The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 8 – Pericles, the Prince of Tyre

Welcome to Day 8 and 2018!  Yay!  Today brings us to one of my favourite Shakespearean plays – “Pericles; The Prince of Tyre”.  Over the last few years I have become obsessed with trying to win this award for the most unusual choice of play, which has led to me reading a number of unusual Shakespearean texts.  “Pericles; The Prince of Tyre” has it all, … Continue reading The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 8 – Pericles, the Prince of Tyre

The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 5 – Henry V

Welcome to Day 5 of the 12 Plays of Christmas. The 5th day of Christmas celebrates St Thomas Beckett, the Archbishop of Canterbury at one point.  So today’s play is “Henry V”, as well, the Archbishop of Canterbury is a character in the play.  That’s enough of a reason for me. “Henry V” is a play that hardly needs introduction, as well, Henry goes to … Continue reading The 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 5 – Henry V

12 Plays of Christmas – Day 3 – King John

Welcome to Day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas.  Today I have selected Shakespeare’s King John.  Traditionally this day is the day of St John, so that’s my reasoning. “King John” is one of the History plays from Shakespeare, and one that is rarely performed.  Filled with intrigue, “King John” should not be overlooked.  The story follows the reign of King John.  At the … Continue reading 12 Plays of Christmas – Day 3 – King John

The importance of your Backstage Tech Crew

Obviously we all know that the tech crew are the unsung heroes of the theatre. They work long hours behind the scenes, thanklessly, often to be disregarded by the cast in the wings. However, it is these guys that are the heart and soul of a team. Actors have one job- to do their character well. The tech team always have the whole cast, and … Continue reading The importance of your Backstage Tech Crew

Why Community Theatre Matters

Last night I sat listening to the audience of a packed community theatre. People laughed at the jokes, but to themselves. Then we had the intermission, with tea and chocolate biscuits. This audience stood around chatting, and sharing a snack, becoming a community. In the second half the laughter was full force, out loud and happy. Why the change? Well, before the intermission, the audience … Continue reading Why Community Theatre Matters

All those fantastic Theatre ideas

When teaching (and learning) it is so helpful to have a swag of resources or ideas…. something there to help spark pure genius. Personally, I love Pinterest.  Everyone should have one.  While wandering about the internets, I simply pin really good or interesting ideas. This board here is a general board of drama teaching and learning ideas.  Follow along if you have Pinterest. Drama and … Continue reading All those fantastic Theatre ideas