Audience Participation

This winter break I have been back in the UK, and have had the pleasure of seeing pantomime, being involved in performance art and attending workshops on physical theatre. While I was in the UK I thought at lot about how theatre is changing for the audience. This blog will focus on some experiences I have had recently that have shifted the goal posts of what audiences can now expect, and how they are involved and inspired. In Pantomine it is ...

The Method of Physical Actions: Stanislavski and Grotowski

‘Artists who go not go forward go backward’ Konstantin Stanislavski ‘There is no standing still, only evolution and involution’ Jerzy Grotowski Recently I have been teaching my IB students the Method of Physical actions and linking character and ensemble work to contemporary dance and specifically Laban technique. This week however, I have been reading ‘At work with Grotowski on Physical Action’ by Thomas Richards, and wanted to share some of the content of the book, and ideas for the IB program that ...

Action Plans and Technology

By Saturday, February 25, 2012 , , , , 0

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Theatre Performance and Production Presentation (TPPP) – Game

By Wednesday, March 30, 2011 , , , , 0

This week in my IB Theatre class we played a game to try to make links between areas of the course, productions seen, theatre in the World practices research/performed/designer for etc. The goal was to explore the synthesis and analysis sections of the assessment, but also to make sure that we were talking about research we had applied practically, rather than just narrating. Rules of the game 1. Complete the 12 spaces on the 12 cards below:     TIM example Eg. Making a mask           TIM example ...