Representation in Drama (RinD)
Set texts used in drama are not representative of the cultural and ethnic make-up of the UK.
We are exploring ways to make the drama curriculum more representative and engaging for children across the UK who may feel the world of theatre is not for them.
The initiatives leads, mezze eade and Romana Flello, are inviting your contribution via their survey to help shape the ongoing work on this initiative. The DTEA fully supports this initiative and full details can be found here.
Developing a Representative Drama Curriculum
At the time of writing (June 2020), the four main exam boards in England offer 27 set texts between them for students studying GCSE Drama, and 61 at AS/A Level.
Only one of the GCSE 27 plays is by a Black author. Of the four exam boards, three of them have no Black, Asian or ethnically diverse representation through set texts.
At AS/A Level Drama and Theatre, across the four exam boards, only two of these 61 plays are by Black, Asian and ethnically diverse authors. Of the four boards, two of them have no Black, Asian or ethnically diverse representation through set texts at AS/A Level.
This got us thinking. Read the full report here...