Demo:Dram – Partners’ Perspectives

The Demo:Dram project sees partners from various European countries collaborating to explore how democratic classrooms can be created in education. Our partners include:
  • Birmingham City University (UK)
  • Heartlands Academy (UK)
  • InSite Theatre in Education Company (HU)
  • University of Rome (ITA)
  • Ellinogermaniki Agogi (GR)
  • KeKi (BE
Although the approaches in this project come from different traditions, we can find fundamental similarities between the approaches of Drama in Education and Mimesis in Education. By this we mean a set of human activities that, appropriately directed, create the foundation of the practices and tools that each individual methodology uses: word, dialogue, imagination, drama, dramatic activity.

Hear from the partners in our project for more!

Adam Bethlenfalvy shares how he would practically introduce Sophocles’ play Antigone to explore themes of power and democracy, with partners at our second trans-national meeting in Rome. It is intended that this would support the teaching of English.

Chris Bolton shares how he would explore notions of ‘community making’ through drama and what makes community. Starting with the physical needs of community this workshop then considers the democratic needs of people living with community. This workshop is intended to support the teaching of geography.

Flavia Gallo shares how using mimesis could be used to explore the current refugee crisis. In exploring the bodies reaction to language and how meaning is created through the body, this workshop could be used to explore the teaching of English and Modern Foreign Languages.

Sara Lembrechts explores how we might design an assessment tool to evaluate the work of the DemoDram project.

Gilberto Scaramuzzo demonstrates how mimesis is used in an Italian secondary school with his pupils.

Discovering Democracy

Discovering Democracy

Ed Lee and Orlagh Russell are two drama teachers working in Heartlands Academy, Birmingham. Here they share a recent update on how they are addressing the notion of democracy within their practice. Heartlands Academy is an inner-city school in the Nechells area of...

Theatre in Education Methodology

Theatre in Education Methodology

Bobby Colvill & Terina Talbot are both senior lecturers at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Here the explain some of the aims of Theatre in Education. The aim of Theatre in Education (TIE) is to raise questions concerning what it means to be human. Either by...

What is Demo:Dram?

The Demo:Dram workshops outline and present practical exercises for teachers of humanities, languages and drama in education practitioners to use in their specific fields, and offer a detailed evidence-informed description of the drama process and content.

Why the need for Demo:Dram?

The Demo:Dram project is important as it is seeking to explore how we might create…

Demo:Dram - In Action

See the latest footage from our Summer School in Athens 2018. The aim of the summer…

“Being involved in an advisory capacity for the Democracy through Drama initiative was really interesting and useful to my PhD, publication and practice where I am researching identity and positioning through drama. It is wonderful to witness the inclusive drama pedagogy that is being applied in practice with a wide range of colleagues, including teachers of other subjects as well as drama practitioners and students. The work of the Demo:Dram team in the positioning of their participants empowered and engaged us, and we were able to identify features we could draw on in our particular subject areas. We were able to bring in our own expertise, and find new ways we could provide spaces for reflection on democracy for the young people we work with.”

Iona Towler Evans

National Trainer for Mantle of the Expert Drama system

"As a Drama teacher, finding new and innovative ways to improve my pedagogy practice is invaluable. Being involved in the Demo:Dram project proved very helpful and insightful - so much so that I have incorporated elements of the pedagogical strategies into my own Drama lessons and practice with much success. These strategies allow my pupils to explore many subject areas across the curriculum in an exciting and unique way, even when dealing with difficult topics and new perspectives. Not only are these strategies exciting, they are also accessible for a wide range of teachers to use."

Jordana Wilson

Drama Teacher, Smiths Wood Academy, Birmingham

Demo:Dram UK Project Leaders

Want to know more or if we can support you and your school with drama class exercises?
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Dr Eleni Kanira - Project lead

Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies / Childhood courses Research Co-ordinator / Birmingham City University

BEd./PGCE in Early Childhood Education
MA (Drama Education) & PhD (Education)
PGDip. In Psychoanalytic Infant Observation

Christopher Bolton - Drama lead

Senior Lecturer in Drama Education / Subject Route Leader PGCE Secondary Drama / Research Co-ordinator Secondary & PCET / Birmingham City University

BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Studies with English Literature
MA Performance Analysis
PGCE Secondary Drama

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+44 (0)121 331 5000

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