Making Theatre


ISBN: 9781848423053
Author: By Joss Bennathan
Publication Date: 19/09/2013
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 240pp.
Availability: Available


An inspiring, practical handbook for anyone working with young people to make devised theatre.

Devising theatre is a fundamental element of the Drama curriculum, but managing the process is often demanding, difficult and challenging. It can lead even highly competent Drama teachers to feel disempowered. However, help is at hand, whether you’re a novice coping with your first exam season, a non-specialist or a veteran in need of some fresh ideas. Making Theatre provides a framework that will take the stress out of the process, and help your students realise their full potential.

Joss Bennathan answers the common questions raised by Drama teachers, such as:

  • What is the best way of grouping my students?
  • How do I manage and monitor several groups reheasing simultaneously?
  • How do I include the erratic attender without jeopardising the work of the others?
  • What degree of directing and guidance is appropriate?

He shows how to build the foundations that underpin devised theatre, and provides ten invaluable structures to meet the needs of different students, regardless of their level of skills. These structures will help you to ensure that your students avoid shallow, clichéd work and demonstrate their understanding of the relationship between style, content and form. There is a diverse range of stimulus material including song lyrics, prose extracts, verbatim testimony and artwork, all reproduced in this book – and also available to download and print.

The book includes a range of stand-alone exercises covering key areas, including:

  • Voice and movement
  • Characterisation
  • Communication
  • Scene transitions
  • Narrative economy and clarity
  • Performance conventions

‘Invaluable… clear and practical… a must for your bookshelf’
National Drama – Drama magazine

‘A thorough working knowledge of theatre-making with young people, along with a clear understanding of the limitations of working towards an examination, the potential difficulties of managing the work with young people and the pitfalls that may be encountered by any teacher devising for an audience. [Bennathan’s] exercises and frameworks should go a long way towards guiding the less experienced teacher through these potential traps and will undoubtedly provide fresh inspiration for those with more experience’
Drama Resource

‘A godsend… sound, informed advice, pitched at the right level without being condescending or patronising… I’m so glad this book is now on my shelf. I bet you’ll love it too’
Teaching Drama Magazine

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