Center Name: South Thames College
Student Name and Number: Julia de Souza Ribeiro G. Nigro – 20003420
Project Proposal Title: TIE Proposal
Main Area: Acting, Theater and Dance
T.I.E (Theater In Education) is used to encourage effective learning in schools. It’s an innovative way to engage, challenge and inspire children and young people about important life choices and social health issues.
After the Second World War, people realised that drama or theatre techniques might be useful as a way of teaching in schools. Brian Way, who founded the Theatre Centre in 1953, was an early practitioner, and influenced the team, including Gordon Vallins, who established TIE at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry in 1965. Their work was so influential that it spread nationwide. Originally, a Theatre in education project would probably be centrally funded. Nowadays, companies have to seek their funding from individual schools, so they have to provide the product the schools want.
As most of the TIE’s performances are for young people, we need to be extra careful when it comes to choosing a theme, avoiding sensitive topics we have to remember that we don’t know what these people are going through and maybe the chosen topic might be something hard for them to talk about especially if we don’t have experience or enough knowledge in the area and because of that we won’t be able to help them.
To solve this problem one simple research on the PSHE Curriculum would help us to know what are the subjects we’d be covering with the project, asking the schools what they want from us can help as well. Talking with the he group could help as well, maybe talking with a younger sibling or if you know anyone that it’s still in school and within that see what we can take from it and create a piece where we can explore from different points of view so they can have all the perspectives and take their on conclusion.
Because we will be working with teenagers we have to create something they can relate but making sure we are not crossing any lines with the performance. When creating the piece watching out our language and everything we will do on stage because it’s not just the students watching but also teachers and school staff and if we go too far on something like that our reputation with the school can be ruined.
From last year’s lesson, rehearsals, and performances I learned and gain many skills that can be useful in this project, for example, one of the practitioners I studied, Brecht, some of his techniques can be used to create the performance alongside with Boal, they both like to interact with the audience and with Brecht techniques like Narration or Speaking directly with the audience we can come up with something great. I’m patience, team player, I’m good at solving problems, all of that it’s very important when working with so many people with different opinions. Some other skills a that I have and I can use in this project are helping with the production and experience in performing. I had the opportunity to help to develop some scenes in Chicago and also solving problems as I mentioned before and performing Lysistrata and Chicago gave me and ideas of how things are on stage and backstage.
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