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    • Drama Books for Teachers

      These books are filled with ideas, exercises, techniques and material for speech, drama and communication teachers to use in their classes. All material has been tried and tested by experienced speech, drama and communicatons teachers on (dare we say it?) real young people!

    • Duologues

      Those powerful selections in which two actors must create a context, tell a story, convey tension and resolve it satisfactorily, all within the space of a few minutes. We have the just the right sort of material to make this happen.

    • Junior Play Books

      Short plays. Varied age groups. Varied characters. Meaningful dialogue. All they need is your direction and imagination.

    • Plays and Play Scenes

      Books of short plays: tried and tested. You can add characters, music, movement and dialogue as you wish. Some lovely concert items. Browse and buy.

    • Selections for BOYS

      Boys, boys, boys. There just doesn’t seem to be much material for them out there. Well, these books will certainly help.

    • Solos, Duologues and Prose Compilations

      Ideal for feiseanna/festivals, exams and concerts, the selections in these books have been specially chosen and adapted by experienced speech and drama teachers. These pieces are ideal for exams and feiseanna and, as with all our material, they have been tried and tested with young people.

    • Solos/Monologues

      There’s no shortage of material in these books for exams, class work, feiseanna/festivals and auditions.

    • Teachers' Handbooks (Helping Hands series)

      HELPING HANDS: Teachers’ handbooks for the Primary School Oral English and Drama Curriculum written by Audrey Meredith, LGSM.

      This set of six illustrated handbooks brings drama into the classroom using many of the exemplars contained in the primary curriculum. Each contains tried and tested exercises, tips, techniques, ideas, poems, stories, plays and projects, complete with cross-curricular themes.

      Features:
      Improvisation: lots of ideas and worked examples.
      Mime: how to introduce it – do’s and don’t’s.
      Poems: to read and recite – action poems – choral verse.
      Stories: to read and to act out.
      Plays: short plays to perform.
      Concert Items: pageants – plays – compilations.
      Movement: stage movement explained – dance drama.
      Oral English: speech work, grammar.
      Projects: to research and produce.

    • Theory Books

      Theory can be dull and hard to learn. These books, however, explain the theory of speech and drama in simple and effective terms. Especially designed for Irish Board students, these books also have a wider application for anyone interested in speech and drama.

  • CDs
  • DOWNLOADS

    The publications in this category may be downloaded to your computer. Just choose the download version of the book you want, go the checkout and complete the purchase, after which you can download and save the book to your computer to print out whenever you want.

Movement to Music 1

by Deirdre Galassi with music by Timara Galassi

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Volume One in a new series of albums. This CD includes a step-by-step vocal guide covering all aspects of Speech and Drama, and 8 mimes with original musical arrangements written and performed by Timara Galassi.


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Movement to Music 2

by Deirdre Galassi with music by Timara Galassi

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Volume Two in the series. This CD contains 10 new ideas for movement to music presentations, together with original music composed and performed by Timara Galassi.


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Movement to Music 3

by Deirdre Galassi with music by Timara Galassi

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Volume Three in this popular series of CDs with original music composed and performed by Timara Galassi.


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So You Want To Pass Your Associate (DOWNLOAD)

by Audrey Meredith LGSM (revised 2009)

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A user-friendly guide to the theory required for the Irish Board Associate Diploma examinations and some useful advice for the practical examinations.


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Short Plays Book 1

For ages 5-8, written by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
The Fairies and the Witch: conflict in fairy land
The Story of the Baby Jesus: a simple nativity composed by children
The Magic Lantern: the power of magic light
Connla: the traditional story in verse form
Red Riding Hood: the story in verse
The Wizard of Oz: a firm favourite


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Short Plays Book 3

For ages 7-10, written by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
Who Stole the Tarts: the mystery is solved
The Legend of Setanta: how Cuchulain got his name
The Princess who Wouldn’t Learn her Tables: a play of charm
The Fairytale Glade: we meet lots of fairy-tale characters
An Alice Montage: a stunning concert item
How Princess Pocahontas was Instructed by her Tribe: ideal for concerts


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Short Plays Book 4 (DOWNLOAD)

For ages 8-10, written by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
Cinderella: a simple pantomime
The Little Mermaid: the classic story dramatised
The Dancing Princesses: why were their shoes worn out?
The Worst Witch: a witch school story
The Emperor’s Nightingale: in mime and movement
Follow the Yellow Brick Road: a ‘sequel’ to the Wizard of Oz!


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Short Plays Book 5 (DOWNLOAD)

For ages 9-11, written by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
My Brother the Pop Star: a school story for girls
Mary Poppins: the story of the stars
The Prodigal Son: a modern version of the Biblical tale
A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch: a frog or not a frog at the witch school?
Sherlock Holmes Meets Dracula: and his wives!
The Snow Queen: a chilling story!


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Short Plays Book 6 (DOWNLOAD)

For ages 10-12, written by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
Lady Precious Stream: an amusing concert item
Cowboys and Indians: another concert item with lots of parts
The Beauty Pageant: a longer play to get to grips with
The Secret Garden: an acting opportunity
Witches: a scary mixture for the whole class
The Tale of Labhri Lynch: Labhri’s secret uncovered


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Short Plays Book 7 (DOWNLOAD)

For ages 10-14, writtten by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
The Island of Dreams: a wish for stardom
Ghosts: a scary mixture – great for a concert – can be added to
Sir Archibald and the Fair Lady Lucy: a great melodrama
The French Revolution: a stunning play, looks great on the stage
Everyman: the ultimate morality play
Princess Zuleka: mayhem at a Swiss finishing school


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Short Plays Book 8 (DOWNLOAD)

For BOYS ages 8-12, written by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
Oliver Twist: a lively scene for boys
Sonas One: a space play with lots of action
Tom Sawyer and the Gang: how he formed the gang
Bilbo and Co.: a short Hobbit piece
Lord of the Flies: dramatised
St Patrick and the Paschal Fire: the story of the Holy Trinity


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Short Plays Book 9 (DOWNLOAD)

For GIRLS ages 10-17

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Contents:
Now and Then: a girl’s buddy play
Out Goes She: an inner city play
Town and Country: a longer play with a twist
The Ghosts Gather: a documentary drama about Henry VIII’s wives
Steel Magnolias: angst in a small American town
Women of the Future: an experimental play


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Finola Ryan’s Short Plays for Junior Classes

Written by Finola Ryan FIBSD

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Contents:
Introduction
Stage Directions
‘Fairy Footsteps’
‘Woodland Rescue’
‘Lost and Found’
‘The Frog Prince’
‘The Magical Toys’
‘The Adventures of the Soup Plate’
‘The King is Unwell’
‘The Impossible Mission’
Character Chart
Conclusion


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Solos, Duologues, Prose

Compiled by Deirdre Galassi and Finola Ryan, and suitable for speech examinations and festivals

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Contents:
Solos:
A Christmas Carol (Belle speaking to Scrooge)
Anne of Green Gables (Anne speaking to Marilla)
The Secret Garden (Mary speaking)
Jane Eyre (Jane speaking to Mr. Rochester)
The Importance of being Earnest (Cecily speaking to Ernest)
Oliver Twist (Nancy speaking to Bill)
Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth speaking to Mr. Darcy)
She Stoops to Conquer (Kate speaking to her father)
Preparing a Shakespearean selection
Julius Caesar (Brutus speaking)
King Henry VI (Part 1) (Joan La Purcell speaking to Burgundy and then to The Dauphin)
Duologues:
Great Expectations (Miss Havisham and Estella speaking)
Rumpelstiltskin (Miller’s Daughter and Rumpelstiltskin)
Cinderella (Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother)
Anne of Green Gables (Anne and Diana)
Prose:
How to prepare a Prose selection
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The Snow Queen
The Search for the Tinker Chief
Heidi


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Speech and Drama Grade Theory CD

by Deirdre Galassi and David Meredith

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A special presentation by Deirdre Galassi and David Meredith, covering all aspects of speech and drama theory found in the Irish Board of Speech and Drama Grade examinations.


