The Society Journal: Word Matters.

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Winter 2014 issue Pages only

Winter 2014 issue Pages only

An article from the current issue of Word Matters by regular contributor, Elizabeth Oakley.


The stimulating article ‘Another String to your bow’ ( Word Matters Summer 2016) which describes how Jeni Law came to give her drama career a new dimension by moving into Wedding and Family Celebrancy is a prime example of the versatility of STSD members’ work. The communication skills on which we, as teachers and performers, focus seem to be increasingly adaptable and relevant to our twenty-first century society. One of the purposes of Word Matters is surely to draw attention to research into new developments in our area of expertise which might attract readers to become involved and give them an opportunity to share such work with us.

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Word Matters – Volume 66,  Number 1.  Summer 2016word-matters-2016

Word Matters is the STSD’s bi-annual publication. Free to all members, the journal is filled with academic articles related to all issues of interest to people in the speech and drama world.

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Word Matters – Volume 65,  Number 1.  Summer 2015

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To swear or not to swear:

Teaching students to use bad language

The play Just by acclaimed writer Ali Smith features a female protagonist, Victoria, who throughout the action, swears quite frequently, but then she has just been wrongfully arrested for a murder. Who among us would not feel a bout of colourful language coming on should we find ourselves in a similar situation? I’m very familiar with this play. Written for the 2005 National Theatre Connections project, which commissions new writing aimed at young people of secondary school age, my school production of Just was chosen by the festival to play on the stage of the Oliver Theatre. We recently revived it and this in turn got me revisiting a preoccupation of mine: the place of swearing in school.


Celebrating the life of Rona Laurie

Rona Laurie

The mere mention of the name
 Rona Laurie within theatrical circles guarantees to raise a smile and generate the sharing of heart-felt memories. I know, just like them, that I’m going to smile all the way through writing a celebration of this tour de force of the speech and drama world. It is with great pride that I can say that I was one of professor Rona Laurie’s students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Rona
 has shown her exceptional talent
 for teaching through the numbers of teachers and actors she has helped to train over the years. Many such
 as Alfred Molina, Rachel Weisz, Cats choreographer Gillian Lynne, Art Malik and Debbie Magee, we on to have successful careers as teachers, examiners and actors of international repute.


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