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5 Editorial 6 News 11 Views Secret Teacher | Susan Elkin 12 Bardwatching Catch up on all the latest Shakespeare news

FEATURES 14 An Idiots’ guide to happiness Find out how Told by an Idiot are creating pockets of community across the UK 16 Breaking the chain The Cookham Wood Project from Theatre31 is engaging young offenders in theatre workshops 17 The youth board revolution Youth board members proudly unpack the importance of youth voice in local theatres 18 The process of practice A look at the social, emotional and mental health benefits of drama for young people

DRAMA IN EARLY YEARS AND PRIMARY 20 The play area Polka Theatre are welcoming young children and families into their newly renovated venue

PERFORMING ARTS 22 Tricks of the trade Cirque Berserk! performers share their advice on entering the circus industry

Cover image: Cirque Berserk!’s Paulo dos Santos CREDIT: PIET HEIN OUT

BACKSTAGE MATTERS 24 Virtual Ideas Platform ABTT have joined forces with Guildhall School of Music and Drama to create the Virtual Ideas Platform

MDE EXPO 26 Drums, debate and devising A report on this year’s Music and Drama Education Expo | London

GOING SOLO 27 Dramabuds A drama workshop and party franchise transforming young lives

ON COURSE 28 ALRA The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts detail what they offer

LESSON PLANS AND STRATEGIES 30 Practitioner focus Angelique Rockas 31 Drama strategy Drama for PSHE 33 One-off workshop The Journey of the Magi – KS3 50 Drama game Upstage/Downstage 48 Schemes of Work summaries Full schemes available online: KS2 | The Two Islands – a conservation unit KS3 | Arabian Nights KS3/4 | It Takes a Team



KS4 | Working from a variety of texts KS5 | Exploring a text using DV8 and Paper Birds

PLAYS 34 Play for performance At First I Was Afraid (I Was Petrified) 35 Play for study The Investigation 36 Play text reviews The Merthyr Stigmatist; Reasons You should(nt) Love Me; Find a Partner!; Like There’s No tomorrow; The Free9 38 Five great plays…adapted from books

REVIEWS 39 Books How to Teach a Play Ultimate Drama Activities for the Classroom 40 Performance: Lovesong – Frantic Assembly 40 Online workshops: 10-day masterclass in curriculum design – Burts Drama 41 Web resources: RSC Next Generation Introduces; We Teach Drama Resources 42 Performance: The Beauty Queen of Leenane – Chichester Festival Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith

LISTINGS: UK-WIDE 43 Performances 44 Workshops and courses


Autumn Term 2 2021/22 Drama & Theatre 3