Are you Dramawiser? Competition Winners Announced!

Over the past few weeks we have been running a competition to see how you have made your classrooms Dramawiser. After receiving entries from far and wide we are happy to announce the winners. Each has received two free copies of Dramawise Reimagined to use in their classrooms.

We have loved seeing how you all are making your classrooms Dramawiser!

Congratulations again to all of our winners.

St George

Brigidine College

Loreto College

Immanuel Lutheran College

St Columban’s College

Dramawise Reimagined Launch

The DQ conference NEXT was a cracker. Three hundred delegates, inspiring keynotes, an extensive workshop program and a 40th birthday party that revived the worst of 70’s fashion. Proudly and gratefully Brad and John were overwhelmed by the warmth and early acclaim for their latest joint project, Dramawise Reimagined.


Brad Haseman, John Kotzas and John O’Toole at the Friday night launch. 

 Hosted by Currency Press and Drama Queensland, over 100 people attended the launch and were charmed by the playful John Nicholas Saunders, National President of Drama Australia (No John, though we look it, we were never contemporaries of Aristotle!).


John Nicholas Saunders, National President of Drama Australia.

John Kotzas Chief Executive, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), launched the book with great style and heartfelt flourish tracing the book’s unique Queensland provenance. Eighty participants were introduced to the book during the Saturday workshop Dramawise Reimagined: The elements of drama made familiar and strange. After discussing the revisions and updates to the original, participants romped their way through Focus (Chapter 3) built around a process drama on the theme Drugs in Sport.

Dramawise Reimagined Workshop on Saturday. 

Dramawise Reimagined …but what has changed…?

Can you build a narrative with meaning by filling in the theatrical blanks?

In 1987, Brad Haseman and John O’Toole released Dramawise, a definitive text for teachers, students and drama practitioners, which has shaped many classroom programs and curricula at a state, national and international level. Dramawise Reimagined, a completely revised and updated version of that book, will be launched at the Drama Queensland State Conference on March 17 and is on sale now. 

Currency Press set out the structure and approach taken in Dramawise Reimagined here.

Dramawise Reimagined reaches beyond the original concepts, offering a freshly updated framework for studying the elements of drama. The old and new combine to offer newly challenging drama activities that reflect complex questions in today’s society.

Gavin Bolton and becoming Dramawiser

With news out that Dramawise Reimagined is to be launched on March 17th we were delighted to receive many warm wishes from friends everywhere. Of special significance was the congratulations from Gavin Bolton.  Gavin wrote the Introduction to the UK edition of Dramawise in 1988 with the opening sentence “This must surely be the most useful book on drama to have come on the market.” Thirty years later is still on the market – rewritten and reborn. Who would have thought? Gavin’s full 1988 introduction can be found here.