Plays I love to teach: Two by Jim Cartwright

This was a play I was introduced to at a teacher conference several years ago by someone who said it was a brilliant GCSE text. They said it was brilliant, that it had revolutionised their approach to text based performances and had got excellent marks for it. To be honest it was the last bit about excellent marks that got me interested it in! It … Continue reading Plays I love to teach: Two by Jim Cartwright

Plays I love to teach: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

I love teaching A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. It is a brilliant play to teach as it always throws up so many dividing opinions about the characters actions and motivations that the students are in constant debate and conversation about it. The story is simple but relies on a basic knowledge of late 19th Century Society and, in particular, the role of women in … Continue reading Plays I love to teach: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Plays I love to teach: The Ash Girl by Timerbale Wertenbaker 

I love The Ash Girl by Timberlake Wertenbaker. It is a wonderful play that just speaks to teenagers of all backgrounds, experiences and situations. As a play, it covers a multitude of different issues from immigration to parental expectations via self-image, loss and relationships (and a whole lot more besides). So there truly is something for everyone in the text. It is a challenge to … Continue reading Plays I love to teach: The Ash Girl by Timerbale Wertenbaker 

The Plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 8 chuncks

Here is the plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream broken down into 8 manageable chunks for students to work with and mess about with. We do a lot of different activities with a plot outline like this from starting with a simple Still Image for each section activity all the way to looking for lines from the text to act out an overview of the … Continue reading The Plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 8 chuncks

Historical background to Buchner and Woyzeck

1804 Friedrich Schiller writes his last play, William Tell.   1812 Napoleon reaches Moscow but is forced to retreat, losing almost 600,000 men in battle.    1813 Georg Buchner is born in Hessen, Germany.    1814 Prussia invades France after Napoleon’s defeat at Leipzig. Two million lives are lost in the wars.    1815 The German Confederation is established.    1819 August Friedrich von Kotzebue, … Continue reading Historical background to Buchner and Woyzeck

Biography of Georg Buchner

Georg Buchner (pronounced Buechner) was born on October 17, 1813 in the small town of Goddelau, in Hessen, Germany. His father, a scientist and rationalist, primed him from an early age with a scientific approach to the world, which would later manifest itself in the sharp, realistic, and critical nature of his writing. Buchner grew up in a stable, pleasant household, though he eventually became … Continue reading Biography of Georg Buchner