Date:
Online | Wednesday 28 April 2021

Code: 8463

ABOUT THIS WEBINARr.

Mark will offer the first hand account of how Hard to Swallow came to be. He will describe:

  • the events that inspired the idea of the play and the theatrical/musical influences that contributed to the play as it emerged and developed
  • how Mark and OYT developed the first script and the initial version, Catherine.
  • a definitive explanation the importance of the Billy Goats Scenes
  • how Hard To Swallow was developed, the staging, the set and the performances at the National Theatre
  • the two professional productions – StopWatch (1990) and Tie It Up Theatre Company (2017- present day)

To discuss ethics, research and drafting as this play was developed

Take away exercises to offer your classes

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Focus on opportunities for teachers to gain a deep knowledge of how the script came to be, for the examination
  • Equip you with strategies for students that were originally used to create the play
  • 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.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Head of Drama
  • Drama Teachers particularly those using Hard to Swallow as a set text in the Eduqas GCSE specification
  • B Tec Performing Arts/Drama
  • English teachers looking at improving their Drama Knowledge


PROGRAMME

4.00 – 4.05pm: Welcome and Introduction

Session 1: How to teach Verbatim Theatre effectively:

Mark will offer the first hand account of how Hard to Swallow came to be. He will describe:

  • the events that inspired the idea of the play and the theatrical/musical influences that contributed to the play as it emerged and developed
  • how Mark and OYT developed the first script and the initial version, Catherine.
  • a definitive explanation the importance of the Billy Goats Scenes
  • how Hard To Swallow was developed, the staging, the set and the performances at the National Theatre
  • the two professional productions – StopWatch (1990) and Tie It Up Theatre Company (2017- present day)
  • To discuss ethics, research and drafting as this play was developed

Session 2: Practical exercises for teachers to use in class to maximize results:

  • Take away exercises to offer your classes

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