Playlist of TIE videos
What is TIE again?
Theatre in Education, is where a Theatre company is set up with the specific aim of educating its audience. In order to undertake this they need to have a very clear
- Target Audience
- Clear issue the play is about
- A likeable central figure the audience can relate to
- The character has be presented with a moment in the play where they have a choice between making the right and wrong decision
How can I make my play better?
watch the videos in the playlist
rehearse outside of lessons
put in a scene where the lead character has a monologue that really engages the audience
Put in a scene where someone effected explains why the events have changed their life (eg mother of a murdered son, girlfriend of a car thief, shop owner who has been robbed.)
What techniques work well?
Flashback/ flashforward open the play with a significant event where everything goes wrong and then flash back to the event leading up to it. OR show someone making a poor decision and then flash back to that moment and have them make the right decision, show how much better everything works out
Choral Narration your play will probably only feature one character prominently, yet you are all being marked. This is a good way to give everyone lines- example
Physical Theatre again this is a good way to have everyone involved and if you need objects like Cars in your play, its a lot more interesting that just using 2 chairs.
Monologue A great way to get sympathy for a character is to get them to directly address the audience.
Thought in the head The character could either explain their own thoughts, or other actors could speak them. Perhaps creating an angel/ devil on the shoulder idea.
Conscience alley explanation
Montage/ Split scene this will allow you to show many events at once, rather than having to set up lots of different scenes- eg if a character tries drugs, you can show them taking progressively stronger drugs over a period of time in one scene. Or using a split scene, you can show the consequences of making the right and the wrong decision, showing both outcomes at the same time.
Placards written messages to the audience, could be statistics or references to real life events- or help present the character's dilemma
How can I create good material?
Find a real event through searching the internet or newspapers, that matches with the message of your play, then you can do any of the following-
- put the real events of placards
- base your plot on the real event
- find an interview with one of the participants and present it as a monologue, using the text verbatim
- research real life statistics and present them as a placard or in a monologue.