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Winner of Catherine Judge Memorial Award announced

The 2016 Catherine Judge Memorial Award has been awarded to pianist Eoín Fleming. Fleming received the award following his performance of Chopin’s E-flat nocturne and the third movement of Rachmaninov’s second sonata on 16 April in the Great Hall at Queen’s University, Belfast. He won a £5,000 bursary towards his third-level studies and £1,000 towards the purchase of a musical instrument. … Continue reading Winner of Catherine Judge Memorial Award announced

Immersion in history through drama

Samantha O’Reilly, head of drama and lead practitioner at Coombe Boys’ School in New Malden, demonstrates the potentials of cross curricular learning through the medium of drama. In October 2014, the National Youth Theatre’s chief executive Paul Roseby remarked about drama at GCSE that ‘by engaging other subjects in the value of drama I believe it will gain respect, not just from … Continue reading Immersion in history through drama

RNCM to install world’s largest BOXY modular studio

The Royal Northern College of Music is to refurbish its Studio Theatre with the world’s largest BOXY modular studio system. The theatre, previously used for small-scale productions and concerts, will become a rehearsal and recording area. The 12m x 11m x 4m BOXY pod (the largest provided by the company) will incorporate a fully-equipped recording studio. It will … Continue reading RNCM to install world’s largest BOXY modular studio

Sound Sense director Kathryn Deane announces retirement

Kathryn Deane will be retiring as director of Sound Sense later in 2016 after 21 years in the role. Throughout her time as director, Deane has worked with government, funding bodies, practitioners and partners within and outside the arts to advance the position of community music and non-formal music education. Sound Sense chair Sam Dunkley says: ‘For a little over … Continue reading Sound Sense director Kathryn Deane announces retirement

Plays for this term

The Guardian has recommended productions of set texts for schools this term: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/oct/03/school-groups-theatre-productions?INTCMP=SRCH Among them are; an adaptation of Animal Farm by Peter Hall, Hamlet performed at the Young Vic and Edward Bond’s infamous shocker Saved. What do you think of the recommendations? Is there anything vital missing from their list that you feel is … Continue reading Plays for this term

Arts council concerns for future audiences

The arts sector has been warned that it cannot rely on ‘traditional culture vultures’ to make up their future audiences. Concerns have been raised about the future of theatre audiences, as Arts Council England update their audience profiling document, Arts Audiences – Insight. The two categories which were identified as ‘highly engaged’ were ‘traditional culture … Continue reading Arts council concerns for future audiences

New online resource to aid teachers in engaging students

Ch-arted is an online resource encouraging cross-curricular activities. The project, developed by The Customs House, launched at the end of September. The site will be updated quarterly with ideas for classroom activities, lesson plans and interactive educational tools. All the resources have been purposefully created to involve young people in subjects and issues which apply … Continue reading New online resource to aid teachers in engaging students

Drama education legend Dorothy Heathcote dies

We’re very sorry to have learnt that Dorothy Heathcote has died at the age of 85. She passed away on 8 October from complications with a blood disorder. Earlier this year she was awarded an MBE for services to drama as education, which she was due to collect later this month. She is well-known for … Continue reading Drama education legend Dorothy Heathcote dies

An infinite budget

Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced that he will donate £3.5 million to Arts Educational Schools (ArtsEd). The money will be used for refurbishment, new facilities and on developing the main theatre, costume department and disability access… If you were given an infinite budget – unlikely, but we can imagine – what would you spend it … Continue reading An infinite budget

Drama school students face 15% cut in higher education places

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD) has warned applicants could face a cut of 15% in students accepted onto drama school courses, if government plans are to go ahead. The government plans for there to be more competition in higher education. They propose that universities should compete for students who receive AAB and above at A level. This would … Continue reading Drama school students face 15% cut in higher education places

Student finance day 2012 launches

Today saw the launch of student finance day, offering support, advice and information for students applying to university. Supported by UCAS, the day hopes to supply applicants with a better understanding of the new financial structure of higher education. Students can find out about the cost of study before they apply to courses. UCAS Chief … Continue reading Student finance day 2012 launches

New UCAS blog for prospective students

UCAS are hosting a series of applicants blogs on their website. They follow students’ journeys into higher education. A cross-section of young people are documenting the process of applying to university. A selection of UK and international students are sharing their experiences of everything from writing personal statements, keeping on top of application deadlines, to trying not to … Continue reading New UCAS blog for prospective students

NAYT cuts jobs due to loss of funding

The National Association of Youth Theatres (NAYT) has had to make job cuts in order to stay in business. All but one of NAYT’s employees will be made redundant by the end of the year. They have also closed their office in Darlington in an effort to stem costs. The educational charity has suffered major funding … Continue reading NAYT cuts jobs due to loss of funding

