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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.


Five top tips for Devising Theatre

Devising Theatre is daunting and when I was a Drama student I found it one of the most difficult elements of the course. As an adult theatre practitioner, it is something I rarely do. I do a lot of script work, I’ve worked in professional and amateur theatres with scripts. With that we might devise short pieces to help explore characters or scenarios. But these … Continue reading Five top tips for 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.  Wikipedia site on Applied Drama, an umbrella term that modern … 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 track and many more physical features.” (Wikipedia) General Information BBC … 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 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!

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