Prasanna's Volunteer Drama Workshop!

Phoebe Paskin Orr

July 15, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 19.20.25Prasanna P is an experienced actor starring in major stage productions, TV shows and film.


Recently Prasanna has taken a few hours a week from his busy schedule to volunteer for The Tutorfair Foundation, helping the 6th Formers at Pimlico Academy develop their Drama skills. Prasanna easily built rapport with the students, providing advice that they were able to act upon immediately. Lisa D - Drama Teacher at Pimlico Academy said, “Prasanna is just one of life’s nice guys. The advice he is giving is something the students can really relate to. He thinks about it on their level, which is great.” The students were all Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 19.21.32 (1)working on various pieces for their GCSE drama, requiring a differentiated approach to the tutoring. Prasanna delivered quality support to each student and group, depending on the requirements of the piece. Lanta and Amy said “He helped us with our scene, which has improved a lot since he’s started helping! He gave the scene a better style making it much more believable” Being able to strike a chord with the students has certainly helped Prasanna gain their respect. Lisa added, “The students aren’t struck particularly [by the fact he’s currently on TV] but they are very receptive to good advice, which is what he gives”Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 19.21.42 (1) You can tell by the way the way the students listen and respond that they value Prasnana’s input. Tashan and Daniela made the following remarks; “He helped us with creative techniques and we have definitely gained in confidence” and “he accepts what we have to say. He sticks to our ideas allowing us to develop them, rather than giving us his own.” It really is an inspiring sight to see so many students engaged and clearly benefitting from the help of a volunteer. When asked about the experience Prasanna has this to say: “The students were hard-working and imaginative in their scenes and improvisations. They responded brilliantly to new possibilities in their work and they were a pleasure to teach.”Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 19.21.52 (1)