Vol 6 No.1: April 2015
Welcome to Issue 6 of Drama Research.
In this issue of Drama Research two of the five articles published here set out to research two opposite ends of the Drama/Theatre spectrum: the new world of digital media at one end; and the very old world of traditional pantomime at the other. Each article makes a convincing case for further research into the value to Drama pedagogy of their respective areas of Drama and Theatre.
In his article, In Search of an Intermedial Drama Pedagogy, Mark Crossley makes an argument for the mapping out of the new territory that is opening up with respect to developments in digital technology as it relates to, and interfaces with, Drama practice and to embrace and celebrate the potential for developing true intermediality beyond mere multimediality.
The territory explored by Andy Kempe, on the other hand, has been so familiar to us for many years - indeed generations - that we may not have thought about it much at all and perhaps not valued it as a powerful educational medium, particularly for the inclusion of
'children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other additional needs including photo-sensitive epilepsy.'
Kempe tracks the development of the 'Relaxed Theatre Movement', as it is known, which culminated in 2013 in a Conference which focused on how performances could be more inclusive and sympathetic to children with disabilities and their families. It provided
‘a new example of how theatres - and their programmes - might impact upon those critical social issues of access, inclusion, tolerance and understanding.’ (Relaxed Performance Project Conference Evaluation 2013: 5).
As with so many aspects of inclusion it is a question of attention to detail and Kempe's illuminating article outlines exactly what details have been attended to and should be attended to in future if true inclusion in theatre is to be achieved. Read More.