The Journal for Drama in Education is the journal of the National Association for the Teaching of Drama. It publishes both theoretical articles and those that record practical work that:
- Engage with all aspects of Drama in Education;
- Reflect and promote agreed policies of NATD, particularly with regard to its commitment to internationalism and child-centred education;
- Comment on educational and political matters that affect young people and those who work with them.
The Editorial Committee encourages both new and established writers and, where necessary, offers advice and support. See this page on submitting articles:
Please follow this link to download the Contents Page, Editorial and Chair’s Report from the latest edition of The Journal for Drama in Education.
1) A review of Roger Wooster’s Theatre in Education in Britain – What is education for? (ISBN 9781472591494) by Bobby Colvill
Roger Wooster is a long-standing member of NATD and a former member of the editorial committee of The Journal for Drama in Education. Bobby Colvill is a former TIE worker with vast experience of working within the field. This fascinating review appears in Volume 32 Issue 2 shedding light on the book itself as well as providing unique insights of its own. To download the article please click here.
“Following on from the 50th anniversary of the birth of Theatre in Education in Britain in 2015, this is an essential and timely companion to the story of TIE. It contextualises it within the political and educational landscape of the last fifty years and examines its legacy today. Through this, Roger Wooster offers insights into future possibilities and applications in the field of Applied Theatre, drama in schools and pedagogical theory. With examples and analysis of international developments in TIE, and a foreword by Philip Taylor (NYU, USA), the volume provides a wide-ranging account of past and current practice. Across its three sections the volume examines the origins, work and legacy of TIE, considering for the first time its practical details. Each section features an Afterword by a leading practitioner reflecting on the work (including Warwick Dobson, Chris Vine and Anthony Jackson), and chapters draw on case studies and interviews with key practitioners. Chapter summaries and a companion website further enhance the text as a valuable teaching resource for theatre educators.” (Bloomsbury Publishing Website)
2) A review of DNA By Dennis Kelly Routes to Revision Written by Iona Towler-Evans Published by Oberon Books, London, UK. ISBN: 978-1-78682-117-1 by Amy Fitzpatrick
Iona Towler-Evans is a long standing member of the Association and is currently one of its Trustees. Amy Fitxpatrick has worked at Turve Green Boys’ School in Birmingham for nearly five years. She primarily teaches English but has also taught Drama and Media Studies. More recently she has been involved in an international Erasmus project looking at Mantle of the Expert in schools across Europe. The focus of her research for her Masters degree is also Mantle of the Expert.
To download the review, please click here.
1) Through his work in Palestine with the Qattan Foundation, Luke Abbott describes how he has been offered challenging and thought-provoking teaching experiences, with both children and adults helping him to continue to learn and become the professional he wants to be. Click here to read Educating for Responsibility and Empathy, a fascinating exploration of the principles that underpin Luke’s constantly evolving understanding of Mantle of the Expert.
2) We are publishing here an adapted version of a public lecture given by Michael Fielding at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013. It centres on a hitherto unpublished lecture called ‘Learning to be Human’ given in the same place, 55 years earlier by John Macmurray. Fielding asserts that Macmurray is one of the greatest 20th century philosophers of the English speaking world and a radical educational thinker from whom we still have much to learn today.His highly original ideas and engaging style provide a welcome counter to our contemporary obsession with narrowly defined, easily measured outcomes that not only miss the point of education, but destroy its very possibility through a disgusting and distorting reductionism. To read Still ‘Learning to be human’: the radical educational legacy of John Macmurry click here.
3) In response to Ant Cotton and Helen Toft’s article, “Seeing the World Through the Eyes of a 4-year old” in Issue 33 Volume 1, Edward Bond sent an email to the editorial committee linking the ideas held in the article with his own emerging thinking about acting. The email is published in its entirety here.
1) The following video is a supplement to the article ‘Raising a Storm: a case study on The Tempest from drama workshops to year 6 production’ by Cathy Wardale. The full article is published in Volume 28 Issue 1.
2) In Volume 28 Issue 2, Miranda Ballin wrote about her experiences collaborating with an artistic Group in Poland. A photographic supplement to the article can be found in Galleries – ‘Kids at the Centre’. The full article is entitled: ‘Kids at the Centre – ‘ArtWorks’ at Valleys Kids collaborate with ‘Common Room of Art for Kids’ Kronika Contemporary Art Gallery’
3) In Volume 33 Issue 1, In ‘The Feds Don’t Like Us’, Guy Williams refers to a YouTube video. The disturbing content of the video is discussed in the article. The link to the video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFmPp7kbgbg
4) Adam Bethlenfalvy’s online book launch with the participation of Cecily O’Neill, David Davis, Chris Cooper and Adam Cziboly can be viewed below. This is the recorded version of the online event. Adam is a longstanding friend and member of NATD.
THE JOURNAL FOR DRAMA IN EDUCATION has a worldwide readership and is sent to individual and institutional subscribers in Canada, Eire, South Africa, Greece, Palestine, Norway, Belgium, Holland, Australia, the Netherlands and the UK.
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Back-Copies of The Journal for Drama in Education
The Journal was known as BROADSHEET from its inception until Vol. 16
Back copies at £2.50 each (£3.00 from Vol. 26 Issue 1) are available from
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An index giving the Contents of all back copies from Summer 1992 (as well as some dating back to 1979) is available on this site. It is presented as a Word document in tabular form for downloading – to see this, click here.
Using Word’s table sort facility (instructions at the top of the document), it is possible to order the Contents alphabetically by authors, by article titles or in date order.
A growing number of electronic versions of back copies are now available on this website on the Journal Archive – Members Only page. Members of the Association are provided with the password to access this page.
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