“The Winter’s Tale” – storyline resources

Here is a collection of resources aimed at helping you understand William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale”. The whole play on YouTube The written text: The Entire Play here Summaries, character analysis and plot overviews: Sparknotes Enotes Use the above resources if you are completing particularly Achievement Standard 2.5 – where you have to compare and contrast 2 plays…. as well as if you are in … Continue reading “The Winter’s Tale” – storyline resources

Verfremdungseffeckt in practise

When dealing with Epic Theatre and Brecht, Verfremdungseffeckt or the distancing effect becomes an interesting point to make. ¬†Basically the whole concept is about connecting to the message rather than connecting to the character. This site here has an awesome description of Verfremdungseffeckt. Here is a video of my students experimenting with “The Visions of Simone Machard” using Verfremdungseffeckt in an Epic style. Continue reading Verfremdungseffeckt in practise

The Visions of Simone Machard – Bertolt Brecht

I love Brecht.¬† This year instead of looking at one of his more well known plays, we took a dive into a rarely performed play – “The Visions of Simone Machard”.¬† The basic storyline is of a young girl in France during the Nazi occupation, who has visions of Joan of Arc, and tries to save her brother, and her country. I cannot recommend the … Continue reading The Visions of Simone Machard – Bertolt Brecht