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Theory Can Be Fun (DOWNLOAD)

by Audrey Meredith LGSM (revised 2010)

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All the theory required for Irish Board of Speech and Drama Grade examinations


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Grade Theory: a concise guide

a concise guide to Irish Board Grade Theory.

This publication is available to download free from www.irishboard.ie

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Associate Diploma (Teaching): Theory Guidelines Book 2

For candidates studying for the Irish Board of Speech and Drama Diploma of Associate (Teaching), by Imelda Byrne, Deirdre Galassi and Finola Ryan (Book 2 of 2)

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This book explains speech and drama theory in great detail. Absolutely essential for Associate Diploma students.
Contents:
Mime
Movement to Music
Improvisation
Public Speaking and Presentation
Poetry
Sight Reading
Speaking Shakespeare
Preparing for your Associate Diploma Exam


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Theory Notes for Speech and Drama (Licentiate)

For Advanced and Licentiate Diploma students, by Deirdre Galassi and Imelda Byrne

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An essential resource for Licentiate Diploma students.
Contents include:
Adjudication of Speech & Drama
Sight-Reading
Starting a School of Speech and Drama
The Fan
Commedia dell’arte
Types of Acting
The Stage Manager
Play Production
Stage Lighting
Planning the Speech & Drama Syllabus
Public Speaking
Puppetry
How to prepare for Written and Practical Examinations


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Associate Diploma (Teaching): Theory Guidelines Book 1

For candidates studying for the Irish Board of Speech and Drama Diploma of Associate (Teaching), by Imelda Byrne, Deirdre Galassi and Finola Ryan (Book 1 of 2)

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This book explains speech and drama theory in great detail. Absolutely essential for Associate Diploma students.
Contents:
Basic Theory Definitions
Speech Defects
Breathing
Period Movement
Gesture
Stage Directions
How to Study a Poem
How to Study a Prose piece
How to Study a Dramatic solo
Character Chart
Storytelling
Choral Verse Speaking
Action Poems


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Helping Hands Book 1

For Junior and Senior Infants, by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Introduces improvisation and how it can work with 4 – 6 year old children. The book is packed with rhymes, simple poems, finger puppet exercises and so on, all on a fantasy theme.

Contents:
The Beautiful Witch or Powerful Wizard
Making up an Original Story
Making a Play from a Nursery Rhyme
Making a Play from a Nursery Rhyme 2
Lots of Nursery Rhymes
Off in the Train to Nursery Land
Tableaux Vivantes
The Toys Come to Life
Story Telling
Do This: Do That
Correcting Basic Speech Faults
Learning Verse
I am the Beautiful Witch: further working
Making up Stories: Leafy the Elf
Movement: walking in the snow, etc
Chicken Licken: a dramatisation
Meeting and Greeting
The Toymaker’s Shop: toys come to life
Run Rabbit Run
Lions and Tigers
Rainbow Folk: a play with song and colour
Puppets
Hand Jive
Nursery Rhyme Cards
The Fairies and the Witch: a play to act
Group Improvisations: how to do them
I am a Mole: a simple story to read and act out


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Helping Hands Book 2

For First and Second Classes, by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contains action poems, games, plays, stories and introduces movement and mime. Complete working of examples from Drama and Oral English Curriculum.

Contents:
The Nature of Drama
The Senses
A Winter Wonderland
Who Killed Cock Robin
The Capital Letters
The Prince and the Pauper
The Troll: audibility and volume
Learning About Others Through Drama
Making Up Poems
Tableaux Vivantes
Finding Fantasy Topics
Rapunzel
Story Telling
A Role Play Memory Game
Friendship and Exclusion
Group Improvisations: how to do them
Group Improvisations: curriculum examples
Pocahontas
Noah’s Ark
The Circus
Red Riding Hood: an action poem
Mime: using classical gestures
Alice in Wonderland
A Story to Read
The Peacock’s Tail


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Helping Hands Book 3

For Third Class, by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Has stories, concert items, projects, more worked improvisations from the curriculum and introduces simple creative play and lyric writing.

Contents:
The TV Set
Supermarket Baskets
Do This – Do That
The Space Woman
Story Telling … Story Making
Cowboys and Indians: a drama project
The New Me
The Children of Lir: a play
The Whale: improvisation
Ghosts and Windy Weather poems
Some drama terms explained
Improvisation in Pairs
Communication
The Good Samaritan: improvisation
Clear Speech
Using Rhymes Creatively
Poems
Mime
The Tribes and the Dolmen: improvisational exploration
Using Rhymes Creatively 2
Tribes: a further worked example
Marooned
The Importance of Clear Speech
Getting rid of Thinking Sounds
The Titanic Lifeboat
Human Machines
Christmas Presents a nativity play to act


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Helping Hands Book 4

For Fourth Class, by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Dramatic movement, worked improvisations from the curriculum, writing prose and dialogue, plays, projects, choral speaking, history, effective speaking, end of term show.

Contents:
Human Machines
Market Day: improvisation
Stage Directions game:
Solve the Crime
A Witchy Compilation
Some Poems by Children
The Triumphant Frog
Creative Writing
Escape from the Haunted House
All About Words
Fionn and the Fianna
Close Encounters
Developing a Script
Creative Writing 2
Peculiar Words
Mime: some notes
Dorothy and the Black ‘Droid: a play
Who Discovered America?
Effective Speaking
The Four Seasons: improvisation
End of Term Show
The Pied Piper: a play
Vote for Me


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Helping Hands Book 5

For Fifth Class, by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Unusual words, plots and how they work, a famine project, TV studios, worked improvisations, mime, plays, making speeches, formal introductions, projects for the class, speech work in detail.

Contents:
TV Commercials
How to Work Group Improvisations
Practicing Formal Speaking
The Mistral: improvisational ideas
Mantle of the Expert
Good for a Horse Laugh
Spoken Words and Unspoken Thoughts
Witchy Spells and Unusual Words
Alice Through the Looking Glass: a play
The Bottom of the Cliff: improvisation
Establishing an Alibi
Peacemakers: project ideas
The Famine: improvisational ideas
Friend or Foe
Pay it Forward
Puppets
Smugglers, Pirates and Privateers
Island of the Lotus Eaters
TV Interviews and Chat Shows
Books … Books … Books
Gothic Novels and Scary Stories
Watching the Detectives
Writing Poems


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Helping Hands Book 6

For Sixth Class, by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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More worked improvisations, research, word games, a pageant, Irish history through drama, introduction to Shakespeare, interviews, public speaking, dance drama plays and mime.

