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David Porter Communications
with the Human Touch

The Box

where experience counts

Human Communication is the Name of my Game

A service to business and individuals in need of confidence building, trouble shooting, problem solving, public speaking, report/letter writing, quality written web content, editing, event enabling, voice-overs, third way and lateral thinking.

I work with others rich in life’s experiences:

We think outside the box.
But we don’t neglect what’s already inside the box, too

Whatever your problem, we can help
We can do it for you, or work with you
We can talk to people for or with you
We facilitate
We teach you or your staff the know-how from writing English to speaking it
We organise, arrange, plan, question
We come up with blue sky thinking
We brain storm for or with you.

What’s in the Box?

I lead a team of older, wiser, widely experienced people from business, education, public sector, arts and sports worlds running this unique service to help you and keep our brains lively.

Research from the University of Texas (Aug 2011) found that older people are more adept at strategic decisions which take the future into account than younger people. Decision-making ability doesn’t decline with age (60-80). On the contrary, the more experience of life and challenges, the better you are at them!

After years of work in many and varied fields, we have learned skills in solving problems, decision making, team building, motivation, performing, writing in all genres, approaching people/situations and brick-wall tackling.

Sometimes the solution to a problem lies in your mind already, it just needs bringing out.

An idea needs a nudge, people need to be brought together, writing needs to be done, presentations made, documents edited, events set in motion, publicity planned in local media and on line, people briefed and records correctly kept.
Your staff might need specialised training that is outside your field, including spelling, punctuation and grammar or spoken presentation..
You might need a starting point for a vision, a project or a dream.

Lift the Box lid and see the light!

David Porter, former Member of Parliament, English and drama teacher and head of Performing Arts in secondary education, political organiser, experience in public speaking/performing, writing on line and off, editing, trouble shooting and examining/assessing.

email: david@davidporter.co.uk

New: My old school, Lowestoft Grammar School, now Ormiston Denes Academy have an alumni page where I wrote about my school memories. My autobiography is planned for publication in 2015.

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School Productions from Devised Drama

School Productions from Devised Drama is now a resource available on TES Resources

My School Productions from Devised Drama, is a teaching resource for the drama teacher looking to experiment with developing devised dramas into full school productions as a change from the usual scripted suspects schools so often use. It’s now available.

Based on real experiences of devising a range of ideas developed into public shows at both Benjamin Britten High School, Lowestoft and Kirkley High School, Lowestoft it provides over 200 starting points, development grids, character ideas, themed approaches, drama teacher ‘block buster’ suggestions and research references galore.

School Productions from Devised Drama is published on TES Resources with a free detailed Introduction followed by 13 separate sections:

1. Getting started, getting excited
2. Using (local) history
3. Using the 1960s
4. Using teenage angst
5. Using tradition
6. Using the generations
7. Using literature, TV and film
8. Using characters to drive a story
9. Using a practitioner (style before content)
10. Using ideas before content
11. Using a message
12. Using boundary-breaking ideas

There are enough ways into a production to satisfy the most nervous teacher at the threshold of entering the edgy world of devised performances in full public view.

Styles explored range from soap to docudrama, verbatim to promenade, commedia dell’Arte, medieval style drama, a Shakespearean idea, developing ideas from film, panto, Punch and Judy, life cycles to musical plays and shows with music and dancing too.

With lashings of comedy, intentional and unintentional tragedy and everything in between, many of the pieces lean towards the darker side often beloved of teenagers. Many of the ideas and projects are usable in the drama lesson if not worked up to a school production.

In total, School Productions from Devised Drama adds up to close on 100,000 words and with the Introduction free the separate sections cost £62 reduced to £49 if bought as a bundle.

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Drama Resources for Drama Teachers

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The Sound of Musicals

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Hairspray (Lowestoft Players’ version)

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See How They Run

See How They Run is a farce by Open Space Theatre company, performed at the Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, April 2017. Review published in the Eastern Daily Press, 24 April 2017 To stage a classic, traditional, fast-paced, highly energetic romping farce well is a challenge for any theatre company. Open Space proved themselves more than up to it when they brought ‘See How They Run’ to Lowestoft’s Seagull Theatre on their latest regional tour. The company has created a richly varied back catalogue of productions from Chekhov and Ibsen to Alan Bennett and now this old Philip King favourite from wartime Britain, gently mocking and reminding us of changed times and long-gone social mores. Director David Green has a knack for … Read entire article »

Bugsy Malone

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A Christmas Spectacular 2016

A Christmas Spectacular by the Lowestoft Players, in their Bethel Theatre Review published in the Eastern Daily Press, 5th December 2016 and The Lowestoft Journal,  9 December 2016 Christmas, coming as it does ever earlier and ever more commercial, is likely to bring out the inner Scrooge in many of us. The Lowestoft Players’ annual spectacular seasonal variety show is the perfect antidote to that. There is something about the warm atmosphere of the Players’ Bethel theatre, lights, effects, magnificent costumes, superb singing, dancing and comedy routines – some new, some old and some new takes on old favourites – that is heart-warming and feel-good. Directed by Lauren Nevill and Polly Woodward, with choreography by Emily Fox and musical … Read entire article »

A Doll’s House

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Dracula

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