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Collaborative playwriting CPD

BLANK PAGE TO STAGE – collaborative playwriting for primary school children with communication difficulties

DATE: Monday 21 May 2018               Time: 9.30 to 3.30

Where? Mousetrap Theatre Projects, 33 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EH

Cost: £50

Are your pupils reluctant writers? Do you find it challenging to inspire their creativity? Collaborative playwriting – creating short plays inspired by pupils’ own personalities and interests – is a highly effective way of supporting National Curriculum requirements for English at Key Stages 1 and 2. It extends writing for purpose, developing emotional literacy, imagination and confidence. It is also fun!

This CPD will explore the methodology used in our theatre-making project for deaf children, Playmakers. By the end of the day, you will have the tools you need to create your own short plays with your pupils, no matter their communication preferences or literacy levels.


The day is for teachers working with primary children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech & language or other communication difficulties.


· Ideas on how to use drama games and visual stimuli to engage and ignite imagination

· A practical toolkit for generating the key components of any drama – character, plot, setting, dialogue and conflict

· Tips on how to stage your plays so that they are accessible to all communication preferences

· Strategies for working with non-writers and pupils with learning difficulties

Teachers will have the opportunity to:

· Discuss common concerns such as "I am not creative enough" or "How do I engage students who may struggle with written language?"

· Learn by doing – experience the process first hand, so that you are confident to take your skills back to the classroom

CPD WILL BE DELIVERED USING TOTAL COMMUNICATION (BSL and spoken English). Delivered by Marian Hoddy and Laura Goulden of Handprint Theatre.


Laura Goulden has produced and coordinated projects with a range of schools, youth theatres and organisations across the UK and abroad. She works with teachers to create theatre projects that achieve their curriculum aims, using a variety of creative approaches to empower all young people, whilst working within the constraints of a school day and resources.


Marian Hoddy is the co-director of Handprint Theatre, a Deaf and hearing accessible theatre company, and a freelance theatre practitioner and children's storyteller. 
With over 10 years’ experience working as an actor, storyteller and theatre facilitator she has developed a particular interest in inclusion and accessibility for all young people in theatre and the creative arts. She is passionate about creativity in the curriculum. 

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