Contents:
Playmaking with Puppets
How to Work Group Improvisations
Some Curriculum Exemplars
Word Games
The Thesaurus Award
Script Writing on a Theme
Ghosts: a school concert item
Improvisation: the 1920s
Improvisation: Fishing Up the Moon
Scary Improvisations
Historical Scenes and Anachronisms
Following Instructions
Words
Mime: Evolution
The Young King: a mime play
Hamlet: extract in mime with dialogue
Enacting Historical Events
Public Speaking
The Generation Gap
Vote for Me
Dramatic Tableaux to Depict Months
That Interview
Who Fears to Speak of ’98?: a pageant


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Short Plays Book 2

For ages 6-9, written by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
The Selfish Giant: the Oscar Wilde tale in play form
Wind in the Willows: Toad in a hole!
The Rainbow Folk: saving the rainbow from the clouds
Sleeping Beauty: lots of parts for young players
Maritza: a miracle play
Snow White: and as many dwarfs as you like!


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Junior Plays for the Primary School Concert

From Infants to 4th Class, written by Deirdre Galassi FTCL, Imelda Byrne FIBSD and Finola Ryan FIBSD

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Contents:
Introduction
‘The Tale of a Turnip’
‘The Witch who wanted to be an Opera Singer’
‘Hansel & Gretel’
‘Puss in Boots’
‘The Forgetful King’


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5th and 6th Class Plays for the School Concert

Written by Deirdre Galassi FTCL, Imelda Byrne FIBSD and Finola Ryan FIBSD

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Contents:
‘The Sapphire Bracelet’
‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’
‘The Magic Fishbone’
‘The Princess and the Pea’
‘The Arrogant Princess’


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Showcase Book 1

For Infants to Teens, written by Patricia Reynolds LLCM

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Contents:
The Mulberry Bush (Junior/ Senior Infants)
Chicken Licken with a Twist! (Senior Infants/1st Class/Second Class)
A Christmas Story (Senior Infants/1st Class/Second Class)
Battle of the Colours (1st Class/2nd Class/3rd Class)
Snow White, the Dwarves plus a Few! (4th Class/5th Class)
A Hilarious Nativity Story (4th Class/5th Class/6th Class)
Question: is there a balance? (5th Class/6th Class)
Showstoppers (5th Class/6th Class/ Seniors)
When’s My Line? (Seniors)


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Showcase Book 2

Second volume of this popular series, for Infants to Teens, written by Patricia Reynolds LLCM

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Contents:
The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Junior/ Senior Infants)
An Ghaoth agus an Ghrian (1st/ 2nd Class)
Séan agus an Fathach (3rd Class)
Pandora’s Box (4th Class)
Robin Meets his Match (4th/ 5th Class)
The Children of Lir (6th Class/ 1st/ 2nd Year)
Cut and Blow-dry Anyone? (2nd/ 3rd Year and above)
Cell Block Audition (2nd Year and above)


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Solos Book 1

25 solos/monologues for ages 10-18, chosen and adapted by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
Blood Wedding (The Mother)
The Canterville Ghost (Virginia)
Cinderella (Fairy Godmother)
Dracula (Count Dracula)
The Fisherman and His Soul (The Young Witch)
Follow the Yellow Brick Road (Black ‘Droid)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Loreli)
Ill Met By Moonlight (Catherine)
Jane Eyre (Jane)
Julius Caesar (Calpurnia)
Lisa the Beautiful (Baba Yaga)
Little Women (Amy)
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Playboy of the Western World (Widow Quinn)
Pride and Prejudice (Lydia Bennet)
Quality Street (Phoebe)
Rebecca (Mrs Danvers)
The Seller of Dreams (Girl)
Shirley (Shirley)
Tom Sawyer (Huck)
Under The Hawthorn Tree
Who Am I? (Fate)
Willy Wonka (Mrs Gloop)
The Wind in The Willows (Mole)
Wuthering Heights (Cathy)


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Ideas for Drama in the Primary School

By Deirdre Galassi and Finola Ryan

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A concise teacher’s handbook, containing themes, exercises, poems and examples, designed to help teachers introduce and develop drama in Primary Schools. The book concentrates on the development of the voice (with poetry, choral verse speaking, action poems and public speaking), and the development of the imagination (movement to music, mime, improvisation, puppetry, and story-telling).

Contents:
Development of the Voice
Poetry
Choral Verse
Action Poem
Public Speaking
Development of the Imagination
Movement to Music
Mime
Improvisation
Puppetry
Story-telling
A Christmas Lesson


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Solos Book 2

17 more solos/monologues for ages 9-15, chosen and adapted by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
Miss Hypatia Crabtree – Witch Hunter
Tom Sawyer
What Katy Did
Sabrina
Find Me: Verity
The Little Mermaid
Great Claus and Little Claus
Monika the Movie Star
The Water Babies
Mary Poppins
Amnesia to the Rescue
Find Me – Mark
This Property Is Condemned
The Tinder Box
The Emperor’s Nightingale
Go Ask Alice
Little Women


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Solos Book 3

17 solos/monologues for young women aged 16 and over, chosen and adapted by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
Gone With the Wind (Scarlett O Hara)
When a Man Loves A Woman (Alice)
The Turn of the Screw (Mrs Grose)
Mrs O’Leary on Divorce (Mrs. O’Leary)
The Dead (Gretta)
All About Eve (Margot Channing)
Lizzie Borden (Bridget)
The Secret Life of Finula Feeny (Finula)
The Crucible (Mary Warren)
The Playboy of the Western World (Sarah Tansey)
Dracula (Mena)
Young Bess (The Princess Elizabeth)
The Goddess (Norma Jean (Marilyn Monroe))
When A Man Loves A Woman (2) (Alice)
The Plough and the Stars (Nora)
The Barrets of Wimpole Street (Henrietta)
The Righteous Are Bold (Nora)


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Solos Book 4

44 new solos/monologues for festivals/feiseanna, for ages 6-16, chosen and adapted by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
The Water Babies (Mrs. Garefowl)
Goldilocks & the Three Bears (Goldilocks)
The Sleeping Beauty (The Bad Fairy)
Anne of Green Gables (Anne)
Cinderella (Fairy Godmother)
Jane Eyre (Jane)
Big Claus & Little Claus (Little Claus)
The Angel of Nitshill Road (Celeste)
The Tinder Box (Witch)
What Katy Did (Katy)
The Little Mermaid (The Sea Witch)
Toad of Toad Hall (Marigold)
Anne of Green Gables (Anne)
Dear Brutus (Margaret)
What Katy Did (Dorry)
Mary Poppins (Mrs. Corry)
The Canterville Ghost (Virginia)
Daddy-Long-Legs (Judy)
Follow the Yellow Brick Road (The Black ‘Droid)
Pollyanna (Pollyanna)
The Wind in the Willows (Mole)
Little Women (Amy)
Tom Sawyer (Tom)
Amnesia to the Rescue (Amnesia)
The Emperor’s Nightingale (Emperor)
Hypathia Crabtree, Witch-Hunter (Hypathia)
Find Me (Verity)
Monica, Movie Star (Monica)
Dracula (Count Dracula)
The Seller of Dreams (Girl)
Find Me (Mark)
This Property Is Condemned (Willie (a Girl))
Gregory’s Girl (Gregory)
Lisa the Beautiful (Baba Yaga)
Pride & Prejudice (Lydia)
Finula Feeny’s Life (Finula)
The Diary of Adrian Mole (Adrian)
Wuthering Heights (Cathy)
Go Ask Alice (Alice)
Willy Wonka (Mrs. Gloop)
Girl, Interrupted (Lisa)
The Turn Of The Screw (Miss Giddens)
Lizzie Borden (Brigid)
The Barretts Of Wimpole Street (Henrietta)


