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One For All: Collaborative Script Writing for Drama and English Students

Is it crazy to ask 80 students to write the one play? Yes… but in the best of ways! 

Tantrum, the Story Factory and Belvoir St Theatre invite local high school English and Drama teachers to a FREE trial of their new NESA accredited (4hrs) professional learning module. 

This workshop is based on a collaboration between the Story Factory and Belvoir in 2018, where they worked together with four high schools in Western Sydney to develop a brand new play. The One For All project prioritised student voice, collaboration and creativity, providing those involved with a real world outcome for their writing. 

In this workshop, the facilitators will share the process, explain how activities used in the project might be utilised in schools, and provide participants with the resources and structure to create a smallscale version of the project in their own school or community.

Participants will: 

  • be guided through a series of engaging generative activities, which can be used to assist students with the development of character, creation of dramatically compelling scenes and tips about how to use setting to enhance storytelling 
  • be introduced to collaborative writing methods that enable the effective sharing of story elements across large groups of students 
  • participate in model activities that show how to use improvisation as a tool to assist with the development of character and scenes 
  • be introduced to methods for assisting students through the process of organising and redrafting material

As part of the workshop, participants will be provided with a collection of the resources required to start their own collaborative script writing project. The materials provided in this workshop are flexible and easily adapted to classroom situations. They can be used as part of a large collaborative writing project or as independent writing and drama activities. 

NESA Details 

4 hours of NESA Registered PL addressing 1.2.2 and 1.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 

NESA Outcomes 
  • 1.2.2 Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn. 
  • 1.5.2 Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities. 

 WHEN: Friday 4 October, 10am-3pm (play reading – see below from 4-5pm)
WHERE: Newcastle Museum

Places are limited so get in quick! 

Following the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to hear a reading of When the Leaves Fall – the bold new play resulting from the 2018 project – read by Tantrum X Ensemble. This will also take place at Newcastle Museum from 4-5pm.

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(02) 4929 7279
101 City Rd, Merewether NSW Australia
(Access and parking via Allworth St)

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