Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Performers in a scene are asked to improvise scenes which take place seconds, minutes, days or years before or after a dramatic moment. This enables the exploration of characters' backgrounds, motivations and the consequences of their actions. 

The method can be used to quickly bring depth to activities involving still images or improvised drama.  Adding Flashbacks or Flash Forwards creates a context – it shows what led up to a particular moment, how it might be resolved or how it may lead onto additional challenges.  The technique helps to flesh out a dramatic moment or create the beginnings of a story.

How to do it

With a group that has created a still image, explain that when you clap your hands, you would like them to move silently in slow-motion to where their character was a few moments before.  When they are frozen still in the new image, you can use thought-tracking to explore character motivation.

Now ask them to move back to their original image - which is the present moment.  Then you can use Flash Forwards - participants move in slow-motion to indicate where their characters might be a short time after this moment.  In this way you have created an episode with a beginning, middle and end and can develop it in any number of ways.

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 >

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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