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Short Junior Dramatic Solos Book 1

Chosen and adapted by Deirdre Galassi and Imelda Byrne, for ages 7 – 11, suitable for examinations

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Contents:
How to prepare a Short Junior Drama Solo
The Little Princess (Sara)
The Canterville Ghost (Ghost)
The Snow Queen (Robber Maid)
The Snow Queen (Magician)
The Snow Queen (Raven)
The Wind in the Willows (Rat)
The Remarkable Rocket (Frog)
Peter Pan (Peter)
Peter Pan (Peter)
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Through the Looking Glass (Humpty-Dumpty)
Alice in Wonderland (Alice)
Through the Looking Glass (Red Queen)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Becky)
Pinocchio (Gepetto)
The Frog Prince (Frog)
The Railway Children (Roberta)
The Wizard of Oz (Witch of North)
Mary Poppins (King)
Little Women (Jo)


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Short Junior Dramatic Solos Book 2

Chosen and adapted by Deirdre Galassi and Imelda Byrne, for ages 7 – 12 years, suitable for examinations and festivals

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Contents:
How to prepare a Dramatic Solo
The Nightingale (Gardener’s Daughter)
The Nightingale (Kitchen Maid)
The Secret Garden (Colin)
Another Boring Day (Child)
Snow White (Lady-in-Waiting)
Snow White (Wicked Queen)
Goldilocks & the Three Bears (Goldilocks)
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (Queen of Narnia)
Rapunzel (Witch)
The Wind in the Willows (Toad)
Rip van Winkle(Rip)
Alice in Wonderland (Mad Hatter)
Anne of Green Gables (Anne)
Jane Eyre (Jane)
Pied Piper (Mayor)


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Senior Dramatic Solos

Chosen and adapted by Deirdre Galassi and Imelda Byrne, for the young actress aged 13 and over, suitable for examinations and festivals

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Preparation – Dramatic Senior Solo
Washington Square (Catherine)
Jane Eyre (Jane)
Gas Light (Mrs Manningham)
All for Love (Cleopatra)
The Provok’d Wife (Lady Fanciful)
Extract from Mary Stuart (Queen Elizabeth I)
Joan Dedicates Her White Armour (Joan)
The Apple Cart (Orinthia)
A Doll’s House (Nora)
The Seagull (Nina)
Major Barbara (Barbara)
Uncle Vanya (Sonya)
The School for Scandal (Mrs Candour)
Deirdre of the Sorrows (Deirdre)
The Playboy of the Western World (Margaret Flaherty (Pegeen Mike))


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Ideas and Selections for Boys

Compiled by Deirdre Galassi and Finola Ryan, for use in all-boys schools and for boys in exams and feiseanna.

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Contents:
The Voice
Poetry
Choral Poems
Solo Drama (Aladdin, The Pied Piper, Pinocchio, The Snow Queen, Wind in the Willows)
Duologues (The Happy Prince x 2, Oliver Twist, Beauty and the Beast)
Public Speaking
Sight Reading
Mime
Movement to Music
Recitals


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Recitals and Prose Selections

Compiled by Deirdre Galassi and Finola Ryan, suitable for Irish Board examinations and feiseanna

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Contents:
Recitals:
How to present a Recital
Oscar Wilde
The Bronte Sisters
Charlotte Bronte
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Murder
Characters from Children’s Literature
Prose:
How to study a Prose selection
Great Expectations
Jane Eyre
Silas Marner
Wuthering Heights
Agnes Grey
Black Beauty
The Railway Children
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Three Men in a Boat
The Wind in the Willows
The Star-Child
Snow-White


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*NEW* Speech and Drama Material *NEW*

A miscellany of solos, duologues and prose extracts suitable for seniors and adults, compiled by Imelda Byrne, FIBSD

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Contents:
DUOLOGUES
Frankenstein: Elizabeth and Justine
Frankenstein: Dr. Frankenstein and his Creature
Good Wives: Jo and Laurie
The Duchess of Padua: Moranzone and Guido

SOLO SCENES
Female
Agamemnon: Cassandra
Carmen: Carmen
Frankenstein: Justine Moritz
Good Wives: Jo
Good Wives: Mrs. March
John Gabriel Borkman: Gunhild Borkman
King Lear: Cordelia
The Way of the World: Lady Wishfort
Male
Noah’s Flood: Noah
Salomé: Herod
The Duchess of Padua: Duke
The Winter’s Tale: Autolycus

PROSE EXCERPTS
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stephenson


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Duologues for Examinations and Feiseanna

For ages 11-adult, chosen and adapted by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
Danny and the Book Wizard
The House of Barnarda Alba
The Little Green Man
Lizzie Borden
Out Goes She
Blood Wedding
Tell Me Another Story
Waiting for Godot
Hello from Bertha
The Prince’s Education
City Sugar
Tom Sawyer
Wuthering Heights
Barbara Allen
Maggie and Minnie on a Park Bench
The Fisherman and his Soul
Scandal


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Theory Can Be Fun

by Audrey Meredith LGSM (revised 2010)

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All the theory required for Irish Board of Speech and Drama Grade examinations


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Junior Dramatic Duologues

Chosen and adapted by Deirdre Galassi and Imelda Byrne, for ages 12 and under, suitable for the Acting Performance examinations and festivals

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Contents:
Cinderella (Desiree & Delilah)
Doctor Frankenstein (Dr Frankenstein & Assistant)
Alice – Through the Looking Glass (Alice & Humpty Dumpty)
Beauty and the Beast (Beast & Beauty)
The Secret Garden (Colin & Mary)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Alice & The Cat)
Hansel & Gretel (Gretel & the Cat)
The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy & the Scarecrow)
The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy & the Witch)
The Sleeping Beauty (Princess & the Wicked Fairy)
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (Queen & Edmund)
The Snow Queen (Kay & Gerda)
The Serpent & the Princess (Serpent & Marianna)
The Tinder Box (King & Queen)


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Junior Scenes for Two

Chosen and adapted by Deirdre Galassi, Imelda Byrne and Finola Ryan, for ages 12 and under, suitable for the Acting Performance examinations and festivals

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Contents:
The Secret Garden (Mary and Colin)
The Wind in the Willows (Toad and Gaoler’s Daughter)
The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man and Dorothy)
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Apprentice and Sorcerer)
A Little Princess (Becky and Sara)
A Christmas Carol (Scrooge and Marley)
Great Expectations (Pip and the Convict)
Alice in Wonderland (Alice and the Red Queen)


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Senior Scenes for Two

Chosen and adapted by Deirdre Galassi, Imelda Byrne and Finola Ryan, for ages 13 and over, for the Acting Performance examinations and festivals

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Contents:
Wuthering Heights (Heathcliff and Isabella)
The Bronte Sisters (Charlotte and Emily)
The Turn of the Screw (Mrs Grose and Miss Giddens)
The Wind in the Willows (Barge Woman and Toad)
Riders to the Sea (Nora and Cathleen)
Blood Wedding (Mother and Bride)
Twelfth Night (Viola and Olivia)
As You Like It (Rosalind and Celia)
The Importance of Being Earnest (Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax and Miss Cecily Cardew)


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Speech and Drama: materials and ideas

By Deirdre Galassi and Finola Ryan

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A compendium of poetry, vocal exercises, choral poems; with advice and guidance on storytelling, movement to music, public speaking, putting on a play, mime, reading and lots more.

