Conference-Drama and English: Exploring the Connections

London Association for the Teaching of English

Saturday 9th February 2013

9.30 – 1.30

Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way

London WC1H 0AL

(Conference starts in the Drama Studio at the Institute of Education – level 1)

Main Speakers:

Anton Franks

(Associate Professor, Creative Arts and Education at the University of Nottingham)

Dominic Fitch

(Creative Director of the Shakespeare Schools Festival)

There has been a long history of teachers using drama to support learning in English. Considering recent moves threatening the place of drama in and across the curriculum, we think it important to affirm the centrality of drama to English teaching. This conference will offer practical approaches for teaching that explore and develop the connections between English and drama.

Bookstall provided by Newham Bookshop


9.30 am: Coffee and registratio

10.00 am: Keynote by Anton Franks

Bodying forth the form of things unknown – drama, English, reading and imagination

Here, we will return to the old problem of the relationship between drama and English. How, particularly in a time when drama on the curriculum appears to be under threat, might we continue to employ dramatic approaches to teaching and learning in English? What are the relationships between drama, reading, writing and viewing, between audiences and actors? In this talk, we shall think about these things and, perhaps, safely venture into bodying forth some things for ourselves.

Anton has taught English and drama in London schools, then worked with new teachers of English and drama at the Institute of Education. He has recently become Associate Professor, Creative Arts and Education at the University of Nottingham.

11.00 am: Coffee

11.15 – 12.30: Workshop Groups – choose one from the list.

12.30pm: Closing Address, Dominic Fitch

In his closing address, Dominic and a group of students from the Shakespeare Schools Festival will demonstrate practical approaches to unlocking Shakespeare in the classroom.

Dominic is Creative Director of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. He oversees and delivers workshops for teachers and students throughout the UK.  This year the Festival will be working with 1000 schools in 120 theatres.

1.15 Lunch

Workshops (Choose one)

1. The world in the story and the story in the world.

(Maggie Hulson, former Head of Drama and Head of Expressive Arts and author of Schemes for Classroom Drama)

The workshop will involve both practical and theoretical work, exploring ways in which story and process drama can work together to create imaginative responses and creative language

2. Approaching a classic text through drama.

(Theo Bryer, Institute of Education, Lecturer, English with drama PGCE)
This workshop will focus on a classic text, often taught at KS3.
We will work through a sequence of drama activities and consider how different approaches might be adapted for the English classroom – as an introduction to the text and as a stimulus for reading, writing and discussion.

3. Imagining Shakespeare.

(Dominic Fitch, Director, Shakespeare Schools Festival)

This is an interactive workshop that will enhance students’ interpretations of Shakespeare’s texts and their understanding of the context of his plays.

4. Forum and Image Theatre for the classroom.

(Nelly Alfandari, Drama teacher in secondary schools in East London)

This workshop will explore Forum Theatre and Image Theatre as tools for learning in the drama and the English classroom. Inherent to both drama forms is an exploration of a topic through physical expression and communication by reading and shaping each other’s ideas. These forms of Theatre of the Oppressed enable critical reflection on different aspects of power.

5. Drama and Learning.

(Maggie Pitfield, drama teacher of many years and now Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London)

A place for drama has been confirmed in every version of the National Curriculum for English since the Cox Report in 1989, and its value as a learning medium in English has been endorsed in all recent Ofsted subject reviews. Through discussion and practical activity this workshop will explore some ways in which drama contributes to effective teaching and learning in the secondary English classroom.

Fee (including lunch and coffee)


£15 students and unwaged

(NB an additional fee of £10.00 will be charged for attending without prior booking)

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