We’ve gathered together David Farmer’s top-selling books on one page so that you can decide for yourself which you need!
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101 Drama Games and Activities
101 Drama Games and Activities by David Farmer is a collection of highly effective games and exercises suitable for children, young people and adults – available in paperback or e-book format. Sections include improvisation, mime, ice-breakers, group dynamics, rehearsal, story-telling, voice and warm-ups so that you can quickly find an appropriate activity.
Acclaimed theatre director and drama consultant David Farmer has developed and refined these activities through thirty years of workshops with actors, teachers and children around the world. The pages are packed with tried and tested ideas for a whole range of activities useful for drama lessons, workshops or rehearsals.
‘One of the handiest things to have around’ – Teaching Drama magazine
‘Belongs amongst the top 10 books any director or drama teacher should own.’ – English Touring Opera
Selected as a teaching resource for all primary schools in Trinidad and Tobago.
101 More Drama Games and Activities
This sequel to the best-selling 101 Drama Games and Activities contains inspirational and engaging games and exercises suitable for children, young people and adults. The activities are particularly useful for rehearsing and devising scenes as well as drama lessons and workshops.
The lively warm-up games and vocal exercises will develop concentration, focus and team building. The drama strategies are creative tools for exploring themes and characters. Use the developing skills to arm participants with tools for improvising exciting characters and situations and play even more accessible and fun games in the storytelling and mime and movement sections.
‘…bubbles over with imaginative ideas which could be used to good effect by non-specialist as well as seasoned drama teachers. Excellent resource for primary, secondary and other drama teachers.’ – Teaching Drama Magazine, Spring 2013.
‘..this book cheered me up. Buy it and smile. There will be a lot of laughter in your classroom.’ – Drama Magazine, Spring 2013.
Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years
This practical handbook explores how to use the greatest resource that teachers have available to them – children’s imagination. Play is a natural part of children’s lives before they start school, helping them to make sense of their place in the world. Such creativity can be harnessed through drama to enable active and interactive learning experiences throughout the primary years and across the curriculum.
The book provides guidance to teachers who have never taught drama before but are considering using it in a subject area such as science or history and offers new approaches to those familiar with common drama techniques (such as hot-seating and teacher in role). It includes 36 drama strategies, over 250 cross-curricular activities and three extended lesson plans including practical ideas for inspiring speaking, listening and writing.
“A must-have for those serious about the teaching of drama in primary school settings.” – Teaching Drama magazine, October 2011 *****
“Full of easily accessible advice… clear explanations and inventive suggestions.” – National Drama Magazine, January 2012
Playful Plays: Volume 1
“David Farmer has hit gold with ‘Playful Plays: Volume One’, and if volumes two to ten were available I would be ordering them immediately… It offers teachers an off-the-shelf, ready-to-go, high-quality rehearsal process ideal for primary-aged students… The book is the perfect go-to for short presentation pieces that pack a punch.” – Teaching Drama Magazine.
This lively collection of eight short plays for children and young people is supported by inspirational drama games designed to bring creativity and fun to the rehearsal room. The stories are based on traditional folk-tales from countries including China, Ghana, Greece, Japan, Turkey and Scandinavia.
The book is written in such a way that young people can easily pick it up and use it themselves. The plays can be performed by groups of children on their own, or under the direction of an adult. They feature performance techniques such as mime, mask, freeze frames, audience participation, live music and song. The author draws on his experience in the professional theatre world to provide helpful advice for the young director and actor including warm-ups, tips on line-learning and ideas for character development, as well as games to develop acting skills, concentration, focus and ensemble work.