Drama Teaching Tips

A selection of articles on drama teaching. These can be filtered using the blue buttons.

12 Tips for Learning Lines

Learning lines for plays or speeches is not always easy - here are twelve tips to help!
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3D Living Pictures

Bring pictures to life through freeze frames, thought tracking and improvisation.
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60-Minute Special – Cirque du Soleil

A 78-minute special, featuring the best live show moments of La Nouba, Varekai and Quidam by Cirque de Soleil.
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Anti-Bullying Drama Unit

Using drama to explore bullying issues, giving pupils the opportunity to try out anti-bullying strategies.
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Books on Drama for Language Teaching and Learning

Recommended books on teaching and learning language through drama games and activities.
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Bounce Story Club

Bounce Theatre are running a story writing club during lockdown
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Bringing Fairy Tales to Life through Drama

Ways to develop fairy and folk tales into rehearsed performances, improvisations, tableaux and oral storytelling.
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Circle and Cross – Online or Offline

Draw a circle, draw a cross, then both at once...
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Commedia dell’arte Drama Unit

Commedia dell’arte began in the marketplaces of 16th-century Europe as improvised theatre which was rude, funny and satirical.
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Desert Island Relaxation and Meditation

A visualisation activity to encourage relaxation.
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Devising theatre in a socially distant climate

DISTANCED DEVISING - ONLINE CPD The Paper Birds have been making and touring physical, verbatim theatre productions since 2003. But
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Dorothy Heathcote – Pioneer of Educational Drama

The ethos of drama in education today owes an enormous debt to the inspiration of one woman - Dorothy Heathcote
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Drama Across the Curriculum

Drama strategies can be used as everyday teaching tools for a wide range of subjects. (Extract from 'Learning Through Drama
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Drama for Language Teaching

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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Drama Games for Language Teaching – Macmillan Webinar

Five Top Drama Games to enhance language learning and boost student confidence, creativity and spontaneity.
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Drama Games for Language Teaching (teenage to adult)

14 easy to use drama games and activities suitable for a range of ages and language levels.
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Drama Menu at a Distance: 80 Socially Distanced or Online Theatre Games by Glyn Trefor-Jones

Drama games for socially-distanced and online teaching, carefully planned for this difficult period we are living through.
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Drama One to One Online/Offline

Therapeutic drama one-to-one, online and offline - an interview with Janine Oxley.
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Family Portraits – Online/Socially Distanced

Groups have just a few seconds to make comical family tableaux.
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Giving Presents (inc Online Version)

This game is all about receiving surprises and about the things we value most.
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Guess The Leader (Online Version)

A fun group dynamics and observation game
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Home Taskmaster

Students have to make a video based on different hilarious tasks. They can rope in their family to help!
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How to Direct a Show Online

Is it possible to continue rehearsals for a youth theatre production with a cast of 33 during the coronavirus crisis?
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Hydra Hot Seating

Create a character by hot-seating the whole class 
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Keeping Control in the Drama Lesson

Classroom Management for Drama Lessons The challenge of managing the classroom during drama could be why some teachers are reluctant
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Key Stage 1 Drama Lesson Ideas

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

Ten brilliant ideas and worthwhile books for teaching drama at key stage two.
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Kneehigh WIndows to the World

The brilliant Kneehigh Theatre Company set you some bonkers and brilliant creative challenges.
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Language Lessons through Drama

When I uploaded my first online Drama course I breathed a sweet sigh of relief - after all, it had
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Make your own frog and toad puppets

Norwich Puppet Theatre teach you to make a toad puppet
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Mountview Live Interviews

Zoom interviews with Dame Judi Dench, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Noma Dumezweni, Amanda Holden, Glenda Jackson and Stephen Daldry
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Mr Horne’s Performing Arts Channel

A YouTube channel produced by Mr Horne for his Primary Performing Arts curriculum classes – well worth a look!
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Multimedia Performance Night of the Living Dead

Edited from rehearsal shots, multimedia show featuring performers with cameras - and zombies
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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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My Favourite Drama Teaching Books

These books are ideal for practical ideas to use right away. The first two cover secondary as well as primary
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National Theatre Connections Festival – Online

The National Theatre Connections Festival performances posted online for the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton.
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One Word At A Time – Online + Socially Distanced

A story is told by the group or in pairs, with each person adding one word at a time.
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Plays for Children

In this interview Alison Chaplin talks to David Farmer about her plays for children and how she got into writing
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Podcast with David Farmer – Drama with Introverted Learners

ENJOY A PODCAST WITH DAVID FARMERThe latest episode of Developod is the first in a series of interviews with ELT
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Script Game (with online variation)

A fun and challenging game to play during the latter stages of rehearsals.
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Seven Levels of Tension

An approach to acting that enables performers to explore different levels of tension.
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Share Your Shakespeare Online

The RSC invites you to share your favourite Shakespeare video or photo.
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Shortened Shakespeare

Recommended shortened versions of Shakespeare playscripts for children and young people to perform.
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Stop, Go, Face, Clap

Sneaky adaptation of a very well-known drama game for playing online
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Story Books for Drama Teaching

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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Teaching Drama with Social Distancing – Important Links

Up to date links with the latest advice on teaching drama and theatre during COVID-19
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Teaching Literacy Through Drama

Drama is a close ally in the development of literacy, especially speaking and listening.
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Ten Second Objects (inc Online Version)

Small groups make the shape of an object using their bodies - in only ten seconds!
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The Drama Hut Workshops for Parents and Teachers

Curriculum-based drama workshops for children to access directly from home
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The King’s Sentence – a world without words

Lesson plan and original story for KS2 exploring non-verbal communication through gesture and sign language.
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The Musicians of Bremen Script

Sparkling short play script of the Brothers Grimm tale for KS2 performance.
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The Tiger Child Drama Unit

A range of drama and storytelling activities based on a traditional Indian folk-tale for KS1 and reception.
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Three Courses on Teaching Primary Drama

We now offer three one-day courses about drama teaching with primary students (5-11 years). Under the guidance of drama expert
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Throw Your Face (online version)

Throw your face - but be careful which way the wind is blowing!
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Told By An Idiot: Idiots in Isolation

One of the most original physical comedy theatre companies I have ever seen - now sharing more of their ideas
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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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Useful Tools for Teaching Drama Online

Tools, resource hubs and free courses about teaching online
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Voice Mute

One player provides the words, the other provides the action!
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Wardrobe Malfunction – Online Drama Game 🎩

A daft dressing-up game where people find out what they have in common
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Websites for Teaching Drama Online

Links to up-to-date websites which help with teaching drama online.
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What Are You Doing? (Online/Offline)

A mime and language game that can be easily adapted for playing online with a partner.
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Who’s Missing (+ online version)

A popular warm-up with younger children
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Whoosh! Bringing Stories Alive through Drama

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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Zoom Performance Pack

PDF/Word doc includes monologues and duologues and practical guidance on directing performances online.
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