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Free Resources from Pilot Theatre

You won’t want to miss this!

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FREE EDUCATION RESOURCES FROM PILOT THEATRE, including webcast of Crongton Knights; Q&A with Artistic Director – Esther Richardson; Q&A with Author – Alex Wheatle; lesson ideas to help students and teachers prepare for GCSE and A’ Level devised and live theatre exams. 

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LIVE Q&A with Esther Richardson & Carolyn Bradley

On Tuesday, 5th May (3pm – 4pm), Pilot Theatre is hosting a special webinar, directly aimed at Drama Teachers, offering help and advice on teaching Crongton Knights to GCSE or A Level students, as a live theatre production or as a devising stimulus. It will be a great opportunity for teachers to have their questions about the production answered, from a creative or educational perspective.

Esther Richardson is the Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre; Carolyn Bradley is a Drama teacher, examiner and Pilot’s Education Consultant.

Sign up for the Q&A here.

Crongton Knights

“Crongton Knights is a refreshing example of what theatre for older children should be….Pilot Theatre strikes again.” Reviews Hub

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The Crongton Knights are back! As the magnificent six from Crongton Knights can no longer be out on the road, they will now be touring directly to you.

Their final tour venue would have been Theatre Peckham from 22nd April – 9th May so, for these dates, they will be hosting a webcast of their production Crongton Knights, completely free to access.

The webcast features a special introduction from writers Alex Wheatle and Emteaz Hussain along with directors Esther Richardson and Corey Campbell. The video will be online until Sat 9th May.

Join in for an epic beatboxing, bike riding adventure and let Pilot Theatre know you’re watching by using #CrongtonKnights on Twitter and Instagram.

Link to watch webcast

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Q&A with Crongton Knights Author, Alex Wheatle, hosted by Esther Richardson

Join Alex and Esther on: Thursday 7th May, 2pm – 3pm.

This is a great opportunity to hear the talented and inspirational Alex Wheatle in conversation with Pilot’s Artistic Director, Esther Richardson.

Alex Wheatle is the best-selling author of several books including the modern classic Brixton Rock, and the multi-award winning Crongton series.

Register here.

Pilot Connects

Weekly sessions, so watch this space!

Pilot Connects is a series of talks, workshops and Q&A sessions with the creatives and teams behind Pilot’s work. Open to all and lasting up to an hour, they want to open the doors of their company – online. For all aspiring creatives, beatboxers, those itching to adapt for the stage or those interested in the world of immersive tech and theatre, the online sessions will be announced weekly and free to access.

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National Drama is 30!

We are THIRTY years old as a subject association and are now a charity so we will be celebrating in all sorts of ways including bursaries, opportunities for members to travel and ways to celebrate our work in schools today. We have so much more positive news around the corner and easy ways you can help champion Drama in British education and society as valuable, important and an entitlement. It’s time to grow, and to find exciting ways for you, our members, to participate, get excited, contribute, celebrate and find ways to join in with our vital work. Take a look at our offers below.

Are you setting up or running an inspirational Drama project linking your school, theatre or alternative setting and the community?
Could one of ND’s new £300 bursaries help you?

As part of our relaunch as a charity and as part of our 30-year birthday celebrations we are offering THREE £300 bursaries. Are YOU the right recipient?
• Is your Drama project exciting, well planned and creative?
• Are you improving communication and connections through Drama in a specific community?
• Does your project enable excellent social and artistic outcomes?
• Will your project have a lasting impact beyond the participants?
You might be a practising teacher with an interest in arts and community practice, a new teacher or trainee, an MA or PhD student, an ambitious undergraduate, a middle leader in the arts, an international drama practitioner, a lecturer, professor or facilitator. For example, your project might:
• Enable families to explore their stories together through drama or an immersive arts experience
• Give KS4 learners the opportunity to work with the elderly on a drama project
• Fund a verbatim workshop training your learners to collect relevant stories for a TIE piece or exam performance
• Use drama to improve community relationships through a bi-lingual devising / playwriting project
• Enable inspirational collaboration between two institutions through drama e.g. a 6th form college and a university, a business and a drama club, a special school and a primary
• Successfully lead a multi-generational play-in-a-day with the aim of developing a community theatre company

How to Apply
Submit a 1-2 page (A4) proposal of why and how this bursary will help and support your professional development and tell us about yourself, your creative ambitions and your work. Send this to ND Chair at by 31st October 2020.

• You need to be a member of ND
• The successful recipient will be required to write a balanced, articulate 3 – 4 page article with photographs sharing your experience with members through our magazine/ website – see your name in print!
• A reasonable live presence while you are there through twitter and social media
• A live presentation at our birthday celebration in November (15th – 17th weekend: location TBC) of 20 – 40 minutes
• Bursary paid on completion of event and submission of receipts

The Celebrate Drama! Award
Could one of ND’s new Celebrate Drama! Awards have your name on it?

As part of our relaunch as a charity and as part of our 30-year birthday celebrations we are offering 30 Celebrate Drama! Awards. Are YOU the right recipient? We’ll send you a lovely certificate celebrating your work, a letter to your boss and give you a 10% discount to the ND 30th Birthday Conference.

• Tell us about something you as a ND member are justifiably proud of!
You might be a practising teacher, a new teacher or trainee, a theatre educator, working in prisons or alternative settings, an MA or PhD student, an undergraduate, a middle leader in the arts, an international drama practitioner, a lecturer, professor or facilitator. For example, your reason for celebration might be:
• A great anecdote about how your work in drama made a difference
• A letter from your SLT link or boss about what great work you’ve done
• Audience comments about why your work matters
• 10 reasons why you love your work
• A day or moment that resonates with you
• A fabulous way you transformed your practice

How to Apply
Submit a 1-2 page (A4) account of what you want to celebrate. Send this to ND Chair at by 31st October 2020.

• You need to be a member of ND
• The successful recipient will be invited to write a short 200 – 300 word article with photographs sharing your experience with members through our magazine and website – see your name in print!

Your Students as Authors

HAVE YOU GOT DRAMA STUDENTS WHO WOULD ENJOY SEEING THEIR WORK IN PRINT? Get involved in our new Celebrate Young Drama campaign!
We want to get student voices into our magazine and website. Please contact us at  if you have a budding actor, journalist, (or young technician) who can write at least 300 words on one of these four categories: –
• what they love, find terrifying, loathe, struggle with and really enjoy in Drama
• their best and worst Drama moments to date
• their ‘blue sky’ acting moment – what is their best play, role, cast and director/designer and stage?
• best experience of Live Theatre

Sound good? Do send drafts to with their article title, name, a picture of you and your student (s) and a bit about your school, the Head’s name, contact details, and cross your fingers! All published articles will receive the magazine and certificates for the student and for the school recognising their work and your teacher’s encouragement.
Deadline: 30th April 2020 for the July 2020 edition of Drama.
Deadline: 31st October 2020 for the January 2020 edition of Drama.

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