Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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(Left: A peacock created in ten seconds at the one-day course Primary Drama Across The Curriculum)

This is a very popular drama game and a useful technique which can be developed easily towards improvisation or physical theatre. It's also highly accessible and great fun!

Divide everyone into small groups (4-6). Call out the name of an object and all the groups have to make the shape of that object out of their own bodies, joining together in different ways while you count down slowly from ten to zero. Usually every group will find a different way of forming the object. Examples could be: a car, a fried breakfast, a clock, a washing machine, a fire.

Learning Objectives: To encourage creativity
To develop physical awareness
To develop cooperation in group work
Age Group: 6+
Participants: Small groups
Recommended time for activity: 10-20 minutes

 

Develop the Activity:
  • Encourage groups to think about using different levels with their body shapes, eg high, medium and low.
  • You could choose objects from a play you are rehearsing or a theme you are exploring (see the drama lesson on Evacuees).
  • Groups can also be given a couple of minutes to devise an object of their own which the rest of the class try to guess.
  • You could make it a rule that after 10 seconds they must be completely frozen in position.
  • On the other hand it can be fun if they are able to make objects that use movement.
  • You can use the shapes created as a quick way into creating ideas for physical theatre.

 

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 >

Primary Drama Across The Curriculum

Wednesday 1st October 2014
10:30am - 4:30pm at Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1

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This one-day drama INSET course immerses you in activities and ideas which you can take back and use immediately in the primary school classroom or drama club. The drama strategies can be used across the curriculum and are designed to meet statutory drama and literacy objectives. Read More >

Mini-Downloads

mini-download-miniA range of short downloadable resources providing guidelines, tips and information about a particular area of drama. They are ideal for planning and inspiration and can be downloaded to your computer in just a few minutes.

Augusto Boal | Commedia dell'Arte | The Gruffalo | Evacuees | Language Learning

Drama Books by David Farmer

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101 Drama Games and Activities is packed with tried and tested ideas for drama lessons, workshops or rehearsals. Sections include improvisation, mime, ice-breakers, group dynamics, rehearsal, storytelling, voice and warm-ups. 

“One of the handiest things to have around.” - Teaching Drama magazine

Published by Lulu (2007) ISBN 978-1-8475-3841-3
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NOW AVAILABLE: The sequel to the best-selling 101 Drama Games and Activities, containing 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.

“...bubbles over with imaginative ideas which could be used to good effect by non-specialist as well as seasoned drama teachers.” - Teaching Drama Magazine

Published by Drama Resource (2012) ISBN 978-1-291-02516-3
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Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years describes 36 drama strategies in full detail along with over 250 cross-curricular activities and three extended lesson plans.

“A must-have for those serious about the teaching of drama in primary school settings” - Teaching Drama magazine

Published by Drama Resource (2011) ISBN 978-1-4478-7732-5
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