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Devising Theatre

Devising Theatre is daunting. It seems a huge amount to ask of a young person, just 15 years old, to devise a deep and meaningful performance full of rich language, visual metaphors or complex plot lines. Here are five top tips to give to students making that step up in maturity, to help them devise more challenging, interesting and engaging devising theatre.


Theatre In Education Links

“Theatre in Education (TIE) is a process in which it includes all the interactive theatre/drama practices that help aid the educational process. As TIE is used, new strategies and objectives for using theatre as an educational tool emerge.” (Wikipedia) Overview  BBC Bitesize Revision Page – Absolutely awesome place to start researching and learning about TIE.  … Continue reading Theatre In Education Links

Physical Theatre (Genre) Links

“Physical theatre is a genre of theatrical performance that pursues storytelling through primarily physical means. Several performance traditions all describe themselves as “physical theatre”, but the unifying aspect is a reliance on physical motion of the performers rather than or combined with text to convey the story. In basic sense, you talk through hand gestures, body language, thought … Continue reading Physical Theatre (Genre) Links

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading ICER Resources

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