Engaging, challenging and supporting KS4/5 Drama students

This course offers a complete toolbox of techniques for Secondary Drama teachers, enabling them to facilitate excellence in practical examinations at GCSE and A level. You will encounter foolproof strategies for:

  • Creating a safe space
  • Playing: games and exercises for devisers
  • Building a successful devising ensemble
  • Documenting the practice
  • Generating physical action
  • Working from the body
  • Working with text (sourced, verbatim and found)
  • Generating new text
  • Working with the voice
  • Character-based work
  • Refining and polishing
  • Using mistakes, jokes and distractions
  • Working with technical elements
  • Finding stimuli (images, sound, props, music)
  • Preparing for the practical examination

Teachers’ notes and DVDs to complement all the exercises and techniques will be available at the end of the workshop.

Presenter Profile

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Stephen Pritchard, MA Oxon, PGCE Bristol, FRSA, has 26 years' experience of producing top-band practical work at GCSE and A-level and his students’ work has frequently been used as exemplars of excellence for schools. Prior to becoming the Director of Drama at Colston’s School, Stephen worked in the performing arts: as a co-founder of WOMAD, the world music festival; with a national dance company; writing, directing and performing for community theatre. He has led Drama workshops in many countries, for young and mature students. Stephen is also the Drama Consultant for Pumpkin Interactive and has produced best-selling DVDs on devising, physical theatre, ensemble building, comedy, getting into drama school, Artaud and Grotowski.

Feedback from teachers on Stephen’s course

Amazing practitioner! I wish you were my teacher at school – truly wonderful.
Lots of amazing ideas – excellent; thank you!
Fantastic day, thank you! I will be using what I learnt in my classroom tomorrow.
Fantastic – learnt loads. Thank you for inspiring me!
A wonderful jam-packed day with lots of relevant information.
Excellent delivery and course content. So practical!
It was a really enjoyable day and it was really inspiring . I feel more confident teaching Drama already. Thank you so much!
It was lots of fun, involved everyone, and has helped build my confidence in teaching Drama.

Cost: £165 per delegate which includes lunch and resources; £199 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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