Journey of the Classics VI: From Textbook to Stageplay II Drama in Practice Project
Prospects Theatre

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Highlights and Objectives

  • A year-long educational project on classic dramas
  • Suitable for participation by secondary, primary and special schools with different theatrical experience
  • Studying drama with classical masterpieces as a starting point, students will learn about theatrical elements and human spirit
  • The project includes performance appreciation, drama training, theatre workshop for teachers, technical workshops and performance (including Students’ Performance for the Community and Finale Performance)
  • Participating students will have a public performance at a professional performing venue

Content

Reference articles of the Chinese Language curriculum are used as the starting point of the performance script. The content of the articles are played out in a theatrical format, based on the six elements of play put forward by Aristotle, i.e. character, plot, thought, diction, spectacle and music. As students comprehend the articles, the process would involve more than just the traditional one-way teaching by teachers. Instead, students would be able to make use of their imagination in drama creation, picturing the image of the characters in their mind, or even break away from the shackles of time and space, turning mundane reality into a realm of beauty and surrealism, which in turn could bring new interpretation and meaning to the original texts.

According to the concept “From Page to Stage” believed by Prospects Theatre, the finale stage production is essential. Students could experience the charisma of theatre and learn about team spirit, which are beneficial to the development of the youth. Participating students in this project will each get three performance opportunities: in-school, for the community and at the finale performance.

Implementation

  • From September 2019 to July 2020
  • The project will run for 11 months in three phases
Event Date Activities
Phase 1:
In-school Demonstration Performance
September 2019 Prospects Theatre will conduct a demonstration performance at participating schools to arouse students’ interest in drama and the project. This will also include an overview of the project highlights and interactive theatre games, etc.
Phase 2:
Workshop
October 2019 to June / July 2020 Drama Training Workshops
(30 sessions)

A series of drama training on theatre knowledge, such as actor’s training, text studying, script analysis, script writing, rehearsals and stage aesthetics, would be provided by the professional drama instructors from the arts group. In addition to the six elements of play, students will also learn about the traditional linear structure of theatre, namely exposition, complication, reversal and denouncement; as well as the techniques of conflicts, suspense, discovery, surprise and satisfaction.

Scripts will be based on the reference articles of the Chinese Language curriculum and the drama instructors will discuss with individual school on article selection.

For Secondary Schools
Bunk Bed, Wu Yin-ching
Using a narrative that compares the present and the past, the author depicts the comfort of the old bunk bed and compares it to the new one, noting a sense of loss and difficulty to fall asleep. The author's sentiments about the past highlight the strong bond and deep love between a father and a daughter. A Small Incident, Lu Xun

A Small Incident is a short story written by Lu Xun, a founding father of modern Chinese literature. Included in Lu' s collected stories Call to Arms, it is a story about the noble selflessness of a rickshaw runner in a hypocritic era. After he knocked a female pedestrian over, the runner bravely assumes his responsibilities, despite the possible risk of a con. The story was written to contrast with the selfishness and indifference of the author.

Remembering Small Shops on the Street, Xiaosi
The article brings out how sorrow of the author over old shops, which are gradually eliminated. Although these shops are old, they carry values that deserve our appreciation and are worth our in-depth exploration. Each old shop has its own story that is packed with boundless fun. These stories also illustrate the author's fondness and love for traditional culture.

For Primary Schools
The Foolish Man Removes the Old Mountains, Exchange and Our House represent self-identity, morals and family – three topics that are closely related to the life of a primary school student. The selected stories are suitable for direct interpretation or as a starting point for creation.

For Special Schools
As students of special schools have different abilities, drama instructors from the arts group would discuss with the school the teaching plan that tailor-made for the students. Scripts could be selected from the above reference articles, or be extracted from actual life experiences among students. Details of everyday life such as the process of learning, reading signs, having conversations, answering phone calls, writing memo, etc, could be adopted into the play. These would make it easier for students to grasp the concepts and facilitate their acting.
December 2019 Drama Introductory Talk (1 session)
Hosted by Tsoi Sik-cheong, Artistic Director of Prospects Theatre and seasoned director and script writer. Tsoi is also a lecturer on the General Education Course “From Page to Stage” at the Shaw College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The talk will increase participants' knowledge and understanding of drama and its applications in a simple and easy way. Teachers and students are welcome to join the talk.
February 2020 “Drama Workshop for Teachers”
(3 Workshops)

The 3 workshops with different themes, including script writing, applied drama and directing.

The workshop is hosted by professional instructors from the arts group. The contents cover practical theatrical knowledge such as basic drama theory, drama instruction, set and action design, co-ordination between the front and the back stages, as well as how to direct actors’ techniques, etc. These would help teachers make arrangements for drama activities in their schools. They can also apply drama instruction and extend it to other subjects
March to May 2020 In-school Student Performances
Students will choose an excerpt of 10 to 15 minutes to perform at school. This will enable students understand and experience the whole process of rehearsal and performance of a play.


April 2020 Technical Workshop
The workshop is tailor-made for students from primary and secondary schools, and teachers from special schools participating in the project. Participants will first watch a demonstration performance of stage techniques and then study stage and costume design, make-up, lighting, sound and stage management in groups to learn about the facilities of a performing venue and various stage technologies.
Phase 3:
Finale Performance
June / July 2020 “Students’ Performance for the Community”
Students will rerun their finale performance at a social welfare organisation located in the neighbourhood of their school where people who have little access to theatrical art can also watch the play. It also raise the students’ awareness of the community and the virtues of getting in touch with the community.
July 2020 Joint school Finale Performance
Students will perform at a professional performing venue with other participating schools to share their learning outcomes over one year’s time. The audience will also be able to share the creative ideas and fun behind the production during the post-performance sharing session.
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Project Details

Group
Primary Secondary Special
No. of Participating Schools 2 Primary Schools 3 Secondary Schools 2 Special Schools
Target Students Primary 3 to 6 Secondary 1 to 5 Upon discussion with arts group
No. of Participants 25 students/school (Pri/Sec Schools) 18 students/school
Course Schedule 1 session/week, 1.5 hrs/session
No. of Workshops 30 sessions
Fees Payable # $480/student $480/student $240/student
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Three more sessions will be added for the “Students’ Performance for the Community” on top of the 30 sessions of workshop. .

# Fees are on a per head basis. All fees paid are not refundable.

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Enquiries

Application & General: 2591 1717 (LCSD)
Programme 2606 7272 (Prospects Theatre)