Montage In Dramatic Performance

The use of montage in performance is a sophisticated technique that sometimes confuses drama students due to its complexity. This article attempts to demystify montage and assist teachers and students in their understanding of this convention. Etymology: First things first. The term “montage” originates from the old French word...

The Challenges of Teaching Absurdism

One of the most intriguing and challenging of non-realistic theatre styles for high school drama students is theatre of the absurd. Its beauty lies in its non-conformity with accepted theatre conventions. A performance style that deliberately breaks many of the norms of conventional theatre is destined to do one...

Caricature in Drama

We often think of caricature when we see a humorous cartoon in a newspaper, usually a politician being lampooned before their voters. This is normally my starting point with students in understanding caricature in a dramatic context. In Australia, the home of The Drama Teacher, a federal election campaign...

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...

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