sites, MP3 players with radiostyle plays downloaded onto them, and virtual postcards from memorable characters, have all been used in this way.  This can add real depth and innovation to 70:20:10.

We specialise in interactive drama, customised plays for training and change programmes, and Executive Presentation Coaching. We also work with clients to provide launches, roadshows and conferences.

 

Business Theatre & Film:

In order to appreciate where you want the organisation, team or individual to go, we have to fully appreciate where they are at the moment.

Drama has been used in theatre for thousands of years, and on film for hundreds. We recognise ourselves by observing the behaviours and speech of others. The realisation of the consequences of actions can be very powerful; involving both intellectually and emotionally.

After awareness, we look at skills and application in relations to your organisation and especially - ‘what do we all do differently tomorrow?’

We finish where we started, with an openness and honesty. Along the way we have explored situations, realised things about ourselves and others, and above all, we have enjoyed the experience – which makes it memorable.

 

Stop Start Theatre and 1 to 1 practice:

The actors we use for our non-scripted theatre input are experienced improvisers who were business before they trained as actors. Many also work as facilitators and are accredited trainers or coaches.

Stop Start Theatre is a very interactive learning process. It starts with the delegates watching a scenario where two or three characters interact in a less than desirable way. The scenario brings to life challenges that the delegates are frequently faced with and is based on our research and discussions with the client. Delegates instantly associate with it!

1 to 1 practice in break out rooms is an opportunity for delegates to practice handling a challenging conversation that they expect to have with someone in the near future. These sessions are a great opportunity for a delegate to get feedback on his or her own personal working style.

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70:20:10:

70:20:10 was never designed to be a totally prescriptive model, nor were the figures designed to be constant in all learning contexts, however, we know that knowledge of this theory is useful in constructing a learning intervention. For this reason, all of our bespoke learning creations are fashioned with this model firmly in mind.   

How do we engage with this model? 

We work really hard to understand the context and job demands on the individual entering the learning environment. Delegates will learn more if they are challenged, either because their role demands more, or if the context in which they operate requires a shift in mindset and behaviour. Normally, the two go hand in hand. If the learner recognises there is a gap in their capability, either because they lack skills or behaviours, or if they are out of tune with the context then they will be much more motivated to learn. We tap in to this motivation by framing the learning appropriately and by ensuring that the skills learned are the ones that help the learner close the gap between where they are now and where they need to be. This is where the growth comes from.

We also look to simulate the work environment by ensuring practice sessions closely mimic the learners work context. This not only provides face validity, which gives the learning content credibility in the learners mind, but also ensures maximum learning transfer. Our organisational ethos is ‘working in your reality’.

We have also developed considerable expertise in developing pre and post learning activities, which again, help to maximise results by closing the gap between the classroom and job experience. Another key competence is our ability to evaluate training. Good evaluation not only measures the success of the training, if designed well, it also drives and helps to embed the learning.

Learning in their networks

20% of learning takes place in the informal networks through people that we trust. MaST can provide detailed information about these networks and to understand who people go to solve problems. This enables the network to be supported through well targeted interventions.   

Pulling the learning 

Learners need to be able to pull learning whenever they need it in real time. It’s not always timely to push learning on to learners. We have considerable experience, through our MaST theatre team, in developing high quality learning videos which can be accessed through any form of mobile technology. This type of material is also highly effective in reinforcing learning so as to minimise skill decay.    

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Graduate training:

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Confucius.

Our live and filmed interventions create interactive and effective training. We build fictional organisations where parallels are drawn with your working culture. By problem solving, interacting and advising the characters populating this world, participants can immediately put their learning into practice, experience its benefits and gain the confidence and motivation to do the same in the organisation they work in – your organisation.

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Presentation coaching for executives:

Do you know your strength as a presenter? Can you capitalise on it?  Using techniques which help actors to deliver their best performancec eveery time we concentratge on the deeper messages being conveyed by your voice and body language for that crucial presentation or conference.  How to look confident, authoritative, and approachable.  We work one to one - from script to delivery, with small groups and with large seminars, but in all forms the concentration is on the individual and bringing the best out of that one person.

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