Conscience Alley

Conscience Alley is a Drama tool that has been around for quite a long time. I suspect that it comes from Brain Way or Dorothy Heathcote and it is something that I have always associated with ‘process drama’. Drama as a pedagogy rather than Drama as a subject. It wouldn’t look out of place in a History lesson for example. Its structure is loose, which … Continue reading Conscience Alley

How improvisation can help students to understand the structure of a performance.

Improvisation has got to be one of the most universal, accessible and immediate rehearsal and drama tool in the box. But how can you use improvisation to help students understand the structure a performance? Continue reading How improvisation can help students to understand the structure of a performance.

Four simple ways to explore Bertolt Brecht’s concept of distancing

Twenty years ago this year, I went to see what was for me, one of the most defining pieces of theatre that I have seen. I’m talking about The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht performed by Theatre de Complicite at the Royal National Theatre in London. For me it was an incredibly important performance because it came at a point when I was just beginning to define … Continue reading Four simple ways to explore Bertolt Brecht’s concept of distancing

6 Character Development Exercises to try

The Monologue In the role of your character, write, rehearse and prepare a 2-3 minute monologue that accurately portrays your character at a particular point in time within the play your studying / performing. Consider what the character is thinking and feeling at that moment. What are their fears, hopes, love and hates in life and how they relate to this moment in the play. … Continue reading 6 Character Development Exercises to try

Chair Games

Girl Guides, Scouts or Boys Brigade? A variation on the game Oranges and Lemons. Assign the students into three teams based on anything from after school clubs to football teams and then spread their chairs randomly around the room. With the chairs spread around the room the action becomes less predictive and students have to move further. There are so many different variations of this … Continue reading Chair Games

Learning Lines

I’m sure I’m not the only teacher in the world who gets frustrated when students don’t learn their lines. It is impossible to do anything more than block scenes with students who have open books in their hands. They can’t move their hands or arms, their point of focus is in the book rather than the person on stage and they stay static in the … Continue reading Learning Lines