TheatreCraft 2011: Beyond the stage

TheatreCraft: Beyond the stage is an event that offers workshops, one-to-one career advice and an exhibition, informing visitors about the many opportunities in off-stage theatre careers. This year’s event was held at the London Coliseum, home of the English National Opera. The day was launched in the auditorium with an impressive backdrop design in place. … Continue reading TheatreCraft 2011: Beyond the stage

Finsbury Park Theatre against the clock for funding

Park Theatre have been given the opportunity to have one floor of its new complex  in Finsbury transformed into a studio for community and educational work. However, they have been given just three months to raise the £400,000 needed for the development. If the money is raised in time, the new floor will house Islington Community … Continue reading Finsbury Park Theatre against the clock for funding

Frantic Assembly, Lovesong Review

Here’s another chance to read our review from Autumn 2 of Frantic Assembly’s Lovesong.  In our forthcoming issue, out 20 December, we talk to the Frantic Assembly team about why education is so important to their company. Get your copy at www.pocketmags.com or subscribe at www.teaching-drama.co.uk. Production review:  Frantic Assembly – Lovesong  Star Rating * * * … Continue reading Frantic Assembly, Lovesong Review

Fill you in Friday

It’s our second edition of Fill you in Friday… keeping you up to date with all the latest events and workshops coming up. Don’t miss out on the latest goings on in drama activities for teachers and students, Teaching Drama has all the information you need. BETT BETT show 2012 BETT offers over 100 workshops, seminars and discussions … Continue reading Fill you in Friday

UCAS give top tips for writing a personal statement

UCAS have released their top tips for writing a personal statement. The advice comes as the application deadline to apply for higher education approaches. Sunday 15th January is the last day to apply to college or university for 2012. Adviser Ross Sanger said: ‘My major tip is to show your ambitions and desires for wanting … Continue reading UCAS give top tips for writing a personal statement

BETT 2012

Teaching Drama visited BETT yesterday. We saw a lot of interesting technology that had fantastic interactive elements, such as a floor projector which moved when you interacted with it. Big companies such as Lego were there to demonstrate how their products can be incorporated into teaching and learning. We discovered that Channel 4 make teaching … Continue reading BETT 2012

RSC’s touring and education partnership branches out to new regions

April 2012 will see the Royal Shakespeare Company work with five new theatres as part of their touring and education partnership. Regions such as Hull, Newcastle and Southampton will take part in the RSC’s Learning and Performance Network (LPN). The RSC is currently working with 400 primary and secondary schools through the LPN across the UK. … Continue reading RSC’s touring and education partnership branches out to new regions

Ministers slash value of 3000 vocational courses

Over 3000 vocational qualifications have had their value cut by ministers, losing the exams recognition in the league tables. Currently some courses, such as nail technology and fish husbandry, can be equivalent to up to 4 GCSEs. The government has accused some schools of using these kinds of vocational qualifications as a way to boost … Continue reading Ministers slash value of 3000 vocational courses

Green Room: Join the Debate

The newest issue of Teaching Drama is available TODAY (visit our website to get yourself a copy). This issue we’re looking at higher education – with the rise in tuition fees and the recession still claiming victims we asked: [polldaddy poll=5902694] What do you think? It’s time for you to have your say! Vote and let us know what … Continue reading Green Room: Join the Debate

CULTURAL EDUCATION REPORT LEADS TO £15 MILLION INVESTMENT FROM GOVERNMENT

Recommendations have been made in order to improve the state of England’s cultural learning after a report, undertaken by Classic FM’s managing director Darren Henley, found that ‘patchiness in provision of cultural education [remains] across England’. The report suggested that, to improve cultural learning, students should study arts subjects up until the age of 16. … Continue reading CULTURAL EDUCATION REPORT LEADS TO £15 MILLION INVESTMENT FROM GOVERNMENT

Fill you in Friday

It’s Friday, which can only mean one thing … Fill you in Friday! We’re keeping you up to date with all the latest events coming up. Don’t miss out on the latest goings on in drama activities for teachers and students, Teaching Drama has all the information you need. Voluntary Arts Week 12 – 20 May This … Continue reading Fill you in Friday

Michael Gove to overhaul A levels

Education secretary Michael Gove has outlined his plans to overhaul A level qualifications. The government is set to place universities in charge of approving exam content, and will remove the Department for Education from taking any kind of role. In a letter to exam regulator Ofqual, Gove raised his concerns about the current standard of … Continue reading Michael Gove to overhaul A levels

Artsmark announce successful applicants to relaunched scheme

Arts Council England (ACE) have announced the first round of successful schools and educational establishments to receive Artsmark status since it’s relaunch in September 2011. There were over 1500 successful applications made to the ACE programme. The announcement comes as the manager behind Arts Award, Trinity College London, has confirmed that they will act as the national provider for … Continue reading Artsmark announce successful applicants to relaunched scheme

