Learning DMX

We’ve just purchased a DMX enabled follow-spot for our school drama area. It’s just shame my brain isn’t DMX enabled to operate it! There’s quite a few tutorials around but this one from UniqueSquared (the first in a series of five) is short, pithy and has turkeys! The second video covers DMX addressing: The third

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New Australian Readers’ Theatre series published.

Yay! Blake Education’s new ‘Australian Readers’ Theatre’ series has arrived from the printers! It’s been great fun working as series consultant with editor Vanessa Barker and publisher Lynn Dickinson and to have six plays included alongside those of the talented Sandie Eldridge, Catherine Bauer and Elizabeth Klein. It’s a great series (all photo-copiable) with lots

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Emergency Radio Drama Unit

This year’s theme for World Radio Day was ‘Radio In Time of Emergency‘. I developed this drama unit for Year 5 & 6 around that theme with a focus on improvised dialogue, characterisation and structure. The lesson sequence is based on the 5Es teaching model, familiar to many teachers from working with the Primary Connections science modules.

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Silent Movies, Musicless Videos & Bad Lip Reading

My current middle school performing arts unit is on Film Sound and traditionally students demonstrate their knowledge of Foley sound by recording a short video and adding sound effects to it. This year we’ve utilised the rich diversity that is youtube and made use of the many silent movies, musicless videos and bad-lip reading videos

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Australian Curriculum Music & Drama Skills / Knowledge Overviews

First term is program writing term. With existing courses in desperate need of alignment, I used the information on the Australian Curriculum site to create a short, easy to read summaries of the relevant Music Skills & Knowledge and Drama Skills & Knowledge. The summaries are in pdf format; contact me for the editable Word documents.  R-8 Drama

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Maverick Musicals Update

My good mates at Maverick Musicals (who publish my musicals) have just updated their website and what a beauty it is! Now, I must admit to nostalgia for the old site, after all, I designed and coded it, learning FrontPage, asp programming and design along the way. But there was no easy way to bring this very

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Compass Rose: Synopsis

Compass Rose & the Birdnesters ACT ONE It is the early 19th century and Queen Victoria is on the throne in England. An ocean away in the far Pacific, the HMS Shearwater, with famous explorer Captain McAlister at the helm, is nearing the mysterious Island at the End of World’. Locked in her cabin for

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