In these strange and unusual times we are being asked to teach, or at least provide, lessons remotely. Such a task comes with complex issues about how to get your work to students, how to communicate with them and how to provide feedback to them. As I have the time to do so, I thought I’d write an article on how we can approach teaching remotely.
Explore the highly charged, emotional and hard hitting work of Katie Mitchell. Her approach, which has been referred to as extreme Naturalism, pushes boundaries of theatrical techniques and audience perceptions. Continue reading Practitioner Guide: Katie Mitchell
Writing duologues can be really daunting. So much information that you want to communicate to an audience but so little time. These excellent tips and scenario ideas will help your students create amazing, engaging and emotional duologues. Continue reading Prompts, tips and ideas for writing student duologues
How do you adapt your practical drama lessons into a classroom environment? The goal is not to reinvent the wheel but to adapt what you have already got to fit the purpose of where you are. Here are six stress free ways you can teach what you taught before but in a classroom. Continue reading Tips for teaching drama in a classroom
Don’t bother about reading this post now. You don’t need it now. But that’s the thing about cover work. You never need it when you’re active, involved and alert. You need it when you’re feeling at your worst. You’re groggy and ill. You’ve received bad news and your mind isn’t in work mode. So bookmark this page for when you need it and come back … Continue reading Cover Work
Making sure that you all the relevant props for the actors to use gives a much more professional look to the show. However, they are also something that can easily be forgotten about or left to the last minute and then rushed. It is important therefore to manage your props and here are some suggested ways of doing just that. Continue reading Managing props in a production
Whatever the genre, style or practitioner you are using, getting to know your character is key. Here is a collection of six blog posts that explore the process of characterisation and how it can help create strong characters ready for performance. Continue reading Characterisation Collection
Giving learners the opportunity to be able to reflect on their progress and their needs can be an immensely powerful tool in learning. Learn how to improve how you and your students use feedback to improve their work over three steps. Continue reading Make student self assessment work in Drama.
Here is a YouTube Playlist that I have curated which covers 10 different job roles within the theatre, including Director, Costume Designer and Front of House Manager. It is a requirement for most Examination Syllabuses that students know about these roles and responsibilities within theatre. Although it’s a minimum requirement that students know what the job roles are, I think that it is worth exploring … Continue reading Roles and Responsibilities in the Theatre explored
There have been a lot of developments in education in the last 10 years, especially at Key Stage 3 and within the National Curriculum. Changes which have a massive knock on effect on Drama. Yet regardless of how vigorous, reasoned, or passionate any argument from the Drama Teaching establishment was, all protests fell on deaf ears. A harsh reality needs to be remembered here. From the very moment Drama was left out of the National Curriculum, there has been no reason for the Government to include Drama in any of its plans. Continue reading History of Drama in Education Part 6: Differences, arguments and existential crises.
In his 1997 book, The GCSE Drama Coursebook, Andy Kempe writes about the excellent health of Drama. He estimates that about 70,000 young people were choosing to take GCSE Drama by the late 1990’s. Drama appeared to be booming 10 years into the National Curriculum. Ten years after it appeared and feared that Drama lost forever. Continue reading History of Drama in Education Part 5: Process Drama
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