Contents:
Poetry
Vocal Exercises
Choral Verse Speaking and Poems
Storytelling
Movement to Music
Public Speaking
Putting on a Play
Stage Directions
Character Chart
Mime
Reading
Some helpful Class suggestions


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Short Plays Book 1 (DOWNLOAD)

For ages 5-8, written by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
The Fairies and the Witch: conflict in fairy land
The Story of the Baby Jesus: a simple nativity composed by children
The Magic Lantern: the power of magic light
Connla: the traditional story in verse form
Red Riding Hood: the story in verse
The Wizard of Oz: a firm favourite


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Drama for the Montessori Classroom

By Deirdre Nolan LIBSD, MontDip

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Dramatic Ideas which complement the Montessori Curriculum.

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Action Poems
Introduction to Puppetry
Introduction to Public Speaking
Introduction to Mime
Choral Verse Speaking
Movement to Music
Staging the Class Play
The First Christmas (a nativity play)
How Our Universe Was Made (a play)


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Dramatic Ideas for Transition Year Students

A collection of ideas for developing drama activities for Transition Year students, compiled by Deirdre Nolan LIBSD, teacher, performer, trainer, examiner and broadcaster.

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Contents:
Getting To Know Shakespeare
Movement to Music
Improvisation: Development of Vocal Expression
Public Speaking Module
Musical Theatre Workshop


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Junior School Concert: creative ideas and plays

An unmissable collection of plays, action poems, recitals, and other items and ideas for the primary school concert, by Deirdre Galassi, Imelda Byrne
and Finola Ryan

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Contents:
“The King’s New Clothes” (Group Mime)
“The Christmas Tree” (Choral Poem)
“The Star Child” (Choral Prose)
“Witches” (Recital)
“Flower Chorus” (Action Poem)

Story Plays:
“Jane Eyre – her early years”
“Niamh of the Golden Hair”
“Charles Dickens introduces us to Scrooge”


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Improvisation and Mime

A teacher’s handbook concentrating exclusively on improvisation and mime, written by Audrey Meredith, packed full of ideas, worked examples and activities together with some of the theory behind these most expressive dramatic activities.

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Contents:
Improvisation
Improvisation: an introduction
History of improvisation
Warm up exercise
An introductory exercise in creative drama
Group improvisations
Improvising a story
Improvisational story telling for Juniors
Improvising a legend
Other improvisation themes
Improvisational ideas for senior students
More improvisational ideas
Some random ideas for improvisations
Mime
Mime: an introduction
The history of mime
Some rules, dos and don’ts
Mime exercises
Mime Definitions and Workings


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Voice and the Imagination (Volume 1)

by Deirdre Galassi and Finola Ryan The first volume in a series of books sharing the experience of Deirdre Galassi, a dedicated and widely respected speech and drama teacher, using her experiences spanning over forty years.

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Contents:
Development of the voice (with exercises)
1. Breathing
2. Modulation
3. Emphasis
4. Pause
5. Projection
6. The TH sound
7. Vowels
8. Consonants
9. Exercises for the development of the voice
10. Resonance
11. General Articulation
12. Pronunciation
13. How to Study a Poem
Development of the Imagination
1. Mime (solo, group, etc.)
2. Movement to music
Development of language skills
1. Introduction
2. Improvisation
3. Action poems
4. Choral Verse
5. Storytelling
6. Speaking in public
7. Debating
8. Communications
Christmas Ideas


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Voice and the Imagination (Volume 2)

by Deirdre Galassi and Finola Ryan. The second volume of this series is now available.

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Contents:
Poetry:
Introduction to Poetry
Short description of types of Poems
Poems for different occasions
Choral Poems
Action Poems
Mime:
Introduction to Mime
Exercises
Solo Mimes
‘Pantomime Blanche’
Mimes for Two
Group Mimes
Improvisation:
Introduction to Improvisation
Class Ideas
Movement to Music:
Introduction to Movement to Music
Class Ideas
Reading Aloud:
Reading Aloud and Sight Reading
Voice Work
Introduction
Class Ideas
Christmas Material
Playlet
Class Ideas


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Short Plays Book 2 (DOWNLOAD)

For ages 6-9, written by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
The Selfish Giant: the Oscar Wilde tale in play form
Wind in the Willows: Toad in a hole!
The Rainbow Folk: saving the rainbow from the clouds
Sleeping Beauty: lots of parts for young players
Maritza: a miracle play
Snow White: and as many dwarfs as you like!


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Short Plays Book 3 (DOWNLOAD)

For ages 7-10, written by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
Who Stole the Tarts: the mystery is solved
The Legend of Setanta: how Cuchulain got his name
The Princess who Wouldn’t Learn her Tables: a play of charm
The Fairytale Glade: we meet lots of fairy-tale characters
An Alice Montage: a stunning concert item
How Princess Pocahontas was Instructed by her Tribe: ideal for concerts


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Short Plays Book 4

For ages 8-10, written by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
Cinderella: a simple pantomime
The Little Mermaid: the classic story dramatised
The Dancing Princesses: why were their shoes worn out?
The Worst Witch: a witch school story
The Emperor’s Nightingale: in mime and movement
Follow the Yellow Brick Road: a ‘sequel’ to the Wizard of Oz!


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Short Plays Book 5

For ages 9-11, written by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
My Brother the Pop Star: a school story for girls
Mary Poppins: the story of the stars
The Prodigal Son: a modern version of the Biblical tale
A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch: a frog or not a frog at the witch school?
Sherlock Holmes Meets Dracula: and his wives!
The Snow Queen: a chilling story!


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Short Plays Book 6

For ages 10-12, written by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
Lady Precious Stream: an amusing concert item
Cowboys and Indians: another concert item with lots of parts
The Beauty Pageant: a longer play to get to grips with
The Secret Garden: an acting opportunity
Witches: a scary mixture for the whole class
The Tale of Labhri Lynch: Labhri’s secret uncovered


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Short Plays Book 7

For ages 10-14, writtten by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
The Island of Dreams: a wish for stardom
Ghosts: a scary mixture – great for a concert – can be added to
Sir Archibald and the Fair Lady Lucy: a great melodrama
The French Revolution: a stunning play, looks great on the stage
Everyman: the ultimate morality play
Princess Zuleka: mayhem at a Swiss finishing school


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Short Plays Book 8

For BOYS ages 8-12, written by Audrey Meredith LGSM

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Contents:
Oliver Twist: a lively scene for boys
Sonas One: a space play with lots of action
Tom Sawyer and the Gang: how he formed the gang
Bilbo and Co.: a short Hobbit piece
Lord of the Flies: dramatised
St Patrick and the Paschal Fire: the story of the Holy Trinity


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Short Plays Book 9

For GIRLS ages 10-17

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Contents:
Now and Then: a girl’s buddy play
Out Goes She: an inner city play
Town and Country: a longer play with a twist
The Ghosts Gather: a documentary drama about Henry VIII’s wives
Steel Magnolias: angst in a small American town
Women of the Future: an experimental play


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So You Want To Pass Your Associate

by Audrey Meredith LGSM (revised 2009)

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A user-friendly guide to the theory required for the Irish Board Associate Diploma examinations and some useful advice for the practical examinations.


