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Tricks of the Trade- A Show About Play-building and Devising Theatre

Projects and programmes New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 30 January 2018
Notice reference #: 1H9hFy

Tricks of the Trade-a show about play-building and devising theatre

Two actors are devising a show in a school hall when an audience arrives unexpectedly! Their play is not ready to be shown in public but instead they decide to share their play-making process with the audience. Through innovative story-telling, humour and extraordinary physicality they:

  • Explore five starting points from which to make a play: Theme, Script, Found Story, Personal Story, Issue.
  • Demonstrate diverse theatrical styles by converting one scene into different genres: Shakespeare, Contemporary, Action Hero.
  • Experiment with ways to create characters: inspired by a piece of costume, a voice or accent, a particular physicality, an ‘inner action’, a state of tension.
  • Discover the techniques of Improvisation: making, accepting and extending offers.
  • Physicalise a script: through a fusion of dance, circus skills, mime and movement.
  • Play with theatrical transitions, props, musical score and possibilities for research.

Co. Theatre Physical employs comedy, dexterous physicality and diverse skills to bring you dynamic, educative theatre!

Suitability: Y7–10
Duration: 50 minutes
Price: $4 (+GST) per student
Minimum audience: 130 students

Extensive teachers notes available:

This is a wonderfully energetic and engaging one hour. It is also the most fabulous and dynamic teaching tool that covers so many aspects of the curriculum through such a physically creative and artistic performance. The students were all buzzing as they exited.”- Fiona Keith-Kirk, HOD Drama, Pakuranga College

Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

19 February 2018 – 06 July 2018

Further information

Contact: Beth Kayes

 (027) 462 5401