Start your conference experience off right with masterclasses led by our keynote speakers Dr Julie Dunn and Purni Morell. They are the foremost experts in their respective fields of Drama for Early Childhood and Theatre for Young People. Presented in conjunction with the SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2017, these sessions are an absolute treat not to be missed!

Dr Julie Dunn

This masterclass will provide participants with the chance to observe as Dr Julie Dunn leads a drama experience with a group of preschool children. In this experience the children will participate in adult-structured drama activities designed to kick-start child-structured play. Upon completion of the session with the children, participants will come together to consider the value of the work for the children involved and to identify successes and why/how they occurred. Following this discussion, the adults will become the players, making use of a different fictional context to explore in action some of the same strategies and techniques explored within the preschool demonstration.

(28 Jun, 1000 to 1700)

The Artground, 90 Goodman Road Blk J #01-40 Goodman Arts Centre Singapore 439053 (Registration will start at 9.30am)

Dr Julie Dunn is an Associate Professor at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Her research work focuses on play, playfulness and drama education. She has published widely in these areas, with a specific interest being their points of intersection. With research projects involving participants as varied as young children, adult drama learners and people living with dementia, the contexts for Julie's research work are highly diverse. Julie is keenly interested in the role of creativity and artistry in education and has devoted most of her professional life to expanding the role these play in education.


Ms Purni Morell & Mr Christian Roe

The Unicorn Way: Approaches and Techniques in Making Theatre for Children
This day-long workshop will look at approaches and techniques in making theatre for children, focusing especially on the role of the artists as empathiser and facilitator rather than educator. This will be a practical workshop looking at text and performance. No preparation is necessary.

(28 Jun, 1000 to 1700)

90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre, Block O, Level 1, Multipurpose Studio 1 & 2 Singapore 439053 (Registration will start at 9.30am)

Purni Morell is the Artistic Director of the Unicorn, the UK's leading theatre for young audiences. She also works as a freelance director and translator, with work to date produced at the Finborough Theatre, by Speeltheater Holland, Seattle Children's Theatre, Muziektheater Transparant, 't Arsenaal and Vlaamse Opera, Gent. Purni began her career in stage management, working for Stephen Daldry and Annie Castledine, among others, before going to read History at the University of Glasgow. She was Head of Studio at the National Theatre, London, from 2007-2011. Her productions for the Unicorn include A Winter's Tale, Dora, The Velveteen Rabbit, Baddies: the Musical; My Father, Odysseus and The Hunting Lodge. Outside the Unicorn, her production of Alpha Beta at the Finborough Theatre was nominated in the Off West End Awards for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Design. Her next project will be a staging of An Enemy of the People in Flint, Michigan, this June.

Christian trained at LAMDA and the National Youth Theatre. Since graduating, he has performed in theatre performances which includes: Alpha Beta (Finborough Theatre); Stand (Chris Goode & Company/Oxford Playhouse); Seesaw, How Nigeria Became, Baddies: the Musical (Unicorn Theatre); The Velveteen Rabbit (Unicorn Theatre/New Victory Theater); Monkey Bars (Chris Goode & Company/Unicorn Theatre/Traverse Theatre); Roaring Trade (Paines Plough/Soho Theatre); The Power of Yes (National Theatre) and Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre). His television credits include: Skins: Fire (E4), Wallander, Walter's War, Criminal Justice and White Heat (BBC).