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Exploring the World of Theatre

Year 12 IB Theatre students have been getting to grips with Theatre History and the Geography of World Theatre. Initially, they started by dividing theatre into the Western and Asian practices. Students then began exploring western theatre practices and were encouraged to explore theatre history. They created a timeline, starting with Greek theatre (way back in 6th BC) and moved forward all the way to contemporary practitioners including Katie Mitchell and Steven Berkoff, who are still working in professional theatres around the world today. The timeline task led to interesting conversations including “are they dead yet?” and “his name sounds Hungarian”.

The Year 12s then explored East Asian practices and many “new” traditions that the students hadn’t heard of before including; Noh Theatre (Japan), Kathakali (India) and Wayang Kulit (Indonesia). It was really interesting for the students to research and learn about these traditions, some which date back centuries. They also began to explore the connections and influences that both the Eastern and Western theatre practices have on each other. Students explored the geography of all of the traditions, by connecting each of them to a giant world map display which can be seen in Arts 203. This is a great starting point for IB Theatre students and will be explored and built upon throughout the students IB Theatre course.

Exploring the World of Theatre