International Student Drama Festival 2012

This week has seen the first International Student Drama Festival (ISDF) take place in Sheffield. The National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) took the decision to make this year’s event global, so to celebrate the Cultural Olympiad (see Teaching Drama Summer 1 for our article on the NSDF ‘Going Global‘). The 9-day festival began on 22 June with … Continue reading International Student Drama Festival 2012

The Rose announces development project

The Rose, one of Bankside’s first theatres, has unveiled its Rose Revealed project, which plans to develop the site for future use. The project proposes further archaeological excavation of the partly discovered theatre and development of the site’s facilities in order to enable better visitor access. A number of supporters were in attendance at the announcement of … Continue reading The Rose announces development project

Mousetrap win award for charity work

Mousetrap Theatre Projects has been awarded with the Sandford Award for Heritage Education – a first for any UK theatre organisation. The Sanford Award honours organisations for quality and excellence in their educational services and facilities at a heritage site – a prize which, until this year, had not been won by a theatre organisation. … Continue reading Mousetrap win award for charity work

A-level results for 2012 released

Over 350,000 students have been accepted into college and university placements as the 2012 A-level exam results were released. This year’s results marked the first time in 20 years that the number of students receiving top marks declined; 26.6% of students were awarded an A grade – down on the 27% achieved in 2011. However, … Continue reading A-level results for 2012 released

Unicorn Theatre suspends internships

Unicorn Theatre, who specialise in performance and education programmes for children, has suspended its internship programme after consulting with Arts Council England (ACE). The position of communications intern had previously been listed on their website as a ‘voluntary placement’. The advert said the role would last between three to six months, with volunteers being asked … Continue reading Unicorn Theatre suspends internships

GCSE exam to be replaced by Ebacc

Exams in key subjects are set to be overhauled with the English Baccalaureate certificate (Ebacc) set to replace GCSE examinations. The new format will see the abolishment of coursework in English and maths. Modular exams will be culled, leaving students with one intensive exam at the end of study. There are also plans to have … Continue reading GCSE exam to be replaced by Ebacc

School building guidelines incorporate drama spaces for the first time

For the first time, the department for education has included performance and rehearsal spaces within building guidelines for both primary and secondary schools. The guidelines recommend that primary schools have a studio for rehearsals and a hall space capable of hosting performances. They also state that secondary schools should include a studio space, equipped with … Continue reading School building guidelines incorporate drama spaces for the first time

Gove announces next set of education reforms

Education secretary Michael Gove has announced the latest changes to take place among England’s education system, with the current A-level qualification set to transform over the coming years. The department for education has stressed that, ‘A-levels will not be replaced under any circumstances.’ The reforms would see the A-level qualification incorporate more characteristics of the … Continue reading Gove announces next set of education reforms

Routledge launch digital performance archive

Publisher Routledge, in partnership with Digital Theatre, has launched a digital archive of performance. The companies have been involved in two years of collaborative research and development, which has resulted in the creation of this new digital archive of resources, described by the organisation as ‘an unparalleled international performing arts archive of video, audio and text … Continue reading Routledge launch digital performance archive

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation donates to arts education projects

  The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is donating £380,000 to arts education projects throughout the UK. Recipients include Creative and Cultural Skills, who were granted £75,000 for their range of masterclasses in technical theatre training; The Old Vic, which received £10,000 for their Old Vic New Voices Programme; and The Wales Millenium Centre’s Creative Apprenticeship … Continue reading Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation donates to arts education projects

Expansion for Shakespeare Schools Festival to mark Shakespeare’s 450th birthday

The department for education is donating £140,000 to Shakespeare Schools Festival to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth in 2014. Thousands of students from across the UK will have the opportunity to stage one of Shakespeare’s works in 2014. The Shakespeare Schools Festival is planning to invest £3.2 million to provide 50,000 students with … Continue reading Expansion for Shakespeare Schools Festival to mark Shakespeare’s 450th birthday

UK’s artistic leaders speak out against arts baccalaureate snub

Some of the UK’s leading arts figures have spoken of their concern about the damage that might be caused by leaving arts subjects out of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) curriculum. The National theatre’s artistic director Sir Nicholas Hytner, Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota, RSC artistic director Gregory Doran and playwright Sir David Hare have spoken … Continue reading UK’s artistic leaders speak out against arts baccalaureate snub

University acceptance numbers fall

Ucas figures for the 2012 university cycle have revealed the impact of the rise in tuition fees. There were almost 54,000 fewer students beginning courses this year than there were in 2011. Students accepting places at universities in England dropped by 6.6% Ucas chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said: ‘The headline numbers in this report signal … Continue reading University acceptance numbers fall

