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 ...

Action Plans and Technology

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Recently I have been working with my students on Greek Comedy with a focus on ‘The Birds’ by Aristophanes. In the process I wanted to implement the use of more technology as part of the collaborative planning stage, so that the students could work together BEFORE coming to class, so that the class contained ACTION rather than too much discussion. From page to stage 1. Preparation (Theatre in the World) - Students were divided into groups to research previous productions of 'The ...