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Directing Plays with Children and Young People: 14/10/15 (Manchester) or 14/11/15 (London)

In this stimulating one-day CPD course author and director David Farmer outlines a creative approach to directing. He explores how drama games can be used to develop characters, extend acting skills and construct imaginative stagings of scenes. The approaches can be used with key stage 2 children through to teenagers.

Participants will receive a signed copy of David Farmer’s latest book ‘Playful Plays’ and have the opportunity to work on scenes from the plays using approaches outlined during the day.

Manchester – Wed 10th October and London – Sat 14th November

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.

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. Further ideas can be found in Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years by David Farmer.

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

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 Volume 1

‘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.

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