Imagining the Real: Towards a new theory of drama in education

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The current education climate has brought the development of classroom drama as an art form to a standstill. Practitioners need to make a qualitative leap forward in both theory and practice in order to respond to the cultural demands of the times.

By linking the best of the ground-breaking work of Dorothy Heathcote and Gavin Bolton with the pioneering developments in theatre form by the playwright Edward Bond, David Davis identifies a possible way forward. In part one he critiques present drama in education – Mantle of the Expert approaches, conventions drama forms and post-dramatic theatre. In part two he restates and develops the best practice of the last fifty years, centring on the key importance of ‘living through’ drama. In part three he applies the new drama/theatre form of Edward Bond to begin building a new theory of drama in education and so transform classroom practice.

Imagining the Real will be essential reading for drama students at first and higher degree level, students on initial courses of teacher education, drama teachers, lecturers in higher and further education and theatre workers generally.

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Written by one of the most important figures in drama in education, Davis will provoke necessary discussion about dramatic conventions and form, ideology and globalization, as well as the political imperatives that should power teaching. A required reference for all interested in the field s history and future directions, and what it means to be an engaged educator for the 21st century. --Professor Philip Taylor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, USA

Interested in content and drama form, Imagining the Real takes a long hard look at drama teaching in the 20th and 21st centuries and questions whether we are moving backwards instead of forwards. Concerned about the widespread adoption of a potentially reductive conventions approach, Davis takes the reader on a thrilling socio-political, historical and ideological critique of the big issues pervading drama in education since its inception. Inspired by Edward Bond s concern for understanding the world and ourselves in it, Davis is interested in developing a relevant form of post-Brechtian (non-distanced) drama for young people, and this book provides readers with a unique insight into the aims, purposes and processes of drama teaching from one of its greatest proponents. Skilfully interweaving his highly engaging narrative with practical examples and a wealth of references from philosophy, cultural theory, political science, economics, education and the arts, the reader will emerge with a well-balanced critique of contemporary drama theory and practice, and a framework for Davis's own tried and tested approach developed over a lifetime of commitment to the art of drama teaching with young people. Featuring some of the best explanations I have ever read on role play, frame distancing, sequencing, modes of involvement, protection into role, and Bond s new theory of making drama, this is an absolute must-read for all involved in classroom drama teaching and in research in the field. It sows the seeds for a much-needed re-engagement and re-envisioning of drama in education in the 21st century. --Professor Carmel O Sullivan, Head of the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Imagining the Real is an inspiring book lighting up a new horizon for drama in education not just in Britain but internationally. This book comes out of a very deep experience of working with students, teachers and artists and it allows us as practitioners in the field of drama in education to re-examine, not just our practices, but the theories behind those practices. The importance of this book is that it provides us with the opportunity to explore anew the nature of humanity, justice and freedom through a new understanding of the role of the arts in the present epoch. In particular it opens a new dialogue and asks new questions to create a continuous dialogue between education and drama as an art form. --Wasim Kurdi, Director of the Centre for Educational Research and Development, Al Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, Palestine

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David Davis is Professor of Drama in Education at Birmingham City University, where he founded the International Centre for Studies in Drama in Education.

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