Central receives royal title as part of diamond jubilee

The Central School of Speech and Drama has been awarded with a royal title by the Queen. She presented the performing arts school with the prestigious honour as one of the final gestures of her Diamond Jubilee year. Central’s royal patron Princess Alexandra said: ‘The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama holds a very special … Continue reading Central receives royal title as part of diamond jubilee

Fund awarded to Rose theatre development project

The Rose theatre has been awarded with a grant for its Rose Revealed project from the Heritage Lottery Fund. In November, The Rose’s trustees held a breakfast meeting at the British Museum to announce the good news to its many supporters. Rose Revealed aims to develop the site, one of Bankside’s first theatres, for future … Continue reading Fund awarded to Rose theatre development project

Newcastle city council cuts all funding to arts organisations

Newcastle City Council is to cut 100% of its funding to arts organisations in the city by 2016 in the effort to save the council £90million. Proposals from the council state: ‘The city benefits from vibrant and popular cultural institutions, but given the scale of government cuts it will not be possible for us to … Continue reading Newcastle city council cuts all funding to arts organisations

Brenton, Churchill and Wertenbaker to feature in young writers scheme for Theatre503

Paul Robinson has revealed his first season at Theatre503 as sole artistic director. He had previously shared the role with Tim Roseman, when they were jointly appointed in 2006. The theatre is launching a number of new initiatives and programmes, Playwright Presents will see respected writers Caryl Churchill, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Howard Brenton present rehearsed readings of works from young, unestablished … Continue reading Brenton, Churchill and Wertenbaker to feature in young writers scheme for Theatre503

Hammersmith Lyric begins work on training facilities

The Lyric Hammersmith is undergoing a £16.5million redevelopment after six years of raising funds for the project. The renovations will turn the West London venue into the country’s first teaching theatre by 2014. A two-storey extension to the existing venue will provide extra rooms to offer educational sessions for students from actors and directors. In … Continue reading Hammersmith Lyric begins work on training facilities

Theatre figures feature in New Year honours

Leading figures from the theatre industry have been recognised in 2013’s New Year honours. Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is to receive an OBE for his services to drama, as will Adrian Lester, who will play Othello in Nicholas Hytner’s new production at the National later this year. Other recipients include: RADA registrar Patricia Myers, for … Continue reading Theatre figures feature in New Year honours

NUT survey reveals low teacher morale

A survey of teachers has found that there is ‘a crisis of morale in the profession’, according to the National Union of Teachers (NUT). The YouGov survey, commissioned by NUT, was taken by over 800 teachers in December 2012. Over half of the participants described their morale as low or very low. A similar survey … Continue reading NUT survey reveals low teacher morale

LICENSING LEGISLATION FOR THEATRE IN SCHOOLS IS RELAXED

Changes to government legislation, to be implemented this year, will mean schools no longer require most forms of entertainment licensing. The amendments to the 2003 Licensing Act will allow schools, and other venues such as community centres and church halls, to host performances by local groups or visiting touring companies without applying for a license. … Continue reading LICENSING LEGISLATION FOR THEATRE IN SCHOOLS IS RELAXED

U-turn over English Baccalaureate plans

The government has dropped plans to replace GCSEs for English Baccularate Certificates following concerns from the Commons Select Committee on education. Education secretary Michael Gove has now twice had his plans for GCSE reform rejected, as he had originally intended for GCSEs to return to the era of CSE’s and O levels. Gove described the implementation … Continue reading U-turn over English Baccalaureate plans

EXCLUSIVE: Drama & Me with Braham Murray

An exclusive Drama & Me interview with celebrated director Braham Murray, in advance of his appearance at PERFORM, Olympia – this Friday 8-Sunday 10 March. Come and see TD in the Teaching Drama Teacher’s Area for talks and networking events all weekend.  Drama & Me … with Braham Murray What is your occupation? Theatre director. Where did … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Drama & Me with Braham Murray

New issue of Teaching Drama out next week …

Here’s a look at the cover for our new issue of Teaching Drama Summer 2 2012/13- out next week! * Discover the top selection of summer schools available for students and adults to attend in 2013 * We take a look at the theatre companies reaching out to young people from less-privileged backgrounds * Garsington Opera reveal … Continue reading New issue of Teaching Drama out next week …

Winners announced at Music Teacher Awards 2013

On 20 March 2013 the winners were announced for the first ever Music Teacher Awards for Excellence. The awards were created by Rhinegold Publishing and Teaching Drama‘s sister publication Music Teacher magazine to celebrate excellence in the UK’s music education sector and to recognise the projects, organisations and products that are contributing the most to the development … Continue reading Winners announced at Music Teacher Awards 2013

