The Complete Dramatic Works

The present volume gathers all of Beckett's texts for theatre, from 1955 to 1984. It includes both the major dramatic works and the short and more compressed texts for the stage and for radio. 'He believes in the cadence, the comma, the bite of word on reality, whatever else he believes; and his devotion to them, he makes clear, is a sufficient focus for the reader's attention. In the modern history of literature he is a unique moral figure, not a dreamer of rose-gardens but a cultivator of what will grow in the waste land, who can make us see the exhilarating design that thorns and yucca share with whatever will grow anywhere.' - Hugh Kenner Contents: Waiting for GodotEndgameHappy DaysAll That FallActs Without WordsKrapp's Last TapeRoughs for the TheatreEmbersRoughs for the RadioWords and MusicCascandoPlayFilmThe Old TuneCome and GoEh JoeBreathNot IThat TimeFootfallsGhost Trio,...but the clouds..., A Piece of MonologueRockabyOhio ImpromptuQuadCatastropheNacht und TraumeWhat Where.
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The Complete Guide to Successful Drama

Here at last is THE definitive guide fir ant teacher either running or involved with a secondary drama department. Based on the experiences of the authors in creating a highly successful drama department at their Beacon school in Birmingham, this file will be an inspiration to drama teacher because it:
  • increases students' confidence generally, not just in drama
  • gives students a better understanding of what drama is, and what it is not
  • helps to develop a focus on developing techniques and theories needed in successful drama
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Performance: A Practical Approach To Drama

Performance: A Practical Approach To Drama is a textbook that aims to develop expressive and improvisation skills, play building strategies, acting techniques and critical response to live theatre. It has been written to fit any course that focuses on the development and evaluation of performance skills. Key features:
  • a combination of concise theory and a wide range of individual, pair, and group exercises.
  • a strong developmental approach
  • an ongoing focus on workshopping and performance
  • a strong emphasis on self-evaluation and the value of critical responses to dramatic performance
  • an east-to-follow chapter structure
  • suggestions, hints, and pithy quotations at appropriate points in the margin
  • diagrams to assist the completion of exercises (such as movement) and to illustrate theatrical devices and conventions
  • carefully chosen scripts (from poems; published and unpublished works; that extracts from novels) as stimulus for movement, improvisation, voice, and performance exercises
  • written for students to use a home as well as in class
The book is designed for students to work sequentially thorough comprehensive course if study. It is clearly written, logically organised, and includes hints, checklists, and opportunities for reflection.
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Stories for Improvisation in Primary and Secondary Schools

This book is intended to be of value to teachers and pupils in primary and secondary schools. 'Drama' in education may assume many forms, but of all these the improvising of stories occupies a leading place. To provide the teacher with an imaginative anthology Peter Chilver has adapted and re-told some thirty stories: most of these are folks and legends, the remainder are stories developed by classes in the primary and secondary schools from 'situations' taken from newspaper stories. The author stresses that pupils should be encouraged to use, build on, and extend the stories, so that each story is a stimulus from which children proceed to develop their own ideas in their own speech and dialogue. Peter Chilver is Lecturer in Drama at Acton College of Education and author of Staging a School Play, Improvised Drama, and Talking, and is co-author of Designing a School Play.
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Training Using Drama

The use of training techniques originally developed for theatre and improvisation within the workplace has increased enormously in recent years and the proven effectiveness of the approach is finding many enthusiastic followers. Sometimes, actual actors are brought into an organization to act as catalysts within a training/role-play setting, but, increasingly, trainers themselves are using the techniques. Written by an expert in the field, calling on her wide business, training and acting experience, this highly practical guide shows clearly how anyone can make use of these techniques easily and effectively. With information on the background theories and principles of using drama in training, the book also includes 50 detailed activities and shows how to use a range of diverse techniques to improve creativity, leadership, teamwork, and personal development. Subjects covered include:
  • storytelling
  • roleplays
  • coaching
  • non-verbal communication
  • spontaneity
  • trust and awareness
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Speaking, Listening, and Drama

Written specifically for trainee and practicing teachers in secondary English and Drama, this book presents a critical analysis of the requirement to teach speaking and listening and theories concerning the nature and the value of oral communication, as outlined in the National Curriculum and Key Stage 3 Literacy Strategy. It provides practical guidance on:
  • improving speaking and listening skills through practical drama
  • assessing pupils' abilities and understanding
  • recognizing the features of live oral communication
  • how to illustrate modes of speech by referring to dramatic literature
By building a bridge between the English classroom and the drama studio, the authors succeed in making this crucial element of the curriculum coherent and exciting.
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Building A Creative School, A Dynamic Approach To School Development

Creativity is a buzz-word in education right now, but it is still seen mainly as the domain of the creative arts. This book shows how creativity can be an approach to and ethos for every aspect of school life and management and all subject areas. Developing a school which enables the students to realise their creative potential is an immense challenge. There is no single formula for transforming a school into an environment which nurtures and develops the creativity of them all, but this book explores some of the practical steps schools can take. Rooted in theory as well as practice, it examines organisation, leadership, approaches to teaching and learning, curriculum design, assessment for learning, professional development and the importance and effectiveness of genuine partnerships. The case studies of  successful practice are inspiring. The authors also share some of the pitfalls, challenges, and barriers to creativity they  have encountered and offer practical guidance.  
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Everything About Theatre The Guidebook of Theatre Fundamentals

A comprehensive survey of the arts and crafts of the stage. Eighteen chapters arranged to hold student interests:
  1. Learning Your Way Around
  2. Introduction to Acting
  3. Ancient Theatre
  4. Improvisation
  5. Basic Stagecraft
  6. Your Vocal Instrument
  7. Reading the Wrighting
  8. Meeting the Monolog
  9. Medieval and Renaissance Theatre
  10. Stage Lighting
  11. Doing the Duo
  12. Elizabethean and French Neoclassic Theatre
  13. Theatrical Makeup
  14. Directing for the Stage
  15. Scene Design and Painting
  16. Romanticism and Realism
  17. Props, Costumes, and Sound
  18. Getting to Work
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