Brecht and Epic Theatre Links

Eugen Bertolt Friedrich Brecht (10 February 1898 – 14 August 1956) was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director of the 20th century. He made contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter through the tours undertaken by the Berliner Ensemble – the post-war theatre company operated by Brecht and his wife, long-time collaborator and actress Helene Weigel. (Wikipedia) Overview of Brecht The BBC Bitesize website has 11 pages covering his background, his theories and his works. … Continue reading Brecht and Epic Theatre Links

Verbatim Theatre Links

“Verbatim theatre is a form of documentary theatre in which plays are constructed from the precise words spoken by people interviewed about a particular event or topic.” (Wikipedia) What is Verbatim Theatre? The National Theatre, UK, guide to making Verbatim Theatre. An essay by Theatre Ciritc Micheal Billingham for The Gaurdian about Verbatim Theatre. Another article in The Gaurdian about Verbatim Theatre, this time written … Continue reading Verbatim Theatre Links

Burts Drama Generator (Mini)

As the students enter the room, give each student one of two different colour post it notes. Once inside the room, instruct the first colour to write down simply locations (Tesco, Home etc…) and on the other colour write down crisis’s (fire alarm, monkey escapes etc…). Use the first six of each and leave the rest for another game at a later time. Borrow a … Continue reading Burts Drama Generator (Mini)

ICER Resources

I’ve just uploaded onto TES some resources for ICER. ICER is an acronym for Ideas, Create, Evaluate and Rehearse and acts as a way of structuring the lesson and the way in which students create drama. It allows for early intervention with groups you aren’t working well and it maintains a fast but healthy pace to the lesson. It is very observation and OfSted friendly as … Continue reading ICER Resources

ICER: A model for making Drama

ICER is an acronym that I’ve been using with my Key Stage 3 students for some time now and as I’m working with Key Stage 3 again next year it is time to get it back out of the cupboard! It is a simple but effective method of keeping the lesson focused, with a good pace and allows you to have mini-plenaries at the end … Continue reading ICER: A model for making Drama

8 way to help you learn your lines!

Produced an advice sheet a few months ago for my students about how to learning lines. Despite it’s bluntness, it has proved to be very useful. This has been added to a reward and sanction system, where by if a student uses their script after a certain point for a certain scene, or later on in the process, a prompt, then they have to complete a … Continue reading 8 way to help you learn your lines!