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Alison Chaplin is a drama teacher and writer living in the North West. She has over 30 years' experience in youth theatre and drama teaching.

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Alison Chaplin is a drama teacher and writer living in the North West. She has over 30 years' experience in youth theatre and drama teaching.
Autumn poem into performance drama and movement lesson plan; KS1; dance
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Autumn poem into performance drama and movement lesson plan; KS1; dance

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This KS1 lesson plan explores the autumn-themed poem The Leaves (by an unknown author) which describes the sights and sounds on a windy night in autumn. The drama lesson encourages children to bring these sights and sounds to life, performing the poem using mime, dance, expressive movements, and a sound orchestra! This is a great lesson for linking to a project on autumn, the seasons, night-time animals, weather, or for a dance or PE session. It runs for 20-30 minutes and does not require any equipment but needs a hall or large space for it to work effectively. This lesson plan includes suggested follow-on tasks and activities. It works well with Reception and KS1 children and could easily be adapted for EYFS. If you have purchased this resource and liked it, please take a few seconds to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
Short script for 2 characters, duologue for festivals and exams, Years 4-8
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Short script for 2 characters, duologue for festivals and exams, Years 4-8

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A great little original script for two people which can be used for improvisation, role play, characterisation work, speech and drama festivals, exam practice, script annotating or writing, or for exploring PSHE issues. Younger pupils can simply write the rest of the scene, the preceding scene, or the following scene. Older pupils can add cut-away scenes and develop the extract into a whole play. I’ve used it with KS2 and KS3 students and they’ve all created something different from it! If you found this resource useful, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
WW1 poem into performance drama lesson plan; Siegfried Sassoon; Years 4-8
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WW1 poem into performance drama lesson plan; Siegfried Sassoon; Years 4-8

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An upper KS2/lower KS3 lesson plan which explores a narrative poem by Siegfried Sassoon. Students explore the rhythm of the poem, the concept of what it means to be a hero, the language of the poem, its characters, story and the strong contrasts it presents. Various drama methods - speaking aloud, mime, freeze-frames, thought-tracking, improvisation, tableau - bring the poem to life, culminating in a mini performance of the poem. It’s a powerful and inspirational session. The lesson can be completed in 75 minutes and the resulting performance is brilliant for topic days, a whole school assembly, or a World War 1 memorial day. If you have purchased this resource and found it useful, please take a few seconds to leave a positive review. thanks everso!
Short play script: Harry Rings, Lord of the Potters (Harry Potter/LOTR pastiche, comedy, fantasy)
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Short play script: Harry Rings, Lord of the Potters (Harry Potter/LOTR pastiche, comedy, fantasy)

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Harry Rings, Lord of the Potters is a one act comedy pastiche play script suitable for students aged 9-14 years, in which well-known characters from the fantasy genre come together in a common quest. It’s fabulous for any Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings fans and you’ll laugh all the way through rehearsals - I promise! Running time is approx. 25 minutes, cast size 20 (with opportunities for additional non-speaking roles), it works really well with a class of mixed age groups, and with much older students! This script includes full production and staging notes - with suggestions and supporting ideas for props, costumes, set and effects - plus great follow-on drama and English activities for further work in the classroom and drama studio. Harry Rings, Lord of the Potters makes a great alternative for an end of year or end of term production; your actors and audience will love it. If you have purchased this script and found it useful/funny/great value for money, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso! **If you intend to give a public performance of this play you must purchase the licence which allows you to do so. This can be found in the Arts On The Move online shop. **
Short play script: The Legend of St George and the Dragon (legends, history, world stories)
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Short play script: The Legend of St George and the Dragon (legends, history, world stories)

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A great one-act play for juniors aged 8-12 years that tells the story of how the wandering Knight, George, became Saint George. Cast size 20+ (with opportunities for non-speaking parts) and a running time of approximately 30 minutes, it’s great for topic days. The script includes full production notes with suggestions for staging, props, costumes and dramatic effects. It also includes great follow-on activities for further classroom work. This is a lovely, funny, script that provides a fabulous short and simple version of one of England’s most enduring legends. If you have purchased this script and found it useful/funny/great value for money, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
Mini play script and lesson plan, Matilda narrative poem (Hilaire Belloc), Years 2-6
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Mini play script and lesson plan, Matilda narrative poem (Hilaire Belloc), Years 2-6

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A mini script based on the narrative poem ‘Matilda (who told lies and was burned to death)’ by Hilaire Belloc. This pack turns the poem into a mini performance, with the lines of the poem being narrated and broken up using improvised scenes, mime, and short role-plays. It works well with KS1 and KS2, as they enjoy the gruesome nature of it, and can be used as part of an assembly on ‘telling lies’, or to support exploration of narrative poetry. Great for a quick end of term performance for friends and family. If you like this resource, please take a couple of minutes to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
Drama lesson plans for drama clubs or youth theatres (starter pack, pick up and go drama)
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Drama lesson plans for drama clubs or youth theatres (starter pack, pick up and go drama)