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Monologues for Young Actors and Actresses

**NEW** A lovely new book with 17 fresh adaptations. Compiled by Deirdre Galassi FTCL and Finola Ryan FIBSD. Suitable for exams, auditions and feiseanna. **NEW**

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Contents:
Advice on how to stage your Monologue
Stage Directions
Character Chart
Dramatic selections for the Young Actress:
The Only Jealousy of Emer (Queen Emer speaking)
The Country Wife (Mrs. Pinchwife speaking)
Great Expectations (Estella speaking)
The Duchess of Padua (the Duchess speaking)
The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolen speaking)
A Little Princess (Miss Minchin speaking)
The Crafty Widow (Rosaura speaking)
The Kiss (Uirgeal speaking)
Deirdre of the Sorrows (Deirdre speaking)
The Duchess of Malfi (the Duchess speaking)
Dramatic selections for the Young Actor:
The Cherry Orchard (Trofimov speaking)
Peter the Pied Piper (The Miller speaking)
A Doll’s House (Helmer speaking)
Doctor Faustus (Dr. Faustus speaking)
The Playboy of the Western World (Christy speaking)
Dr. Frankenstein (Dr. Frankenstein speaking)
Great Expectations (Pip speaking)


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Junior Plays for the Primary School Concert (DOWNLOAD)

From Infants to 4th Class, written by Deirdre Galassi FTCL, Imelda Byrne FIBSD and Finola Ryan FIBSD

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Contents:
Introduction
‘The Tale of a Turnip’
‘The Witch who wanted to be an Opera Singer’
‘Hansel & Gretel’
‘Puss in Boots’
‘The Forgetful King’


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5th and 6th Class Plays for the School Concert (DOWNLOAD)

Written by Deirdre Galassi FTCL, Imelda Byrne FIBSD and Finola Ryan FIBSD

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Contents:
‘The Sapphire Bracelet’
‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’
‘The Magic Fishbone’
‘The Princess and the Pea’
‘The Arrogant Princess’


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Solos Book 1 (DOWNLOAD)

25 solos/monologues for ages 10-18, chosen and adapted by Audrey Meredith LGSM (for DOWNLOAD)

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Contents:
Blood Wedding (The Mother)
The Canterville Ghost (Virginia)
Cinderella (Fairy Godmother)
Dracula (Count Dracula)
The Fisherman and His Soul (The Young Witch)
Follow the Yellow Brick Road (Black ‘Droid)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Loreli)
Ill Met By Moonlight (Catherine)
Jane Eyre (Jane)
Julius Caesar (Calpurnia)
Lisa the Beautiful (Baba Yaga)
Little Women (Amy)
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Playboy of the Western World (Widow Quinn)
Pride and Prejudice (Lydia Bennet)
Quality Street (Phoebe)
Rebecca (Mrs Danvers)
The Seller of Dreams (Girl)
Shirley (Shirley)
Tom Sawyer (Huck)
Under The Hawthorn Tree
Who Am I? (Fate)
Willy Wonka (Mrs Gloop)
The Wind in The Willows (Mole)
Wuthering Heights (Cathy)


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Solos Book 2 (DOWNLOAD)

17 more solos/monologues for ages 9-15, chosen and adapted by Audrey Meredith LGSM (for DOWNLOAD)

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Contents:
Miss Hypatia Crabtree – Witch Hunter
Tom Sawyer
What Katy Did
Sabrina
Find Me: Verity
The Little Mermaid
Great Claus and Little Claus
Monika the Movie Star
The Water Babies
Mary Poppins
Amnesia to the Rescue
Find Me – Mark
This Property Is Condemned
The Tinder Box
The Emperor’s Nightingale
Go Ask Alice
Little Women


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Solos Book 3 (DOWNLOAD)

17 solos/monologues for young women aged 16 and over, chosen and adapted by Audrey Meredith LGSM (for DOWNLOAD)

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Contents:
Gone With the Wind (Scarlett O Hara)
When a Man Loves A Woman (Alice)
The Turn of the Screw (Mrs Grose)
Mrs O’Leary on Divorce (Mrs. O’Leary)
The Dead (Gretta)
All About Eve (Margot Channing)
Lizzie Borden (Bridget)
The Secret Life of Finula Feeny (Finula)
The Crucible (Mary Warren)
The Playboy of the Western World (Sarah Tansey)
Dracula (Mena)
Young Bess (The Princess Elizabeth)
The Goddess (Norma Jean (Marilyn Monroe))
When A Man Loves A Woman (2) (Alice)
The Plough and the Stars (Nora)
The Barrets of Wimpole Street (Henrietta)
The Righteous Are Bold (Nora)


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Solos Book 4 (DOWNLOAD)

44 new solos/monologues for festivals/feiseanna, for ages 6-16, chosen and adapted by Audrey Meredith LGSM (for DOWNLOAD)

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Contents:
The Water Babies (Mrs. Garefowl)
Goldilocks & the Three Bears (Goldilocks)
The Sleeping Beauty (The Bad Fairy)
Anne of Green Gables (Anne)
Cinderella (Fairy Godmother)
Jane Eyre (Jane)
Big Claus & Little Claus (Little Claus)
The Angel of Nitshill Road (Celeste)
The Tinder Box (Witch)
What Katy Did (Katy)
The Little Mermaid (The Sea Witch)
Toad of Toad Hall (Marigold)
Anne of Green Gables (Anne)
Dear Brutus (Margaret)
What Katy Did (Dorry)
Mary Poppins (Mrs. Corry)
The Canterville Ghost (Virginia)
Daddy-Long-Legs (Judy)
Follow the Yellow Brick Road (The Black ‘Droid)
Pollyanna (Pollyanna)
The Wind in the Willows (Mole)
Little Women (Amy)
Tom Sawyer (Tom)
Amnesia to the Rescue (Amnesia)
The Emperor’s Nightingale (Emperor)
Hypathia Crabtree, Witch-Hunter (Hypathia)
Find Me (Verity)
Monica, Movie Star (Monica)
Dracula (Count Dracula)
The Seller of Dreams (Girl)
Find Me (Mark)
This Property Is Condemned (Willie (a Girl))
Gregory’s Girl (Gregory)
Lisa the Beautiful (Baba Yaga)
Pride & Prejudice (Lydia)
Finula Feeny’s Life (Finula)
The Diary of Adrian Mole (Adrian)
Wuthering Heights (Cathy)
Go Ask Alice (Alice)
Willy Wonka (Mrs. Gloop)
Girl, Interrupted (Lisa)
The Turn Of The Screw (Miss Giddens)
Lizzie Borden (Brigid)
The Barretts Of Wimpole Street (Henrietta)


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Short Junior Dramatic Solos Book 1 (DOWNLOAD)

Chosen and adapted by Deirdre Galassi and Imelda Byrne, for ages 7 – 11, suitable for examinations (for DOWNLOAD)

