Being mindful towards mental health in Drama

Mindfulness is everywhere. A quick search on the Internet for mindfulness in education creates a myriad of different projects, resources and news stories. It has become a big and important thing in education, and rightly so. Four in ever Five 12 to 16 year olds said, in responding to a survey, that they have had or are currently experiencing mental health problems (Ellis, 2017). Drama, … Continue reading Being mindful towards mental health in Drama

Should the subject of Drama mix with politics?

Education in Britain is divided up by so many different means, some officially such as by gender or faith and others unofficially such as location or ethnicity. Social, political and cultural division is rife through the education system. As we move towards the 2017 General Election, how much of that politics can schools debate and get involved in? Especially when the climate is touchy, the … Continue reading Should the subject of Drama mix with politics?

Don’t Ignore Your Inner English Teacher

So many Drama Teachers are also English Teachers and the cross over in terms of subject knowledge is obvious. The teaching of English can gain so much from having a Drama teacher on board. There is a obvious cross over in terms of approaching understanding, deconstructing and exploring plays – but those same questions can be asked of literature as well. I’ve had so many … Continue reading Don’t Ignore Your Inner English Teacher

A recipe for a Drama Lesson

A classic Drama lesson with fun activities, engaged students and active learning Equipment: A space without tables, chairs, stage lights and sound system optional. Ingredients 1 Cup of Engaging Material 1 Cup of Engaging activities (that have been linked) 1 Large Cup of Pace A dash of Music (optional) A dollop of Performance A squeeze of chance A small teaspoon of self or peer assessment. … Continue reading A recipe for a Drama Lesson

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

Latest Interview with Drama Teacher Kate Nash

Here is the third interview of my monthly feature; interviews with Drama Teachers who work at the coalface of the Drama Studio. This time it is with Kate Nash. Kate teachers Drama to 11 to 18 years olds in a private school in Bath, she is on the executive committee for National Drama and a keen advocate for the Arts. You can follow Kate on Twitter @KateMrsnash Continue reading Latest Interview with Drama Teacher Kate Nash