Primary Drama – A Crash Course

Two teachers work with an actress to learn new drama techniques Elizabeth and Nerys, teachers at South Farnham School, work with actress Anna Tolputt at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon to develop their drama skills. Both teachers love drama, and get involved with the school plays but aren’t convinced about taking on a role themselves.

Anna introduces them to Teacher In Role, lets them try it out for themselves, and challenges both teachers to take a session in role in class. Their pupils are surprised to be met by investigative journalist ‘Nick Macintyre’ and ‘Henry VIII’. Anna then shows Elizabeth and Nerys some further tricks of her trade, and teaches them about making soundscapes, and objects from pupils’ bodies. It is easy for teachers to be sceptical, but Elizabeth and Nerys have a go, and see that they can make these techniques work. They’re delighted with the results, impressed by their pupils’ creative response, and surprised that their classes are still learning – just learning differently.

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