Kayaking along the Caledonian canal, and comparing notes about the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, we realised that there were only a few Drama DofE residentials. As keen supporters of the DofE scheme and having driven mini buses the length and breadth of the UK while helping to supervise Silver and Gold expeditions – we thought that this just wasn’t right.

So began a two year project, pulling together all the experiences and strengths of more than 20 years leading Drama workshops. As we are very aware that knowing you want to be an actor can be daunting for both you and your parents, we wanted to create a course that helped allay some of that worry.


Our main instructor, Sian, has performed globally at international festivals, co-run two street theatre companies, written five plays for the Edinburgh fringe and taught Drama at GCSE and A level. So she knows a thing or two about how to earn a living as an actor, and how to be paid for creativity. Sian is also a dab hand in the kitchen having worked in an Australian restaurant on one particularly badly paid tour. The idea for The Dramatic Survival Kit was forming, but where to run it?

Sian has taught professional actors and students; in Greek lemon groves, French squash courts and, more conventionally theatres and schools. Home was calling though, and Sian was lucky enough to find the Celtic Camping site with its beautiful amphitheatre, and whose staff offer a friendly, warm Welsh welcome. We're looking forward to meeting you, helping you to thrive away from home, building your confidence in the kitchen and having an incredible week.

"Where do I begin? I can't express how grateful I am for everything you have done. I came into drama having no experience and you have been superb in helping me to flourish and grow in confidence and skill. Thank you. "