World Theatre in the Shadows

The last few weeks I have been researching theatre traditions and theatre companies that use SHADOWS in their performances. For this blog I thought it would be good to share them with you so that you can see the amazing range of ways that light and darkness can be used with objects, bodies and film in performance. You can use these as starting points for devising, ways into world theatre traditions or as ideas for performance and production. I hope ...

Peter Pan’s Shadow

Source: Wikimedia Commons The last few weeks I have been researching a range of starting points to use at a theatre festival to inspire original pieces of theatre. The key theme I have been looking at is SHADOWS. For this blog I thought you would find it enriching to see what types of stories, music and poems I found. Hopefully some will inspire you, and they will be used as starting points in your own devising work. To start with I ...

‘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 ...

“Oh No He Isn’t!”: The Magical World of the British Panto

'To see a pantomime is to see the ridiculous simplicity of the world through the eyes of a child.' Anon 'I am grim all day, but I make you laugh at night.' Joseph Grimaldi Snow White - Holiday Panto - Throckmorton TheatreSource: Fabrice Florin (CC BY-SA 2.0), via Flickr If you are lucky enough to be in the UK during the months of December and January, then you would be immersed in a theatrical world that comes across as slightly crazy. A ...

Tips for the Research Presentation

It is that time of year again when students are doing their REAL assessment tasks in year 2 of the course or having a practice run in year 1. My students in year 1 of the Diploma Theatre course have just had their practice runs of the RESEARCH PRESENTATION and, while we were working on putting the presentations together, there were many things that I found helped them enormously. Below are the things that I helped them with and how ...

The role of the mentor

At the moment I am in the midst of marking Research Presentations from around the world. It is amazing what the range of presentation styles is like, and so exciting to see students that research thoroughly and authentically, then genuinely and passionately share their findings. Some students of course just share the information without an ounce of excitement, sparkle or interest - now, you are not marked for your enthusiasm, but I can safely say that students who have enjoyed the ...

Research Presentation – The QUIZ

Hello IB Theatre students, So, do you think you know all about the IB Theatre course and what is expected of you for the Research Presentation? Do this short quiz below and find out how much you really know! Look at the 10 questions below and see if you can answer them. If you get all 10 right you are a Research Presentation super star!! Answers are at the bottom: Can I choose to research and present on any theatre tradition I am ...

Research Presentation Tips for teachers

When trying to decide what to put in this blog I thought that the best thing would be some tips for Research Presentations (RPs). I am the Principal examiner for this, so have watched over 100 of these to decide how to best reward the students for the marks and also help examiners understand the assessment criteria. How well do you know the requirements of the Research Presentation? Look at the questions below and see if you can answer them. The ...

Being Krishna

This blog will document the four days that I spent getting ready for my Arangettam performance, in the role of Krishna to open the Diwali celebrations on Tuesday 10 November at the Gopalakrishna temple, Amaravathy, Fort Cochin, Kerala. This will give you an insight to what a Kathakali performer needs to learn and apply in performance. Day 1 Standing as Krishna. Hands are in Kathakam mudra and face is using the Rasa Shrimgaaram. This day I focused on the footwork for the Arangettam. ...

Working with Shadow Theatre

Shadow Theatre With my students in class recently we started working on Wayang Kulit, and as an introduction we looked at shadows and how they are used in performance. Below is the work that we did. I hope that this will give you some ideas of your own for your own Research Presentations and Directing. Soon we will be working on Shadow theatre and shadow puppetry. Section 1: Watch the 3 videos below and make notes on the lighting used, shadows created and key ...