We can provide a whole school Drama program incorporating story drama, play-building, scriptwriting, process Drama, puppetry and Dance.

Upcoming Teacher Workshops - Term Three, 2017

Drama New Zealand, The Drama Workshop and Wardini Books are delighted to be offering the following workshops specifically for Primary teachers in Hawke’s Bay in Term Three. 

Find out how Drama can

  • provide purposeful opportunities for writing
  • delve deeply into text for meaning
  • create a playful space in your classroom
  • enhance performance skills
  • develop ideas for devising

Come away with:

  • a toolbox of ideas to try straight away
  • a list of texts and resources that are excellent pretexts for Drama
  • a new network of like-minded teachers

How it works:  Attend a workshop with Juliet and Daniel then take a stroll down to Wardinis’ for some light refreshments, a book chat with Lou and a browse of some specially selected resources.


Napier: ‘The Studio’ 6 Hastings St – stairs entrance next to Viva Gallery.

Havelock North: Havelock North Function Centre – Te Mata Rd.


Daniel Betty (Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts;) is teacher in charge of performing arts at Iona College, education coordinator for the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival and the regional coordinator on the National Executive for Drama New Zealand. He is passionate about using drama skills and pedagogy to develop literacy needs in students. He has presented acting technique, Shakespeare and specifically tailored workshops throughout the UK, Australia and New Zealand and is now residing in Hastings.

Juliet Cottrell (Masters. App Theatre & Drama Education (Hons); B.Ed (Primary); Dip Teach.) is a drama teacher of over twenty-five years experience at all levels of education including tertiary. She runs The Drama Workshop and the Hawkes Bay Youth Theatre alongside her husband Peter. Juliet trained as a primary school teacher and her experience lies in linking classroom drama education with literacy, teacher professional development, applied theatre and providing opportunities for kids to develop confidence through her performing arts programs.

Louise Ward (BA (Hons) Humanities, English Lit major; PGCE) is a former police officer and teacher, now co-owner of Wardini Books in Havelock North and Napier, and is finally putting her English Literature degree to relevant use. She sells books by day, reads them by night, and writes reviews for local newspapers and magazines. She also has a regular book review slot on Radio Kidnappers on Saturday morning at 11.15am. Louise is excitedly anticipating the August launch of her husband Gareth’s young adult novel, ‘The Traitor and the Thief,’ published by Walker Books.

Cost: $25 pp per workshop.


Wed 2 August, 2017: Yrs 1-4 Napier Playful spaces and Literacy ‘The Princess who wanted to be a Pirate’ . 3.30 – 5.45 (Starting at the Drama Workshop Studio, 6 Hastings St, Napier and finishing at Wardini Books, a short stroll away).

Mon 21 August, 2017: Yrs 5 – 8 Havelock North Using artefacts to stimulate drama activities and explore a story from the Gold Fields. ‘Digging Up the Past’.  3.30 – 5.45 (Starting at the Havelock North Function Centre and finishing at Wardini Books, a short stroll away).

Wed 20 September, 2017: Yrs 1-8 Napier Something for everyone – Drama strategies for engaging with text. ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs’  3.30 – 5.45. (Starting at the Drama Workshop Studio, 6 Hastings St, Napier and finishing at Wardini Books, a short stroll away).

Puppetry Yr 4-8

 Based on the ancient Japanese art of Bunraku, these puppets made simply from newspaper and masking tape (no papier mache), are easy to make and easy to use.
In these workshops students will make a large puppet of a chosen character and explore some ways to manipulate the puppet, culminating in a simple performance. 

Drama in the classroom

Issues such as prejudice, bullying, team building and self-esteem can be explored through non-threatening drama activities that bring people together to solve problems and raise issues.  By using Drama the group is propelled into another place where challenges are less confronting and deep understanding can take place. We will customize the drama to suit your needs.


Teacher Professional Development

How to use process drama effectively in your classroom.  Tailored to your year level and curriculum needs.

You will: experience a process drama; learn how to structure a drama lesson; receive examples of drama lessons that integrate curriculum areas; begin to plan your own process drama using your own curriculum plans.
We will also run a whole staff workshop on the benefits and features of an excellent drama lesson.

Heads Up

In September 2013, funded by the Ministry of Youth Development, Heads Up was a Theatre devising project with a group of teenage girls on bullying, it’s effects and what to do. The project was supported by the Napier Family Centre and co-ordinated by the Napier City Council. The girls performed to other girls in schools across Napier and the culminating performance to Whanau, friends and Council was presented at The Century Theatre in December 2013. A short film was made during the process.

In 2014, funded by the Ministry of Social Development, Heads Up took a group of Intermediate aged children across seven schools in Hawkes Bay to work on an Applied Theatre project addressing the problem of Bullying. Te Punanga Haumaru – loosely translated as ‘A Safe Haven’ was our Kaupapa. The children, youth workers, social worker, musician, choreographer and drama educators spent 10 weeks in both school time and on weekends working hard on processing, shaping and delivering a strong performance. The 2014 Heads Up tour  concluded with the  documentary preview on Friday 21 August, 2015.

Winz and Losses 2012

In May 2012, The Drama Workshop facilitated a project with a group of long term unemployed youth in partnership with WINZ and an employment agency. The project took the young people through a process of devising a piece of theatre that gave voice to their stories and experiences. The culminating performance was presented to Whanau and friends and guests from Hastings District Council and Work and Income, New Zealand. A longitudinal case study to follow up on the young people 12 months later then again 26 months later, formed the research for the completion of a Masters in Applied Theatre (Hons) by Juliet Cottrell.