Teaching Drama Online/Socially Distanced

In response to the challenging situation most of us are facing regarding quarantine/ return to ‘normality’ during the coronavirus crisis, a lot of teachers have been asking how to teach drama online – and socially-distanced. I am gathering together links and ideas – please contact me if you have any you would like to add!

Below is a list of articles and resources which I’m updating regularly.

Sculptor and Statue

Sculptor and Statue

In pairs, create a still image where one of you has a higher status than the other and let others guess who is "high" and who is "low" ...
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What If

What If

Quick ways to revamp a fairy tale – or any story ...
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Status Pictures

Status Pictures

In pairs, create a still image where one of you has a higher status than the other and let others guess who is "high" and who is "low" ...
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Slide Show (inc Online Version)

Slide Show (inc Online Version)

A presenter gives an illustrated talk – using human slides ...
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Teaching Drama Online and Socially Distanced

Teaching Drama Online and Socially Distanced

Online drama lessons are still subject to the same high expectations of student behaviour and responsibility. Maintaining your normal routines before and during lessons will help to ground your teaching ...
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Two Truths And A Lie

Two Truths And A Lie

Play online or live - tell your partner three things about yourself – two of which are true and one of which is a lie ...
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Three Word Sentences

Three Word Sentences

Sometimes three words are just enough ...
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Groovy Image Factory

Groovy Image Factory

Quickly generate repeating actions and sounds or words ...
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Text Sparkle

Text Sparkle

Bring texts to life through images and movement ...
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Experts

Experts

Experts talk about what they know - and what they don't ...
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Page to Stage

Page to Stage

A director creates a stage picture from a book or a play and the actors bring it to life through improvisation ...
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Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

A game of quick reactions and verbal dexterity ...
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Night Watchman

Night Watchman

The museum is closed for the night. The watchman is making his rounds. But something strange is going on ...
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Guess The Pet

Guess The Pet

A variation on the Mirror Game for younger students ...
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Pecking Order

Pecking Order

Can you work out where you stand in the pecking order? ...
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The Zoo Game

The Zoo Game

A rhythmic clapping game accompanied by animal gestures ...
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Story Orchestra

Story Orchestra

The group tells a story, with a conductor guiding the narrative ...
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Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion

Poetry can be explored and presented effectively through drama and movement ...
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Shoe Shuffle

Shoe Shuffle

Develop imagination and mime skills using everyday objects ...
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The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

Drama activities for exploring and re-telling the story of The Gruffalo ...
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Daft Definitions

Daft Definitions

Put random words together to invent new concepts! Great storytelling warm-up ...
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Three Changes

Three Changes

An observation and getting to know you game - with online version ...
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Wardrobe Malfunction - Online Drama Game 🎩

Wardrobe Malfunction – Online Drama Game 🎩

A daft dressing-up game where people find out what they have in common ...
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Family Portraits - Online/Socially Distanced

Family Portraits – Online/Socially Distanced

Groups have just a few seconds to make comical family tableaux ...
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Drama Menu at a Distance: 80 Socially Distanced or Online Theatre Games by Glyn Trefor-Jones

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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Teaching Drama with Social Distancing - Important Links

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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Throw Your Face (online version)

Throw Your Face (online version)

Throw your face - but be careful which way the wind is blowing! ...
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Mountview Live Interviews

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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Giving Presents (inc Online Version)

Giving Presents (inc Online Version)

This game is all about receiving surprises and about the things we value most ...
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Stop, Go, Face, Clap

Stop, Go, Face, Clap

Sneaky adaptation of a very well-known drama game for playing online ...
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One Word At A Time - Online + Socially Distanced

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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60-Minute Special - Cirque du Soleil

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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Make your own frog and toad puppets

Make your own frog and toad puppets

Norwich Puppet Theatre teach you to make a toad puppet ...
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Home Taskmaster

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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Circle and Cross - Online or Offline

Circle and Cross – Online or Offline

Draw a circle, draw a cross, then both at once ...
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Multimedia Performance Night of the Living Dead

Multimedia Performance Night of the Living Dead

Edited from rehearsal shots, multimedia show featuring performers with cameras - and zombies ...
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The Drama Hut Workshops for Parents and Teachers

The Drama Hut Workshops for Parents and Teachers

Curriculum-based drama workshops for children to access directly from home ...
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Zoom Performance Pack

Zoom Performance Pack

PDF/Word doc includes monologues and duologues and practical guidance on directing performances online ...
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Devising theatre in a socially distant climate

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 for the last 10 years, co-Directors Kylie and Jemma have ...
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Bounce Story Club

Bounce Story Club

Bounce Theatre are running a story writing club during lockdown ...
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Ten Second Objects (inc Online Version)

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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Told By An Idiot: Idiots in Isolation

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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Drama Games for Language Teaching - Macmillan Webinar

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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Mr Horne's Performing Arts Channel

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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Share Your Shakespeare Online

Share Your Shakespeare Online

The RSC invites you to share your favourite Shakespeare video or photo ...
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National Theatre Connections Festival - Online

National Theatre Connections Festival – Online

The National Theatre Connections Festival performances posted online for the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton ...
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Where Do You Stand? (inc Online Version)

Where Do You Stand? (inc Online Version)

A fast and effective way of discovering everybody’s opinions about a subject - online or offline ...
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Kneehigh WIndows to the World

Kneehigh WIndows to the World

The brilliant Kneehigh Theatre Company set you some bonkers and brilliant creative challenges ...
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Drama One to One Online/Offline

Drama One to One Online/Offline

Therapeutic drama one-to-one, online and offline - an interview with Janine Oxley ...
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How to Direct a Show Online

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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Websites for Teaching Drama Online

Websites for Teaching Drama Online

Links to up-to-date websites which help with teaching drama online ...
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Useful Tools for Teaching Drama Online

Useful Tools for Teaching Drama Online

Tools, resource hubs and free courses about teaching online ...
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Browse our unique Drama Lesson Plans

Commedia dell'arte Drama Unit

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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Drama Games for Language Teaching (teenage to adult)

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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Funnybones Drama and Dance Unit

Funnybones Drama and Dance Unit

Practical and funny drama and dance activities linked to this evergreen story (5-7 years)
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Introducing Augusto Boal (12 years to adult)

Introducing Augusto Boal (12 years to adult)

3 full-length practical sessions introducing the work of the revolutionary Brazilian theatre maker.
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The Gruffalo Drama Activities (4-7 years)

The Gruffalo Drama Activities (4-7 years)

Explore familiar themes and characters through improvisation and role play.
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The King's Sentence - a world without words

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

The Musicians of Bremen Script

Sparkling short play script of the Brothers Grimm tale for KS2 performance.
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The Refugee Cat Drama Unit (5-11 years)

The Refugee Cat Drama Unit (5-11 years)

The incredible real-life story of a refugee family and their cat told through storytelling, discussion and drama activities.
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The Tiger Child Drama Unit

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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World War Two Evacuees Drama Unit

World War Two Evacuees Drama Unit

Explore the experience of World War Two evacuees using media, drama strategies and a fictional story.
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