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Drama Club ideas

Discussion in 'Primary' started by minnieminx, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Nopes! I ran a KS2 Shakespeare club last year and we managed it.

    I have this book which has lots of 'starter' ideas.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stage-Theater-Games-Activities-Kids/dp/1556523246/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1325094606&sr=8-8

    And this which has short plays to give children the idea of 'acting' as opposed to just reading lines.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Play-Time-selection-best-selling-GRUFFALO/dp/0330445952/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b

    For Shakespeare I have used: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest and Twelfth Night from this series.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Midsummer-Nights-Dream-Kids-Shakespeare/dp/1552091244/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_c

    I largely ignored the ages last year and gave out parts based purely on ability and confidence, as well as typecasting. A very funny, fairly cute and smiley, year 3 child was Puck for instance.

    Just relax and go with it...we had no costumes or stage props at all, but the rest of years 1-4 loved watching the performance. (The children didn't feel confident enough showing to year 5 and 6, so I didn't push it.)
     
  2. Thanks for this info - very helpful! I will look those books up on amazon. Thanks for the advice about giving out parts as well. [​IMG]
     
  3. I love doing Shakespeare, a great education in theatre and history and popular with staff and parents. This book
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shakespeare-Animated-Tales-Egmont-classics/dp/0749748133/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325102898&sr=1-4
    has most of his classics and they all last about 30 minutes so are very manageable. As the name suggests you can get the film versions which might provide a little inspriration or help the children understand the story.
    I always start and finish with a game and would also advise mixing up improv with script. Too much improv is dull (and ultimately does not reflect the work of most performers) but too much script and they get bogged down in the reading and learning and become very static. In the middle of a very 'scripty' rehearsal get them to do an active game or to completely rewrite the story in improv to fire their imaginations again.
     
  4. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Oooo Tills I've never seen that book. My year 2 class love the films of the animated tales, as have my year 5 and 6 classes before. Love the idea of being able to act out the same script as they have seen.

    Ooops how did that book get into my shopping basket and then on its way to me?
     
  5. Thanks - looking for that book right now!
     
  6. I bought a couple of booklets from http://www.activ8theatre.co.uk/resource_packs.htm and they are great for my Yr6 drama class. They provide lots of games/activities to help chn develop confidence yet learn about improvisation, vocal techniques, mime etc at the same time.
    Hope that helps!
     

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