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Steph Richardson's Resources

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I have been a drama and dance teacher for 25 years and have been Head of Drama at two schools. I am a GCSE Drama examiner, run musical theatre clubs, direct community productions and work as a practitioner at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall's open-air theatre under the stars. MY resources range from exam to KS3 schemes of work and stand alone lessons and offer drama and movement, various styles and scope for response, development, devising and evaluation.

I have been a drama and dance teacher for 25 years and have been Head of Drama at two schools. I am a GCSE Drama examiner, run musical theatre clubs, direct community productions and work as a practitioner at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall's open-air theatre under the stars. MY resources range from exam to KS3 schemes of work and stand alone lessons and offer drama and movement, various styles and scope for response, development, devising and evaluation.
'Blood Wedding' - A Level Drama Scheme of Work
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'Blood Wedding' - A Level Drama Scheme of Work

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This scheme of work explores Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding’ through a comprehensive list of tasks. These include tasks to look at voice, movement, space, choral work, characterisation, plot and sub plot. Also applying the concepts of Brecht and Stanislavski to enhance the students’ knowledge and understanding. Lorca’s beautiful, poetic language is incorporated alongside folklore and the Andalusian landscape with heaps of imagery to experiment with. Skills included over many sessions are: Vocal awareness Physicalisation Language Characterisation Interpretation Non-verbal communication Visual, aural and spatial aspects Context
Semiotics of set
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Semiotics of set

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This unit encourages students to think about what a stage set can depict to an audience and how it can also be used as a stimulus. The students will enter the space to a pre-set stage set and have to make decisions on where it is, who it might involve, what has happened and what might happen next. Era Location Characters Plot Suspense/tension
Drama  - Create a TV advert
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Drama - Create a TV advert

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A fun, group activity to create a live TV advert. The powerpoint will introduce your students to terms such as product, brand name, slogan and jingle. Scope for comedy, role play, use of music, props, costume, song and dance (if desired!) Can be taught over two to three lessons resulting in performance and evaluation and provides the opportunity for students to make their product, source costumes and music to use for homework.
GCSE Drama devising scheme of work 'Captives'
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GCSE Drama devising scheme of work 'Captives'

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This complete scheme of work uses three different stimuli to inspire students to devise drama based on the theme of ‘Captives’. The scheme which would last between 6 and 8 lessons depending on length includes opportunities for discussion, exploration, devising, rehearsing, performance and evaluation. Connected warm-ups and exercises are included and tasks range from pair, trio and group work sizes. The tasks incorporate a huge range of drama techniques such as: Still Image Thought Tracking Cross cutting Movement Space Levels Voice Music Flash back There is also a slide of some images to provoke discussion and a sheet of suggested written tasks to help the students record their exploration.
'Metamorphosis' - A Level Drama Scheme of Work
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'Metamorphosis' - A Level Drama Scheme of Work

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This scheme of work explores Berkoff’s classic play which is also a set text option for AQA A Level Drama and Theatre. Numerous practical tasks to help the students’ understanding of the play. These include, characterisation, movement, voice, context and spatial awareness as well as some exercises that suit Berkoff’s style. Skills included over many sessions are: Vocal awareness Physicalisation Language Characterisation Interpretation Non-verbal communication Visual, aural and spatial aspects Context
Drama - Silent movies using Melodrama
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Drama - Silent movies using Melodrama

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A unit of work for students to learn about the style of Melodrama and using the elements to create a Silent Movie. They will learn about the stock characters of Melodrama and the style of acting. Using facial expression, characterisation, comedy and clear mime, a story will be created that can be filmed. The students will respond to various music (Charlie Chaplin is ideal) to show moods for each scene and also have the opportunity to use placards to link the story together. Some basic stage combat and chases is incorporated two. Can be taught over three 75-minute lessons resulting in performance and evaluation as well as providing the opportunity to source props and costumes and make placards as homework in preparation for the end performance. This pack includes three power points, a printable scene structure to give the students and an intensive scheme of work with built in games/warm-ups connected to the topic.
Theatre of Cruelty - an introduction
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Theatre of Cruelty - an introduction

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This three lesson unit introduces the students to Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty. Connected warm-ups are included leading to a group devised piece using fairytales as a stimulus to create a piece in this style incorporating the key features. Style Form Characterisation Narration Use of sound Use of movement Use of gesture
A Level Drama and Theatre games and exercises
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A Level Drama and Theatre games and exercises

