FLASH Theatre and the IPP

One of the most difficult assessment tasks to juggle is the Independent Project, particularly if you have a large class or a tiny one. This blog will share with you how I have structured a whole school theatre project, that not only embraces the IPP, but also crosses with TOK and the English curriculum. What is FLASH Theatre? Every year I carry out a series of short theatre pieces that are student directed. The pieces are linked by a theme, and then ...

Reflection and critical thinking

When working on practical work I have found that the students get engrossed in what they are doing and forget to take a step back from their own work and the work of others, to take time to reflect, develop and grow. This entry will focus on how to create a process, through journal work and constructive criticism, to develop in-depth, meaningful reflection. At the moment my students are working closely with Stanislavsky and his six questions, along with many other ...

‘Short+Sweet’ – India notebook #2

The other day one of my students invited me to attend the 'Short+Sweet' Theatre festival she was participating in. I went along to the NCPA (National Centre for Performing Arts) at Nariman Point, Mumbai, to be introduced to a whole new world of plays. The 'Short+Sweet' festivals have been running for about the last ten years. They started in Melbourne, Australia, with some new plays and inexperienced performers, putting 10 minute plays on stage. This idea, to introduce new writing, and ...