Directing Plays with Children and Young People (Manchester)

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Date(s) - 14/10/2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Contact Theatre


Wednesday 14th October 2015
Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA

Last-minute discounted places available!

playful-workshopIn 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.

  • Use drama games and practical techniques to discover new ways of approaching rehearsal
  • Take part in activities designed to enhance creativity and encourage group co-operation
  • Explore activities ranging from warm ups to group dynamics, movement, storytelling and voice exercises
  • All notes are provided so that you can fully participate in the activities
  • Attendance Certificates will also be supplied.

Playful-Plays-V1-miniThe course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn about directing plays with children and young people or is looking for new ideas and guidance. This highly accessible day is ideal as professional development for teachers, drama workers, actors, amateur or semi-professional theatre directors, or as an introduction for those wishing to develop their drama skills. The emphasis will be on a relaxed and informal atmosphere – you will leave inspired, refreshed and with a new skill set of ideas and approaches.

“On the way home my head was buzzing with all the ideas and how I plan to use them to create a theatre piece with my drama club (for age 6-11). The course has made me feel much more confident about taking the approach that I can ‘grow’ the play as a collaboration with the children, rather than just giving them a script and telling them what to do. The children were bursting with ideas and enthusiasm.” – Jocelyn Pye (February 2015).

“A great day. I learned a lot even though I’ve been teaching for 36 years!” – Peter Browne (February 2015).

“I am planning to stage a small musical with my Drama Club and will use lots of these ideas in the production and as part of my weekly club.” – Eilish Langham (February 2015).

david-f-1David Farmer is a freelance drama consultant, director, writer and drama practitioner. He has directed plays for the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and the Royal Exchange Manchester, as well as touring productions to art centres, schools and festivals internationally. He was founder and Artistic Director of Tiebreak Theatre Company and was the consultant for a series of directing courses across the UK run by the Shakespeare Schools Festival. He is a guest tutor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

‘David Farmer’s direction encourages a sense of wonder and wit’
– Sunday Telegraph

‘Inventive, humorous and intelligent theatre that does not shy away from emotional issues’
– The Evening Standard

‘A beautifully imagined account of this children’s favourite, performed with gusto and real storytelling suspense’ – The Sunday Times

If you have any enquiries, please email David Farmer or telephone 01603 465973 or 0797 321 7876.

Booking Details

We have some last minute places available at £75 per person (reduced from £195). NB Please complete the online booking form.


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What to bring

Yourself – and a friend or colleague if you like! Comfortable clothing to move in. Light refreshments are included. Lunch is available at the Contact Cafe and other venues are within easy reach (lunch not included in fee).

The Contact Theatre is on Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA and details for getting there can be found here.

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