Making drama out of a crisis – Rhinegold Publishing

Making drama out of a crisis


How often in a drama lesson do KS4 students turn to one or more of the television soap operas for their inspiration? Too often? Well, this scheme makes a virtue of that. It uses soap-style settings and some techniques to develop characterisation. Without relying on regurgitating EastEnders, Emmerdale or Coronation Street, or even a period piece like Downton Abbey, the scheme sets groups of ordinary people in a series of difficulties which allow full exploration and development of characters to meet the needs of GCSE drama exams. These six lessons are suitable for Edexcel GCSE Unit 1, or can be slightly modified for Y10 foundation work, or at the end of KS3.

Learning objectives

  • To use everyday characters in scenes where they can develop depth
  • To use the drama from soaps to strengthen individual and group devising skills
  • To use drama strategies, medium and elements to develop skills
  • To develop the habit of peer and self-assessment

Number of lessons: 6

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