Drama Games and Strategies

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Commedia dell’Arte – Two-Day Course with Didi Hopkins

The highly practical two-day course gives a solid foundation in commedia, exploring masks and character types, physical storytelling, improvisation, lazzi, stagecraft and developing scenarios. Read more…

Didi Hopkins is a consultant for the Royal Shakespeare Company and has devised and delivered Commedia work for 10 years for the National Theatre.


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.

Hot-seating | Conscience Alley | Freeze-Frames | Thought Tracking | Role on the Wall



commedia-previewMini Downloads are 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.

The Gruffalo | Augusto Boal | Evacuees | Commedia d’ell Arte | Language Learning

Drama is well-placed as a means to highlight and explore stories, issues and themes. Below are links to a number of drama units suitable for key stage 1 and 2 pupils.

The Evacuees | The Gruffalo | Anti-Bullying | Funnybones | The Tiger Child

Drama Courses

101 Drama Games and Activities

101 Drama Games and Activities

‘Belongs amongst the top 10 books any director or drama teacher should own.’ – English Touring Opera
101 More Drama Games and Activities

101 MORE Drama Games and Activities

‘This book cheered me up. Buy it and smile. There will be a lot of laughter in your classroom.’ – Drama Magazine.
Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years

Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years

Full of easily accessible advice… clear explanations and inventive suggestions.’ – National Drama Magazine.
Playful Plays Volume 1

Playful Plays

‘David Farmer has hit gold with Playful Plays… an off-the-shelf, ready-to-go, high-quality rehearsal process ideal for primary-aged students’ – Drama Magazine.