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Discussion in 'Drama and performing arts' started by aoconnor334, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. aoconnor334

    aoconnor334 New commenter

    So the ugly question has reared it's head and with numbers declining due to the EBACC and other strains on drama departments it seems that now is the time we address this question.

    So why take drama? Why study drama? What will it give our students? "I don't want to be an actor (hate this one) so what is the point??"

    I am really keen to get a conversation going with this as its the question that parents and students often ask and I would love some input from other specialist and practitioners so that we can really start to answer this question and 'sock it to em' when it is asked.

    So, ladies and gents......what are your thoughts (please don't mention confidence building, I am fed up of that being the number one reason for drama, sorry)???
  2. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    Developing self confidence (sorry, but it's true), self awareness, nurture social intelligence, public speaking skills, ability to think on your feet, ability to think outside of the box / develop & nurture creative thinking - all essential skills in the modern world.

    Sure you can think of others. Watch some Ken Robinson videos if you're feeling the need for backup.
  3. littlemysterious

    littlemysterious New commenter

    I'm not a Drama teacher, sorry.
    However, I would agree with all of the above.
    I think a good slant on your problem would be whilst informing of the above reminding them that most actors didn't take Drama as a GCSE it's not always available and a lot take different routes to academic studies.
    It might not make them choose the subject but will make them think.

    My daughter is already looking at the spec for GSCE and is 13, will take it in 2020.
    She has been told it's a must, she's never done any acting and doesn't want to be an actor, but knows she has to do it.
    It goes very well with music.

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