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Bertolt Brecht’s Epic Theory

Verfremdung “Verfremdung”, pronounced “fair-frem-doong”, is a German word used by Bertolt Brecht that lies at the very heart of his theories on epic theatre. In practice he called it “verfremdungseffekt”. The term has variously been translated as “alienation effect”, “distancing effect” and “estrangement effect”. For decades, “alienation effect” was the...

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The Beginnings of Epic Theatre in Germany

Epic theatre was first practiced by Erwin Piscator (1893-1966) and Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) in Berlin in the 1920s. Although Brecht would soon claim the notion of an “epic theatre” as his own idea, there is evidence the term was previously being used in debates in avant-garde circles before this. Epic...

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Stimulus Images for Drama: Mystery

Here’s a collection of images on the theme of mystery that can be used as stimulus material in drama class for creating characters, improvisations and performances. Consider using these images in connection with other stimulus image collections on The Drama Teacher: Stimulus Images for Drama: Communications Stimulus Images for Drama: Animals Stimulus...

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The Importance of Problem Solving in Drama

The ability to solve problems is a critical skill all students of theatre must possess. Problem-solving in drama class can either be an individual or group-based activity that often lies at the very heart of effective theatre making. Constructing a theatre performance of any kind is usually a collaborative endeavour...