Design and devising ideas

Very soon you will be working on your PPP or starting to try out ideas for a collaborative project. Both of these tasks require you to CREATE from a stimulus and have original ideas. The most challenging aspect of this task is to formulate the ideas for a story line, characters, space and set. This blog will focus on what you can draw on for your inspiration and from your life. The PPP and collaborative project require you to draw on ...

Websites for the PPP, RI and TPPP

By Thursday, November 27, 2014 , , , 0

As you work towards the PPP with your students and they want to work out how to create theatre and what the elements are that go into the work you are probably searching for some inspiration. Below are some things that may help: 1. Devising companies and links to their sites and approaches Theatre Three collaborative Trestle Theatre Chance Theatre Blank Theatre Actors of Dionysus http://isbdrama.wix.com/isbdrama#!theorists-traditions-companies/c4zu Gecko Theatre company   2. Design aspects When you start to think about set and atmosphere there are things from Art and Art History that may ...

Devising companies and Design

By Thursday, November 27, 2014 , , , 0

As you work towards your PPP and want to work out how to create theatre and what the elements are that go into the work you are probably searching for some inspiration. Below are some things that may help: 1. Devising companies and links to their sites and approaches Theatre Three collaborative Trestle Theatre Chance Theatre Blank Theatre Actors of Dionysus http://isbdrama.wix.com/isbdrama#!theorists-traditions-companies/c4zu Gecko Theatre company   2. Design aspects When you start to think about set and atmosphere there are things from Art and Art History that may inspire your work. Visit ...

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 ...

TPPP GAME and reflection

During my IB Theatre classes at the moment we are trying to prepare for the PPP and the TPPP by bringing in all the work they have done and all the productions they have experienced. To encourage as much talk and students making as many connections as possible I created a practical game that helps students reflection and make connections between aspects of practical work and theory. The stimulus I used to start reflection was watching DV8's 'The Cost of Living' ...

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 ...

‘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 ...

Is it Theatre? – India notebook #1

I am sorry that my blog has been a bit quiet for the last few months, but I have been moving to India and starting a new job. Working now as HS teacher at the American School of Bombay, I am able to really live as an international person and experience first-hand the amazing richness of Indian culture. Since I have been here there have been several festivals, all of which I will blog about at some stage, but this time ...

PPP stimulus practice

The outline of work we did in class is a walk thought of how a stimulus can be used to explore themes and touches on the areas of the PPP report or commentary. These ideas can also be used as a starting point for an IP, option A, where students are devising. A) Starting from a theme (link to history and culture) Recently I have been working with a class of 24 students on using a poem as a stimulus for work ...