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A collection of games and exercises aimed at older students. These act as good ice breakers at the start of term and also encourage confidence and more challenging aspects to develop their skills.Each is fully explained with some examples and some extension work where appropriate.
Drama - Still Images/Tableaux - an introduction
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Drama - Still Images/Tableaux - an introduction

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This powerpoint guides the students into understanding what a Still Image is and how it differs from a freeze-frame. It includes warm-up activities and practical tasks to enable the students to understand how to create effective Still Images and the key features. Events and then emotions are used with the chance to use music and lighting and explore the idea of transitions to build up to create Image Theatre. A valuable technique to learn that can enhance future drama work.
GCSE Drama Devising Unit on the theme of Insanity
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GCSE Drama Devising Unit on the theme of Insanity

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A substantial scheme of work to be taught over about 6 hours to enable students to explore the theme and develop their devising skills through various dramatic techniques such as still image, role play, movement, choral work and characterisation. This scheme allows the students to explore the concepts of private and public insanity, mental health and the social, cultural and historical aspects of the perception and treatment of insanity. The scheme of work has connected warm-ups and games and practical exploration tasks. Pair and group work activities are included and tasks are in response to three stimuli, a painting, a poem and a play text.
Urban Legends scheme of work
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Urban Legends scheme of work

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This scheme uses urban legends as a starting point for devising. It includes several lesson exploring the key features of urban legends in a powerpoint. Several urban legends are included and a sheet of key features for students to check they are including the right things. Style/form Characterisation Narration Role play Music Sound effects
GCSE Drama - 'Skellig' by David Almond - a complete scheme of work
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GCSE Drama - 'Skellig' by David Almond - a complete scheme of work

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This scheme of work explores the play based on the much loved book by David Almond. It includes connected games and warm ups and group tasks using choral work, movement and vocal skills to explore plot, characters and themes. Tasks are linked to the text and off-text work and use many dramatic techniques. Questions are suggested for evaluation after each task and the scheme lasts four to five lessons depending on their length.
A Level Drama and Theatre Scheme of Work - Brecht
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A Level Drama and Theatre Scheme of Work - Brecht

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This scheme of work offers an introduction to Brecht. Various exercises and practical tasks will help the students to understand his ideas and theories and apply them to their own devising and performance work. The 6 page unit includes tasks to explore: Archetypes and Gestus 3rd person V-effeckt Episodic structure A list of his techniques is included at the end of the scheme which could be printed off as a hand-out/checklist for the students. The unit ends with a practical tasks using ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ as a stimulus to create their own Brechtian piece.
GCSE Drama Devising Unit on the theme of Image
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GCSE Drama Devising Unit on the theme of Image

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Although this scheme of work is titled ‘Image’ it will also cover and include ideas about prejudice, being different, vanity and envy. A substantial scheme of work to be taught over about 6 hours to enable students to explore the theme and develop their devising skills through various dramatic techniques such as still image, thought tunnel, movement, choral work and characterisation. The scheme of work has connected warm-ups and games, practical exploration tasks, built in homeworks and written tasks. Pair and group work task are included and tasks include creating a reality tv show, group choreography in response to lyrics, response to proverbs and writing a soliloquy.
A Level Drama and Theatre Acting Techniques
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A Level Drama and Theatre Acting Techniques

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This 5 page scheme of work will help to develop the students’ acting techniques. It includes connected games and warm-ups to explore character work and acting and then has a number of tasks using the theories of Stanislavski and Brecht to put what they have explored into practice.
James and the Giant Peach
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James and the Giant Peach

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Based on the well loved book by Roald Dahl, this scheme of work uses the play text adapted by David Wood. Several lessons will introduce the students to the characters, plot and use of song. Characterisation Use of voice Use of physical skills Interpretation of song Creating a sequel
Twisted Tales - exploring prequel and sequel
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Twisted Tales - exploring prequel and sequel

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This unit of work introduces students to the concepts of prequel and sequel to devise their own drama based on fairy-tales. The powerpoint explains the concepts and gives them the opportunity to explore and experiment with plot, location, character and era. A planning sheet is included and some brief synopses of fairy-tales if inspiration is needed!