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Drama on the bus

Is someone watching you? It's just possible that there's an observer on your bus or train using the scenes and conversations that take place as a starting point for their art. That's what four playwrights did when they travelled together across Sydney on the 428 bus and came up with four completely different ideas for a play.

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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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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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Play, wonder, create: drama contexts in early childhood - teacher resource

This resource for teachers provides a series of experiences to introduce students in Foundation to year 2 to drama. Part one is a 'getting started in drama' toolkit with techniques, tools, activities and a start-up lesson that leads students into the creation of a puppet play to explain the mystery of an abandoned bear. ...

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National parks: boots in the bush

Meet the Dunphy family in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales. Myles Dunphy was one of Australia's early conservationists of the 1930s. Look closely at some unusual boots and work out their purpose. They are a set of special dog-boots, which Dunphy made for his dog to protect his paws on long bushwalks with the ...

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National parks: wheels in the bush

Look at bush scenes from the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales. Examine an unusual item from the 1930s. It is a pram customised by Myles Dunphy to take his toddler on long bushwalks. Myles Dunphy was one of the Australia's early conservationists of the 1930s. Explore the contribution of the Dunphy family to bush ...

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'Red' Sheedy remembers 'Weary' Dunlop, 2006

This is a sound recording of 86-year-old Redmond ('Red') Sheedy, who was a medical orderly among Australian prisoners of war (POWs) sent by their Japanese captors to work on construction of the Thai-Burma railway during the Second World War (1939-45). Sheedy describes the severe lack of medical supplies available for treatments. ...

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Improvisation starters

This is a resource that presents a range of short drama improvisation exercises for exploring focus, space and movement. It contains six videos featuring drama teacher Elisa Williams demonstrating improvisation exercises, six activity sheets with step-by-step guides, a drama journal template, and teacher notes that include ...

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Theatre as an art form: devising a class play

This web resource is a unit of work that focuses on students writing and performing a group script devised from either 'Knuffle bunny free' by Mo Willems or 'Ox-cart man' by Donald Hall. It is part of Brigham Young University's theatre education database. The resource contains seven lesson plans: Introducing story and devising; ...

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Sun, Earth and Moon

This web resource is a unit of work that focuses on students demonstrating their understanding of the relationship between the Earth, Sun and Moon by creating a performance as a group. The resource is part of Brigham Young University's theatre education database. The resource contains seven lesson plans: How the Earth looks; ...

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Arts-POP: drama

This is a unit containing material to help teachers plan, implement and assess a middle primary drama program that looks at Indian culture and its economic complexities. It describes a drama program implemented in a year 4 class that uses role-play, process drama and language to explore ideas about wealth distribution, ...

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Arts-POP: arts packages of practice

This website provides infrastructure and material to support teachers in the classroom teaching of the arts curriculum in primary school. It contains units in all the arts subjects: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts; and each of these units has a selection of supportive material that may include demonstration ...

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Improv Suggestifier - iTunes app

Quickly find ideas for improvisation practice with this tool which gives you random suggestions in a choice of 10 different categories. Free when reviewed 28/5/2015

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TuneTrain - iTunes app

Create and edit melodies with line drawings where people represent musical notes and the pitch is related to their height level. Change the rhythm and listen to your melody in different styles. The underlying chord structure is represented by the buildings and you can also view the notation. Free when reviewed 28/5/2015

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 3, Year 4 The Arts

This unit uses various arts practices as the stimuli for exploring the safety message of Stop, Look, Listen, Think. Students create woven artworks to incorporate safety messages; they collaboratively develop a play about safety; and explore rap as a music form and combined with dance convey a safety message in a performance.

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 5, Year 6 The Arts

This unit uses dance, drama, visual arts and music to communicate student-created safety messages. Using a community-based scenario, students devise an improvised drama and choreograph a dance to highlight the importance of safe track-side behaviours; they use artworks to explore the effect of colour before creating a cartoon-based ...