Campaign launched in support of regional theatres

A campaign entitled My Theatre Matters! has been launched to encourage support of local theatres. The initiative is being led by Equity, The Stage and Theatrical Management Association (TMA). The Stage editor Brian Attwood says: ‘Many theatres are facing reductions, and in some cases complete cuts, in support from their local authorities. It is the … Continue reading Campaign launched in support of regional theatres

Kevin Spacey foundation launches partnership with Regent’s College London

The Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF) has announced details of a new partnership with Regent’s College London, through which students will be offered the chance of a scholarship, and an opportunity to work with Old Vic artistic director Kevin Spacey in masterclasses as part of their course. Spacey said of the new partnership: ‘I am delighted that … Continue reading Kevin Spacey foundation launches partnership with Regent’s College London

Papatango new writing competition open for entries

The Papatango New Writing Prize is accepting entries to its 2013 competition. The prize, now in its fifth year, is run in partnership with Finborough Theatre. Last year’s competition received over 700 entries. The judging panel of this year’s competition includes co-artistic directors of Papatango, Matt Roberts, George Turvey, Sam Donovan; producer Chris Foxon; and … Continue reading Papatango new writing competition open for entries

Royal College of Teaching proposed

Proposals for the creation of a Royal College of Teaching have been made to provide teachers in England with an independent professional voice for those in the teaching profession. AQA have sponsored a series of research essays entitled Towards A Royal College of Teaching looking at how a professional body, modelled on medical royal colleges, … Continue reading Royal College of Teaching proposed

Primary workshops for young people’s production at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is running a set of in-school workshops for primary-age students to accompany their latest production The Winter’s Tale re-imagined for everyone aged six and over. The play, running from 29 June to 20 July at Regent’s Park, is a condensed version of Shakespeare’s original text, using music, movement, storytelling and … Continue reading Primary workshops for young people’s production at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Extra material: NISDA 2013 follow-up pack

In Teaching Drama autumn 1 2013-14, we have a guest column from Andrew Golightly about the 2013 NISDA Conference: ‘Drama and theatre studies may well be at a critical crossroads as the education secretary tries to map our way through the current set of curriculum reforms, but there is hope and encouragement to be found. … Continue reading Extra material: NISDA 2013 follow-up pack

Details of teachers’ strike action across England announced

Teachers across England are planning a walkout. Teaching unions National Union of Teachers and NASUWT have come together to work on a joint campaign – ‘Protect Teachers and Defend Education’. The dispute between the unions and secretary of state for education, Michael Gove, regards what the unions consider to be ‘adverse’ changes to teachers’ wages, … Continue reading Details of teachers’ strike action across England announced

Green room: Join the debate

In the latest issue of Teaching Drama magazine, Autumn 2 out this week, we’re asking our expert panel about careers advice for students: [polldaddy poll=7486849]   Vote and let us know what you think! Comment below if you have particularly strong views on the topic. Read the opinions of our panelists in our NEW issue of … Continue reading Green room: Join the debate

TheatreCraft 2013 – an overview

On Friday 22 November, TD visited TheatreCraft 2013 – the backstage, production and arts admin careers fair which takes over the Royal Opera House annually for a day of workshops, tours and networking events. Just as it had been the previous year, TheatreCraft was a huge success. Thronging with young people – both college groups … Continue reading TheatreCraft 2013 – an overview

Central announces recruitment suspension to Initial Teacher Training courses

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama have announced that recruitment to their Initial Teacher Training courses has been suspended, affecting the school’s PGCE course and participation in the Department for Education’s Schools Direct scheme. Students currently studying on these courses will be unaffected by the changes. Central’s Post Graduate Certificate Applied Theatre with … Continue reading Central announces recruitment suspension to Initial Teacher Training courses

Arts Council chairman concerned with arts education gap

This week has seen Arts Council England’s chairman Sir Peter Bazalgette address the gap in arts education between students educated in private schools and state schools. Bazalgette, speaking to The Stage, raised his concerns about the marginalisation of the arts for state school students: ‘I can’t see why 7% to 9% of the population who … Continue reading Arts Council chairman concerned with arts education gap

Backstage Academy recruiting for staff

Backstage Academy is looking to recruit teaching, admin and industry staff ahead of the new term commencing in October 2014. The academy, based at the LS-Live rehearsal studios in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, deliver industry-based training in lighting, sound, staging, live visuals, networks, show control and event planning Backstage Academy’s courses are validated by the University … Continue reading Backstage Academy recruiting for staff

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: Twelfth Night, Re-imagined – Performance Review

by Rachel Creaser Star rating ***** Same stage and sunshine, but a new adventure each year at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s ‘Re-imagined’. Around this time last year, I attended The Winter’s Tale: re-imagined for everyone aged six and over. I recall (helped by re-reading my five-star review of the show) having a great time. With the ethos … Continue reading Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: Twelfth Night, Re-imagined – Performance Review

