Queen Lear Savaged
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Queen Lear Savaged

The Melbourne Theatre Company’s much anticipated production of Queen Lear with Robyn Nevin in the title role as mother, not father, has been savaged by critics in the theatre press. I’ve plucked a few key words from several reviews to give readers of The Drama Teacher a picture: cheerless, dark, deadly, dire, massacred, misled, misconceived,…

The Book Depository: Drama Books Galore
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The Book Depository: Drama Books Galore

I’m sure many readers of The Drama Teacher will have come across The Book Depository in their travels. This wonderful UK-based online bookstore is a feast for drama and theatre lovers. Not only do they have  hundreds of thousand of books in stock, but they deliver free anywhere in the world. Here are my top…

Top Acts 2012 Review
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Top Acts 2012 Review

Last Friday evening I attended Top Acts, the final event in the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s Season of Excellence program, at The Palais, St. Kilda. As usual, this concert was a combination of Victorian Certificate of Education 2011 performance examination pieces, selected from the various Top Class Drama, Theatre Studies, Music and Dance (including VET) concerts. Focusing…

Top Class Drama 2012 Review
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Top Class Drama 2012 Review

On a later schedule compared to previous years, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s 2012 Top Class Drama and Theatre Studies Concerts were held at the Melbourne Recital Centre on 10 and 11 May. Performers who received very high marks in their 2011 Drama solo performance and Theatre Studies monologue performance examinations last October, auditioned in January of this…

Method Man: Lee Strasberg

Method Man: Lee Strasberg

I’m wondering if any drama educators, actors or theatre practitioners reading this post have seen Method Man, the 1997 documentary about acting teacher Lee Strasberg? In 2003, I taped Method Man off the History Channel and have been showing it to my senior drama students ever since. Immediately after teaching realistic acting and the system…

Theatre Alive
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Theatre Alive

Live in Melbourne? Like independent theatre? Then you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better one-stop web shop for Melbourne’s vibrant independent theatre scene than Theatre Alive. Developed by Arts Victoria, the Victorian Government’s arts funding and policy body, Theatre Alive was established to fill a need in the market where lovers of independent theatre in…