Home' Teacher : December 2009 Contents didn't know the story of The Winte r's Tale,'
Campbell says, 'and it was interesting to
approach the unknow n text, which would
have been an impossible task for me prior
to the workshop, mainly because of nega-
tive thinking. The possibilities of looking
at the text from your perspective, as well
as from that of others, has show n me that
it's alright to change or interpret meaning
different to others.'
Commencing next year, the Masters
of Education program will give teachers
access to the country's top education aca-
demics and stronger connections with each
other. The courses will be run according
to group demand, with a minimum of 10
participants per course to enable scheduling
at times when teachers can attend the resi-
dential components du ring school holidays.
The Masters program will include a
'Theatre for Young People' unit that exam-
ines through analysis and practice the his-
tory and practices of theatre for young peo -
ple. It investigates the history and growth
of this performance area and some of the
research and theoretical approaches rel-
evant to the area.
'Educational Drama' will examine cur-
rent theories of educational drama in Aus-
tralia, the United Kingdom and northern
America, focusing on drama as a learning
medium, as an art form, as a therapeutic
activity and for personal development in
schools. The unit will then explore the role
of the teacher in role-play building and the
drama elements of focus, tension, space,
text and symbols. The aim is to provide
a conceptual basis for the integration of
the theory and practice of drama in edu-
cation by enabling teachers both to reflect
on current practice and to generate new
approaches through an understanding of
the natu re of drama in school curricula.
'Theatre-in-Ed: Child play to perform-
ance' explores the continuum from child
play through to adult performances for
children. It also examines the development
of Theatre in Education (TIE) as a distinct
genre of theatre. The unit focuses on: the
role of the teacher in facilitating the devel-
Shakespeare Battleplan is the 2010 Teacher For um provided free in a regional location
in each state and the Northern Territory, with the support of the Commonwealth gov-
ernment through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
The 2010 Teacher Forum will be presented in: Launceston, Monday 22 Febru-
ary; Ballarat, Wednesday 24 February; Adelaide, Friday 26 February; Perth, Monday
1 March; Alice Springs, Wednesday 3 March; and Rockhampton, Friday 5 March. All
Teacher Forums run from 1pm to 4:30pm. Book online at the Bell Shakespeare website.
Teacher Masterclasses later in the year will further develop teachers' approaches to
the plays in the classroom that can oft be a battlefield.
King Lear will tour nationally, commencing in Sydney in March and concluding in
Perth in June. John Bell himself will play Lear in the evening performances, and we're
delighted to introduce Keith Agius as King Lear for the school performances. Andy
Griffiths's Just Macbeth will return to the Sydney Opera House in June and July 2010
leading youngsters into the world of Macbeth with marshmallows, karaoke and garden
Touring to every state and territory is Lee Lewis's retelling of Twelfth Night. Viola
has lost her twin brother following a natural disaster, but can't search for him until
morning. How will she and her fellow survivors get through the night? They'll put on
Actors At Work tours to schools nationally with four energetic actors presenting
three different one-hour performances from Hamlet Inte n sive to Love's Magic -- which
includes scenes from Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream -- and Tr u s t
a nd Betrayal -- with scenes from Macbeth and Othello. In some states there'll also be
Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth Intensives.
Student Masterclasses that focus on a play selected by the teacher can be presented
in school upon request. Eager budding actors are encouraged to consider auditioning
for the Bell Shakespeare Regional Performance Scholarship. Set audition monologues
can be downloaded at the Bell Shakespeare website.
Seriously entertaining exploration
IN 2010, BELL SHAKESPEARE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS WITH IT'S SPECIAL
BATTLEPLAN, AND SOME SERIOUSLY ENTERTAINING EXPLORATIONS OF
SHAKESPEARE, SO IT'S ONCE MORE UNTO THE BEACH... AHEM, THAT'S
BREACH, 'ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH, DEAR FRIENDS.'
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