• Friday Essay: The Arts And Our Still-Born National Identity

    Stephen Sewell, National Institute of Dramatic Art The debate about culture in Australia typically follows a familiar pattern: a commentator laments declining cultural standards and narrowing opportunities and looks for someone to blame. The usual suspects scatter, leaving the artists to respond by pointing to inadequate funding and whining...

  • National Theatre Live: Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera

    For all those high school drama and theatre teachers searching for a Bertolt Brecht work on film to show your students, this may be your answer. A live version of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s 1928 masterpiece The Threepenny Opera is about to hit arthouse cinemas for a screening in Australia...

  • 2016 VCE Drama Written Examination Analysis

    Today’s 2016 VCE Drama Written Examination (Victoria, Australia) was a fairly straightforward paper that shouldn’t have surprised too many students if they had properly prepared for the exam. As usual, the Drama examination was divided into two sections / three parts. Section A Question 1 Question 1 in Section...

  • Non-Naturalistic Performance Spaces

    Below are diagrams outlining the performance space and actor-audience relationship for three 20th century non-naturalistic theatre styles: Jerzy Grotowski’s Poor Theatre, Bertolt Brecht’s Epic Theatre, and Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty. Grotowski’s Poor Theatre was performed in non-traditional spaces such as abandoned warehouses and factories. There was no purpose-built platform...

  • 7 Shakespeare Plays Every Drama Student Should Read

    King Lear One of Shakespeare’s great tragedies, King Lear offers us a protagonist so complex the title role is often considered unplayable. At first glance the plot is relatively straightforward with Lear, King of Britain, wishing to divide his kingdom evenly amongst his three daughters. Easier said than done!...

  • Stimulus Images For Drama: Family

    Here is a variety of stimulus images on the theme of family, suitable for drama classes at any year level. Use these images with drama students when generating characters for student-devised solo and ensemble performances. They can also be useful in role-play and improvisation activities. From historical family portraits to contemporary images...