PPP tips and advice

This week my students started working on their Practical Performance Proposal. Of course, we have done many practices in the past and have also carried out a lot of practical work on how to devise original theatre from a starting point. There are always things they forget to do though, or more clarification needed. This is why I put together this document, of key tips and feedback, for them to refer to. All the points are taken from the IB ...

Devising using Environmental theatre

Recently I was training IB Theatre teachers in Australia and I ran an activity that focuses on Schechner's six Axioms for environmental theatre for devising original theatre using the senses and physical theatre approaches. The activity below would be useful for the Practical Perforamnce Proposal, Director's notebook or Collaborative Project. For this activity you would need to read the axioms that address space, transformed space and found space, and refer to the quote below: "Schechner makes clear that spaces, not just people, are ...

Devising with Butoh, Viewpoints and Suzuki

Recently my class has been carrying out research into Butoh, Viewpoints and Suzuki to be able to prepare for a workshop with an ex member of the Australian based devising company Zen Zen Zo. Zen Zen Zo in performance Here is the link to Zen Zen Zo's website.  Zen Zen Zo It is worth checking for previous performances and how they have applied the varying techniques in their process or performance. Through our research and meeting a member of the company we discovered ...

Devising and working with masks

At the moment in my classes we are working on devising skills and have been working with Laban technique, Butoh, Suzuki and researching some devising theatre companies. I am sure that in your classes you are also working on devising in preparation for the Collaborative project and the Practical Performance Proposal. This blog will focus on some resources you may find of help in your own devising in terms of mask work and shadows. One company that uses masks extensively in Trestle ...

Using Design Thinking in your teaching

Recently I have been trying some ways in class to enable students to think outside the box and come up with new approaches to their devising work and writing. There are 2 methods I have been using in class - Design Thinking and approaches to Verbatim Theatre. This blog will share what I did and how I adjusted and adapted to get the most out of the process and the students. Design Thinking Model - Source: Design Thinking for Educators In ...

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 ...

The PPP and Devising

The Practical Performance Proposal and Devising While working with my IB class recently we created some original work based on the devising process of Frantic Assembly, and then created pieces in physical theatre, immersive promenade theatre and a fusion of Brechtian and Forum theatre styles. My students were influenced and inspired by many practitioners: Brecht Boal Grotowski Stanislavsky Pina Bausch Anne Bogart and theatre companies including: Punchdrunk Frantic Assembly DV8 This post will move away from this devising process and give you a ...

Frantic, Devising and the PPP

Frantic Assembly are one of many devising theatre companies in the UK that generously share their process. They run workshops world wide, and sharing their ideas, process, development and performances in their book 'The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre' by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggart, Rougledge, 2009. As a student starting to approach devising, it is essential to have a process and experiment with devising tools. This blog will provide some ideas for inspiration in your own work and ...

Recommendations for teachers PPP

The Practical Performance Proposal - top tips & advice Below are the key points from the Subject Report that you can find on the OCC, but I have also added my own pointers to help you. The range and suitability of work Make sure that the students understand that it is ‘A PROPSAL FOR PERFORMANCE BASED ON A PRESCRIBED STIMULUS’. (p4, Subject Report) Always check WORD COUNTS for pitches and rationales.  The STIMULI for the exam session relevant to you is posted ...