Friday, December 19, 2014

What are Drama Strategies?

Drama strategies - also known as drama techniques or drama conventions - are the everyday tools of the drama teacher. They help to develop enquiry skills, to encourage negotiation, understanding and creativity. They can enhance performance skills such as character development and storytelling and be used across the curriculum to actively involve students in their own learning.

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Conscience Alley

A character walks down an alleyway formed by members of the class as they use persuasive arguments to help make a decision.

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Hot Seating

A character is questioned by the group about his or her background, behaviour and motivation.

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More... Still Images / Freeze Frames    

Still Images / Freeze Frames

Participants create physical shapes by using their bodies to represent people, objects or abstract concepts.

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More... Role On The Wall    

Role On The Wall

Participants pool their ideas and develop understanding of a character, whether real or fictional, through written contributions to a drawing.

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Teacher in Role

The teacher (or other adult) assumes the role of a character to guide and develop students’ learning.

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More... Soundscape    

Soundscape

The leader or one member of the group acts as conductor, whilst the rest of the group are the 'orchestra'.

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  • Storytelling
    Storytelling is one of the simplest and perhaps most compelling forms of dramatic and imaginative activity. A good place to start is by telling stories to your pupils and encouraging them to share stories with one another. All of us can become engaging storytellers with a little practice. There may also...
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  • Tableaux
    What is it? In a tableau, participants make still images with their bodies to represent a scene. A tableau can be used to quickly establish a scene that involves a large number...
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  • Still Images / Freeze Frames Still Images / Freeze Frames
    Still images and freeze frames are both a form of tableau. With freeze-frame, the action in a play or scene is frozen, as in a photograph or video frame. Still images, on the other hand, require individuals or groups to invent body-shapes or postures, rather than freeze existing action. Groups...
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  • Spotlight
    Spotlighting is a useful teaching technique for sharing improvised drama when you have divided the class into smaller groups. When it is time to show their work, ask all the groups to sit on the floor. Explain that you will walk around the room and as you get closer to each group, that group will stand...
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  • Soundscape Soundscape
    The leader or one member of the group acts as conductor, whilst the rest of the group are the 'orchestra'. Using their voices (and body percussion if appropriate!), the group paints a soundscape of a particular theme or mood, for example the seaside, a city, a jungle. The leader can control the shape...
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  • Thought Tracking
    A group makes a still image and individuals are invited to speak their thoughts or feelings aloud - just a few words. This can be done by tapping each person on the shoulder or holding a cardboard 'thought-bubble' above their head. Alternatively, thought tracking (also called thought tapping) can involve...
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  • Teacher in Role
    Teacher in role (TiR) is an invaluable technique for shaping the dramatic process. Simply put, the teacher assumes a role in relation to the pupils. This may be as a leader, a peer, or a subservient role - whatever is useful in the development of the lesson. The teacher may ask questions of the students,...
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Directing Plays with Children and Young People

Saturday 7th February 2015 
10:30am - 4:30pm at Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1

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A stimulating one-day workshop with author and director David Farmer exploring a playful approach to directing with children and young people, using drama games to develop characters, extend acting skills and create imaginative stagings of scenes. Read More >

Primary Drama Across The Curriculum - Spring 2015

Wednesday 28th January 2015 >> Details
10:30am - 4:30pm at Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1

Wednesday 25th February 2015 >> Details
10:00am - 4:00pm at Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA

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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.

Primary Drama Across The Curriculum - Summer 2015

Wednesday 10th June 2015 >> Details
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.

Drama Books

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"One of the handiest things to have around" - Teaching Drama magazine

Buy 101 Drama Games and Activities by David Farmer now from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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

Buy 101 More Drama Games and Activities now from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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

Buy Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years by David Farmer now from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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This brand new collection of eight short plays for children and young people is supported by inspirational drama games designed to bring creativity and fun to the rehearsal room.

Buy Playful Plays Vol 1 by David Farmer now from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com