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Contents:
How to prepare a Short Junior Drama Solo
The Little Princess (Sara)
The Canterville Ghost (Ghost)
The Snow Queen (Robber Maid)
The Snow Queen (Magician)
The Snow Queen (Raven)
The Wind in the Willows (Rat)
The Remarkable Rocket (Frog)
Peter Pan (Peter)
Peter Pan (Peter)
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Through the Looking Glass (Humpty-Dumpty)
Alice in Wonderland (Alice)
Through the Looking Glass (Red Queen)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Becky)
Pinocchio (Gepetto)
The Frog Prince (Frog)
The Railway Children (Roberta)
The Wizard of Oz (Witch of North)
Mary Poppins (King)
Little Women (Jo)


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Short Junior Dramatic Solos Book 2 (DOWNLOAD)

Chosen and adapted by Deirdre Galassi and Imelda Byrne, for ages 7 – 12 years, suitable for examinations and festivals (for DOWNLOAD)

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Contents:
How to prepare a Dramatic Solo
The Nightingale (Gardener’s Daughter)
The Nightingale (Kitchen Maid)
The Secret Garden (Colin)
Another Boring Day (Child)
Snow White (Lady-in-Waiting)
Snow White (Wicked Queen)
Goldilocks & the Three Bears (Goldilocks)
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (Queen of Narnia)
Rapunzel (Witch)
The Wind in the Willows (Toad)
Rip van Winkle(Rip)
Alice in Wonderland (Mad Hatter)
Anne of Green Gables (Anne)
Jane Eyre (Jane)
Pied Piper (Mayor)


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Senior Dramatic Solos (DOWNLOAD)

Chosen and adapted by Deirdre Galassi and Imelda Byrne, for the young actress aged 13 and over, suitable for examinations and festivals (for DOWNLOAD)

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Contents:
Preparation – Dramatic Senior Solo
Washington Square (Catherine)
Jane Eyre (Jane)
Gas Light (Mrs Manningham)
All for Love (Cleopatra)
The Provok’d Wife (Lady Fanciful)
Extract from Mary Stuart (Queen Elizabeth I)
Joan Dedicates Her White Armour (Joan)
The Apple Cart (Orinthia)
A Doll’s House (Nora)
The Seagull (Nina)
Major Barbara (Barbara)
Uncle Vanya (Sonya)
The School for Scandal (Mrs Candour)
Deirdre of the Sorrows (Deirdre)
The Playboy of the Western World (Margaret Flaherty (Pegeen Mike))


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Finola Ryan’s Short Plays for Junior Classes (DOWNLOAD)

Written by Finola Ryan FIBSD (for DOWNLOAD)

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Contents:
Introduction
Stage Directions
‘Fairy Footsteps’
‘Woodland Rescue’
‘Lost and Found’
‘The Frog Prince’
‘The Magical Toys’
‘The Adventures of the Soup Plate’
‘The King is Unwell’
‘The Impossible Mission’
Character Chart
Conclusion


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Duologues for Examinations and Feiseanna (DOWNLOAD)

For ages 11-adult, chosen and adapted by Audrey Meredith LGSM (for DOWNLOAD)

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Contents:
Danny and the Book Wizard
The House of Barnarda Alba
The Little Green Man
Lizzie Borden
Out Goes She
Blood Wedding
Tell Me Another Story
Waiting for Godot
Hello from Bertha
The Prince’s Education
City Sugar
Tom Sawyer
Wuthering Heights
Barbara Allen
Maggie and Minnie on a Park Bench
The Fisherman and his Soul
Scandal


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Junior Dramatic Duologues (DOWNLOAD)

Chosen and adapted by Deirdre Galassi and Imelda Byrne, for ages 12 and under, suitable for the Acting Performance examinations and festivals (for DOWNLOAD)

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Contents:
Cinderella (Desiree & Delilah)
Doctor Frankenstein (Dr Frankenstein & Assistant)
Alice – Through the Looking Glass (Alice & Humpty Dumpty)
Beauty and the Beast (Beast & Beauty)
The Secret Garden (Colin & Mary)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Alice & The Cat)
Hansel & Gretel (Gretel & the Cat)
The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy & the Scarecrow)
The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy & the Witch)
The Sleeping Beauty (Princess & the Wicked Fairy)
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (Queen & Edmund)
The Snow Queen (Kay & Gerda)
The Serpent & the Princess (Serpent & Marianna)
The Tinder Box (King & Queen)


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Junior Scenes for Two (DOWNLOAD)

Chosen and adapted by Deirdre Galassi, Imelda Byrne and Finola Ryan, for ages 12 and under, suitable for the Acting Performance examinations and festivals (for DOWNLOAD)

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Contents:
The Secret Garden (Mary and Colin)
The Wind in the Willows (Toad and Gaoler’s Daughter)
The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man and Dorothy)
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Apprentice and Sorcerer)
A Little Princess (Becky and Sara)
A Christmas Carol (Scrooge and Marley)
Great Expectations (Pip and the Convict)
Alice in Wonderland (Alice and the Red Queen)


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Senior Scenes for Two (DOWNLOAD)

Chosen and adapted by Deirdre Galassi, Imelda Byrne and Finola Ryan, for ages 13 and over, for the Acting Performance examinations and festivals (for DOWNLOAD)

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Contents:
Wuthering Heights (Heathcliff and Isabella)
The Bronte Sisters (Charlotte and Emily)
The Turn of the Screw (Mrs Grose and Miss Giddens)
The Wind in the Willows (Barge Woman and Toad)
Riders to the Sea (Nora and Cathleen)
Blood Wedding (Mother and Bride)
Twelfth Night (Viola and Olivia)
As You Like It (Rosalind and Celia)
The Importance of Being Earnest (Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax and Miss Cecily Cardew)


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Ideas and Selections for Boys (DOWNLOAD)

Compiled by Deirdre Galassi and Finola Ryan, for use in all-boys schools and for boys in exams and feiseanna (for DOWNLOAD).

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Contents:
The Voice
Poetry
Choral Poems
Solo Drama (Aladdin, The Pied Piper, Pinocchio, The Snow Queen, Wind in the Willows)
Duologues (The Happy Prince x 2, Oliver Twist, Beauty and the Beast)
Public Speaking
Sight Reading
Mime
Movement to Music
Recitals


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Solos, Duologues, Prose (DOWNLOAD)

Compiled by Deirdre Galassi and Finola Ryan, and suitable for speech examinations and festivals (for DOWNLOAD)

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Contents:
Solos:
A Christmas Carol (Belle speaking to Scrooge)
Anne of Green Gables (Anne speaking to Marilla)
The Secret Garden (Mary speaking)
Jane Eyre (Jane speaking to Mr. Rochester)
The Importance of being Earnest (Cecily speaking to Ernest)
Oliver Twist (Nancy speaking to Bill)
Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth speaking to Mr. Darcy)
She Stoops to Conquer (Kate speaking to her father)
Preparing a Shakespearean selection
Julius Caesar (Brutus speaking)
King Henry VI (Part 1) (Joan La Purcell speaking to Burgundy and then to The Dauphin)
Duologues:
Great Expectations (Miss Havisham and Estella speaking)
Rumpelstiltskin (Miller’s Daughter and Rumpelstiltskin)
Cinderella (Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother)
Anne of Green Gables (Anne and Diana)
Prose:
How to prepare a Prose selection
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The Snow Queen
The Search for the Tinker Chief
Heidi


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Helping Hands Book 1 (DOWNLOAD)

For Junior and Senior Infants, by Audrey Meredith LGSM (for DOWNLOAD)

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Introduces improvisation and how it can work with 4 – 6 year old children. The book is packed with rhymes, simple poems, finger puppet exercises and so on, all on a fantasy theme.

