5 ways the musical Annie deals with The Great Depression
Annie isn’t just an exciting engaging musical about a little girl finding a new family and helping out America become great again along the way. It also covers the Great Depression in great depth. Here are 5 ways that Annie deals with The Great Depression.
Why is this play still so relevant to today? What have we to learn from studying, performing and producing this play from 1944? Continue reading Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht
The Crucible. Liberty in the face of mass hysteria. As important a message today as it was when in the written. Explore the plot with these engaging and challenging tasks. A plot that sets out to deal with accusation and persecution with scant regard to either evidence or due process. Continue reading The Crucible: Exploring the plot
Rebecca Lenkiewicz is an amazing and engaging British playwright and screenwriter. She writes the most engaging and realistic characters that explore and illuminate the lives of marginalised women. Her work is great for GCSE or A Level students to explore and perform. Continue reading Rebecca Lenkiewicz
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 … Continue reading Two by Jim Cartwright
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 … Continue reading A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
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 … Continue reading The Ash Girl by Timerbale Wertenbaker
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 … Continue reading The Plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 8 chuncks
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 … Continue reading Historical background to Buchner and Woyzeck
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 … Continue reading Biography of Georg Buchner
Woyzeck is a stage play written by Georg Büchner. He left the work incomplete at his death, but it has been variously and posthumously finished by a variety of authors, editors and translators. Woyzeck has become one of the most performed and influential plays in the German theatre repertory. Büchner probably began writing the play … Continue reading Woyzeck: Brief Synopsis and Background
There is a tremendous amount of religious imagery in the play, which I think is often overlooked by some. Specifically, Buchner uses the figures of Christ, the Virgin Mary to underscore his points about human nature and suffering. After all, Woyzeck is born on the day of the Feast of the Annunciation, which celebrates Christ’s conception. … Continue reading Religious Imagery in Woyzeck
Jack Dempsey was a professional boxer in the 1920’s who was an icon in his era for his hard punches, good looks and popularity. He held the world heavyweight championship from 1919 to 1926. July, who mentions Jack Dempsey is 13 at the time of the play in 1933, so may well remember seeing or … Continue reading Historical figures mentioned in the musical Annie
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