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Truth in Play: Drama Strategies for Building Meaningful Performances

Truth in Play: Drama Strategies for Building Meaningful Performances
Your Price: $19.95 CDN
Author: Debbie Nyman, Jill Lloyd-Jones, and David S. Craig
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 208
Pub. Date: 2014
ISBN-10: 177091272X
ISBN-13: 9781770912724

About the Book:

Truth in Play: Drama Strategies for Building Meaningful Performances is written specifically for secondary school teachers and teachers in training, and can also be used by students. It features offers a great selection of 16 short scenes; each one complete with learning activities and teaching strategies and workshop ideas.

Truth in Play is specially written to engage students with three thematic sections:
• Truth in Heart,
• Truth in Adversity and
• Truth in Justice

It offers great opportunities for small group work-each group could be given a different script and have different performance focuses. The scenes allow students to explore how to create a meaningful performance on stage. The teaching ideas which accompany each scene offer a wealth of workshop rehearsal strategies incorporating aspects such as tableau, text play, writing in role, hot seating, soundscape, the space between, thought tracking, writing in role etc. Each scene also contains notes for would-be directors to help them connect with the scene and develop an understanding of the main themes and issues within the extract. There's also a useful section at the back of the book called 'Monologue Map' which provides a range of strategies and ideas to apply to any monologue to help create a meaningful performance – this would even help students when creating journal/reflective ideas about a performance.

This is a perfect book if you are just starting to introduce the idea of how to create a meaningful, truthful performance either from a directorial or performance perspective.

What people say:

"Concise and clear... the extracts are varied and interesting." — Teaching Drama, magazine for drama teachers, U.K

"Refreshing... Each extract is economically contextualised and followed by ideas for exploring the major themes of the piece and realising it on stage. Some gutsy issues are delved into from first sexual encounters (both straight and gay), homelessness, racialism, postapocalyptic survival, mental illness and inter-generational cultural tensions. I particularly liked the duologue from Offensive Fouls and the relationship drawn between a young offender and his case worker in Tough Case." — DRAMA, The National Drama Magazine of Professional Practice, U.K.

About the Author:

Jill Lloyd-Jones has been a drama teacher and instructional leader for many years at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). She has worked collaboratively with all levels of educators to support innovation in the teaching of drama, theatre and movement. Her major interest is in exploring areas of social justice through drama and theatre, as she believes in the power of drama and theatre to help students enhance their understanding of themselves and others, and to connect more authentically with their characters in performance. She has provided ongoing support for teaching and learning not only for students and teachers through the delivery of workshops, but through the writing of curriculum and resource documents. Having relocated to the UK, she is working as a freelance consultant.

Debbie Nyman is a drama teacher and consultant for the Toronto District School Board. She has been involved in the development of many curriculum documents at the board and provincial level. She is also an instructor of the Dramatic Arts Additional Qualifications Program at OISE/UT., Toronto. Debbie has provided experienced and novice teachers with strategies to enrich their classroom practices, and has shared her extensive drama experience through hundreds of practical workshops for educators and adolescents.

David S. Craig is one of Canada's most prolific playwrights and influential dramatists. He has served as an Artistic Director, playwright, performer, director, and producer of plays for over thirty-five years. He has written over thirty dramatic works that have been produced across Canada, the United States and Europe, including his hit comedy Having Hope at Home; the internationally acclaimed Danny, King of the Basement, which has been seen by more than half a million people in North America alone.

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