Contents:
The Beautiful Witch or Powerful Wizard
Making up an Original Story
Making a Play from a Nursery Rhyme
Making a Play from a Nursery Rhyme 2
Lots of Nursery Rhymes
Off in the Train to Nursery Land
Tableaux Vivantes
The Toys Come to Life
Story Telling
Do This: Do That
Correcting Basic Speech Faults
Learning Verse
I am the Beautiful Witch: further working
Making up Stories: Leafy the Elf
Movement: walking in the snow, etc
Chicken Licken: a dramatisation
Meeting and Greeting
The Toymaker’s Shop: toys come to life
Run Rabbit Run
Lions and Tigers
Rainbow Folk: a play with song and colour
Puppets
Hand Jive
Nursery Rhyme Cards
The Fairies and the Witch: a play to act
Group Improvisations: how to do them
I am a Mole: a simple story to read and act out


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Helping Hands Book 2 (DOWNLOAD)

For First and Second Classes, by Audrey Meredith LGSM (for DOWNLOAD)

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Contains action poems, games, plays, stories and introduces movement and mime. Complete working of examples from Drama and Oral English Curriculum.

Contents:
The Nature of Drama
The Senses
A Winter Wonderland
Who Killed Cock Robin
The Capital Letters
The Prince and the Pauper
The Troll: audibility and volume
Learning About Others Through Drama
Making Up Poems
Tableaux Vivantes
Finding Fantasy Topics
Rapunzel
Story Telling
A Role Play Memory Game
Friendship and Exclusion
Group Improvisations: how to do them
Group Improvisations: curriculum examples
Pocahontas
Noah’s Ark
The Circus
Red Riding Hood: an action poem
Mime: using classical gestures
Alice in Wonderland
A Story to Read
The Peacock’s Tail


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Helping Hands Book 3 (DOWNLOAD)

For Third Class, by Audrey Meredith LGSM (for DOWNLOAD)

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Has stories, concert items, projects, more worked improvisations from the curriculum and introduces simple creative play and lyric writing.

Contents:
The TV Set
Supermarket Baskets
Do This – Do That
The Space Woman
Story Telling … Story Making
Cowboys and Indians: a drama project
The New Me
The Children of Lir: a play
The Whale: improvisation
Ghosts and Windy Weather poems
Some drama terms explained
Improvisation in Pairs
Communication
The Good Samaritan: improvisation
Clear Speech
Using Rhymes Creatively
Poems
Mime
The Tribes and the Dolmen: improvisational exploration
Using Rhymes Creatively 2
Tribes: a further worked example
Marooned
The Importance of Clear Speech
Getting rid of Thinking Sounds
The Titanic Lifeboat
Human Machines
Christmas Presents a nativity play to act


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Helping Hands Book 4 (DOWNLOAD)

For Fourth Class, by Audrey Meredith LGSM (for DOWNLOAD)

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Dramatic movement, worked improvisations from the curriculum, writing prose and dialogue, plays, projects, choral speaking, history, effective speaking, end of term show.

Contents:
Human Machines
Market Day: improvisation
Stage Directions game:
Solve the Crime
A Witchy Compilation
Some Poems by Children
The Triumphant Frog
Creative Writing
Escape from the Haunted House
All About Words
Fionn and the Fianna
Close Encounters
Developing a Script
Creative Writing 2
Peculiar Words
Mime: some notes
Dorothy and the Black ‘Droid: a play
Who Discovered America?
Effective Speaking
The Four Seasons: improvisation
End of Term Show
The Pied Piper: a play
Vote for Me


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Helping Hands Book 5 (DOWNLOAD)

For Fifth Class, by Audrey Meredith LGSM (for DOWNLOAD)

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Unusual words, plots and how they work, a famine project, TV studios, worked improvisations, mime, plays, making speeches, formal introductions, projects for the class, speech work in detail.

Contents:
TV Commercials
How to Work Group Improvisations
Practicing Formal Speaking
The Mistral: improvisational ideas
Mantle of the Expert
Good for a Horse Laugh
Spoken Words and Unspoken Thoughts
Witchy Spells and Unusual Words
Alice Through the Looking Glass: a play
The Bottom of the Cliff: improvisation
Establishing an Alibi
Peacemakers: project ideas
The Famine: improvisational ideas
Friend or Foe
Pay it Forward
Puppets
Smugglers, Pirates and Privateers
Island of the Lotus Eaters
TV Interviews and Chat Shows
Books … Books … Books
Gothic Novels and Scary Stories
Watching the Detectives
Writing Poems


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Helping Hands Book 6 (DOWNLOAD)

For Sixth Class, by Audrey Meredith LGSM (for DOWNLOAD)

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More worked improvisations, research, word games, a pageant, Irish history through drama, introduction to Shakespeare, interviews, public speaking, dance drama plays and mime.

Contents:
Playmaking with Puppets
How to Work Group Improvisations
Some Curriculum Exemplars
Word Games
The Thesaurus Award
Script Writing on a Theme
Ghosts: a school concert item
Improvisation: the 1920s
Improvisation: Fishing Up the Moon
Scary Improvisations
Historical Scenes and Anachronisms
Following Instructions
Words
Mime: Evolution
The Young King: a mime play
Hamlet: extract in mime with dialogue
Enacting Historical Events
Public Speaking
The Generation Gap
Vote for Me
Dramatic Tableaux to Depict Months
That Interview
Who Fears to Speak of ’98?: a pageant


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Improvisation and Mime (DOWNLOAD)

A teacher’s handbook concentrating exclusively on improvisation and mime, written by Audrey Meredith, packed full of ideas, worked examples and activities together with some of the theory behind these most expressive dramatic activities. (for DOWNLOAD)

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Contents:
Improvisation
Improvisation: an introduction
History of improvisation
Warm up exercise
An introductory exercise in creative drama
Group improvisations
Improvising a story
Improvisational story telling for Juniors
Improvising a legend
Other improvisation themes
Improvisational ideas for senior students
More improvisational ideas
Some random ideas for improvisations
Mime
Mime: an introduction
The history of mime
Some rules, dos and don’ts
Mime exercises
Mime Definitions and Workings


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Associate Diploma (Teaching): Theory Guidelines Books Set (Books 1 & 2)

For candidates studying for the Irish Board of Speech and Drama Diploma of Associate (Teaching), by Imelda Byrne, Deirdre Galassi and Finola Ryan

(Books 1 and 2: the set at a reduced price)

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Christmas Material

Christmas Material for large groups
Devised and compiled by Deirdre Galassi FTCL and Imelda Byrne FIBSD

A compendium of plays, exercises, mime and choral poems for Christmastime.

Contents:

Billie’s Christmas Dream
Charles Dickens introduces us to Scrooge
The Nativity
A Burglar in Santa’s Workshop (in mime)
Choral Poems for Christmas (4 poems)
Voice Work for Christmastime

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Christmas Material (DOWNLOAD)

Christmas Material for large groups (Download)
Devised and compiled by Deirdre Galassi FTCL and Imelda Byrne FIBSD

A compendium of plays, exercises, mime and choral poems for Christmastime.

Contents:

Billie’s Christmas Dream
Charles Dickens introduces us to Scrooge
The Nativity
A Burglar in Santa’s Workshop (in mime)
Choral Poems for Christmas (4 poems)
Voice Work for Christmastime

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