The Autumn of Terror is a new play, a series of monologues about the women that were killed by "Jack the Ripper".
An extract from THE WHITECHAPEL MURDERS, a monologue from the detective who failed to catch the killer.
A useful exercise when devising a drama or creating a character is to look at a topic from two different points of view. This exercise encourages students to consider two points of view on a subject, and to practice writing those perspectives. The exercise develops into Angels and Devils, where we imagine the angel and … Continue reading TWO SIDES (angels and devils)
The Drama Formula is an easy way to remember how to write about a performer's use of voice or movement in Drama. Many students fall into the trap of simply relaying part of the answer - but using this "formula" helps them to understand that greater detail is needed. This short video explains the Drama … Continue reading The Drama Formula
In 2006 I had the immense pleasure of seeing a play of mine produced. The play was THE WHITECHAPEL MURDERS, which was a documentary drama looking at the 1888 killings attributed to "Jack the Ripper". The play centres around the 5 women most commonly identified as victims of the Ripper. These "canonical" women were Polly … Continue reading The Whitechapel Murders – Annie
This exercise is designed to blend a few techniques, mixed media and expand a range of skills. The starting point is for the students to understand what monologues are, and to watch two very informative YouTube clips on storyboards and shot composition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyML8xuKfoc Understanding Shot Types https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQsvhq28sOI Introduction to Storyboarding The next section is an … Continue reading Monologue and Storyboard Challenge
Creating a Character Card is a very common method for a Drama student to plan their character. Yet sometimes students struggle as the exercise seems a little abstract - and in some cases they attempt one before fully understanding their story. They then try to impose their abstract character details onto their devised piece - … Continue reading Favourite Character Exercise
One of the biggest challenges for young students is to have them attempt to devise their own Dramas. The initial reticence usually disappears as soon as someone comes up with an idea. So here's another way of getting them talking. Students can select a number from each column to get a character, a location and … Continue reading Create a Drama – Fast!
Scavenger Hunts are great for giving students a competitive motivation to get some work done. As we are currently in lockdown and creating work from home, I've put together a Drama Scavenger Hunt/Quiz which includes some quiz questions, internet searches, taking photos and even some puzzle solving. The answers aren't attached. If you don't know … Continue reading Drama Scavenger Hunt/Quiz
Everyone remembers the paper fortune tellers from their own school days, right? That folded paper shape which you flipped open to find the secrets underneath? Well I thought I'd create one especially for younger students when they are struggling with devising a drama. The idea is that students can use the fortune teller to decide … Continue reading Drama Fortune Teller