Unlocking the potential in teenagers through drama

To say that the teenage years are a time of uncertainties, emotional turmoil, of feeling undervalued and misunderstood and of lacking in self-esteem, is really nothing new.

But to have an activity that can help teenagers work their way through these issues is something worth considering.

Through encouraging the exploration of character analyses and interpretations via drama, teenagers will not only exceed the expectations of themselves (and often everyone in the school), the will often reveal a talent and insight which neither they, nor those around them ever knew that they had.

Of course, many students are reluctant to get involved in theatre games and improvisations, but through gentle coaxing most can be involved, and thus find enormous benefits in their own lives.

It is with this thought in mind that The Tip of the Iceberg has been produced, a book which takes teenagers beneath the surface to unlock their true potential.

Each chapter of the book provides a one hour lesson (some accompanied by PowerPoint presentations) and each lesson is designed so that it can be used either as a lesson that supplements an existing syllabus or as a part of an entire syllabus that spans a year and ends in a performance.

The lessons can be used to complement any GCSE syllabus and as a foundation for A level Drama or Theatre Studies.  It also fits with Text and Performance within the International Baccalaureate.

The book is supplied on CD with a printed version, so that copies of the text can be shared within the department, and relevant extracts made available to the students as they work on the projects.

The volume includes sections on characterisation, relationships, plot structure, remarkable moments, puppetry, symbols etc etc etc.  An extract from the volume is available here.

The Tip of the Iceberg is available as a photocopiable book with a free CD containing the text of the book plus 4 PowerPoints. It can also be bought as a download at a reduced price.

You can see some sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/drama/T1791.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1791EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 870 5


  • Photocopiable book plus CD £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Download £19.95

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1791EMN