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The Art Of Drama Teaching

2nd Edition

By Mike Fleming


190 pages

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This classic edition of Mike Fleming’s The Art of Drama Teaching provides a multitude of practical ideas for teachers of drama and for those who are interested in using drama to teach other subjects. It takes the form of detailed discussion of twenty-five drama techniques including but not limited to:

  • beginnings and endings
  • monologue and narration
  • off-stage action and reported action
  • mime
  • irony
  • time shifts
  • minor characters

Each technique, topic or convention is illustrated by a carefully chosen extract from a play and accompanied by a commentary and practical examples of lesson tasks.

This booknot only demonstrates drama as an art form and provides ready-to-use material for drama teachers, but highlights how dramatic techniques can be used to inform classroom teaching and develop teacher practice. Featuring a brand new preface by the author to contextualise the book within the field today, this Routledge Classic Edition is an indispensable resource for drama teachers in both primary and secondary schools.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Classic Edition



1 Alternative Perspective (Priestley, An Inspector Calls)

2 Analogy (Brecht, Galileo)

3 Beginnings (Chekhov, Three Sisters)

4 Counterpoint (O'Casey, The Plough and The Stars)

5 Endings (Wertenbaker, Our Country's Good)

6 Exposition (Ibsen, Hedda Gabler)

7 Externalising Inner Conflict (Marlowe, Dr Faustus)

8 False Identity (Rattigan, Separate Tables; Shakespeare, Othello)

9 Framing Action (Miller, The Crucible)

10 Incongruity (Churchill, Top Girls)

11 Irony (Shakespeare, Macbeth)

12 Mime (Shaffer, The Royal Hunt of the Sun)

13 Minimal Context (Beckett, Waiting for Godot)

14 Minor Characters (Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead)

15 Monologue (Bennett, A Chip in the Sugar)

16 Narration (Bolt, A Man for all Seasons)

17 Object Focus (Galsworthy, The Silver Box; Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan; Shakespeare, Othello)

18 Off-Stage Action (Ayckbourn, Absurd Person Singular)

19 Pause (Pinter, Betrayal)

20 Play Within A Play (Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream)

21 Reported Action (Sophocles, Oedipus)

22 Ritual (Yeats, On Baile's Strand)

23 Time Shift (Miller, Death of a Salesman)

24 Unspoken Thoughts (Friel, Philadelphia, Here I Come)

25 Voices (Shaffer, Amadeus; Thomas, Under Milk Wood; Shakespeare, King Richard III; Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral)

About the Author

Mike Fleming is Emeritus Professor in the School of Education at the University of Durham, UK. He is the author of a number of bestselling books on drama and the arts, including Starting Drama Teaching, The Arts in Education, English Teaching in the Secondary School, and The Routledge International Handbook of the Arts and Education.

About the Series

Routledge Education Classic Edition

The Routledge Education Classic Editions Series celebrates Routledge's commitment to excellence in scholarship, teaching and learning within the field of education. Written by experts, these books are recognized as timeless classics covering a range of important issues, and continue to be recommended as key reading for education students and professionals in the area. With a new introduction that explores what has changed since the books were first published, where the field might go from here and why these books are as relevant now as ever, the series presents key ideas to a new generation.

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