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, ...

Did you make an impact?

Recently I was working with IB Theatre students in London at an ISTA London TaPS event. We were working on the Collaborative Project and Solo Theatre Piece and playing around with the ideas of how to create theatre, but then also how to achieve our intended impact. The students drew on ideas from productions they had seen, and explained how, in plays they had seen, the director and designer had achieved moments of: TENSION EMOTION ATMOSPHERE and MEANING They not only spoke about how this impact was ...

God Out of the Machine – Theatrical Literary Devices

This week I have been training teachers in Category 1 IB Theatre in Singapore, and one thing that came up when we were looking at the Director’s notebook, is that the students do need to learn how to analyse theatre text and understand literary devices. One such device that is fun to focus on is the deus ex machina (the translation from New Latin is ‘god from a machine’). This term comes from the staging in Greek theatre where the ...

Starting points

The last few weeks I have been running intensive classes for students in devising theatre. The ideas I share with you may help you when you start working on your collaborative project. We spent 12 hours playing around with techniques and ideas, where we looked at devising companies and how they approached theatre. Each shared an idea related to a theorist of theatre style, and then spent 2 hours working with lights, an hour working with sound and then created a ...