Date:
Thursday 18 March 2021

Code: 8462

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR: The Fun Of Making Theatre Seriously – a deconstruction from a leading Verbatim Theatre playwright

Delve into how verbatim theatre can become the most successful way forward for you and your class/extra curricular groups. Additionally it will explore, with examples, the stages (ethics, research, transcribing and drafting) in developing a verbatim/documentary play. Staging narrative plays and being willing to be creatively inspired by the seeming impossible scenes real life dramas often throw up. The course will also look at some practical effective take away exercises to offer your classes. It will also look to explore the entirely natural application of these plays as socially distanced/Zoom performances. Developing Verbatim can be used as a perfect way of scaffolding less confident (student) writers

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Focus on opportunities for performance work within or outside the curriculum
  • Equip you with strategies for students who have to social distance or work from home
  • Take away approaches that excite students (and you), and cultivate a deeper understanding of the form and raise grades in their exams
  • Effective ideas to ensure students can apply this approach to their own devised work.
  • Knowledge of the background to this way of working to ensure students are able to talk about this approach with confidence
  • Insights into how you and your students can develop your own verbatim/documentary plays


WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Head of Arts and Heads of Drama
  • Drama Teachers GCSE and A-level
  • Teachers who want to encourage less confident writers
  • B Tec Performing Arts


PROGRAMME

4.00 – 4.05pm: Welcome and Introduction

Session 1: How to explore Verbatim Theatre effectively:

  • Key challenges and issues when dealing with Verbatim plays:
    Ethics and permissions (Eg Missing Dan Nolan)
    Page to stage issues/opportunities regarding narrative theatre and animating long speeches (Hard To Swallow/I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won’t Die)
    Staging seemingly “impossible” scenes  (Race To Be Seen)
    Involvement of the real people in the development/rehearsal and performance process  (Chequered Flags to Chequered Futures)
  • It will explore, with examples, the stages (ethics, research, transcribing and drafting) in developing a verbatim/documentary play. (I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won’t Die)
  • Developing Verbatim can be used as a perfect way of scaffolding less confident (student) writers
  • How verbatim theatre can become the most successful way forward for you and your class/extra-curricular groups

Session 2: Staging Verbatim Plays practical advice to maximise learning

  • Staging narrative plays and being willing to be creatively inspired by the seeming impossible scenes real life dramas often throw up (Too Much Punch For Judy)
  • Some practical effective take away exercises to offer your classes. (Hard to Swallow)
  • To explore the entirely natural application of these plays as socially distanced/Zoom performances. (Game Over)

5.20 – 5.30pm: Session 3: Q and A with Mark Wheeller

Mark Wheeller

Mark is one of the most-performed living playwrights. Too Much Punch For Judy over 6,000 times and Chicken! nearly 6,000.  His 2019 verbatim play Game Over, (grooming/murder of Breck Bednar) is published by Salamander Street and proves ideal as a socially distanced/Zoom play. Mark has written about his classroom/theatre work in Drama Schemes, The Story Behind TMPFJ & Hard to Swallow – Easy to Digest. His new book Verbatim – The Fun Of Making Theatre Seriously is due out early in 2021. Mark’s most popular plays are now available on DVD. He runs practical workshops across the world.

Pearson A level Drama