Theatre for change – ‘Disorder contained’

Many of you will know about Brecht and Boal, and will probably have come across some other theorists or theatre companies that create theatre designed to make a specific impact, and hopefully bring about some change in ways of thinking, behaviour or spur people on to take action to bring about some sort of change in their environment or society. Brecht work for us deals with history, so we can look at this issues from a distance, and relate safely ...

The Director’s notebook – some ideas

In the last few weeks of the IB course at my school I thought it would be a good idea to work with the director's notebook for next year. So, this is what we did: Love and information image   Stage 1 - research I chose a play that could be divided into many sections so that 2 moments could be selected ('Love and Information' by Caryl Churchill). Read the entire play aloud as a class As a group researched the context of ...

The long walk to freedom

The other day I went to see the film 'Mandela Long walk to freedom' and was so moved by the issues addressed in the film that I decided it was time for us to stop for a moment, decide what it is that really matters in performance,  and decide why we choose to perform the things we do. To embellish this blog I will refer to some of the brilliant people that have chosen to work in this field, because ...