Direct Audience Address

Years ago, when naturalistic and realistic plays dominated the great stages of the world, a character in a performance would never face the audience directly. This was considered one of the theatre’s cardinal sins, as a character’s dialogue and actions were only to be performed facing “inside” the stage...

Theatre Styles Word Search Puzzle 1

Another word search puzzle – this time on theatre styles. Enjoy! Instructions: drag your mouse across letters to form the word, then let go. The relevant word is highlighted in the puzzle and disappears from the hidden word list. Suitability: Middle to upper secondary, plus tertiary. Limitations: not suitable...

Gilbert and George

Both visual and performance artists, Gilbert and George have been collaborating since they met at Saint Martins Art School in London in 1967. Though perhaps better known for their work that hangs on gallery walls, Gilbert and George became innovators in allowing the artist to become the work, itself....

O Superman: Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson still holds a unique title in the world of performance art – she is the only performance artist to have a song in the UK Top 10. Thanks to a BBC Radio DJ, Anderson’s eight and a half minute work about technology, communication and war, O Superman,...

Clark Beaumont

Next in a week of posts relating to performance art on The Drama Teacher is the emerging duo Clark Beaumont. Sarah Clark and Nicole Beaumont typify a younger generation of performance artists. The two Brisbane-based Gen Yers are only in their mid-20s and were recently included on a very...

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

  Considered by many the doyenne of modern performance art, Serbian born, New York based Marina Abramovic has been tirelessly producing works for several decades. In 2010, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present saw her sit motionless in a chair at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, six days...

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