Designing a drama curriculum
The Drama in Schools Programme uses techniques from Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, where theatre is used as a means of promoting social and political change. The audience becomes active, such that as “spect-actors” they explore, show, analyse and transform the reality in which they are living. While the intensity may vary, this form of theatre is introduced across all grades. In stage 1, we focus on the issues in the learners’ immediate environment. In stage 2, we focus on the community and in stage 3, we delve deeper and take up issues that concern the world at large; eg ‘bullying’.
Annnie Ambily, our drama specialist who conducts the theatre classes at Legacy, says “Our curriculum introduces the children to the world of theatre not just in terms of performances but it leads to students’ self-reflection as they produce their own creation at the end of each year, be it a simple freeze frame, a skit or a full-fledged performance. As the children progress through the curriculum, they learn to explore concepts by responding to the stimuli of text, sound and images.”