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Order in the Chaos
by Danielle Mackenzie

This new practical resource book by Danielle Mackenzie published by London Drama provides teachers with seven exciting units of work and materials designed for the GCSE Edexcel Drama Examintion, New Specification, helping to organise "Order" in all that potential "Chaos".

Published as a downloadable E-Book.

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Anthony Haddon

Anthony Haddon was a founder member and Artistic Director of Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah (1985 -2014) creating plays for young people in collaboration with the playwright Mike Kenny and developing participatory theatre programmes. Since 2014 Anthony has been developing participatory performance with Opera North community and education departments and specialising in Holocaust education in collaboration with the University of Leeds.

The Raft of the Medusa: The story of a painting, the painting of a story

A participatory workshop led by Theatre in Education director, Anthony Haddon.

Painted by Theodor Gericault in 1819 The Raft of the Medusa is based on the stories of survivors from a shipwreck in 1816. It depicts people abandoned on a raft in the middle of the sea and left to die; people in varying states of health from those with the energy to carry on to those who have just given up hope. This is a painting which invites the viewer to participate: with their backs turned towards us we are invited to look at what the figures are looking at; with the wooden planks of the raft painted right up to the edge of the frame we are invited to step on and see things from their point of view.

The question we will explore through the drama is:

• What do we hang on to in order to survive?

We will do this through recreating the actual painting and events that took place over the fourteen days that the survivors existed on the raft.
The area we will explore outside the drama:

• Sharing effective approaches to devising with students in schools





Note: This is a change to the previously published programme.

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