'Classroom drama' versus 'production-centred drama'

Examples of activities

Why use classroom drama?

Shakespeare Experts introduces Shakespeare's plays to students of all ages through classroom drama versus producing a play.

Using classroom drama has several advantages:
  • Any mini-performances are done in small groups and are short in duration.
  • This reduces the stress on the students to be 'perfect' so that they can enjoy the activities more. Students become more creative as a result.
  • We use manageable portions of original text (edited) to suit the ability of the students in each workshop.
  • Short scripts help students concentrate on a small portion of the play and explore plot and character motivation in more depth.

Students work in small groups and feed back to the whole group:

  • students are less inhibited
  • more work is covered.
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Above: students practicing The Tempest, Act 1, scene 2.
Caliban (left), Prospero and Miranda (both right)- 'all-boy' scene.

"We cannot miss him.He does make our fire, fetch our wood…."
(Prospero to Miranda)

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Above: students making a 'freeze frame' of the first line in the prologue to Romeo and Juliet.

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Boal* Sword fight. The students use their arm as a sword, and while holding their other arm behind their back, try and 'poke' their opponent's arm. Above, the students did not put their arms behind their backs, in a variation of the game.

*Named after Augusto Boal, a Brazilian theatre practitioner, drama theorist and political activist.

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