Book Reviews

Imagining_the_RealImagining the Real: Towards a new theory of drama in education

In Imagining the Real, David Davis revitalises the development of classroom drama as an art form, taking it out of the doldrums to respond to the cultural demands of today’s students. This internationally acclaimed architect of drama teaching, links the best of the ground-breaking work of Dorothy Heathcote and Gavin Bolton with the pioneering developments in theatre form by playwright Edward Bond, to signal a way to move forward. Davis critiques present practice – Mantle of the Expert approaches, conventions drama forms and post-dramatic theatre – to reclaim and develops the best drama education of the last fifty years. Centring on the key importance of ‘living through’ and the new drama/theatre form of Edward Bond, he constructs a new theory of drama in education that can rescue and transform classroom practice.
This book is for all students and practitioners of drama, trainee teachers and drama teachers in schools and Higher Education.

By David Davis

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Drama Education and Dramatherapy: Exploring the space between disciplines

Dramatherapy is increasingly being used in schools and educational establishments as a way of supporting young people’s emotional needs. This book examines the space between drama education and Dramatherapy exploring the questions: Does a therapist teach? When does the role of the drama teacher border on that of therapist? How do these two professions see and understand each other and the roles they play? In Drama Education and Dramatherapy, Clive Holmwood draws on his experience as a Dramatherapist and examines the history of drama education and Dramatherapy, exploring the social, political, therapeutic and artistic influences that have impacted these two professions over the last century. He also discusses how these fields are intrinsically linked and examines the liminal qualities betwixt and between them.

By Clive Holmwood

Theatre_&_Performance_Studies_resizedTheatre and Performance Studies

Erika Fischer-Lichte’s introduction to the discipline of Theatre and Performance Studies is a strikingly authoritative and wide ranging guide to the study of theatre in all of its forms. Its three-part structure moves from the first steps in starting to think about performance, through to the diverse and interrelated concerns required of higher-level study: Part 1 – Central Concepts for Theatre and Performance Research – introduces the language and key ideas that are used to discuss and think about theatre: concepts of performance; the emergence of meaning; and the theatrical event as an experience shared by actors and spectators. Part 2 – Fields, Theories and Methods – looks at how to analyse a performance and how to conduct theatre-historiographical research. Part 3 – Pushing Boundaries – expands on the lessons of Parts 1 and 2 in order to engage with theatre and performance in a global context. Case studies throughout the book root its theoretical discussion in theatrical practice. Focused accounts of plays, practitioners and performances map the development of Theatre and Performance Studies as an academic discipline, and of the theatre itself as an art form. This is the most comprehensive and sophisticated introduction to the field available, written by one of its foremost scholars.

By Erika Fischer-Lichte

Transforming_Teaching__Learning_resizedTransforming Teaching and Learning with Active and Dramatic Approaches

How can teachers transform classroom teaching and learning by making pedagogy more socially and culturally responsive, more relevant to students’ lives, and more collaborative? How can they engage disaffected students in learning and at the same time promote deep understanding through high-quality teaching that goes beyond test preparation? This text for prospective and practicing teachers introduces engaging, innovative pedagogy for putting active and dramatic approaches to learning and teaching into action. It features real examples of preschool, elementary, middle, and high school teachers working in actual classrooms in diverse settings. Their tales explore not only how, but also why, they have changed the way they teach. Photographs and stories of their classroom practice, along with summarizing charts of principles and strategies, both illuminate the critical, cross-curricular, and inquiry-based conceptual framework Edmiston develops and provide rich examples and straightforward guidelines that can support readers as they experiment with using active and dramatic approaches to dialogue, inquiry, building community, planning for exploration, and authentic assessment in their own classrooms.

By Brian Edmiston

The_viewpoints_bookThe Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition

In The Viewpoints Book, acclaimed theatre directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau introduce the history, terminology and philosophy of Viewpoints, and offer a step-by-step recipe for using it as both a training tool and rehearsal technique.
Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the post-modern dance world, allowing actors to learn to function spontaneously and intuitively. It was first articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie, whose ideas have been expanded and developed by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau, adapting them for the use of actors.
Over the last twenty years, Viewpoints has ignited the imaginations of actors, directors, designers, choreographers, dramaturgs and writers. It is taught all over the world and used by countless theatre-makers in rehearsal to develop flexibility, articulation and strength in movement, and to enrich ensemble playing.
This book is an invaluable resource for theatre-makers, as well as for anyone with an interest in collaboration and the creative process, whether in art, business or daily life.

By Anne Bogart and Tina Landau

Publisher: National Drama Publications

ISSN 2040-2228

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