What are the most consulted theories?

Many countries depend on relatively old books and theories in their drama education. Which books are manely consulted in your country?

Dutch-FlagTeachers in the Netherlands used classics like ‘Development through Drama’ (Brian Way) for years. In the early 80’s Dutch authors took over and became “Pretending …” from Peter van Hasselt the main source to teach drama. From 2004 90% of the Dutch teachers are using ‘Play insight’ (Holger Nooij).
Many Dutch primary schools are using drama lessons from the same author, this curriculum is online.

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


  1. Holger says:

    If I understand correctly, the UK has a National Curriculum where a minimum number of hours are described which schools must spend on drama education. This system has a more positive influence on drama than what we do here in the Netherlands: teachers and schools more or less can decide for themselves, so drama lessons are not that common (music and hand craft are the most popular art subjects). Most children only know drama education because of the teacher-training students.

  2. calolld says:

    Yes in The UK Brian Way was popular in the 1970s.
    If you are interested in drama texts London Drama at http://www.londondrama.org have a good list of current titles and can sell them to you.
    I have read Dorothy Heathcote’s books and found Patrice Baldwin and David Farmer’s books useful for primary ideas but I am an old hand at teaching (40 years) and tend to use my own ideas and opinions.
    The National Curriculum for Primary years is being rewritten in England ( Wales and Scotland are separate)
    and sadly speaking and listening which included drama are very cut back in the new formats.

  3. In Lithuania we have close cultural ties with Russian theatre pedagogy, f.e. K. Stanislavsky. For a long time we have been applying the „system“ of realistic acting. Using it we have developed the wide network of children‘s theatre (now we have about 1 500 of the group). Accordingly the theory of „pretending“ was not very popular in our country. But now the situation is changing. The technique of pretending begins to survive quickly. Is it good or not? We also feel the lack of theoretical considerations in theatre education.

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