The Drama Teacher

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Blanchett, Martin Win Oscars

Australians Cate Blanchett and Catherine Martin have today won Oscars at the 86th Academy Awards held in Los Angeles. Blanchett won the Actress in a Leading Role Oscar for her performance in Woody Allen’s film Blue Jasmine. Blanchett has previously won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2005 for her...

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Realism and Naturalism Theatre Conventions

One of the more confusing aspects of theatre history and performance styles for teachers and students is the differences between realism and naturalism. The two schools of thought and subsequent movements in the theatre were distinct and separate, though blurred with historical time lines and similarities in style. As a...

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iOS Line Learning Apps for Drama

The fifth in a series of posts exploring iOS applications for drama students. Here’s a couple of apps assisting students in the memorisation of lines, plus an app that times dialogue (useful for theatre monologues). My Lines / My Lines Lite: My Lines is a tool that assists actors in memorizing their lines....

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Theatre of Cruelty Conventions

Sadly, the mastermind known as Antonin Artaud was not always a lucid one. The man who coined the term ‘theatre of cruelty’ spent a significant portion of his later life in asylums, and when on the outside, addicted to opium. Much of Artaud’s writings on the theatre are difficult to...