Role play is the basis of all dramatic activity. The ability to suspend disbelief by stepping into another character’s shoes comes quite naturally to most children. Through the structure of the drama lesson this can be used to great effect, challenging children to develop a more sensitive understanding of a variety of viewpoints whilst sharpening their language and movement skills. By adopting a role, children can step into the past or future and travel to any location, dealing with issues on moral and intellectual levels. Thus role play can be easily utilised to illuminate themes across the curriculum.

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