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Mum of three from Palgrave inspiring youngsters from as young as 18 months to discover their love of the stage through Drama Tots classes

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After falling in love with acting at the age of eight, Donna Corbyn is now inspiring a new generation of young thespians to discover their love of the stage.

The mother-of-three runs Drama Tots, a series of drama classes aimed at children aged between 18 months and four.

“I started when I was eight,” said Mrs Corbyn, who has lived in Priory Road, Palgrave, since moving from Hertfordshire 20 years ago.

Mrs Corbyn with some of her students. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021.
Mrs Corbyn with some of her students. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021.

“I had a real passion for dance at that age. I just loved performing and being on stage. That’s my happy place.”

After leaving her former job in recruitment earlier this year, Mrs Corbyn decided she wanted to share her passion for the arts, using role play, music and movement to inspire youngsters to unlock their imagination.

She began her classes in September, running them out of Roots Activities, in Stuston, on Tuesdays; and Palgrave Community Centre, in Upper Rose Lane, on Fridays.

“Every week, we go on a completely different adventure,” added the 36-year-old.

“One week, we are going to the sea; the next week, we are going to the jungle.

“The children are having a whole lot of fun, but it’s also about much more than that.”

Mrs Corbyn went on to explain how drama is an effective tool to build confidence in her students from an early age.

“Children learn through play and dramatic play,” she said. “It’s about allowing them to use their imaginations and to have self-confidence.

“I’ve seen how a nervous two year old will come in and, within a couple of weeks, they are jumping around the room.

“There is nothing better than watching children grow in confidence, creativity and self-esteem in a fun, friendly and nurturing environment.”

To find out more about the classes, click here.

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