The day started with an introduction from Professor Jonothan Neelands, in which he discussed the recently published Warwick Report: “Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth” and the significance of the Creative Industries.

One reference contained therein which gave delegates a lift was that the creative industries was the fastest growing industry in the UK. Moreover the Gross Value Added (GVA) of the sector was estimated by DCMS at a global £76.9bn in 2013, representing 5.0% of the UK economy. The full text of the report is available here.

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John Rainer setting the workshop in motion.


T.Y.A Creative was asked to participate in the Reclaiming Creativity Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University. We had the pleasure of working with John Rainer (world authority on process drama) and we were asked to contribute a workshop. After much discussion it was decided to focus the workshop on Re-Humanizing the Classroom.

We chose to use our most recent scheme “Missing”, written for Teaching Drama Magazine and exploring the story of a teenager who ran away from home. The work uses Mantle of the Expert as a way of framing the subject matter, enabling us to explore this emotive and challenging subject in a controlled environment. The method of delivery was to break the workshop into episodic sections, which would enable the drama to be paused and for the participants to discuss the work as part of an open forum.

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After the initial nervous warm-up the participants threw themselves into the work, producing some wonderful and emotive moments. The workshop encouraged the group to discuss and explore the purpose of education, which allowed them to share their concerns and fears in a safe and supportive environment.

The workshop was a joy to be part of and we were delighted with the outcome. In reflection the day allowed people to be creative and enjoy the process of learning. It was non-judgemental and we were able to concentrate on developing content rather than outcome and box-ticking.

The “Missing” scheme is available from the Teaching Drama Magazine website.