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Dramanet Weekly Summary: 10th July to 17th July

Dramanet Weekly Summary: 10th July to 17th July

A quieter week on the list this week which I hope is indicative of everyone taking a well-earned, ‘actual break’ prior to everything kicking back in this coming week. A reminder that I will also update the new Dramanet Virtual Learning Network (VLN) group with these summaries for those who want to read the summary as an overview of activity but struggle with logging into the archive.

By the way, a reminder too that when you click on any of these hyperlinks to the week’s discussions, you’ll be asked to log in to access the archive on the Art Online website. Simply, type the username “artsonline” and the password “mailinglist” to do this.

Right, let’s push on….


Note Worthy:

  • We at Arts Online are keen to re-connect and engage with Secondary Arts Coordinators around the country. There is dedicated funding that schools receive which can go towards the employment of an Arts Co-ordinator, so do read the thread and get those responses coming in! If you know of someone else in your school who may not be on Dramanet but is in a role like this – please forward the message on!

He Reo Āwhina, He Reo Tautoko: A voice of help and support…

  • Jonathan Dutton is keen to hear from subscribers about resources to support or unpack the use of space in Elizabethan theatre. Thanks to Kim for her response so far, it would be good to hear others’ thoughts too!
  • Angela Harland has set up a Google Drive folder for those interested in collaborating on practice examination questions. There has been a lot of interest in this. Those interested can contact Ange directly to have the folder ‘shared’ or connected with you.
  • Emily McRae would like some guidance with constructing a task for the Level One lighting production technology standard. If anyone can send Emily a task they have used before for her to model her own task on, that would be great! David Stephens and Susan Stantiall would also appreciate any offers in this regard.
  • Kerrily Aitchison is keen to hear from people who have used Fold by Jo Randerson in their drama classes.
  • Naressa Gamble is seeking advice about where to source the performance rights for Grace by Patrick Spillane.

Events, EOTC & Live Performance Opportunities:

  • Deanna Borren reminded Auckland drama teachers of the opportunity to attend the final dress rehearsal of STOMACH at the Basement Theatre at 5.30pm on Sunday 26th July. Details here.
  • The Hawkins Theatre in Papakura, Auckland are holding an open mic event called “Speaking Of!” in Friday 24th July at 8pm, with details for interested viewers or performers here.
  • Louise Tu’u from the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts (PIPA) in Auckland alerted us to their open day happening tomorrow, Saturday 18th July, with a range of workshops students can get involved in.

Professional Viewing / Reading:

Professional Development Opportunities and Workshops:

  • MASSIVE Company with support from Wellington College are holding a whole-day professional development workshop for teachers in Wellington on Friday 20th November which focusses on MASSIVE-style devising techniques and approaches.
  • Lisa Brickell advertised a variety of professional development workshops that teachers can get involved with in Auckland. These include a Commedia dell’Arte workshop tomorrow, a summer clowning retreat in January and clowning jam/play sessions on Fridays starting in August. Lisa and her associates are also available for guest workshops in schools with teachers and students, and come highly recommended by Nick Brown and anyone who attended her session at the Drama New Zealand INVIGORATE mini-conference back in May. Details here.

In the Spotlight: “A Primary Focus”

  • Looking back through the TRE vault of drama resources, this week I found this senior primary/intermediate process drama resource submitted by Amy Williams in 2006 looking at the big question 'does who you are, define what you can do?' to explore Robert Munsch's Paper Bag Princess. A quick five session unit that can be quickly updated to reflect the new NZC achievement objective wording, or alternatively a series of great activities you could incorporate into or adapt to which ever literacy text your senior primary or intermediate class are working with! Give it a go and post your ideas or feedback to Dramanet!


Finally this week, welcome home to all our GAME CHANGER delegates – threads on Facebook and Twitter revealed what an awesome time you all had. It would be great to get some feedback and reflections from those of you who attended this week!


Before everything gets crazy again next week, enjoy the (final) weekend of this term break!

Kia pai tō mutunga wiki!

Ryan Benjamin

Arts Online Community Facilitator - Dramanet

Dramanet Weekly Summary

Dramanet Weekly Summary

A weekly summary of activity on Dramanet