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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to drama and improvisation, 9 April 1999
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This review is from: On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids (Paperback)
I run The Independent Theatre Workshop - a theatre school for tots to teens in Dublin, Ireland and I am always on the lookout for material for my drama classes. I found this book easy to read and easy to use. Many 'teaching' books are so long winded that you never get far into them. This book follows a clear and logical path taking the young actor from the very basics, through to more complicated improvisations and short scripts in a fun and imaginative way. I often pick up this book and open it at random to select a game or excercise there and then - with great results! The instructions are clear and reader friendly and although every game and activity has a specific 'lesson' to teach, they all without exception actually WORK with children - a rare quality in this day and age when children know what they do and don't like and aren't shy about letting you know it! This is also the perfect book for the non -drama teacher to use to introduce drama into the classroom. Excellent for use with all children from 7 - 12 years (although my teens and young adults love the stuff too!)
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A bockbuster book of games, 13 May 2003
This review is from: On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids (Paperback)
This has got to be the best book I have ever bought! I have been teaching drama here in Cork(Ireland) for the past 15yrs. so I am constantly seeking out new ideas and books containing them. I must congratulate Ms.Bany-Winters on putting together one of the most comprehensive and fun books I have ever come across. Her ideas are set out in large print with amusing little animations to let you see the game she is describing. The instructions are given in a simple and straightforward manner, making it easy to scan quickly down the page rather than having to study the instructions in detail before attempting to play the game with students. I have already recomended this book to several of my colleagues, who have gone and bought the book and are now of the same opinion as myself having read it for themselves. I would highly recomend this book to anyone dealing either in a classroom situation or for those who are teaching drama to fee-paying stundents. Hurray for Ms. Bany-Winters, continued success to her and lets hope we see some more new and exciting ideas from her soon!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for anyone who has works with children's drama., 30 April 1999
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This review is from: On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids (Paperback)
I recently taught an enrichment course in drama and used this book as well as others to start off all sessions with the children. My drama students actually started to request that we play the games found in this book more than any of the other games I had available. These theatre activities can be used in concert with any dramatics program out there. It is a wonderful stepping stone for any dramatics instructor to add to their collection.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars on stage, 22 Nov 2005
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a great book for quick ideas just before a drama lesson. no need for lesson preparation! i would not be without this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 4 Jan 2007
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I am a drama teacher in Ireland and have found this to be a really excellent book of theatre games and ideas, including lots of short scripts to use with young kids, with lots of games i have never come across, although there is a certain degree of cross over with "the gamester's hand book" it is a more comprehensively theatre focused book than that.Well laid out, clear and great fun, with lots of great variations offered for each game. First class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great activities, 5 July 2012
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This book is great for Key Stage 3 pupils. Clear explanations so it's easy to deliver and once you've got the hang of the activity they are easy to adapt, to keep tasks fresh. It also worked well for tutor time, for team building. Would also be good for after school drama club.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book, 19 Feb 2012
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M. Reading (Lincoln England) - See all my reviews
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Brilliant Book for teaching children about the theatre, some great games to play.
The kids love it when I open the book for games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good drama resource, 12 Oct 2011
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Bought as a present for my 25 year old daughter who has a drama degree, works in the music and drama dept at a secondary school and at a theatre school. She absolutely loves it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for new fresh ideas!!, 9 Sep 2009
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Laura (Cork, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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I ordered this book on the recommendations given by other buyers. I was not disapointed! As a Drama Teacher it can be hard to come up with new ideas and keep classes fresh and exciting. This book gives great fun games, warm ups, tongue twisters, scene ideas, improvisations and so on! In short it is a fantastic book. I would highly recommend it for both Drama Teachers and Primary Teachers who are looking for new ways to keep kids engaged in a Drama Class. The best proof was how much the kids loved all the games and kept asking if we could play again! And they're the best critics!On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids
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4.0 out of 5 stars Drama for kids, 31 May 2009
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Mrs. C. A. Bennett "Grandma Bennett" (Dorset, England) - See all my reviews
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This looked like a very good interesting book full of ideas,games and information for children who love drama and going on the stage, dressing up and learning lines to perform. Feedback from granchildren was that this is the case.
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