RESR 7 The seasons - Drama workshop by Derek Bowskill

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Catalogue numberRESR 7
TitleThe seasons - Drama workshop
Artist(s)Derek Bowskill
Cover conditionNear mint
Record conditionGood
BBC records label codeS
Item deleted?Yes
Distributed / printed byDawson Rossiter Ltd London
Country of originUK UK flag
Media typePrimary
Media genreDramas
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Run-off codes / Shop bar codesRESR + 7 + 1 BBC
RESR + 7 + 2 BBC
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In the Autumn of 1966 BBC Radio for Schools launched the first series of "Drama Workshop", a creative drama programme for children in their first and second years of secondary school.

The series was an immediate success and since then thousands of teachers and children all over the British Isles have become familiar with the warm voice of Derek Bowskill and the excitingly imaginative radiophonic music composed by David Cain. "Drama Workshop" is designed to stimulate dramatic dance, movement, mime and speech; and the improvisation of character and situation. Teachers have usually taped the broadcasts and then replayed them afterwards to their classes. Now, with this record, some of the most stimulating material from the current series is available in a permanent, easy to use form which will appeal not only to drama specialists in search of really original source material, but also to anyone who is concerned with creative education.

The poetry on this record is inspired by the seasons of the year. There are twelve poems on the months of the year by Ronald Duncan, as well as four pieces by Derek Bowskill on the seasons themselves. In each case the radiophonic theme is heard first, then the poem itself spoken over variations on the theme and finally the variations on their own.

The final musical item on the record represents the whole year. It states all the 12 themes for the months, followed by 4 sections for the seasons and concludes with a march which draws the various themes together, with some subtle and unusual key changes.

In this way teachers can use the poems for listening and discussion amongst the class, and the music separately for movement and dramatic dance improvisation. Other activities such as music-making, painting and writing may also follow from listening to this record. But however many educational applications are found for the contents, if you enjoy poetry or music you will enjoy this record.
Dickon Reed

Music By David Cain
Presenter Derek Bowskill
Producer David Lyttle
Words By Ronald Duncan

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A series of LP discs based on BBC Schools Radio Series and general service programmes relevant to work in primary or secondary schools and in colleges.


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