Working with a Theorist

Now that the new course has started there is a focus on students being able to research and apply the methodologies of a theatre theorist. This blog will focus on what I have been doing with my students in class to prepare them for the old and the new course. We have looked briefly at August Boal, as a lead in to ensemble work, visual awareness, communication through a vehicle beyond language, and are now working in depth on Peter ...

Inspired by what we SEE and HEAR

Recently I went to the theatre and was given headphones to wear and was ushered into an outdoor space where the audience was in the centre with an elevated set all around us. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon on the South Bank in London. Then something extraordinary happened...... I heard a man running towards me on the gravel and he whispered in my ear. I turned to see no-one. 'The Roof', directed by David Rosenberg and Frauke Requardt, magically ...

Directing inspired by performances

Recently I went to see ‘The Roof’ at the National Theatre directed by David Rosenberg and Frauke Requardt. As an audience member you are donned with head phones, and the show is 3D visual and sound experience about a man trapped in a 'brutal and unforgiving game'. The show is a 'breathless mix of intimate three-dimensional sound and the hair-trigger movement of free running'. Through the show you are transported 'into the body of a reluctant hero, desperate to stay alive'. Quotes taken ...

Devising Companies and ideas

Recently I was at an IB Theatre training session in Dubai with Sherri Sutton, and we were looking at some companies that use the devising process. It was amazing particularly to see how some companies use technology now in their work. This blog will focus on some companies that you may use in work with your students.  I will start with a list of companies and then follow with some links to their work. Some devising companies you may be interested ...

Directing using Verbatim Theatre

Recently in class we have been working on using interviews with people in a variety of work places, turing those into Verbatim monologues and then piecing them together in an ensemble performance. This blog will share ideas they had and give you a few things to watch. If you are unfamiliar with Verbatim theatre, then visit this very comprehensive site: http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/genres/verbatim-theatre-iid-2551 This is a comprehensive introduction to Verbatim Theatre written by Dr Tom Cantrell, Lecturer in Drama, University of York, 2012. watch these short films ...

How do you think for the PPP?

When students are preparing for their PPP the things they probably find challenging are thinking outside the box and coming up with something original. This blog will introduce you to a way of thinking and a process of creating a vision that will enable you to explore ideas in a methodical way. I will introduce you to Design Thinking. The model (taken from Design Thinking, Business Model, Creativity, Service, Design, posted by Geoffroi Garon) you can see below is a wheel where ...

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 ...

Mysteries and the Independent Project

At the moment I am working with my students on Medieval Theatre in preparation for seeing student-devised and directed pieces based on 'The Canterbury Tales' by Geoffrey Chaucer. This post will introduce you to some ideas that help with character development in Medieval Theatre, and will also give ideas for Independent Projects and research. The Four Humours In medieval times it was believed that the character of a person depended on the mixture of substances in the body. These were: phlegm; choler; ...

Directing taster

By Tuesday, October 18, 2011 , , , , 0

In my IB class this week we looked at ways to approach directing. The class was quite new to communicating a vision, so I combined the work with ways to pictorially present their work. The focus was on how to accurately communicate an idea, so that your actors can create your vision on stage. At various times I have made link to the core syllabus, the assessment tasks and the IB Learner Profile: The Directing Workshop The task focused initially on INTERPRETATION ...