Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Drama Resource News

Drama Games for Teaching Shakespeare
21 Mar 2014 12:27Drama Games for Teaching Shakespeare

On Weds 8th October 2014, acclaimed director David Farmer is running a one-day course outlining a pract [ ... ]

The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare’s Globe
06 Mar 2014 17:42The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare’s Globe

Playing Shakespeare at Shakespeare's Globe provides London state secondary students with the opportun [ ... ]

Fight Directing Course Now Booking
14 Jan 2014 09:42Fight Directing Course Now Booking

Course Now Open: Book Here In 2014 we are offering a new one-day course on unarmed stage-fighting with [ ... ]

Shakespeare Week March 2014
20 Dec 2013 12:24Shakespeare Week March 2014

2014 is the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. From 17 - 23 March Shakespeare Week will be celeb [ ... ]

Commedia dell'Arte - Two Day Course
20 Dec 2013 12:15Commedia dell'Arte - Two Day Course

This brand new two-day course with Didi Hopkins takes place on Sat 2 and Sun 3 August 2014. Full detail [ ... ]

Guide to Drama Resource
18 Dec 2013 10:08Guide to Drama Resource

Want to know where to go next? Our tried and tested drama games and drama strategies are [ ... ]

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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.'
- Teaching Drama Magazine, Spring 2013.

'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.'
- Drama Magazine, Spring 2013.

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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, keeping in touch with thousands of people around the world.

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Stage Fighting with Kevin McCurdy

Tuesday 5th August 2014
10:30am - 4:30pm at Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1

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A brand new one-day course on unarmed stage-fighting with acclaimed Stage Combat Master Kevin McCurdy who choreographs for films, TV and theatre (including The Drowned Man by NT/Punchdrunk and numerous plays at Shakespeare's Globe and the RSC). The course is suitable for teachers and other drama professionals - no experience is required! Read More >



Anyone Who
Circle And Cross
Fruit Bowl
Wrong Names
Clap Across The Circle
Human Bingo
Bippity Bippity Bop
Cat and Mouse
Adverb Game
Sagidi Sagidi Sapopo
Night Watchman

Vocal Exercises

Standing and Breathing
Yawning and Sighing
Ball of Gum
Rose, Rose
The Grand Old Duke of York

Drama Strategies

Still Images
Thought Tracking
Conscience Alley
And Action!
Where Do You Stand?
Open and Close  

Concentration and Focus

Change the Rhythm
What Did I Do?
Who’s Missing?
Clap In Time
Detective Jenkins
Who Killed King John?
Control Tower
Zoo Game

Developing Skills

Who, What, Where
Freeze Tag
Don’t Say ‘S’
Slide Show
Picture Posers
Snappy Scenes
Guess The Emotion
Know Thy Place
Status Shuffle
Levels Of Tension
The Actor's Worst Nightmare


Status Swop
Sit, Stand, Bend
Page to Stage
Hit the Headlines
Guided Tour
Commercial Break
Death in a Minute
Living Pictures
Fabulous Fables
Just In Case
Goldfish Bowl
Animal Characters
Poetry in Motion
Three Word Sentences

Fairy Tales

Just a Minute
Mix and Match
Performance Styles
Theatre in Education
Fairy Tale Update
What If?
Fairy Tale Party

Story Telling

Catch a Story
Word Tennis
Daft Definitions
Whose Story?
Extraordinary Excuses
I Can’t Remember What Happened Next
In the City of Rome
Sound Journey
Random Words 
Story Web
Tell It Again
Point of View
Human Storyboard
Picture Pixies
Happily Ever After

Team Building

Zombie Penguin
The Layer Game
Family Portraits

Mime and Movement

Sculptor and Statue
The Giant’s Hobby
Mime Room
Moving Images
Slow Motion Race
Physical Text
Abstract Art