Category: Drama Based Learning

Bullying at work

This morning’s headline in the Guardian gave us a familiar story: NHS staff lay bare a bullying culture For those of us working in the NHS or with the NHS this is not news but a depressingly often repeated theme about workplace culture.  Delving a bit deeper into this issue I found a podcast from NHS…



Using storytelling to engage learners

What makes storytelling a useful medium for work-place learning?  Here are 4 key points for trainers, tutors and facilitators:  Teaching information doesn’t automatically lead to learning (Zunshine 2013 citing Peskin and Astington 2004) But a story can hold our attention and help us to learn.  This is because a story makes us re-think our own…



Drama-based training: can playful learning achieve serious outcomes?

Drama-based learning programmes are sometimes pigeoned holed as ‘edutainment’, a term I prefer to resist. Whilst we certainly want delegates to enjoy our workshops, and we encourage a playful approach, we are very focused on achieving serious outcomes for our delegates and client organisations. And, as this quote, from an email I received this week,…



“You should be at home with your feet up!”

We got to the checkout of a well known store just before closing on the recent Bank Holiday Monday.  Our expectations for customer service were not particularly high and I fully appreciate that the Lanky Lad who stood at the till probably wanted to get home asap after putting in a long stint (6 hours…



“Brenda” and a light-bulb moment about the impact of behaviour on others

“That’s me! I’m Brenda” said a young woman.  The group sat in stunned silence.  We were delivering our drama-based training programme called “Brenda” which focuses on the challenging issue of bullying and harassment in the workplace. We had just finished watching our actors play the scene, when the delegate, recognising herself in the way that…



Virtual role-play

Earlier this year I spent time exploring Second Life (SL) and the potential for learning provided by virtual environments. I became fascinated by the developing relationship I had with my avatar. It seemed that in a very short time I had reached the “threshold of care” (Warburton 2008). I have been very interested to experience…



Working live and the creative process

Delegates and clients often ask us about how we develop our drama-based training programmes.  We use an approach to developing our scripts which is not dissimilar to the nature of digital texts; that is to say that they have multiple authors and are highly collaborative.  Like the digital medium they are also volatile as the audience make…