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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 ...

Teacher resource

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 ...

Teacher resource

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 ...

Teacher resource

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 ...

Interactive resource

Differential calculus: derivatives graphing tool

Use this revision tool to examine the relationship between functions and their derivatives by observing their graphs. Select a polynomial function (for example, f(x) = x³ – 3x²) from the menu. Estimate the gradients of the given tangents and position them on the graph of the function. Draw the graph of the derivative function. ...

Interactive resource

Trig radians: introduction

Use radians to measure angles. Identify key angles in their radian form, for example π/6=30°. Convert angles in degrees (up to 360) to angles in radians. Solve measurement problems using angles in radians. Determine arc lengths using radians. This learning object is one in a series of seven objects. Three objects in the ...

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Galvanic cells: electrochemical series

View six galvanic cells built from six different combinations of half-cells of copper, zinc, iron and silver. Observe how the voltmeter needle moves when the circuit is complete, and deduce the direction of electron flow in the external circuit and the polarity of the electrodes. Deduce and record which of the two metals ...

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Physical science: circuits

Build electric circuits using batteries, light bulbs, resistors and other components. Add meters to measure the voltage, current and resistance. Investigate Ohm’s Law. Discover how to find the total resistance of a combination of resistors. Test your understanding by answering five assessment questions.

Assessment resource

Lights, camera, action: romantic comedy: assessment

Test your understanding of how camera shots are used to tell a story in films. For instance, you have been enrolled at the Spellberg School of Film, where you are assessed on your camera work skills. First, immerse yourself in basic film terms, then do a quiz on them. Next, choose five shots for a romantic comedy. Select ...

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The night of the bilby: get home alive [ESL]

Look at a desert environment where bilbies and other animals live. Help bilbies to gather food such as seeds, bulbs and spiders. Avoid being eaten by predators such as cats and foxes. Find enough food before the night ends. Then find a burrow to shelter in. Notice that rabbits compete for the same resources as bilbies. ...

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The night of the bilby: safe habitat [ESL]

Survey a desert environment to see if it is a suitable area to release bilbies. Estimate the amount of food available by trapping insects and small animals. Inspect the habitat for animal tracks made by predators or competitors. Fence the area to keep out unwanted animals and then remove any remaining threats. This learning ...

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'Two Women Mythology at Putja Rockhole' by Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, 1977

This acrylic painting depicts the legendary Kungka Kutjarra (Two Women) ancestors who made camp, hunted goannas, fetched water and gathered bush foods around Putja rock hole. They also used a form of manimani (illustrating in the sand) to lure a group of travelling Tingarri Men by arranging leaves on the ground in a yilpinytji ...

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'Yumari' by Uta Uta (Wuta Wuta) Tjangala, 1981

This acrylic painting of Yumari combines several Dreamings that pass through the artist's country, including Ngurrapalangu, Tjangala's conception site. The central figure represents Tjuntamurtu (Short Legs). Also depicted are the Dreaming tracks of the Old Man (Yina), the wavy path of Lirru (the King Brown Snake), and the ...

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'Travels of the Mala (Hare Wallaby)' by Timmy Jugadai Tjungurrayi, 1976

This acrylic painting shows the tracks of the Mala, a fast-moving wallaby, indicating where it browsed (represented by a dragging tail mark) and where it made speedy progress. On its travels in the Dreaming, the Mala passed through a wide area of central Australia, including the Indajirri swamp, 400 km west of Alice Springs, ...