SOLT awards over £50,000 to 2014 Laurence Olivier bursary recipients

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has awarded the latest round of Laurence Olivier Bursaries to 16 drama students worth over £50,000. The bursaries provide support to students who are facing financial difficulties in their final year of drama school. The Laurence Olivier bursaries range from £500 up to a maximum of £7,500. Applicants are … Continue reading SOLT awards over £50,000 to 2014 Laurence Olivier bursary recipients

Last chance for Latitude Festival – Starts this Friday

Claudine Nightingale reports on the theatre offerings at this weekend’s Latitude Festival It’s that time of year again … school summer holidays, yes, but also festival season! If you’re wondering what to do with your weekend now there are no exam papers to mark, perhaps a trip to Latitude Festival in Suffolk is what you … Continue reading Last chance for Latitude Festival – Starts this Friday

Michael Gove replaced as education secretary

David Cameron’s final cabinet reshuffle before the 2015 election has seen some significant changes. Michael Gove, who had served as education secretary since the 2010 general election, will be taking up the position of Commons chief whip. According to a tweet posted by David Cameron earlier today, Gove will now have ‘an enhanced role in … Continue reading Michael Gove replaced as education secretary

Student Guide to Drama Education 2014-15

The 2014-15 Student Guide to Drama Education is now available to view online for FREE. Whether you are looking to study drama at university, drama school or perhaps even starting out in the industry – you’ll find this to be a helpful guide. Features in this year’s guide include: For anyone considering drama at higher … Continue reading Student Guide to Drama Education 2014-15

Opera and ballet performances added to Digital Theatre Plus

Digital Theatre Plus, the online arts education resource featuring full-length films of captured live productions as well as behind the scenes interviews and study guides, has released a new series of opera and ballet performances. Six-full length Royal Opera House productions are now available to view: Le nozze di Figaro, La bohème, Eugene Onegin, La … Continue reading Opera and ballet performances added to Digital Theatre Plus

Over 1,000 young people attend TheatreCraft 2014

Teaching Drama visited TheatreCraft, the backstage theatre careers fair, on 17 October. The one-day event, aimed at young people aged 16-25, had more than 1,000 visitors in attendance at the Royal Opera House. The event was opened with a speech from the Royal Court’s artistic director Vicky Featherstone. She said it was ‘such an honour’ to … Continue reading Over 1,000 young people attend TheatreCraft 2014

Almeida Theatre takes Our Town performances and project into London schools

The Almeida Theatre is taking the full production of one of its latest shows, Our Town, into two London secondary schools this November, reaching 500 students. The cast of the current run at the Almeida will perform at Dormers Wells High School in Ealing on 10 November and Cleeve Park School in Bexley on 17 … Continue reading Almeida Theatre takes Our Town performances and project into London schools

NYT chief executive Paul Roseby claims that GCSE drama has ‘no relevance’

Speaking at the Artsmark conference in late October, the chief executive of the National Youth Theatre was reported by The Stage as saying that drama at GCSE has ‘no relevance’ and that ‘we don’t need drama on the curriculum in such a formalised way.’ Roseby suggested that drama could be integrated into other subjects rather than continue … Continue reading NYT chief executive Paul Roseby claims that GCSE drama has ‘no relevance’

Number of drama and arts teachers falling in state schools

A report into the value of culture to contemporary British society has revealed that since 2010, there has been an 8% decline in the number of state school drama teachers, and a 4% decline in hours taught for the subject. The year-long project, led by the University of Warwick, has resulted in the publication of … Continue reading Number of drama and arts teachers falling in state schools

Professional development day in Bristol – 1 March

The Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama are running a professional development day on ‘Drama in the Classroom’ in Bristol on 1 March, led by Philip Kingsley Jones from UWE. Full details of the day can be found below. For more information on the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama, read TD‘s article in … Continue reading Professional development day in Bristol – 1 March

The MTA to relocate to Tottenham

The MTA has announced that from July 2015 it will be taking up residence at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham. From 2016, four of the college’s six shows a year will be performed in BGAC’s state-of-the-art theatre, with the showcase and original musical remaining at the Bridewell Theatre. Annemarie Lewis Thomas, MTA’s principal … Continue reading The MTA to relocate to Tottenham

Miliband promises arts at the heart of Labour government

Ed Miliband has said that Labour will ‘put policy for arts and culture and creativity at the heart of the Labour government’s mission’ if the party gains power in this year’s general election. The Labour leader was speaking at the Creative Industries Federation at Battersea Arts Centre. ‘Britain will be a prouder, richer, stronger country … Continue reading Miliband promises arts at the heart of Labour government

IdeasTap to close due to lack of funding

Arts charity IdeasTap has announced it is to close in June after failing to secure future funding. IdeasTap’s chairman Peter De Haan said of the news: ‘We’ve worked tirelessly over the last 12 months to confirm future funding for our operations. It is with great sadness and reluctance that we have reached this decision.’ IdeasTap … Continue reading IdeasTap to close due to lack of funding

Green room: Would a bad review put you off taking students to see a show?

