Book Reviews

Recommended books on primary and secondary drama, directing, Shakespeare and more

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In-depth articles, tips and tricks

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A selection of drama videos for all age groups.

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12 Tips for Learning Lines

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Learning lines for plays or speeches is not always easy - here are twelve tips to help!
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Bringing Fairy Tales to Life through Drama

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Ways to develop fairy and folk tales into rehearsed performances, improvisations, tableaux and oral storytelling.
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Commedia dell’arte

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Commedia dell’ Arte began in the marketplaces of sixteenth-century Europe as improvised theatre which was rude, funny and satirical. It
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Creating Drama from Visual Art

Ford Madox Brown painted 'Work' between 1852 and 1865. The painting is of a lively street scene in Victorian Hampstead, London and shows a group of navvies (road-diggers) hard at work as well as a spectrum of social classes ranging from the homeless and the unemployed to a chickweed-seller, an MP and political protestors.
Works of art and photographs can be used as powerful inspiration for drama activities. Pictures can soon be brought to
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Devising Theatre

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Devising games and exercises, tips, quotes, videos and book reviews.
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Dorothy Heathcote – Pioneer of Educational Drama

Dorothy Heathcote - Drama Pioneer
The ethos of drama in education today owes an enormous debt to the inspiration of one woman - Dorothy Heathcote
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Drama for Language Learning

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Drama is an effective way of helping students to learn languages including English as a Foreign Language (EFL), as it uses
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Drama For Writing

Drama can provide children with a meaningful purpose for writing. (Extract from 'Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years').
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Forkbeard Fantasy – Multimedia Theatre of the Absurd – 1

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Key theory, ideas and practices Forkbeard Fantasy are pioneers of cross-artform multimedia theatre. Their subversive performances are a seemingly anarchic
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Forkbeard Fantasy – Multimedia Theatre of the Absurd – 2

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Key productions Forkbeard Fantasy have produced dozens of shows ranging from On An Uncertain Insect  to The Barbers of Surreal, The
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Forkbeard Fantasy – Multimedia Theatre of the Absurd – 3

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Practical exercises exploring the Forkbeard approach Through the Looking Glass To explain Forkbeard's extraordinary melding of film and live performance,
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Forkbeard Fantasy – Multimedia Theatre of the Absurd – 4

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Educational programme Forkbeard Fantasy run regular workshops and residencies as an integral part of their artistic programme. Courses range from
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Keeping Control in the Drama Lesson

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Keeping control in the drama lesson could be one of the main reasons why some teachers are reluctant to teach
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Key Stage 1 Drama Lesson Ideas

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A dozen fabulous ideas and helpful books for teaching drama at key stage one.
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Key Stage 2 Drama Lesson Ideas

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Ten brilliant ideas and worthwhile books for teaching drama at key stage two.
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Literature and Drama in Language Teaching

I've just spent a terrific two weeks working with a group of seven teachers from across Europe (Austria, Czech Republic,
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Music for Drama Workshops

A playlist of music for drama workshops, rehearsal or performance, including warm-ups, movement pieces and atmospherics.
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Plays for Children

A selection of plays by Alison Chaplin
In this interview Alison Chaplin talks to David Farmer about her plays for children and how she got into writing
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Seven Levels of Tension

Seven Levels of Tension
An approach to acting that enables performers to explore different levels of tension.
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Story Books for Drama Teaching

Tales of Wisdom and Wonder by Hugh Lupton
Stories can provide the launch pad for a one-off drama session or several weeks of work. Drama strategies can be drawn
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Top 5 Books for Teaching Shakespeare to Children and Young People

These days Shakespeare can be taught to children and young people in very exciting and active ways - and there
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Whoosh! Bringing Stories Alive through Drama

Whoosh activity: Teaching Shakespeare | Royal Shakespeare Company
An interactive technique in which participants become characters and objects in a story as it is told.
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Why Teach Drama to Primary School Children?

Children's natural tendency towards make-believe play can be utilised at school through structured play and drama.
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Book Reviews

100 Great Plays for Women

An introduction to 100 varied plays for (entirely or predominantly) female casts with synopsis, cast breakdown and a short essay
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101 Drama Games and Activities

A collection of highly effective games and exercises suitable for children, young people and adults.
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101 More Drama Games and Activities

Inspirational games and exercises suitable for drama lessons and workshops as well as during rehearsal and devising periods.
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Globe Education

Another brilliant volume from Globe Education which is perfect for students at Key Stage 3 and 4.
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A Practical Guide to Ensemble Devising

A thorough and practical guide to the making of ensemble collaborative performance.
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A Practical Guide to Shakespeare for the Primary School

A highly practical and original approach to exploring Shakespeare with primary-aged children.
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Creating Drama with 7-11 Year Olds

A highly practical book providing a wide range of ideas for using drama across the curriculum.
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Creative Shakespeare – The Globe Education Guide to Practical Shakespeare

Highly enjoyable approaches used in Globe Theatre workshops including dozens of activities aimed at children aged from 11 up to
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