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Focus in Performance

In our final two years of secondary schooling here in Victoria, Australia, the government-prescribed Drama course has various elements of drama/theatre grouped together as part of the theory that underpins the practical aspects of the course. Here are three sets of groups: Dramatic Elements focus tension timing rhythm contrast mood space language sound symbol conflict…

Why Am I Directing The School Production?
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Why Am I Directing The School Production?

Well, actually, I’m not directing the school production … and that’s sort of the point of this post. OK, so I’m in this fortunate position. I don’t direct the school musical and I replaced the biennial senior play with VCE Drama nights three years ago. If you teach in a large Drama/Theatre department, this may…

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Expressive Skills and Realism

Thought this post may be useful for teachers of junior Drama. I have combined a topic on the style of realism with the actors use of the four basic expressive skills (voice, movement, facial expressions and gesture) in Drama. This handout is complemented with basic script work. The following is written for the student. In…

Junior Drama Curriculum Ideas
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Junior Drama Curriculum Ideas

If you’re new to teaching junior Drama and aren’t quite sure what to include in your course, here’s a few ideas. Of course, it all depends on how strict or forgiving your curriculum guidelines are, but I’ve found the following activities very worthwhile over the years at the junior Drama level: Basic Expressive Skills You…