In our Summer 1 issue of Teaching Drama, we’re asking our panellists:   We have a bonus blog-only exclusive answer for this issue: read the thoughts of Ed Boutler-Comer below. Do you agree or disagree with his view? Vote in our poll and voice your opinion. Read the views of the rest of our panellists in Summer 1 … Continue reading Green room: Would a bad review put you off taking students to see a show?

Winners of The Mousetraps 2015 announced

The fourth annual edition of theatre awards ‘The Mousetraps’ took place on 22 March at the Charing Cross Theatre. The Mousetraps, voted for by young theatregoers aged 15 to 23, are organised by Mousetrap Theatre Projects: a theatre education charity widening access to performance for young people with limited means and support or special needs. … Continue reading Winners of The Mousetraps 2015 announced

Over 50% of NQTs forecast to leave the profession within 12 months by 2017

Supply teaching agency Randstad Education has forecast that by 2017, 52% of newly qualified teachers will leave the profession within 12 months. Randstad Education’s estimate is based on trends of current statistics – of those qualified in 2011, 62% were still in the education sector a year after qualifying. In 2005, 80% of NQTs stayed … Continue reading Over 50% of NQTs forecast to leave the profession within 12 months by 2017

Shakespeare’s Globe appoints Emma Rice artistic director

Emma Rice has been named Shakespeare’s Globe’s third artistic director and is the first female to take up the role. Shakespeare’s Globe’s chief executive Neil Constable said of the news: ‘I can think of no one better placed to take on the Globe, and I look forward to working with her at what continues to … Continue reading Shakespeare’s Globe appoints Emma Rice artistic director

Green room: Will the reforms to GCSE and A-level drama benefit students?

The Department for Education announced in February the subject contents for GCSE, AS and A-level drama to be taught from 2016, so in our Summer 2 issue of Teaching Drama, out now, we’re asking our panellists: Would a bad review put you off taking students to see a show? What is your view? Vote in our poll and … Continue reading Green room: Will the reforms to GCSE and A-level drama benefit students?

Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show 2016 – we need you!

Our friends Music Education Expo are launching the Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show in February 2016, and we want YOU to get involved! We’re looking for drama teachers and practitioners to join a voluntary advisory board to inform and advise on the free CPD programme. Find out more here. The closing date for applications … Continue reading Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show 2016 – we need you!

Call for papers for 2016’s Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show

Applications are now open for programme ideas for the inaugural Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show. Launching in February 2016 at Olympia Central in London, the Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show will be co-located with the Music Education Expo, going into its fourth successful year, as a new performing arts element to the Expo’s … Continue reading Call for papers for 2016’s Musical Theatre & Drama Education Show

Free tickets to all London and Birmingham secondary schools for 2016’s Playing Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced that 2016’s Playing Shakespeare schools’ production will be Twelfth Night, running from 25 February–18 March 2016. Secondary state schools in London and Birmingham are eligible for an unlimited number of free tickets for weekday performances at 2pm during the period 25 February–10 March, and for the 7pm performance on 1 March. … Continue reading Free tickets to all London and Birmingham secondary schools for 2016’s Playing Shakespeare

Drama Online to add filmed theatre productions to its resource collection

Drama Online, a subscription study resource available to schools, colleges and higher education institutions, is expanding its resource offering this autumn with video content. Partnerships with organisations such Shakespeare’s Globe and Stage On Screen will see more than 60 hours of material added to the site. Drama Online’s partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe will add 21 … Continue reading Drama Online to add filmed theatre productions to its resource collection

EBacc to return to secondary education

The EBacc, or English Baccalaureate, is due to make a return this September after it was scrapped in 2013 to make way for ‘a more balanced and meaningful accountability system,’ as previously proposed by Michael Gove, former Secretary of State for Education. Intended to further control compulsory GCSE subjects in state secondary schools, the plan … Continue reading EBacc to return to secondary education

Drama Online to partner with award-winning audio drama company LA Theatre Works

Drama Online, an award-winning study resource originally created by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and Faber and Faber, has announced its partnership with LA Theatre Works. The non-profit organisation features audio content as performed by the likes of Hilary Swank, Alfred Molina and Mark Ruffalo and boasts a worldwide audience through international broadcasters: the BBC, Voice of … Continue reading Drama Online to partner with award-winning audio drama company LA Theatre Works

