Managing the unexpected Drama class

The last few months I have been working as a freelance artists teaching in all types of places all over the world. On my travels I have encountered some rather unexpected circumstances, ones where I had been told one thing in advance, but encountered another. The other day I was recounting some of these events to a friend and she said "You must write this down, people will want to know how you did it!". So, this blog will explain ...

Using objects as a starting point

For the student blog this month I focused on how the use of the towel in 'Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures' had inspired me. To get your imagination flowing, watch the short section below that is also on the student blog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AetGr81mIJs&list=RDAetGr81mIJs#t=45 For teachers I thought that it would be good to compile a few activities, related to theorists, that use objects as a starting point for work. Some will be old, some new, but I hope that you will find them all ...

Immersive Theatre strategies

For the student blog this month I wrote about how I was confused as an audience member about the expectations of the audience in an immersive piece. For the teachers blog I thought it would be helpful to look at some of the tools of the trade that have been established during the evolution of this relatively new form theatre experience. Before I go into too many specifics, let's start with the multiple roles that a student can take on during ...

Devising companies around the world

The last year I have been running month-long online courses for teachers. Part of the work includes sharing devising companies we know of. Here are some that I thought may interest teachers and students like: Chance Theater (Orange County, California) This is a company that produces both original works and established plays. Their mission: Our mission is to contribute to a more compassionate, connected, and creative Orange County. Chance Theater is dedicated to the creation of exciting theatrical experiences, taking artistic risks, and collaborating ...

Resources for Realism

Recently a friend asked me what the difference was between emotional recall and sensory memory. This was an interesting one for me to answer, as ultimately they are the same thing but rooted in the ideologies of two different theorists - Stanislavsky and Strasberg. This got me thinking that for many people out there the sea of theorists that focus on realism or naturalism is vast and a hard one to navigate, particularly if you a looking for a focus ...

Realism and theorists

When approaching devising, directing and the solo theatre piece, the question about who your theorist will be in a huge conundrum. For many students out there I know you are familiar with realism, love and and maybe want to focus on it for your chosen theorist. Also when working on the collaborative project you may feel you want to take a directorial stand that focus on realism. To widen the net a little, this blog will focus on some people and ...

Necessary theatre – Complicite

By Monday, December 12, 2016 No tags 0

When you start to make a piece of theatre do you ask yourself why you are doing this? What is the point of it? What do you really want to say? What needs to be said? Why? Why now? And….have I got my facts right? These are questions that are addressed by Complicite when they start their devising process, another area that Simon Mc Burney brings up, in his interview at the Barbican, is exploring the things we don't understand. He ...

Working with Laban technique

Recently I have been working in schools in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka, and one thing I did with the students was explore ways into theatre creation and character work using some Laban technique. This blog will outline some of the ways in to using movement as a starting point for creating work, and will also provide readers with some movement vocabulary they can use with other people they are working with. Laban movement Stage 1 - Understanding your own ...

A gallery of images

This week I have been working with IB Theatre students in Stratford at TaPS (Theatre and Performance Symposium) for ISTA (The International Schools Theatre Association). I had a group of 23 students that were a huge range of nationalities, ability and knowledge. As a result the work I do with them aims to equip them with skills that they can immediately apply in the ensemble session, and take back to use in their own work at school. During the three day ...

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

By Friday, September 23, 2016 No tags 0

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 ...