ah6q0067lordoffliesTheatre is a dynamic, collaborative and live art form. It is a practical subject that encourages discovery through experimentation, the taking of risks and the presentation of ideas to others. It results in the development of both theatre and life skills; the building of confidence, creativity and working collaboratively.

The IB Diploma Programme theatre course is a multifaceted theatre-making course of study. It gives students the opportunity to make theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers. It emphasizes the importance of working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble. It offers the opportunity to engage actively in the creative process, transforming ideas into action as inquisitive and productive artists.

Students experience the course from contrasting artistic perspectives. They learn to apply research and theory to inform and to contextualise their work. The theatre course encourages students to appreciate that through the processes of researching, creating, preparing, presenting and critically reflecting on theatre— as participants and audience members—they gain a richer understanding of themselves, their community and the world.

Through the study of theatre, students become aware of their own personal and cultural perspectives, developing an appreciation of the diversity of theatre practices, their processes and their modes of presentation. It enables students to discover and engage with different forms of theatre across time, place and culture and promotes international-mindedness.

Difference between HL and SL

The syllabus clearly indicates a differential between SL and HL. It allows for greater breadth and depth in the teaching and learning at HL through an additional assessment task which requires HL students to engage with theatre theorists and their theories.

Theatre Aims

The aims of the theatre course at SL and HL are to enable students to:

  • explore theatre in a variety of contexts and understand how these contexts inform practice (theatre in context)
  • understand and engage in the processes of transforming ideas into action (theatre processes)
  • develop and apply theatre production, presentation and performance skills, working both independently and collaboratively (presenting theatre)

For HL only: 

  • understand and appreciate the relationship between theory and practice (theatre in context, theatre processes, presenting theatre).

HL Theatre
Curriculum Overview

THEATRE IN CONTEXT THEATRE PROCESSES PRESENTING THEATRE
Creating theatre based on theatre theory Students research and examine the various contexts of at least one theatre theorist. Students practically explore at least one theatre theorist collaboratively and engage with the process of creating a piece of theatre based on their theory. Students create, present and evaluate at least one theatre piece based on an aspect(s) of a theatre theorist’s work they have explored.
Working with play texts Students research and examine the various contexts of at least one published play text and reflect on live theatre moments they have experienced as spectators. Students take part in the practical exploration of at least two contrasting published play texts and engage with the process of transforming a play text into action. Students direct at least one scene or section from one published play text which is presented to others.
Examining world theatre traditions Students research and examine the various contexts of at least one world theatre tradition. Students practically examine the performance conventions of at least one world theatre tradition and apply this to the staging of a moment of theatre. Students present a moment of theatre to others which demonstrates the performance convention(s) of at least one world theatre tradition.
Collaboratively creating original theatre Students reflect on their own personal approaches, interests and skills in theatre. They research and examine at least one starting point and the approaches employed by one appropriate professional theatre company, and consider how this might influence their own personal approaches. Students respond to at least one starting point and engage with the process of transforming it collaboratively into an original piece of theatre. Students participate in at least one production of a collaboratively created piece of original theatre, created from a starting point, which is presented to others.

 

SL Theatre

Curriculum Overview

THEATRE IN CONTEXT THEATRE PROCESSES PRESENTING THEATRE
Working with play texts Students research and examine the various contexts of at least one published play text and reflect on live theatre moments they have experienced as spectators. Students take part in the practical exploration of at least two contrasting published play texts and engage with the process of transforming a play text into action. Students direct at least one scene or section from one published play text which is presented to others.
Examining world theatre traditions Students research and examine the various contexts of at least one world theatre tradition. Students practically examine the performance conventions of at least one world theatre tradition and apply this to the staging of a moment of theatre. Students present a moment of theatre to others which demonstrates the performance convention(s) of at least one world theatre tradition.
Collaboratively creating original theatre Students reflect on their own personal approaches, interests and skills in theatre. They research and examine at least one starting point and the approaches employed by one appropriate professional theatre company, and consider how this might influence their own personal approaches. Students respond to at least one starting point and engage with the process of transforming it collaboratively into an original piece of theatre. Students participate in at least one production of a collaboratively created piece of original theatre, created from a starting point, which is presented to others.

 

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