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Edward Bond and the Dramatic Child: Edward Bond's Plays for Young People

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Our future depends on the state of our imaginations. Drama becomes more important as the world changes. Plays young people write, act in and watch are the blueprints of the world they will have to live in.

Edward Bond has chosen in recent years to focus much of his work on plays for young people, arguing that drama helps children “to know themselves and their world and their relation to it”. This book discusses some of his important plays for young people and offers case studies...

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Overview

Our future depends on the state of our imaginations. Drama becomes more important as the world changes. Plays young people write, act in and watch are the blueprints of the world they will have to live in.

Edward Bond has chosen in recent years to focus much of his work on plays for young people, arguing that drama helps children “to know themselves and their world and their relation to it”. This book discusses some of his important plays for young people and offers case studies of various productions of them. Contributors examine how the plays have been used by teachers and theatre companies with young people and they explore the demands of acting and staging Bond.

Contributors include Tony Coult, Chris Cooper, Katie Katafiasz, John Doona, Tony Grady and Bill Roper. One chapter is taken from the notes of Geoff Gillham, and one is written by Edward Bond.

The book will be of interest to those who work in drama with young people, whether in theatre, community work or in schools.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858563121
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Davis is Professor of Drama in Education at Birmingham City University. His many publications include Edward Bond and the Dramatic Child.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 Something of myself 1
Ch. 2 Building the common future : Edward Bond and the rhythms of learning 9
Ch. 3 Alienation is the 'theatre of Auschwitz' : an exploration of form in Edward Bond's theatre 25
Ch. 4 Edward Bond and the Big Brum plays 49
Drama devices 84
Ch. 5 The sheet of glass : a drama project by Tameside schools on an Edward Bond poem 93
Ch. 6 Arguments with authority - the making of 'Tuesday' 111
Ch. 7 Imagination and self in Edward Bond's work 125
Ch. 8 'The children' 149
Ch. 9 Edward Bond and drama in education 163
Appended letters by Edward Bond on the tragic, the comic, the self, the theatre event, the invisible object and Brecht 181
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