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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 publications@nationaldrama.org.uk  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 publications@nationaldrama.org.uk 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 2019 for the July 2019 edition of Drama.
Deadline: 31st October 2019 for the January 2020 edition of Drama.

National Drama is 30!

We are THIRTY years old as a subject association and 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.

Special Birthday Membership

If you have a drama friend, a supporter, a teacher, a practitioner or actor, a community theatre worker or youth theatre leader who wants to join – now is a great time! Join with our special BirthdayGift30 code – for a limited time the joining fee is reduced to £30! The offer applies to newbies and both individual newbies and schools who have not been members before. Use this email to contact for an invoice  membership@nationaldrama.org.uk or pay by PayPal using the Buy Now button below.

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In Memoriam
Once more we have the very sad task of informing members of the death of a much respected Drama colleague: David Booth. David was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and passed away on December 22, 2018. He leaves behind his son Jay Paul Booth, his daughter-in-law Katie, his grandchildren Mara and Elijah and his brother Jack (Linda).

David was a regular contributor of keynote speeches and drama workshops at National Drama Conferences which were always delivered with humour and humanity – and a great sense of timing. He taught with a twinkle in his eye but his self-deprecating demeanour was deceptive because it disguised a powerful intellect and talent for drama.

One highlight of my life was to witness his conversation with his great mentor, Dorothy Heathcote, at the 2008 National Drama Conference. Just to see these two great teachers together on the podium was thrilling enough; but the anecdotes of his time as Dorothy’s student were classic David and had Dorothy chuckling in a way that few people could induce. Fortunately, National Drama recorded the occasion and it is available as an MP3 from National Drama’s shop website at Dorothy Heathcote and David Booth in Conversation.

David was an Honorary Life Member of National Drama and similar honorary life memberships were awarded to him from drama associations in Canada and USA. As an internationally respected authority on education, he addressed educators and parents in every province of Canada, throughout the United States and in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Germany, the Czech Republic, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. He won several awards for his classroom teaching, for his contributions to the teaching of reading and the arts in education and for his books for young people. He will be sorely missed.

Chris Lawrence

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