My Drama news, views and activities

Norfolk Children’s Book Centre – ‘Reading for Pleasure Conference’

I am delighted to be the MC at this great, annual Conference and also to be leading a Drama workshop this time, using Drama techniques to stimulate children’s reading and to support reading comprehension.

Book online at the NCBC website


‘Drama as Embodied Cognition’ – my workshop at the Play Symposium in Stratford, Ontario



Really enjoyed working with international Drama specialist teachers, lecturers and actors at the Play Symposium at Stratford, Ontario.  My workshop was based on a visceral poem by Carol Ann Duffy, called ‘Haversham’.  Go to my Lessons page to access a free plan.

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Toronto District School Board – my twilight

Yesterday, I led a 2 hour workshop in Toronto for teachers,  based on ‘The Tunnel’ by Anthony Browne.  Can’t resist sharing the picture of me below, with this wonderful children’s author.

Look in ‘Lessons’ and you will find I have uploaded a Drama lesson for ‘The Tunnel’.

Antony Browne

Cambridge Primary Review Trust – My guest blog


Much ado about drama …

Friday 10th June 2016 – I wrote the CPRT Guest Blog.

Click below to read and respond.

Cambridge Primary Review Trust – guest Blogger

EU School Education Gateway – my guest Blog

Drama for Learning – a changing movement across Europe

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I was recently invited to write an information piece, explaining ways in which I have worked with Drama in the EU.

I have worked in 11 countries in the EU with teachers, actors and academics and have participated in several EU funded arts projects, many conferences and several IDEA Europe  meetings.

Professionally,  my work in Europe has resulted in some strong  partnerships and lasting friendships.   I am unhappy that the UK has decided to leave the EU.

Drama in Norfolk…Suffolk…Cambridgeshire

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‘Drama for Thought, Talk and Writing’ is still underway in the East of England with various school hubs. I am currently working with partnerships of schools in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

After the initial, full training day, I go to each school and lead a class Drama lesson, with the class teacher working alongside me.  My second visit is to work alongside the class teacher in a Drama lesson that they lead.  We all get together for a planning meeting during the project and an evaluation meeting at the end.

Groups of schools, interested in being part of a new DTTW hub in 2016-17,  are welcome to email me at

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My course for The Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance

Details and booking here

Thursday 2nd March 2017:  Drama Strategies in Primary English: Inspiring meaningful writing

Well-structured use of drama techniques can inspire and motivate children, thereby  building meaningful writing opportunities.  Patrice Baldwin, International Drama Educator,  will offer a variety of simple yet powerful techniques that can be used to scaffold and develop different types of children’s ‘thought and talk’.  Her approach is proven to  stimulate, prepare and support children to succeed at different types of writing.  Patrice will show how drama can be used in primary classrooms to support critical and creative thinking.  She will illustrate ways to structure dialogue, debate, discussion, presentation and performance, as well as inspire associated writing in highly engaging, imagined contexts.

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Patrice will work  through three units of her ‘Drama for Writing’ work, offering a progression from KS1 through lower to upper KS2.  Planned writing opportunities within ‘whole class drama’ contexts will be highlighted.  Resources used will include a story maps, picture books and narrative poetry.


18.04.16 – Led a ‘Drama for Thought, Talk and Writing’ day for Surrey Arts

I was invited by Surrey Arts to lead a CPD Day for Surrey Primary teachers.  I did Drama sessions for KS1 (Storyland), Lower KS2 (The Tunnel) and Upper KS2 (The Two Islands).  The teachers have been invited to form a Drama network and can access further advice and support free,  from a local secondary drama specialist teacher/researcher.


Children talking after my Drama lesson at Langham Village School

This school is part of a ‘Drama for Thought, Talk and Writing’ hub of six schools in North Norfolk.  They filmed the children during and after my lesson visit and also made a second film about the lesson, with the children as news reporters.

Child 1: When we walked into the room, we didn’t think it would be that much but by the end we were thinking, ‘Yes, that was really good….really good.’

Child 2: We were blown away!

Child 3: We were really inventing the story.

FILM:  Children talking about my drama lesson

FILM:  Children in role as news reporters and eye witnesses

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