Bowell, Pamela; Heap, Brian S.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Performing Arts
The Best Laid Schemes o' Mice and Men: Exploring the Interplay Between Context, Role and Frame in Process Drama
Applied Theatre Research Journal
Date of Publication
In this article, the authors investigate planning process drama by exploring the relationship between context, role and frame. They recognize that the interplay between these planning principles provides the teacher with the means by which multiple dramatic circumstances may be created to explore a theme. By using a practical example, the authors illustrate how a vast number of different situations can be opened up in a drama to refocus the learning through new combinations of context, role and frame. By applying these new combinations as the drama unfolds, the teacher and pupils can develop a rich variety of fictional circumstances to explore the theme from a broad range of perspectives. Whilst the other essential elements of planning - theme, sign and strategies - remain vital in creating successful process drama, the authors conclude that interplay between context, role and frame remains its essential creative and empowering heart.....