Discovering Miss Havisham
Stories lie at the heart of all drama. This presentation and workshop will explore the character of Miss Havisham, central to the novel ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens. The session will be led by Liz Mitchell who will begin with short extracts from the novel, selected to remind the participants of ‘the bones’ of Miss Havisham’s character. This introductory activity will provide the opportunity to identify the questions the participants would like to investigate further about this ambivalent character from Dickens’ novel. The presenter will then explain and demonstrate a range of drama structures and strategies which reflect the developments in current drama education research and theory, and which also endorse and promote the use of story to enrich and extend the quality of students' understanding and learning. Participants will then be invited and assisted to explore how possible answers to their questions could be discovered using such structures and strategies. The content and practice of this session aims to exemplify how drama can be used within educational institutions to create imaginative and collaborative contexts to support students’ thinking, creativity and enquiry and to affirm the power and potency of the written word.
Keywords: Story, Drama, Creativity, Thinking, Enquiry, Imagination, Discovery, Learning
Lecturer in Drama, The Department of Sport, Culture and the Arts