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Theatre is not a substitute for teaching

When school groups go to the theatre to watch dramatised versions of the novels on the curriculum, there is a problem: English teachers can’t expect actors to do their job for them.

Plays are not novels and novels are not plays. It’s about time teachers and examiners grasped that.

As it is, groups of children are brought to the theatre to see dramatisations of set novels, expecting actors to teach them more than reading it …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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