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Three lesson plans for your drama club or youth theatre. Easy to follow, with clear instructions for warm-up games, main activities, and endgames. Covers ice-breakers, name games, freeze-frames, movement and thought-tracking. Each lesson is around 90 minutes long and gives the aims, space required and resources needed to deliver it. It’s brilliant as a starting point for new drama practitioners or those who need ‘pick up and go’ resources. This is the perfect resource if you have a new group and need them to get to know each other, to learn to work together quickly, or understand the language and rules of drama. This pack of drama lesson plans will give you enough material for your first term as a drama club leader and, not surprisingly, it gained a ‘top marks’ review on Teachers Pay Teachers! If you have purchased this resource and found it useful/practical/great value for money, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks!
Hamlet Scheme of Work (Shakespeare lesson plans, Years 4-9, introducing Shakespeare)
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Hamlet Scheme of Work (Shakespeare lesson plans, Years 4-9, introducing Shakespeare)

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A short unit of work for Shakespeare study, with clear and structured lesson plans which deliver at least 4 hour’s lesson time. The scheme introduces students to the story of Hamlet using a short extract from the beginning of the play and exploring this through movement, presentations, freeze-frames, role play, mime and narration. The lessons aim to provide an introduction to Shakespeare’s great tragedy but the scheme is also helpful in supporting student’s understanding of Shakespeare’s language - and for introducing them to drama methodology. Suitable for students aged 9-13 and easily adaptable. Great for new practitioners or busy teachers, too. **If you have purchased this resource and found it useful/fabulous/great value for money (or all three), please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso! **
Short play script: The War of the Vegetables (living together, vegetables, narrative verse)
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Short play script: The War of the Vegetables (living together, vegetables, narrative verse)

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A lovely little play script for students aged 5-11 years, this is a gentle comedy which also raises such issues as racism, bullying and living in harmony with others. The Peas and Tomatoes battle for space in the same vegetable plot, until their existence is threatened by the Runner Beans! Simple to stage, with full production notes and guidance, the play also provides opportunities to include dance routines or musical numbers, and for children to participate in non-speaking roles. The download also contains great follow-on tasks for further work in the classroom and drama studio. **If you intend to give a public performance of this play, you must purchase the licence which allows you to do so. This can be found in the Arts On The Move online shop. ** If you have purchased this play and found it useful/funny/great value for money, please take a brief moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
Sample pages from the play script Hamlet, the Murder Mystery
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Sample pages from the play script Hamlet, the Murder Mystery

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A short extract from the play script Hamlet, the Murder Mystery which is a great one act adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. The play has Horatio being interviewed by the police because he’s still alive at the end and is therefore the chief suspect, and the story is told through flashback sequences. These sample pages give you an idea of the style, tone, and language of the play before you buy it. The full script - with comprehensive production notes, photocopiable script pages, and fabulous classroom follow-on activities - can be found in the Arts On The Move Shop If you have found this resource useful, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
The Hamlet Rap: the story of Hamlet told in rap form for performance or just for fun! (Shakespeare)
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The Hamlet Rap: the story of Hamlet told in rap form for performance or just for fun! (Shakespeare)

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A fabulous rap-style poem which tells the whole story of Hamlet and which was originally created and performed by young members of a youth theater in Manchester. Suitable for students aged 8-13 years. This was a complementary piece of work to a performance of the play script Hamlet, the Murder Mystery but can stand alone and makes a great Shakespeare performance piece. It would be a brilliant presentation for Shakespeare Week. Feel free to adapt in any way and to share vids of your performances; I’d love to see them! Contact me at info@artsonthemove.co.uk If you have downloaded this resource and found it useful/funny/brilliant value, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thank you!
Short play script: Whistle As You Walk Away (Victorian Britain, working children, history)
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Short play script: Whistle As You Walk Away (Victorian Britain, working children, history)

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Whistle As You Walk way is a one-act play with songs for upper juniors that dramatises the lives and times of Victorian children working in the cotton mills. Perfect for shared reading or performance, the play script enables pupils to gain some understanding of the difficulties and dangers faced by children in Victorian times. With a cast size of 32+ (including non-speaking roles) and a running time of approximately 50 minutes, the play is ideal for topic days. The script includes full production notes, with suggestions for staging, props and costumes, plus great follow-on drama, english and history activities for further classroom work. It also contains original songs and music, simple enough for young performers to sing and young musicians to play. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thank you. If you intend to give a public performance of this play with songs, you must purchased the licence which allows you to do so. This can be found in the Arts On the Move online shop.
Short play script: Love Me Tender (Romeo & Juliet, soap opera, Shakespeare)
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Short play script: Love Me Tender (Romeo & Juliet, soap opera, Shakespeare)

