Resources from Transforming the Canon in School Drama CPD

This fantastic event held in January gave participants a wealth of information about how they can make their Drama curriculum more representative, inclusive and relevant. If you missed it, or want a reminder, here are some of the resources shared at the event.
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This fantastic event held in January gave participants a wealth of information about how they can make their Drama curriculum more representative, inclusive and relevant. If you missed it, or want a reminder, here are some of the resources shared at the event.

Disclaimer: This list is by no means exhaustive and is a summary of the resources discussed in the CPD session. Links and recommendations here have been suggested in good faith by participants in the session, and are all accessible at the time of posting. Teachers should always view material first to check it is suitable for teaching in their context.

Contextual websites and articles

Podcasts and audio/visual resources

Theatre collections, archives, streamed productions

Playtext recommendations  

  • Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah, adapted by Lemn Sissay
  • Blood by Emteaz Hussain
  • Chewing Gum Dreams by Michaela Coel
  • random by debbie tucker green
  • Gone Too Far by Bola Agbaje
  • Can You Keep a Secret by Winsome Pinnock
  • Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman, adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz
  • Rockets & Blue Lights by Winsome Pinnock
  • hang by debbie tucker green
  • Appropriate by Brandon Jacob Jenkins
  • Princess and the Hustler by Chinonyerem Odimba
  • Sisters by Stephanie Street
  • Can We Talk About This? By DV8
  • Trojan Horse by Helen Monks and Matt Woodhead

Plays that can be cast in non-ethnically specific and non-gender specific ways:

  • 100 by Petterle, Monaghan and Heimann
  • Girls Like That by Evan Placey
  • The Changing Room by Chris Bush
  • Love and Information by Caryl Churchill
  • Brainstorm by Glasier, Lim and Company Three

Classics and adapted classics:

  • Three Sisters by Innua Ellams
  • Antigone by Roy Williams
  • A Doll’s House by Tanika Gupta
  • Playboy of the West Indies by Mustapha Matura
  • Trinidad Sisters by Mustapha Matura

Pre-1980 plays

  • Moon on a Rainbow Shawl by Errol John (1958)
  • Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry  (1959)
  • Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry (1972)
  • Rachel by Angelina Weld Grimke (1916)

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