On the Subject of Drama

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Although much has been written on how the drama elements of the English curriculum might be taught in schools, there is less guidance available for teachers who regard drama not as an adjunct of English but as an arts subject in its own right.
In this volume, David Hornbrook and a team of experienced drama specialists show how the subject of drama may be defined and taught. Drawing on literature, visual art, music and dance as well as the rich and varied traditions of drama ...

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Overview

Although much has been written on how the drama elements of the English curriculum might be taught in schools, there is less guidance available for teachers who regard drama not as an adjunct of English but as an arts subject in its own right.
In this volume, David Hornbrook and a team of experienced drama specialists show how the subject of drama may be defined and taught. Drawing on literature, visual art, music and dance as well as the rich and varied traditions of drama itself, they map out an eclectic subject curriculum for students of all ages. Opening up the field in new and exciting ways, the book embraces the widest possible range of dramatic knowledge and skills, from the Natyashastra of ancient India to contemporary classroom improvisation.
The book is divided into three sections:
The teaching and learning of drama: ideas about interculturalism, creativity and craft - key concepts informing the drama curriculum - are interrogated and re-theorised for the classroom.
Making and performing drama in school: the fundamental processes of reading and writing plays for performance are explored, along with the potential of dance to enhance and extend students' experience of dramatic performance.
Watching and understanding drama: ensuring the curriculum is appropriately balanced between the production and reception of drama, this last section emphasises the role of students as audience - for both live and electronic performances - and the development of a dramatic vocabulary.

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Drawing on literature, visual art, music, and dance as well as the rich and varied traditions of drama itself, contributors map out an eclectic drama curriculum for students of all ages. Section I explores and reinterprets theories on interculturalism, creativity, and craft, and Section II explores processes of reading and writing plays and the potential of dance. Section III emphasizes the role of students as audience and development of a dramatic vocabulary. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415168823
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/5/1998
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Foreword
Pt. I The teaching and learning of drama 1
Introduction 3
1 Drama and education 6
2 Stages of the world 18
3 Creativity in context 36
4 Crafting dramas 51
Pt. II Making and performing drama in school 69
Introduction 71
5 Writing plays: taking note of genre 73
6 Reading plays for performance 92
7 The choreography of performance 112
Pt. III Watching and understanding drama 129
Introduction 131
8 On being an audience: a spectator's guide 133
9 Making sense of drama in an electronic age 151
10 Building a dramatic vocabulary 169
Bibliography 185
Index 195
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