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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.
10 Socially Distanced Drama Warm-ups
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10 Socially Distanced Drama Warm-ups

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10 drama warm-ups using socially distanced guidelines, These include vocal, physical, characterisation and improvisation.Suitable for age 8 to 18 as can be adapted to suit as suggested in the Teacher’s Notes. Power Point and printable pdf file. Please read before you buy in case not suitable for your school’s structure/policies Thank you
Drama - Slapstick and Farce unit
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Drama - Slapstick and Farce unit

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This scheme of work and powerpoint is an introduction to the styles and features of Slapstick and Farce. It include clear examples, ideas for clips to watch, the history of the styles and connected warm-ups. After exploring both styles and experimenting, it leads the students into creating a comedy farce piece using features of Slapstick. Comedy Slapstick Mime Response to music Props and costume
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.
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.
'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
'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
A Level Drama and Theatre - Absurdism
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A Level Drama and Theatre - Absurdism

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This unit of work will introduce Absurdism and Theatre of the Absurd to the students. This scheme of work can be delivered over 4/5 lessons depending on length and includes connected warm-ups, tasks and opportunity for discussion. Aspects include: Status Sub-text Stream of Conscious Lucky’s speech from ‘Waiting for Godot’ is used for inspiration. A handout for the students with facts and features is also included.
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
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 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.
Masks
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Masks

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This scheme of work will introduce your students to the basic principles of using masks in theatre. The unit uses Trestle masks but can be adapted to suit. The range of warm-ups and ten tasks incorporates the key features and terms of using masks including clocking, centres of weight, facing front and passing focus. These explorations lead up to creating a masked group piece. Would also be a useful introduction to lead into Commedia D’ell Arte. Characterisation Body language Gesture Speed Weight Timing Stance
GCSE Drama Devising Unit on the theme of Courage and Cowardice
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GCSE Drama Devising Unit on the theme of Courage and Cowardice

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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 and characterisation. The scheme of work has connected warm-ups and games, practical exploration activities and suggested written tasks to record their practical work . Pair and group work task are included and tasks include response to music and objects, film extracts and a statue as the three stimuli.
'Agamemnon' by Stephen Berkoff - A Level Scheme of Work
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'Agamemnon' by Stephen Berkoff - A Level Scheme of Work

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This complete scheme of work explores Berkoff’s ‘Agamemnon’ through a variety of practical tasks. Berkoff’s style is used to introduce students to this practitioner and how he has modernised the ancient Greek story. Design aspects are encouraged too to support the practical exploration. An intense, physical scheme of work. Please also see my scheme of work on Berkoff’s .Metamorphosis’. Skills included over eight 100 minute session are: Vocal awareness Physicalisation Language Characterisation Interpretation Non-verbal communication Visual, aural and spatial aspects Context
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
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!
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.