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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.

More info and download here

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The Story Behind Too Much Punch for Judy (Members) £21.99 £20.89

The Story Behind Too Much Punch for Judy (Members) New product

The Story Behind Too Much Punch for Judy (Members) £21.99 £20.89

Too Much Punch For Judy has become one of, or perhaps even, the most performed contemporary play, having been performed 5936 times to date (May 2013) and s seen by over half a million people in licensed performances since it was first shown in a 30 seat school drama studio in 1987.

'The audience I sat in was patently out for some whooping Friday night fun watching their mates on stage. At the end there was a horrid silence.'
Nick Baker; Times Educational Supplement from the first Epping Youth Theatre Production.

This verbatim play has become an established exam performance and study script for GCSE, Btec, A' level, University and Drama Schools. Messages from students studying the play and asking questions about its background sparked Mark Wheeller's initial interest to write this book. He has discovered the Story behind this play is quite a story.

This beautifully illustrated book includes a detailed (and humble) background to the play. it exposes the dreadful real life sequel to the events depicted in this documentary play. It includes a many ideas for teachers and students on how to stage the seemingly impossible scene of the accident. There are improvisation ideas that Mark used with his cast when developing the early performances and will help get the best out of any cast.

Finally there is an exclusive new prologue, framing the original play in a totally different light with this question:
"Can this play still change attitudes to drink driving when the person who committed the actual offence went on to the same thing again?"

There is a new and improved Bob and Nob scene. Both scenes are featured in the award winning Oasis Youth Theatre production released on DVD in July 2013 which will be on sale here in July. If you have an interest in Too Much Punch For Judy then you are sure to have an interest in this book.

'This book is both insightful and informative on the story behind Mark Wheeller's play Too Much Punch for Judy.  As a teacher of Drama I can thoroughly recommend this to other teachers, students, practitioners and those who are interested and follow Mark's work. The play continues to be timeless and it is fantastic to see that after 25 years there is a resource that will benefit both teacher and student in staging the play and interpretation and what better person to help you with these ideas than the playwright himself. As with 'Drama Schemes,' by Mark Wheeller, the book is very accessible, well laid out and an engaging and insightful read. I hope you enjoy reading about the journey and process of this story as much as I did.'
Olivia Murphy - Drama and Performing Arts teacher - Bitterne Park School, Hampshire

Mark Wheeller has over 30 years teaching experience, charted in his 2010 book Drama Schemes. Edexcel list his plays as amongst the most popular in GCSE Drama exams. Mark lives with his wife, Rachael in Southampton. He is a Drama Teacher and Youth Theatre Director at the Oasis Academy Lord's Hill.


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Chicken! Chicken! (£7.50)
by Mark Wheeller
ISBN: 9781902843193
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Graham - World's Fastest Blind Man Graham - World's Fastest Blind Man (£6.75)
by Mark Wheeller
ISBN: 9781902843094
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Drama Schemes Drama Schemes (£16.95)
by Mark Wheeller
Rhinegold Education
ISBN: 978-1-907447-17-4
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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.
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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