Making theatre or training skills?

In some countries pupils rehears a theatre play in drama class, in other countries acting skills are trained or even skills are being trained wich haven’t anything to do with theatre at all. And in all countries we call it ‘drama class’.
What are they’re doing in drama lessons in your country, and for what purpose? Making plays, training skills, both?

Dutch-FlagIn the Netherlands we mainly train skills and insights related to the artform theater. There is a clear difference between drama and theatre in the Netherlands.
Theater plays are rehearsed for Christmas and at the parting of primary school.

Don’t forget to mention te country you live in when you leave a reply.


  1. calolld says:

    In the UK I don’t think many Primary school teachers would call it the “Drama Class”.
    Drama in primary schools tends to be used as a tool to teach other subjects. Dorothy Heathcote’s work on Mantle of the Expert is an example of the way we work but there are as many ways of using drama as there are practitioners. I’ve effectively used drama with myself and the pupils in role to teach geography, science, maths, history, RE and personal and social education.

    In UK high schools they would have timetables drama sessions. Schools at all age levels also have assemblies and plays where the children develop performance skills for an audience.

  2. The curricula for theatre subject teaching in Lithuania are made according to discipline-based approach. So there are 3 main areas of teaching and learning of theatre art: theatre expression, perception and evaluation of theatre and the role of theatre art in contexts. Students learn and gain knowledge, understanding and skills in these areas. The main focus is done with the artistic skills, but students develop general competencies as well, such as social, cultural and etc. It is important to note that the implementation of that is going forward and is not achieved fully.

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