• Method Acting Resources

    Method acting, otherwise known as The Method, is the Americanisation of Constantin Stanislavski’s “System” of realistic acting practised at the Moscow Art Theatre in the early 1900s. The Method was developed in America in the 1930s, practised by the Group Theatre collective in New York and popularised by Lee...

  • Symbolic Use of Props in Film

    I wonder how many drama/theatre teachers and students have seen this clip “Why Props Matter” by Rishi Kaneria? This may quite possibly be the best 10 minutes you’ll ever watch about the value of props in film, which of course easily translates to props and objects used in student...

  • Ritual and Grotowski’s Poor Theatre

    While recently introducing Polish theatre practitioner Jerzy Grotowski to my Year 11 Drama students, we began by first understanding a key element of his practice – that of ritual. Ritual was at the centre of much of Grotowski’s work, evident in: his influence of Eastern theatre styles (Japanese, Indian,...

  • Objects as Symbols in Performance

    Objects (or props) are probably the easiest way for drama students to understand and implement symbol in theatre performances. Objects become symbolic when we give them context via plot, characters and themes. A simple prop can suddenly become significant and represent something beyond its literal meaning. These are often...