Friday, October 31, 2014
Still Image from Evacuees Lesson at Primary Drama INSET Day

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 can be asked to tell a story through a series of prepared still-images. This can be an effective method for students who are less inclined to improvise dialogue. The still images can also be brought to life through improvisation. Freeze-frames and still images can be usefully combined with Thought Tracking, Forum Theatre or Flashbacks and Flash Forwards.

 

Examples

Still images provide one of the most flexible methods of working in drama. They can easily be used across the curriculum, for example:

  • Groups can tell a story by using three images to create a beginning, middle and end. 
  • You can help to improve students' vocabulary skills by asking them to illustrate a word or phrase in a story using a still image.  
  • Fun can be had making group objects that turn from one thing into something else – for example Cinderella’s pumpkin turns into a coach, mice into horses, a rat into a coachman, and lizards into footmen. 
  • In Science, groups can develop a series of images showing the process of metamorphosis (e.g. caterpillar to butterfly or frogspawn to frog).

Drama Games for Teaching Shakespeare

Wednesday 5th November 2014
10:00am - 4:00pm at Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA

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A one-day course outlining a highly practical approach for teaching Shakespeare to children and young people from key stage 2 right up to teenagers and adults. Includes a range of drama games and exercises that will enable the teacher to explore character, language and staging ideas through fun and accessible methods. Read More >

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
10:30am - 4:30pm at Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1

Wednesday 25th February 2015
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.
London 28 Jan - Details >
Manchester 25 Feb - Details >

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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101 MORE 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.

“...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 978-1-2910-2516-3
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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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Playful Plays Volume 1 is a brand new collection of eight short plays for children and young people as well as inspirational drama games designed to bring creativity and fun to the rehearsal room!

Published by CreateSpace (2014) ISBN 978-1-5006-3061-4
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