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A one-act version of the first half of Romeo and Juliet, which ends with the cliff-hanger of Tybalt’s death. Suitable for students aged 10-13, this adaptation is written as a ‘soap opera’ but with all character names, themes, and essential story elements intact. The script is easy to follow and provides a great introduction to Shakespeare’s most enduring love story. This download of the script includes full production notes, with great suggestions for staging, props, costumes and effects, plus fabulous follow-on activities for further work in the classroom and drama studio - including suggestions for devising and writing the rest of the play! If you have purchased this play script and found it useful/interesting/great value for money, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso! **If you intend to give a public performance of this play you must purchase the licence which allows you to do so. This can be found in the Arts On The Move online shop. **
US Drama Club Lesson Plans
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US Drama Club Lesson Plans

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3 great starter lesson plans for your drama club or junior theater company. Each lesson plan contains enough material for at least 90 minutes of drama activity. The lesson plans are clearly laid out with guidance on aims, space required, equipment or resources needed (if any) and easy to follow instructions. Each lesson plan comprises 2 warm-up games, 3 or 4 main drama activities, and a fun, focused, end game. Brilliant for new drama clubs or junior theater groups.
Traditional African stories, animal stories, African myths and legends
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Traditional African stories, animal stories, African myths and legends

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Moontales is a collection of African stories for children. These form part of a long tradition of telling folk stories in Africa and each tale has a simple message and a strong moral. These original stories can be used to explore tales from other cultures, myths and fables, or to create short plays or dance performances. If you like this resource and found it useful please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
Primary School Drama Policy, everything you need to create a primary drama curriculum
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Primary School Drama Policy, everything you need to create a primary drama curriculum

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A complete drama policy for your primary school, with guidelines on strategies, implementation, differentiation and evaluation. This policy includes everything you’ll need to create and maintain a drama syllabus in your primary school. Also includes suggested resources, websites and other sources for support and additional information. If you like this resource and found it useful, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
Mini play script: Sausages For Tea (WW2, Home Front, war children, British history)
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Mini play script: Sausages For Tea (WW2, Home Front, war children, British history)

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A great mini play set in 1940 that tells the story of one family’s experiences during an air raid in a fictional town. The play enables students to gain some insight into the lives of children at that time and to learn some historical facts about life on the Home Front during World War 2. It takes approximately 15 minutes to perform so is ideal for assemblies and WW2 topic days, and is suitable for students aged 8-12 years. The script includes full production notes with practical suggestions for staging, props, costumes and effects plus some great history, English and drama follow-on activities for further work in the classroom or drama studio. It’s simple to read with a cast of just 6 characters, so will work well for small groups to read independently or as a shared reading task. If you purchased this play script and found it useful/enjoyable/great value for money, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso! If you intend to give a public performance of this play you must purchase the licence which allows you to do so. This can be found in the Arts On The Move online shop.
Short play script: The Xmas Factor (Christmas, nativity, end of year, celebration)
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Short play script: The Xmas Factor (Christmas, nativity, end of year, celebration)

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A funny and heartwarming one-act nativity play for junior pupils aged 7-13 which is simple to stage and easily expanded with appropriate Christmas or seasonal songs. The Xmas Factor is a lively but respectful retelling of the nativity story, with a couple of twists. The search is on to find a special star to lead the Wise Men to Bethlehem but auditions aren’t going well. Elsewhere the Shepherds are playing I-Spy and are in danger of missing it all, and Rooster just wants an excuse to party! The script includes full production notes with useful ideas for staging, costumes, props and music plus great follow-on activities for further work in the classroom. It’s a quirky but touching nativity play that your young performers and their audiences will love and is a great alternative to the usual Christmas musical! If you intend to give a public performance of this play, you must purchase the proper performing licence which allows you to do so. This can be found in the Arts On The Move online shop. If you have purchased this script and found it useful/funny/touching/great value for money, please take a moment of your time to leave a positive review. Thanks very much!
Mini play: And Then We Were At War (WW1, British history, conflicts, geography)
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Mini play: And Then We Were At War (WW1, British history, conflicts, geography)

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A mini play, ideal for festivals, assemblies, and topic days, that explores the alliances, power struggles and incidents that led to World War 1. The play enables students to gain some understanding of the countries involved and the chain of events that precipitated this momentous period in British history. The script includes full production notes with suggestions for staging, costumes, and effects plus great follow-on history, English and drama activities for further work in the classroom or drama studio. Suitable for students aged 11-14 years old. Cast size is 30 (with opportunities to include more students in non-speaking roles) - so your whole class can be involved - and running time is approximately 20 minutes. The play provides pupils with a great introduction to any WW1 scheme. If you have purchased this script and found it useful/powerful/great value for money, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks very much! **If you intend to give a public performance of this play you must purchase the licence which allows you to do so. This can be found in the Arts On The Move online shop. Thanks! **