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Drama Spa Conference (13th & 14th April) at Homerton College, Cambridge
Multi-award winning writer and performer, Jessica HYNES, will be giving a keynote speech at the National Drama conference, Drama Spa, this coming weekend. Inspired by her commitment to arts for all, National Drama, the ‘UK’s leading body for theatre and drama educators’, is certain that Hynes’ words will resonate with the passions and also the frustrations of the delegates. The Drama Spa co-ordinator, Ali Warren, hopes this conference will revitalise and restore even the most jaded drama teachers and remind them of the important role they play in nurturing young people, through creative and experiential learning.
Joining Hynes in a weekend packed-full of dynamic workshops, research papers, discussions and performance are award winning and internationally acclaimed physical theatre company, GECKO; the vibrant SPLENDID PRODUCTIONS who will lead sessions on physical story-telling and political theatre; award winning THE PAPER BIRDS with their unique approach to staging verbatim and documentary theatre. Delegates will also enjoy Masterclasses in Brecht and Stanislavski from Nick O’Brien, founder of The Stanislavski Experience and author of Stanislavski in Practice and Theatre in Practice. For those interested in Activating Shakespeare, Wendy Frost will be leading an ensemble and practical approach to exploring the texts. National Drama Trustees and drama teachers, Áine Lark and Zeena Rasheed will share ideas on purposeful starters for drama lessons, while independent education adviser, Karen Latto, will provide top tips and strategies for moving drama students from the practical to written elements of the new exam specifications.
There will be an hour long performance of Macbeth, with an accompanying workshop, delivered by the award-winning, writer-led, Box Clever Theatre Company.
The Drama Spa Conference will take place at Homerton College, Cambridge from the 13th – 14th April and has been supported by New Era Academy (NEA). To join the conference or for further information, contact Ali Warren on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Drama Spa Conference or telephone 07939 535932 to arrange an interview.
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Áine Lark, FRSA
Chair of National Drama
About National Drama
National Drama, the UK’s leading professional association for drama teachers and theatre educators, is dedicated to ensuring that all children and young people have the opportunity to learn about and through drama.
Learning through drama is a natural human process – our brains are ‘wired’ for it. We recognise it as a powerful pedagogy and a creative process that provides a compelling means of exploration, expression and making meaning. Through it we learn what it is to be a human being.
National Drama is dedicated to the development, promotion and support of Drama and Theatre both in the UK and Internationally. We are an open and inclusive organisatiuon – One Forum: Many Voices – and we positively welcome as members all those who are interested in drama and theatre in learning contexts whether in the UK or beyond: see our Membership page.
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