This course is designed as a springboard to encourage an understanding and love of narrative and drama; why stories are important, how they’re passed down through time in theatres, around fires, as well as in books. The course takes students through sample scripts from great plays, focusing on how voice creates tone and expresses emotions. Learning about sentence structure, students will get a chance to read lines aloud themselves, or for those who prefer to, write their own lines of dialogue and create stage directions for their scene.
In our introductory lesson, we ask the question: Why do people love drama?After discussion on our favourites, we explore a scene from The Tempest. Reading aloud to notice the mood and tempo of the speech, students will then be encouraged towards: A- write their own dialogue for a scene prompt OR B: -B - create a setting for a scene.
The second lesson begins with students thinking about the question: What makes a good story? In this hour students will be provided with a Bingo card, and then have a scene from Willy Russell's Blood Brothers read aloud. Concepts we will focus are: heroes and villains, contrasting locations, themes of friendship.
This session explores an extract from the play 'A Doll's House' by H. Ibsen and asks students: What is tone? Students volunteer to read lines and use stage directions and prompts to help adjust tone, to encourages confident speaking skills, as well as understanding about voice and tone. With some expert tips students will work on their own script.
In our final session, students will explore a scene from a play by David Grant, Fast. We ask the question: what makes someone famous? Students will be able to decide which character is presented as the hero and villain in the scene and then have a chance to create a few lines of dialogue for their own famous hero (prompted with a scenario).
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