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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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Bertolt Brecht Biography

The first in a series of articles on epic theatre explores the man synonymous with the form, Bertolt Brecht. Bertolt Brecht was born Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht on 10 February 1898 in Augsburg, Germany, to middle class parents. As a young man he studied medicine and served in an army...

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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...