Free support events for teaching our new diverse plays

Published: Tuesday 24 May 2022

We announced in April that we’re adding four new diverse plays to our GCSE and A-level Drama specifications ready for first teaching this September.

GCSE Drama (8261)A-level Drama and Theatre (7262)
The Great Wave by Francis TurnlyThe Convert by Danai Gurira
The Empress by Tanika GuptaThree Sisters by Inua Ellams

We know that just adding diverse plays to a specification won’t ensure greater diversity in the curriculum by itself, so we’re offering free support events to help you introduce and deliver these new plays, with confidence, if you choose to teach them.

Our online events will introduce the new texts and give you a practical toolkit for preparation and teaching. We’ll cover topics such as stereotypes, accents and casting, as well as working with students’ own identities. We’ll also look at how to teach the current texts with a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion.

You can book your place at one of our events now:

We’ve chosen these plays because of the rich opportunities they’ll offer our teachers and students to explore a diverse range of themes. Being able to study and perform characters that look like and reflect the experiences of students raises self-esteem and aspiration. These new plays will help broaden and enrich students’ and teachers’ experience of theatre and playwriting.

We hope that you join us for our free events and decide to teach one of these new plays.

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