How do you see the world… and then how do you collaborate?

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This month I have been in Dharamsala in the Himalayas of India, staying in Bhagsu, a little village just a stone’s throw from the Dalai Lama’s monastery and temple (he is here on Monday, so I am going to hear him speak). I have been here intensively studying to be a yoga teacher, and today I taught my first lesson of Vinyasa flow yoga for my exam. What has yoga got to do with theatre, or collaboration? I hear you ...

Yoga and Theatre – Experiences from Dharamsala

This month I have been in Dharamsala in the Himalayas of India, staying in Bhagsu, a little village just a stone’s throw from the Dalai Lama’s monastery and temple (he is here on Monday, so I am going to hear him speak). I have been here intensively studying to be a yoga teacher, and today I taught my first lesson of Vinyasa flow yoga for my exam. What has yoga got to do with theatre, or collaboration? I hear you ...

Using a place as a starting point

The other day I went to see the wonderful devising company HIGHLY SPRUNG working with young people. They had been running what is called a Physical Theatre fellowship, where students worked from 2 days to 2 months on devising original theatre from a starting point. The piece that grabbed me the most, for its ingenuity, was the piece based on the place that the students were from. That place is Coventry. You may not have heard of Coventry, in the centre of ...

Research Presentation – The QUIZ

Hello IB Theatre students, So, do you think you know all about the IB Theatre course and what is expected of you for the Research Presentation? Do this short quiz below and find out how much you really know! Look at the 10 questions below and see if you can answer them. If you get all 10 right you are a Research Presentation super star!! Answers are at the bottom: Can I choose to research and present on any theatre tradition I am ...

How to spark ideas in devising

The other day I was working with a group of adults, where we were all starting to devise from a starting point. They ways in we used could be used by anyone that is starting to create original theatre, or is working using a collaborative approach. This blog will share ideas from our own starting point and also some ideas about how to share our own reactions to the starting point. Our starting point was THE DRAGON, and below are some ...

Topeng – masked drama from Java

Last weekend I was training teachers in Dubai, and we were focusing on unfamiliar world theatre practices. One of the practices that we explored was the masked drama of Topeng from Java. In this blog I will give you a bit of background to Topeng and then share the elements of our practical work, so that you can see if this is something you may want to use for your research presentation, or to inspire collaborative work for your director's ...

Ways into collaboration

Last week I was working in Istanbul at a High School ISTA festival and then as an Artist in Residence at Uskudar schools. While I was at the schools I worked with teachers and students to create theatre, but also to teach them ways into working with each other and how to develop confidence and use the stage well. Below is a lis to exercises that I used with the teachers and students, that you may want to use while ...

Being Krishna

This blog will document the four days that I spent getting ready for my Arangettam performance, in the role of Krishna to open the Diwali celebrations on Tuesday 10 November at the Gopalakrishna temple, Amaravathy, Fort Cochin, Kerala. This will give you an insight to what a Kathakali performer needs to learn and apply in performance. Day 1 Standing as Krishna. Hands are in Kathakam mudra and face is using the Rasa Shrimgaaram. This day I focused on the footwork for the Arangettam. ...

Opening a door to the other-worldly

Some of you many already know that I have been learning Kathakali on and off for about 10 years. This blog is going to document my journey from when I started Kathakali to when I was recently privileged with being initiated into the Kathakali community as a performer. It gives an insight of what it takes to really learn theatre form another culture, and all the learning that goes on along with the lessons! I started learning when I lived in ...

Recording audience response

Last week I was training teachers in London, and I wanted to run a session on how to physically reflect on a performance. I had been working with students the week before on Laban routes and creating a solo piece based on a single line, so I thought I would transfer the idea to reflection. The night before the group had been to see 'Absent' by Dreamthinkspeak at Shoreditch town hall, and the piece had been described as a promenade performance, ...