Drama, digital pre-text and social media

John Carroll, David Cameron

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This article presents a case study of Australian secondary school students as co-creators of a dramatic pre-text, using online and mobile media to develop an improvisation-based drama that introduces a textual study. Integrating recognised dramatic conventions within a digital environment provides the tension, and drives the educational exploration of the resulting drama scenario. The techniques used for the development of the digital pre-text for this project are based on facilitator-generated online social networking and mobile media content. This approach generates the students' examination of mistaken identity as a platform for a classroom exploration of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The implications for using such digital technologies in drama teaching with young people are then discussed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-312
Number of pages18
JournalResearch in Drama Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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