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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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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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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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The art of ancient Greek theatre - online exhibition

This is an online exhibition about theatre in ancient Greece. Presenting objects from various museums, the exhibition has two main components. The first is 14 artworks, including sculptures, painted vases and a rare fragmentary papyrus. The second component is an audio file of readings from lines 297-348 of Sophocles's ...

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Masumi Hiraga Jackson

This is a collection of online materials developed by Museum Victoria about Masumi Hiraga Jackson, a Japanese migrant to Australia. The materials describe Masumi's decision to stay in Australia after the death of her husband in 1987, and look at how she immersed herself in Japanese cultural activities such as Noh theatre ...

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Making a mask - item 1 of 3

This is an online resource that focuses on how to make a mask. It contains a video featuring mask-maker and performer Fleur Hockey demonstrating how to make a papier-mache mask, three activity sheets, a template for designing the mask, and teacher notes that include extension activities and activities for other learning ...

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Decorating a mask - item 2 of 3

This is an online resource that focuses on how to decorate a mask. It contains a video featuring mask-maker and performer Fleur Hockey demonstrating how to decorate a papier-mache mask, an activity sheet, a template for designing or decorating the mask, and teacher notes that include extension activities and activities ...

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Foundation, Year 1, Year 2 The Arts

This unit uses the idea of track safe behaviours as the stimulus for Arts activities including the lines on a platform to explore artworks that use line as medium; dramatising safe behaviours through role play; and exploring sounds and music associated with trains in order to compose and perform music that simulates a train ...

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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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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 ...