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Listed under:  Arts  >  Drama (Arts)  >  Theatrical genres
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Geoffrey Rush behind the mask

When you think of the actor Geoffrey Rush, do you ever imagine him performing silently, wearing a mask? His roles often exploit the qualities of his expressive face and distinctive voice but his approach to acting owes a lot to the traditions of physical theatre. In this interview he speaks about what led him to Europe ...

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Procession of university students in Sydney, c1913

This is a black-and-white silent newsreel segment, probably from the British newsreel Gaumont Graphic, showing hundreds of students in procession along tramlines and roads in Sydney in the early 1910s. An intertitle, dating from much later, reads 'SYDNEY PROCESSION OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS THE UNDERGRADS. BURLESQUE 131', ...

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Behind the Big Top, 1949: Inside the sawdust arena

This black-and-white clip shows a parade of performers and animals entering the 'big top' at the beginning of a Wirth Brothers Circus show, followed by various circus acts. Included are performing elephants, a female lion tamer, antics from the clowns, professional bareback riding and a young boy from the audience attempting ...

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Drama activities with masks - item 3 of 3

This is an online resource that focuses on how to use a mask in Drama. It contains a video featuring performer Fleur Hockey presenting on how to use a mask in performance, an activity sheet, and teacher notes that include warm-up exercises and extension activities for other learning areas. The video presents rules for performing ...

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Shapeshifting stories

This is a resource about developing character for drama, structuring drama using the imagination as a starting point and asking key questions - Who? What? How? Where? - to shape the drama. It features a video of Vikki Doig and her friend Troy demonstrating the process of developing character and dramatising a story. The ...

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Drama and photography

This is a resource that focuses on using photography and symbolism as a stimulus for dramatic works. It features a video of Marian Haddrick talking about using multimedia for inspiration for drama, and demonstrating the use of photography in dramatic works. The resource includes three activity sheets and a symbolism image ...

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Hahoe mask drama

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore the Korean Hahoe mask drama. The teacher notes provide background information about Korea, the traditional mask drama and pedagogical advice. The stimulus resources consist of images of the play and masks, ...

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A story of Mount Merapi

Indonesians whose homes are near Mount Merapi, a live volcano, live with the constant threat of its eruption. Over time, a sense of mysticism, ritual and story has grown around the volcano's power. Drawing on this history, Australian puppet theatre company Snuff Puppets collaborated with Indonesian artists to perform 'Wedhus ...

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Opera: life without a microphone

Performing opera is one of the most challenging roles a singer can undertake. In this clip from Behind the News, join Kirsty Bennett as she discovers the complexities of opera and the demands it makes on singers' voices.

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Theatre through a lens

Imagine a theatre performance where it's possible to step into character roles and experience your own version of it! 'Situation Rooms', created by a group of author directors called Rimini Protokoll, allows an audience to do just that. Using iPad minis and headphones, the audience moves through a set, following stories ...

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Living dance masks of the Dogon people

The Dogon people, who live on the central plateau of Mali in Western Africa, believe they can communicate with their ancestors through dance and that the elaborate masks they wear contain the life force of the things they represent. The dancer and the mask become a bridge between the world of the dead and the world of the ...

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Ancient Greek theatre is still very now

Think that special effects in the theatre are something new? Many aspects of contemporary theatre can be traced back to ancient Greek theatre, including public theatres themselves, acoustics, costumes, scenery and special effects. Find out how the ancient Greeks used masks in comedy and tragedy productions to help the audience ...

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UV Index: simulator

Use a simulator to test the level of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Test the effects of cloud, shade and ground surface: grass, sand, water and snow. Notice that the amount of UV light that reaches a person varies according to the reflectivity of their surroundings. Use simulation results to answer a series of questions. For example, ...

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Cassowary ecology quiz

Explore facts about the life of cassowaries: physical characteristics; diet; habitat; life cycles; and locations. Interact with graphs to see how much people can help cassowaries. Work through ecology notes and resources. Answer questions as you go; express your answers as fractions. This learning object is one in a series ...

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Who lives here?

Search a rainforest habitat in north-east Australian for clues about animals that live there. Track down hidden animals. Find clues such as animal sounds, tracks and shadows. Check species descriptions to identify which animals might live in the area. Write a survey report including observations and conclusions.

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Rainforest life: identifying living things

Help a scientist carry out field work in a rainforest. Explore the diversity of living things. Collect data about a rare plant. Examine the structure and function of leaves. Look at the process of photosynthesis. Dissect a flower and label its parts. Examine organisms found on the plant. Identify creatures that feed on ...

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Make it alive: brush-tailed rock wallabies

Investigate the steep, rocky habitat of the endangered Victorian brush-tailed rock wallaby. Discover what these wallabies eat and how feral animals such as goats, which eat the same plants, are affecting their chances of survival. Help the rock-wallaby escape from dangerous wild dogs and find enough food before the sun ...

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Make it alive: flatback turtles

Investigate the coastal dune and beach habitat of the endangered flatback turtle. Discover what these turtles eat in the ocean. Examine how feral animals such as wild pigs, are affecting their chances of survival. Help the turtles, once they have hatched from their nests, to reach the safety of the ocean without being eaten ...

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Make it alive: superb parrots

Investigate the woodland habitat of the endangered superb parrot. Discover what these parrots eat and where they nest. Find out how feral birds and insects such as Indian mynahs, starlings and honeybees are affecting their chances of survival. Help the parrot escape from dangerous feral cats and find enough food before ...

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Penyelamatan binatang

Become a journalist and research an article about the orang-utan. Travel to four different locations in Indonesia to interview people. Find out why the species is endangered and learn about the conservationist efforts being made. Take photos and write captions. Then collate the information collected to write an article.