On Weds 8th October 2014, acclaimed director David Farmer is running a one-day course outlining a pract [ ... ]
This sequel to the best-selling 101 Drama Games and Activities contains inspirational and engaging games and exercises suitable for children, young people and adults. The activities can be used in drama lessons and workshops as well as during rehearsal and devising periods.
The book includes lively and fun warm-up games, vocal exercises and activities to develop concentration, focus and team building. The key drama strategies can be used as creative tools to explore themes and characters. There is a new section on developing skills which arms participants with tools for improvising characters and situations as well as dozens of ideas for developing improvisation (which can be extended over several sessions). There is also an expanded storytelling section with some very accessible games for making up and telling stories. The final section is on mime and movement.
'...bubbles over with imaginative ideas which could be used to good effect by non-specialist as well as seasoned drama teachers. Excellent resource for primary, secondary and other drama teachers.'
'In this current climate where speaking and listening and enjoyment are being left out of the curriculum, this book cheered me up. Buy it and smile. There will be a lot of laughter in your classroom.'
There are many extended activities in the new volume so that you can explore them over the major part of a session or even develop them over a period of weeks. Like most drama games and activities, most of these can be easily adapted for different age-groups, although the majority are more suitable for seven year-olds all the way up to adult. They will appeal to both primary and secondary teachers, as well those running youth groups and drama clubs. Directors will find many exercises suitable for the rehearsal room for extending actors' skills, leading into work on scripts or devised work.
David Farmer is a freelance drama consultant and theatre director. A founder member of Tiebreak Theatre Company, he has led projects for Creative Partnerships and the Shakespeare Youth Festival. He runs regular training courses for teachers and directors in the UK and abroad. He manages the popular website www.dramaresource.com, keeping in touch with thousands of people around the world.