Using Drama to Explore Myths and Legends - NATIONAL DRAMA

Using Drama to Explore Myths and Legends

This course, led by Patrice Baldwin, will explain how Drama can bring important myths and legends alive in relevant and meaningful ways.
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Drama can enable children to create, re-create and enter any imagined world together, to encounter and become the heroes, creatures and villains from important myths and legends. Various drama strategies can be used, to help the children to interactively explore the stories together and gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the key characters, situations, moments and events, which they can communicate dramatically.

This session will present a Drama Unit, which is based on Beowulf. It will be explained, a step at a time. The Drama strategy choices within the lesson/s will be considered and explained, in terms of how they are intended to support deeper thinking and learning, at various points.


  • A Drama Unit based on Beowulf.
  • Drama Strategies booklet
  • Drama Contract
  • The Powerpoint used in the session/s (as a PDF)
  • A published article about ‘Teacher in Role’
  • A published article, containing a drama lesson on Beowulf


£25 for 1 teacher; £15 for each additional teacher (from the same school).

Individual teachers may book places on this course, (which is hosted by National Drama).

If schools (or groups of schools), wish to host this course themselves (online or on site), please contact

Bespoke packages of additional advice and support can be arranged for schools. Please contact


Patrice Baldwin was a primary headteacher, School Improvement and Art Education Adviser and Ofsted inspector. She was Sir Jim Rose’s Drama Editorial Expert for his proposed primary curriculum.

Patrice has given keynotes and led workshops in 35+ countries and was President of the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (2010-13) and Chair of National Drama for more than a decade (until 2015). She created and directed ‘Drama for Learning and Creativity’ (D4LC), an internationally acclaimed school improvement initiative.

Patrice is a published educational author and has been a BBC Education scriptwriter and series consultant (TV and Radio). She now works freelance.


‘Patrice Baldwin is a rarity. She is one of the few primary drama experts left in this country and quite possibly the most experienced and effective drama primary teacher. Teachers on her courses, come away feeling more confident and with a broader repertoire. Her work is excellent!’ 

Pie Corbett

Absolutely brilliant! Patrice’s course opened doors for colleagues which they would not have believed possible. In everything she does, she walks delegates through the materials, and discusses the impact this has on children’s learning. She uses drama conventions to create opportunities for pupils to secure their learning in new and deeper ways. 

Mary Myatt

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08 Feb 2022


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm




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