People of Southwark invited to perform on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe

Seldom does the opportunity arise for the public to perform on the stage of Shakespeare’s Globe – that is, until now. The Globe is calling for ‘all who live, work, and learn in Southwark to perform on stage’ as part of A Concert for Winter, the annual celebration of the London borough that houses the … Continue reading People of Southwark invited to perform on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe

Globe Education brings Shakespeare CPD courses to Clifton

For those beyond the M25, accessing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses from Shakespeare’s Globe has never been easier, thanks to the creation of five new approaches in Clifton. Delivered by Globe Education practitioners, including actors, directors and creatives, the new CPD courses are intended for teachers looking to unlock inventive, practical ways to apply the … Continue reading Globe Education brings Shakespeare CPD courses to Clifton

Frantic Assembly launches production archive at British Library

Frantic Assembly, who have been making waves for 21 years, are opening a production footage archive at the British Library, an event which will be marked by a panel discussion in the library’s Eliot Room on Tuesday 10 November at 5.45pm. The discussion will be led by Artistic Director Scott Graham and Mark Evans, Associate … Continue reading Frantic Assembly launches production archive at British Library

Plymouth Barbican given £80,000 for renovations

The Social Enterprise Investment Fund has awarded Plymouth’s Barbican Theatre with £80,000 to go towards a new incubation hub and rehearsal studios, which will in turn create a new vibrancy around the city’s creative industries. As a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, the Plymouth Barbican has been garnering recognition for its work with … Continue reading Plymouth Barbican given £80,000 for renovations

RSC to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream with amateur companies nationwide

The Royal Shakespeare Company is recruiting hundreds of nationwide amateur actors to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream in its most ambitious project to date: Dream2016. Midsummer’s Day this year saw the RSC announcing the 14 amateur companies from across the UK, who have been working in a unique collaboration with a group of professional actors … Continue reading RSC to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream with amateur companies nationwide

National Youth Theatre launches new technical courses for 2016

For the first time, the National Youth Theatre will be holding auditions and interviews for their brand new three-week technical courses. The auditions, alongside the usual annual intake of performers aged between 14 and 25, will be held across the UK. Actors hoping to follow in the footsteps of NYT alumni such as Daniel Craig, … Continue reading National Youth Theatre launches new technical courses for 2016

Should Shakespeare be ‘translated’ for students?

NO Alicia Pope completed a degree in English and Theatre and Media Drama at the University of Glamorgan, followed by a PGCE at UWE, Bristol. She is currently in her tenth year of teaching.   In the sense that ‘translated’ means rewritten and performed in modern prose, I don’t think Shakespeare should be translated for … Continue reading Should Shakespeare be ‘translated’ for students?

Win a class trip to see Bend It Like Beckham the Musical with an exclusive Q&A session!

Hit West End show Bend It Like Beckham the Musical and Hot Tickets For Schools have joined forces to provide schools with the chance to see the internationally acclaimed production and an exclusive Q&A session with composer Howard Goodall. With the musical offering a wealth of discussion material for students – from sexism and racism … Continue reading Win a class trip to see Bend It Like Beckham the Musical with an exclusive Q&A session!

Entries open for NCEM Young Composers Award 2016

Entries are now open for the 2016 NCEM Young Composers Award. UK-based composers aged 25 or under are invited to write a new work for lute and either tenor or mezzo-soprano voice. They must set one of four selected poems by William Shakespeare and Carol Ann Duffy. The winning pieces will be chosen at the … Continue reading Entries open for NCEM Young Composers Award 2016

Friends of Leeds Baroque Charity Concert

Rachel Latham (flute), Sarah Potter (soprano) with Leeds Baroque Orchestra Bach’s Cantatas 82 and 209, with concertos by Handel and Vivaldi As part of their commitment to education in the field of Baroque performance practice the Friends of Leeds Baroque are fundraising to provide an instrument fund for the purchase of specialist baroque instruments for … Continue reading Friends of Leeds Baroque Charity Concert

Royal Greenwich International Early Music Exhibition

The Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival holds its annual 3-day exhibition in the Painted Hall & Queen Mary Undercroft at the Old Royal Naval College. In attendance will be instrument makers, music shops, publishers, recording companies organisations, education and Early Music Today. The exhibition runs from Thursday 8 until Saturday 10 November.

Plans revealed for first national Centre for Advanced Training for disabled musicians

Plans for the first ever national Centre for Advanced Training for young disabled musicians have been revealed at the House of Commons. The proposed Centre is part of Bristol Music Trust’s £45m redevelopment of Colston Hall, and would benefit an estimated 2,500 SEND musicians nationwide. The education and concert hall facilities will include three performance … Continue reading Plans revealed for first national Centre for Advanced Training for disabled musicians