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Ready to diversify your English and Drama play teaching?

Bloomsbury Publishing

Bloomsbury’s Lit in Colour campaign, in association with Penguin Books UK and the Runnymede Trust, is putting the spotlight on plays and drama.

It aims to introduce new plays to the English literature and Drama curricula, offering students access to more diverse, representative and inclusive work.  

Together with the National Theatre and Open Drama UK, Bloomsbury listened to, interviewed, and collaborated with hundreds of English and Drama teachers, exam boards and theatres to understand the challenges, barriers and support that’s needed to ensure the teaching of plays and drama in schools is representative of our diverse nation.  

The findings and recommendations of this research can be found in their Lit in Colour: A spotlight on plays and drama research report, where you’ll find that:   

In 2019 English literature assessments… 

  • 79% of GCSE candidates answered an exam question on a drama text.  
  • A huge 349,337 (65%) of these candidates answered a question on An Inspector Calls
  • 0% answered an exam question on a play by a Global Majority writer. 

But change is coming. Be part of it and start your Lit in Colour journey with Bloomsbury this year.  

You’ll find lots of teacher resources online at including author Q&As, classroom discussion guides and much more.


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