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Devising Drama

2 hour gallery workshop for key stage 3, 4 and 5

This workshop gives students the opportunity to create site specific theatre inspired by Barbara Hepworth’s artwork in Gallery 5.

Students will start the workshop with nothing and leave with a toolbox of devising and performance skills and a piece of theatre entirely of their own making.

When devising drama we are taking a ‘jump into the abyss of the unknown’ (Swales 2012).

An ideal workshop for building skills within the devised element of their Drama B-Tec, GCSE or AS/A level.

Delivered by Artist Sarah Osborne

Sarah Osborne is an experienced and inspirational drama practitioner whose work in education focuses on unlocking the creativity of children empowering them to engage and enjoy learning. She works extensively in schools exploring all aspects of the literacy curriculum through drama.

Take back to school

  • We encourage you to bring along a camera to document the workshop and practical work produced by pupils
  • Your class will receive a certificate of achievement to display at school


Wakefield school: £120

Other: £140

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Learning outcomes and curriculum links


  • Apply knowledge and understand when making, performing and responding to drama
  • Work collaboratively to develop, communicate and generate ideas
  • Make informed choices of process and understanding
  • Reflect own work and that of others

Art and design

  • First-hand observation of Barbara Hepworth’s artworks
  • Explore ideas and imagination using experience of learning outside of the classroom
  • Develop understanding of contemporary sculpture, artistic process and materials
  • Develop drawing techniques and sculpture making skills using a range of techniques and media


  • Develop speaking and listening skills by talking confidently in new learning contexts, communicating ideas and critical analyses. Engage in discussion, confidently voice opinions and questions to show understanding

Outline of session


  • Moving into gallery 3, students will learn about Barbara Hepworth’s artwork and discover the significance of the gallery before completing a series of warm up activities
  • After learning about the 5 point plan for devising (Swale), students will spilt into groups of 6 to explore the artwork in gallery 5 taking inspiration from the landscape, figure and body, shape, textures and natural objects
  • Students will be encouraged to record their thoughts in sketch or word form to start the process of building a bank of material with which to make their piece of theatre
  • Students will continue to work in small groups to discover, read and digest quotes of Barbara Hepworth and devising theater that have been placed about the gallery. Students will be asked to consider how this changes or affirms their ideas about theatre and the works they are using as inspiration
  • Students will be given a brief to create piece of theatre (maximum of three minutes long) inspired by Barbara Hepworth’s artwork and artistic process while considering key questions asked
  • Each group will perform their site specific piece of theatre at their chosen location in the gallery
  • Finally students will share their opinions on work created and feedback from this session

How can teachers and group leaders help?

Please bring your enthusiasm, be prepared to join in and model good behaviour.

To support activity in the galleries please remind children about our three rules

  • no shouting
  • no touching
  • no running