“One of the most common tendencies when using a story for a drama session is to fall into the pattern of ‘acting it out’. It may sometimes be important to do this – for example, when telling the story of the nativity at Christmas – but this approach is more suited to a production, not a drama session.
When planning a drama session based on a story, begin by looking for the potential problems in that story. Every good story contains them, for without a problem, it is almost impossible to have a plot. There are many problems encountered in James and the Giant Peach. This session focuses on the last chapter, which details the success in America of James and each of the creatures, and the position of the peach stone in Central Park as a visitor attraction. “
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