‘He’s Behind You’: Working Backstage at a Pantomime

If you find yourselves in the UK during the Christmas season then it is pretty much impossible to ignore the Pantomimes (called affectionately Pantos by the locals) that are on at pretty much every theatre about. These are done by community groups, schools and professionals alike and are all about family fun, a good afternoon or evening out for the whole family and lots of laughs (at terrible jokes). The laughs come from the silly jokes, visual comedy, sexual innuendos ...

Collaboration and the Learner Profile

This month in the student blogs I wrote about my current exposure to yoga Philosophy, as 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 temple. I have just qualified as a yoga teacher and part of Patanjali’s yoga principals seemed very relevant to devising work in theatre. One of the eight essential elements of yoga practice are the YAMAS. These are the first limb ...

Some plays to play with

In the last 6 weeks of the school semester I thought it would be fun and challenging for my classes to play around with some complete play texts and decide on the staging and ensemble building process. Which of course link in with the director's notebook and collaborative project. I selected 3 plays that have the entire cast involved nearly all the time, so we could play around with the work on the ensemble, group dynamics, movement and use of minimal ...

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 ...

Theatre Performance and Production Presentation (TPPP) – Game

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This week in my IB Theatre class we played a game to try to make links between areas of the course, productions seen, theatre in the World practices research/performed/designer for etc. The goal was to explore the synthesis and analysis sections of the assessment, but also to make sure that we were talking about research we had applied practically, rather than just narrating. Rules of the game 1. Complete the 12 spaces on the 12 cards below:     TIM example Eg. Making a mask           TIM example ...