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THEATRE LIT

THEATRE LIT explores and creates an innovative approach to performance and literacy education. The project disseminates and teaches our approach through artist-teacher partnerships in schools, youth centres and other community settings & therefore to improve/ develop the literacy of youth through the performing arts.

"ALL THE STUDENTS INVOLVED ENJOYED THEMSELVES AND EACH DEVELOPED THEIR CONFIDENCE

WHAT IS THEATRE LIT?

FIRST WE SELECTED A VERY SHORT “CLASSIC” TEXT WITH THE TEACHER. The key moments of the wokshops were as follows:

  • 1: MEET THE TEXT - Exercises to help students form connections between the characters and themes of the core text and their own lives. Use Theatre to invite students to become more involved with the text. (ie forum theatre/hot seating)
  • 2: COMPREHENDING TEXT - Students read the text to themselves, read out loud with peers, hear the text read out loud, and team work to discuss the text / Students perform lines (if extract from a play)
  • 3: WRITING TEXT / IMPROVISING: This is the rehearsal process which should lead to a performance. The activities that lead to text production / improvisations are designed to explore spaces around the original text, for example by examining possibilities of what might happen after a text ends, between scenes, in the minds of characters, or in the lives of similar characters in similar times and places.
  • 4: PERFORMING: Short Performance of their work
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    Shakespeare
    Extract selected at ARROW VALE

    This is the Prologue to Romeo and Juliet. It comes at the very start of the play and is directed out to the audience. It is like a summary or introduction telling the audience what will happen. The style is big and bold and is best done using multiple voices.

    Two households, both alike in dignity,
    In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
    From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
    Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
    From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
    A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
    Whole misadventured piteous overthrows
    Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
    The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
    And the continuance of their parents' rage,
    Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
    Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
    The which if you with patient ears attend,
    What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

    EXTRACT USED AT ARROWVALE
    FOR THEATRE LIT
    2 FULL DAY WORKSHOPS
    FEBRUARY 2013