DATES:
Thursday 25 February 2021
Thursday 29 April 2021

Code: 8507

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR:

Reinforce your knowledge and consolidate your armoury of resources, exercises and tools to enrich each of Edexcel GCSE Drama’s set text DNA by Dennis Kelly – with exercises and tips to apply to any other texts you study elsewhere in Drama.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Deepen your understanding of the set text and its specific requirements.
  • Receive and exchange tips and suggestions for identifying and physicalising key plot points onstage.
  • Develop your knowledge the theme, language, characters and structure of your set text.
  • Expand yours and your students’ involvement in your set text with good questions and practical exercises.
  • Gain insight and confidence into the syllabus and its requirements.
  • Insights into how to incorporate Research methods into teaching to improve student outcomes
  • Reinforce your knowledge and consolidate your armoury of resources, exercises and tools to enrich each of Edexcel GCSE Drama’s set text DNA by Dennis Kelly – with exercises and tips to apply to any other texts you study elsewhere in Drama.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Current students
  • Potential students

PROGRAMME

4.00 – 4.10pm: Intro

  • Why DNA is our chosen text today, and how questions and exercises we cover can be adapted to other drama texts you may teach in the future.

4.10 – 4.30pm: DNA by Dennis Kelly – Creating Your Version

  • Summarise key plot, characters and style. Show how central conflict is expressed and explored in character personality.
  • Centrality of Subtext: In modern drama, and particularly for playwrights writing for and about teenagers, eloquence comes through emotional engagement with the lines. While every text is only as real as the drama the actor brings to the lines, this is more true than ever for monosyllabic scenes! Demonstration game using text from the play. What do you want your audience to understand?

4.30 – 5.00pm: What do you want your audience to understand?

  • Examples of how to self-check whether a performance is communicating what it needs to, and questions to ask your invited audience. Conclusion: Take-away and targets
  • Identify questions to ask your students to ask themselves about: Set (including Props), Lighting, Sound, Costume (including Hair and Make-up) to express the meaning they identify in the text.
  • Use of “drama watchwords” page to help students get the most out of rehearsal and development

Dr Rachel Knightley

Dr Rachel Knightley is the author of Illuminate Publishing’s GCSE Drama Study and Revision Guide. She is a former senior tutor of the Questors Youth Theatre and was resident speech and drama teacher at Heathfield GDST School until 2013, when she moved into full-time writing and private tuition. Rachel has directed, performed and written for theatre; her first collection of short stories (greatly influenced by her background in performance) will be published in 2021. Rachel teaches English Language and Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies, Public Speaking and LAMDA Exams privately from her base in southwest London and online.