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Gavin Bolton’s Contextual Drama
The Road Less Travelled
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ISBN 9781783200030
Paperback 350 pages
230 x 170 mm
Published July 2013
Imprint: Intellect
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Gavin Bolton’s Contextual Drama is the result of more than two decades of study of Bolton’s theory and practice. For teachers and those in the caring professions, it will clarify the power of contextual drama as a beneficial learning medium for children and adults, both within and beyond the classroom. The core of the book is a detailed analysis of nine examples of the contextual drama mode; the first five demonstrate and analyse Bolton’s practice with children and young people and the final four describe his teaching with adults. Each chapter is framed by an introduction that contextualizes Bolton, from his initial beginnings working with visually and aurally challenged children to his position as reader in drama at Durham University. The final two chapters offer reflection on the nature of this work and, in particular, the significance of Bolton’s contributions to education.


Chapter titles
Dr John O’Toole
Gavin Bolton’s Improvised Drama in Schools: A History of Confusion
Chapter 1: What Exactly is Contextual Drama? - Chapter 2: Why Should I Use Contextual Drama? - Chapter 3: How to Use Contextual Drama: The Ins & Outs - Chapter 4: Case Studies
Part I: Bolton in the 1980s
Case Study 1: Theresa - Case Study 2: Violence - Case Study 3: The Haunted House – The Gatekeeper and The Key - Case Study 4: Drunken Robbers – Orpheus - Case Study 5: The Crucible
Part II: Bolton in the 1990s
Case Study 6: The Sleeping Beauty - Case Study 7: The Green-Poolers – Victimization - Case Study 8: The Sacred Mountain - Case Study 9: Maria: A Drama of Oppression - Chapter 5: The Importance of Reflection & Assessment - Chapter 6: Try, Try and Try Again: Stepping Out with Annie
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