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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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Major Practitioners £75.00

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Major Practitioners £75.00

Stanislavski and Artaud: Wednesday 22nd June 6.30-8.30pm

Brecht and Caryl Churchill: Thursday 7th July 6.30-8.30p.m.

Course Leaders: David Baron and Gill Entwistle

Venue: Room RHB154, Goldsmiths University of London SE14 6NW (getting to venue.)

The aim of these two courses is to provide new and exciting ways into the teaching of the above theatre practitioners.

Although the two courses are aimed predominantly at ‘A’ Level teaching the strategies proposed and practised will also be useful ways into teaching younger students.

Each course will deliver practical, hands on strategies that are at once fun, accessible and easily repeatable; great for new comers to teaching Drama, but also for those more experienced who are seeking refreshing and different ways into teaching the above.

Theory and reference to writing essays etc.. will be woven into the practice, and Q&A actively encouraged.

Exemplary ‘A’ Level written work will be available.

David Baron was Head of Drama for 23 years in the London Borough of Havering, after having taught in a range of different schools in Inner City London, Luton, Manchester, and Oldham, and Paris. He completed the M.A. in Drama with Gavin Bolton at Durham University and also attended many Drama sessions with Dorothy Heathcote. He was an examiner for Edexcel G.C.S.E. Drama for a number of years, until school demands became compromising. David was the Chair of London Drama for two exciting years, and learnt a huge amount during this time. David quite recently retired from full time teaching and now thoroughly enjoys learning classical guitar, going to plays and live music, travelling and learning how to fly.

Gill Entwistle is a Drama teacher of some 20 years, having taught first in Redbridge, in the far north of Australia, and has been Head of Drama at Barking Abbey School for the past 10 years. She teaches KS3 to 5 and has just entered 83 students for the WJEC GCSE in Drama (the department's first year after switching from Edexcel). Gill has taught Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies A level for the last 10 years or more. She loves Brecht and enjoyed teaching Churchill this year for the first time. She is a long time member of London Drama and an avid theatre goer.

Non Member Course Fee (both evenings): £75 - click Add to basket button.


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Advanced Drama & Theatre Studies Advanced Drama & Theatre Studies (£21.99)
by Jonothan Neelands and Warwick Dobson
Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 978-0-340-97262-5
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Performance - A Critical Introduction Performance - A Critical Introduction (£21.99)
by Marvin Carlson
Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415299275
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Antonin Artaud Antonin Artaud (£24.99)
by Edward Scheer (Editor)
Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415282550
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Coming up

Questioning in Drama

Thurs 16th May 2019: 6.30-8.30pm
Venue: Old Diorama NW1 3FE

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: Old Diorama NW1 3FE

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: Old Diorama NW1 3FE

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.
Eventbite booking at Eventbrite.

Physical Theatre with Frantic Assembly

Saturday 6th July 2019: 10-5pm
Venue: Goldsmiths

This is an opportunity to engage with the work and ideas of this world renowned theatre company. The company run a vast network of workshops, residencies and talks both nationally and internationally and have established a reputation amongst teachers for providing education work of the highest quality.
Frantic Assembly is a recommended theatre company on Edexcel, WJEC and AQA Syllabuses.
Led by a member of the company (TBC)
More info & booking at Frantic Day.
Concession booking also available. Members discount booking at Members.
Eventbite booking at Eventbrite.


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STEP is a borough-wide partnership linking the theatre community and education and youth sector in the London Borough of Southwark. STEP aims to equalise, extend and deepen the theatre and drama experience of all young people living in Southwark through the development of strategic partnerships between schools, youth and community groups and theatres and performing arts organisations. STEP's objective is to work closely with Southwark schools, youth and community groups and theatres and performing arts organisations to develop creative approaches to learning and provide innovative projects which stimulate children and young people's personal development and contribute to their educational attainment.
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