Drama Outreach Projects
In 2012-13, the projects involved 22 Drama and Drama/Literature students in five distinctive activities.
Four groups of students created performance pieces and workshop sessions in or with schools. A fifth group created a piece as part of a conference for students of UEA's Centre for Interprofessional Practice at the John Innes Institute. In each case they were required to interact with students and teachers in the ‘client' organisation and deliver not merely a performance but also aspects of pedagogic process which draw on relevant drama skills in order to assist the receivers to engage in new ways with the tasks they are addressing. They also presented their performance at a ‘showcase' event for a UEA audience.
The Outreach Projects for 2012/13 were:
Norwich City Academy (GCSE/Year 10)
This group will assist the first-ever year of GCSE Drama students in the Academy to work on ‘In-yer-face' plays from the UK (e.g. Godber, Russell), whilst at the same time creating a performance piece which demonstrates key issues and methodologies relevant to the plays studied.
Norwich Puppet Theatre and selected Primary schools
In collaboration with the Norwich Puppet Theatre and internationally renowned puppeteer/educator Rene Baker, the students will participate in a development process to create a scenario based on the story of the Princess and the Frog, but taking a different perspective which will open up issues of how we perceive and treat ‘others' (e.g. in racial or gender stereotyping). They will learn appropriate puppet-making and operating skills and also be required to develop their own performance piece.
The Hewett School (A Level)
Working with school Drama staff to explore, both practically and intellectually, key issues in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in the context of staging and directing methodology (with particular reference to original staging and the challenges and opportunities it reveals); these issues and approaches will also be exemplified in the performance piece.
Larkman Primary School
Students will work with first year children and their teacher (a UEA Drama alumni) to create workshop activities and a performance which help them to engage with aspects of maths. The group will also receive some training in the use of objects to develop a performance. UEA Health and Social Work Professions/Interprofessional Practice Engaging with students from the various health and caring professions (AHP, MED, NSC, PHA, SWK) as they follow a module targeting the development of interprofessional skills and communication strategies; from this, creating a performance for a conference addressing aspects of communication between different stakeholders in the NHS/Social Services. The conference in 2013 focuses on the topic of alcohol abuse, and the students will be required to round it off with a short play encapsulating some of the key issues.