• 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...

  • Review: Macbeth (Melbourne Theatre Company)

    Name the last time you saw Macbeth in full Elizabethan garb? Or set in traditional Scotland? Maybe it was uncut if you were lucky. Can’t remember? Exactly. Purists, begone! The Melbourne Theatre Company’s current production of the Bard’s shortest and arguably most-performed tragedy is a visually stunning and engrossing aural...