Drama to Inspire

A London Drama Guide to Excellent Practice in Drama for Young People

Paperback / softback, 212 pages, 244 mm x 170 mm
31 Oct 2010
Trentham Books Ltd

Price: £20.99

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"Drama to Inspire" is a timely selection of practice based accounts produced by fifteen workshop leaders and friends of the long established association for teachers of drama, London Drama. Many of the authors are internationally renowned for their work. Each piece affirms the immense potential for dynamic learning that is at the heart of drama. They illustrate how teachers can use inspiring drama to provide valuable reflective learning experience while at the same time fulfilling the essential requirements of the curriculum. These are some of the gems in this book: the ethics and aesthetics of risk-taking in the drama room are explored by Andy Kempe and also by Stella Barnes Alistair Martin-Smith and Lucy Cuthbertson offer contrasting accounts of working with Shakespeare multi-disciplinary projects are explored by Adam Annand and others. Daniel Shindler examines emotional and spiritual health in his project 'Who am I: Roots/Routes', Stuart Bennett looks at the use of theatre companies and actors in the classroom, Julia Potts shows the potential of good relationships between commercial theatre and schools, Amanda Kipling identifies the skills drama teachers need today, and Dorothy Heathcote, Gaynor Pilbeam, Jonothan Neelands and others describe their current practice and philosophies through their ongoing projects. "Drama to Inspire" supports teachers of drama, celebrates the diversity of approaches and offers individual teachers a variety of ways forward. It is a must for all who care about where drama can go.

  • John Coventon

CONTENTS: Foreword by Cecily O'Neill; 1. Introduction: A good place to be: On being inspired through drama; 2. Shaping principles for drama and theatre education (D&TE): What we do and why we do it; 3. Laughter in the dark: Exploring sensitive issues through drama and the question of ethics; 4. Who am I? Roots and routes for defining identity and personal history through GCSE Drama; 5. Three days in Ankara: Practical step by step approach to a Mantle of the Expert teaching project; 6. Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground: The school play from rehearsal to Riverside Studios; 7. 'The play's the thing': Analysing what we and the children are really doing when they play and do drama; 8. Guerrillas in the studio: Making the 14-19 Creative and Media Diploma work; 9. Speech bubbles: London Bubble and educational psychologists working with Key Stage 1 pupils needing support; 10. Quicksilver Theatre, Primary Voices: From child script idea to professional performance; 11. Creative learning in the ATG: How commercial theatre supports learning in schools and the community; 12. About London Drama: The professional organisation for teachers and others, past, present and future; 13. Article 31: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; The contributors; Index.

Where the work really does inspire is when authors write about their practice with clarity, care and a sense of why learning in drama matters, and this shows London drama teachers and workshop leaders at their best - Helen Nicholson - English Drama Media