TPPP examiner feedback

TPPP feedback from the Subject Report May 2014 As you work with your students preparing them for their TPPP at the latter end of the course you may find the points below, that I have extracted from the Subject Report published in May 2014, of use. The video above is a presentation that you may want to share with your students as an example about being yourself and how to present to an audience. Of course TED Talks offer many other ...

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 ...

The TPPP and Preparation

Recently in class we have been preparing for the Theatre Performance and Production Presentation. This is always something that I feel has to be practices, and once they have had one go they are ready to embark on the real thing. This blog will look at some ways that I enable students to understand the task. What is an image? This is always something that leaves them slightly stumped. So, I always give various examples for them. For example images can be: ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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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 ...

Applied and Critiqued

When I was talking to my students last week about their work in IB Theatre one thing became apparent: They were not really aware when they were putting theory into practice. They knew they were learning things and that were were always doing things in class that were connected with TIM, TIW or TIP, but I realised that they were unclear about when they were 'applying research'. We then talked about all areas of the course in preparation for their TPPP ...