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The Humpty Files - Playing with Genres
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The Humpty Files - Playing with Genres

( Clive Hulme )
Price: £18.99

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[I] “use Resources4Drama's Humpty Files with outgoing year 9s doing one genre workshop per lesson e.g. farce, silent film etc.  They absolutely love it!”. Aimee Beckingham, Leader of Drama, Worthing High School

"The Humpty Files is wonderful". William Dawson, Cedar Falls, Iowa

About the Resource

How might the Greeks have performed the story of Humpty Dumpty? Or how might Shakespeare have written it? From this ridiculous premise come 20 scripts written in the styles of dramatic genres and playwrights.

Each genre / playwright has a 2-page script and there are a total of 10 pages of additional teacher notes. There is also a worksheet template so that students can complete a research and response project for each genre.

Through this project students will be asked to consider form rather than content – but in a way that is sooo much fun! There’s even a competition with prizes for you and your students included.

A total of 56 pages, and more than 17,500 words, this resource has not so much been written as crafted.

Genres covered are:

Caveman; Greek; Miracle; Melodrama; Silent Film; Soap; Theatre of the Absurd; Murder Mystery; Kitchen Sink; Farce

Individual Playwrights covered are:

William Shakespeare; R. B. Sheridan, Oscar Wilde; Bertolt Brecht; Noel Coward; Samuel Beckett; Alan Bennett; Willy Russell; Mark Wheeller

This project has been written by Clive Hulme with contributions from Jodie Fletcher.

You can download an egg-sample by clicking here.

If you have bought the resource and wish to enter the competition, download the rules by clicking here.


More customer feedback : This is a brilliant resource which will really prove useful for so many year groups. From Brecht and the Theatre of the Absurd at A Level right down to Melodrama in Year 8. They would also be great for a ‘one off lesson’ and they’re very funny too! (Head of Drama, Leeds)


About the Authors


Clive Hulme owns this site and writes for Teaching Drama Magazine regularly. He co-wrote the Boardworks Drama KS4 CD-Rom (published November 2009) and was a visiting GCSE examiner.

Jodie Fletcher teaches Drama at South Holderness Technology College in Hedon where she's worked  since 2005. 

tags: Genre, Form, content, style, devise, research, VLE, 1off


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