• 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!...

  • Top Acts 2016: Focus on Drama

    It is worth alerting current Victorian Certificate of Education Drama students that the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority has published excellent video clips about three Drama solo performances from the Top Acts concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre earlier this year. Each video includes interviews with the student performer, the student’s...

  • 19th Century Melodrama

    Etymology c.1800-1810, melodrama = mélo (music, melody) + drame (drama) History elements of melodrama are believed to have originated in the 5th century B.C, later appearing in Medieval and Elizabethan dramas emerged in the 19th century from 18th century sentimental dramas in Germany and France that involved both music and action during the 19th...

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