Radio is often referred to as “Theatre of the Mind” and I’m a big fan of using radio plays in the drama classroom, particularly for beginners. I distinctly remember crowding around one of those old school tape recorders when I was in grade five recording an episode of The Shadow. We had a blast.
Radio uses many skills that are important for theatre without that dreaded “live performance” aspect – great for beginners or for those too shy to get up on stage yet.
Here’s a great lesson plan I found online that has students write and record a one minute commercial for a fictional product. I like this activity because it combines creative writing with performance and can be done in a short period of time. And everyone these days has an audio recorder on their cellphone.
Do you do radio drama in your classroom?