Dramawise Reimagined

by Brad Haseman and John O'Toole

In drama, we are the creators. Like in a skeleton, the bones of drama only work together. The human context—the situation, the people and their relationships—are the flesh.

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‘In drama, we are the creators. Like in a skeleton, the bones of drama only work together. The human context—the situation, the people and their relationships—are the flesh. The body is given shape and animated by the way we focus those basic elements, and how we place them in space and time. We breathe life into the body through the story and the tension we create, and we give it language and movement to express itself, clothing the drama with its mood and symbols.’

In 1987, Brad Haseman and John O’Toole released Dramawise, a dynamic guide to drama education. This book stands as a definitive text for teachers, students and drama practitioners, shaping many classroom programs and curricula at a state, national and international level. Dramawise Reimagined is the successor. It reaches beyond the original concepts, offering newly challenging drama activities that reflect complex questions in today’s society.

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Contents
Introduction
notes for teachers

Chapter 1: the human context
The Dramatic Situation—What’s Happening, Where and When
Role—Who it is Happening to
Developing a Role
Text Used: Two Weeks with the Queen by Mary Morris
Text Used: Snagged by Robert Kronk

Chapter 2: dramatic tension
Tension of the Task
Tensions of Dilemma
Tensions of Relationships
Tensions of Surprise
Tensions of Mystery
Text Used: The Children’s Crusade by Paul Thompson
Text Used: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Chapter 3: focus
Framing the Action
The Drugs in Sport Drama
Choosing the Dramatic Frame
Text Used: Hitler’s Daughter by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry
Focusing the Dramatic Moment
Text Used: Oh, What a Lovely War! by Joan Littlewood

Chapter 4: place and space
The Setting
Playing with Place
The Empty Space
Text Used: Hitler’s Daughter by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry

Chapter 5: time
Time in Art and Time in Drama
The Refugee Family Drama
Playing with Time
Tempo and Timing
Text Used: King John by William Shakespeare

Chapter 6: narrative
Arc of Narrative
Beginnings and Endings
Thinking like a Story Analyst
Fragmenting Narrative Structure
Text Used: As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Chapter 7: language
The Language of Drama
Language and Imagery
Economy
Text Used: Namatjira by Scott Rankin and the Namatjira family
Voice

Chapter 8: movement
Images in Action
The Death in the Village Drama
Movement and Stillness
Expressive Movement
Text Used: The Insect Play by Josef and Karel Capek

Chapter 9: mood
Creating Mood
Mood and Tension
Intensifying Mood
Text Used: Shotgun by Rock Surfers Theatre Company

Chapter 10: symbols
Symbols and Meaning
Gestures as Symbols
Symbolic Objects
Dramatic Symbols
Text Used: Motherland by Katherine Lyall-Watson

Chapter 11: traditional dramatic meaning
Making the Skeleton Dance
The Leaving School Drama

Chapter 12: contemporary dramatic meanings
The Elements of Drama and Contemporary Theatre
Reimagining the Leaving School Drama
Managing the Elements in Contemporary Theatre

Chapter 13: playmaking
The Elements of Theatre
Pre-texts and Starting Points
Pathway 1: Devising a Play from Scratch
Pathway 2: Turning a Process Drama into a Play

Publisher: Currency Press Pty Ltd
Publication date: 17/03/2017
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925005899

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