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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".

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A Walk in the Woods: teenage suicide/drama

A Walk in the Woods: teenage suicide/drama

A Walk in the Woods: teenage suicide/drama

led by Andy Kempe

Saturday 28 November 2009 10am-3.30pm
Venue: Oval House Theatre, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW

Suicide among young people has increased three-fold since 1970. It is now the 4th biggest killer of 10 – 14 year olds and the 3rd biggest killer of 15 – 24 year olds in the ‘developed world’. In the USA there are around 80 suicides each day and approximately 5,000 of these are in the 15 – 24 year old group each year. Suicides outnumber homicides in the USA by a ratio of 3:2. Twice as many American young people die through suicide as they do through HIV/AIDS.

This workshop explores the issue of teenage suicide. Its purpose is not to preach or begin to pretend that there is a simple solution to this growing problem. Rather, it looks at how people try to cope when they meet such an issue head on. The workshop has the potential to be disturbing and emotionally taxing but also makes deliberate use of humour in order to explore how black comedy may be, in itself, a coping strategy. However, rather than being flippant or disrespectful to the victims or survivors of teenage suicide, the workshop endeavours to gain more understanding of how personal tragedy can be represented in ways that serve different purposes.

This workshop is suitable for serving and trainee teachers who are looking to extend their students’ ability to explore serious content and develop their knowledge and understanding of dramatic skills such as physical theatre, characterisation and script writing. Recent comments from year 10 students include:

The workshop gave me insights into an area of life that normally would be left alone and not touched. Thank you very much for touching on it!

Today was a lot of fun even though it was about a serious issue. It was a real eye-opening experience that made us think.

Today has made us, as 15 year olds ourselves, aware of what really happens in some people’s lives and the way they can be ruined. It was great! Come back soon!

I think I have learnt more about what teenagers can think about and progressed in my own drama and how I act. I liked the way Andy did the activities but put a piece of the story in between each activity.

My favourite part of the workshop was at the beginning as it showed us how we could put things into humour though in a way that made us think about it more.

I feel like I’ve been through a real experience! I was shocked at how attached I got to the story and the emotions I felt when playing the different characters. I thought the beginning was good as it used humour to show a really things about a serious issue. It was all really enjoyable.

It was a really good experience. An eye- opener. Creepy, yet I enjoyed it!

It was awesome!

Andy Kempe is Senior Lecturer in Drama Education at the University of Reading where he leads the PGCE Secondary Drama course. He has worked as an adviser to the government on matters concerning drama in the curriculum, teacher training and the further professional development of drama teachers. He has been involved in the development of GCSE and A Level examination specifications in the subject in England and Wales and is Advisor for Drama for the Island States of Guernsey. Andy has written numerous articles and chapters covering a wide spectrum of issues in drama and teacher training and his books are standard texts for a great many schools and training programmes. Recent research publications include papers on drama teachers’ perceptions of subject specific knowledge, the assessment of drama at KS 3, and drama and critical thinking. His books include GCSE Drama Bitesize Revision Guide (2nd Edition) for the BBC, Speaking, Listening and Drama, Progression in Secondary Drama with Marigold Ashwell and Learning to Teach Drama 11 – 18 (2nd Edition) with Helen Nicholson.

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Coming up

Questioning in Drama

Thurs 16th May 2019: 6.30-8.30pm
Venue: TBC

This is a practical workshop exploring alternatives to the mainstream targeted questioning in the classroom. It explores how theatre and drama engages questioning by its very nature, how drama provides rich material for deep questioning through the art form and the art of hidden questioning.
This course will enable you to
- refresh your questioning and answering techniques
- deepen dramatic engagement through enquiry
- refine transitions between activities and so streamline planning.
Led by Amanda Kipling, PGCE leader at Goldsmiths.
More info & booking at Questioning in Drama
Concession booking also available. Members discount booking at Members.
Eventbrite booking at Eventbrite

Why Teach GCSE Drama?

Wed 22nd May 2019: 6.30-8.30pm
Venue: TBC

At a time when your results are slipping because of government involvement in the curriculum, written exams and a cohort of SEND and EAL pupils, why teach GCSE Drama?
It’s time to think about moving to Btec where you are back in control of your curriculum: no exams, no set texts, three units based on your strengths with 100% coursework.
Led by Catherine Connor, PGCE leader at UEL.
More info & booking at Why GCSE Drama?
Concession booking also available. Members discount booking at Members.
Eventbrite booking at Eventbrite

Care & Good Use of Your Voice

Thurs 30th May 2019: 6.30-8.30pm
Venue: TBC

This is a practical workshop which traces the theory and practice of voice. From breathing through to articulation you will learn how your voice works, how it can be damaged, how to look out for danger signs and how to gain the most out of your voice while putting the least effort into it. This is an introduction to the mechanics of the artistic voice and provides training on two levels: -it provides an awareness of how to operate your own voice in the classroom to full effect; -it is a robust foundation for more creative vocal work with your classes.
Led by Amanda Kipling, PGCE leader at Goldsmiths.
More info & booking at Care & Good Use of Your Voice.
Concession booking also available. Members discount booking at Members.
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