Photo Ruth Crafer
Sarah offers tailormade drama and literacy days for Key Stages 1,2 and 3 has ten years experience teaching Shakespeare to young children.
Sessions incorporate storytelling, movement, character work, live music, teacher in role, use of text and writing in role.
Sarah is an experienced Drama Practitioner & Actor with a PGCE in Drama and an MA in Drama & Theatre Education. She trained with Professor Jonothan Neelands and Dr Joe Winston at The University of Warwick in 2007.
In 2007 Sarah started to develop storytelling workshops for children between 4 and 8 years old for the Royal Shakespeare Company and became an RSC Associate Freelance Practitioner. Sarah relocated to the North West in 2014 and now works in theatres, schools and libraries in the area. She also develops work for Literature and family Festivals across the UK.
Sarah’s own research for her Masters Degree was based on rehearsal techniques and performance with young adults with learning difficulties. In 2015, she worked with The Manchester Camerata on SONGLINES – a music and drama project for children on the autistic spectrum.
What’s in a Word?
Say it, feel it, do it, draw it, write it.
Reflecting on a full morning of drama. ‘The Frog Prince’ with Year One. Chorley, Lancashire.
We were frogs, princes and even witches. We walked in a forest and picked apples. We met a reluctant princess. We talked about keeping your word. A promise is a promise.
The best way to get to grips with words is to say them, move them, feel them! Drama is a fantastic way in which to explore different language registers, more complex language and formal forms of speech. By playing a king, a doctor or even the Prime Minister, it’s amazing what we might come out with! Perhaps phrases and words we never knew we knew!
Night of The Gargoyles, a poem by Eve Bunting forms the basis of a workshop focusing on the musicality of words, movement and role play, oh, and we all have to be Gargoyles of course. This is particularly good for kinesthetic learners, especially the boys who like to be on the move! The workshops includes reading and leads to authentic creative writing based on their own role plays. (Scheme by Joe Winston).
Other drama workshops such as The Emperor and The Kite focus on using formal language and using pupils’ experience to play roles such as grandma or shopkeeper. (Scheme by Jonothan Neelands).
The use of the written word is also important within the drama. Unfamiliar or semi – familiar phrases are unravelled within the drama. e.g ‘Trespassers will Be Prosecuted’ and ‘Children Keep Out’ are phrases used within The Selfish Giant. (Scheme by Joe Winston).
Much of the drama incorporates elements of writing in role, with emphasis on writing on idea or a feeling rather than getting the correct spelling. This works on the basis that writing because ‘I want to say something’ is far more authentic than ‘getting it right for the teacher’. The spelling can come later.
All the work is child centred and draws on the pupils’ own life experience. Sessions are scaffolded so that each task is manageable and brings a sense of achievement. The Explorative Strategies commonly used in drama teaching are used throughout.
2016 – 17
Stockport Libraries – Storytelling
Salford Libraries – Storytelling
Touring with Ten Ten Theatre – Facilitator
Shakespeare400 – Funded by The Arts Council for library events.
Storytelling for the RSC and The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Plays in a Day for the RSC
Drama Workshops for HOME Manchester and The Lowry Manchester
INSET – teaching Shakespeare for North West Drama
Working with children at St Brigid’s Primary School, Manchester
Telling stories for The Cheltenham Literature Festival
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