For the first time in ISTA history we will be using a commissioned play as our sta…
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Beth and I are busy at the moment confirming our master class programme for the si…
ISTA is proud to announce the first PD day of our 2014-2015 festival calendar, based at Eyuboglu High School, Istanbul, on Wednesday 22nd October. This is an amazing opportunity to work with an ISTA artist outside of the festival setting, … Continue readingURGENT Vacancy for Theatre / Drama teacher
URGENT Vacancy for Theatre / Drama teacher: GESS is a not-for-profit, IB school in Singapore with around 1500 students. We are urgently seeking a drama / theatre specialist to teach our middle and high school students, perhaps with some pre-school … Continue reading
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For the first time in ISTA history we will be using a commissioned play as our starting point for a festival. Joanna Crimmins and her team at Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA) in Hong Kong, commissioned UK playwright Mark Wheeller to create a play for the school as well as for the ISTA festival.
Mark has written Chequered flags to chequered futures, a verbatim play that tells the story of one of Mark’s ex-students, Chris Gilfoy. “In 2000 Chris became the Rookies World Champion Banger Racer. Six years later he was being driven along a public road in a BMW by a racing friend. She was thought to be driving at 90mph in a 30mph zone. They crashed into a wall. None of them were wearing seatbelts. The consequences for all three in the car were life changing.”
Mark, Chris, a small group of actors and accompanying adults will be travelling to Hong Kong to work with VSA students on the play, in the week prior to the ISTA festival. Chris’s Mum, wife and daughter (all of whom are in the play) will be part of the group. Four of Mark’s students from the UK will be taking part in the festival through the ISTA Connect programme.
The play will launch the festival and we’ll be creating a series of core workshops that will take ideas from the play as their starting point. The core workshops include physical theatre, playwriting, character, music and text, page to stage, words and pictures and Trestle masks. This concept for a festival was the brainchild of Joanna, Jeremy Otto and the senior leadership team at VSA – and we’re hugely excited about it.
This week we all received a fantastic email from Mark (who will also be leading one of the core workshops at the festival) that Ten Alps will be publishing his play. It won’t be released in time for the festival but we’ll let everyone know when that day arrives. This is such great news for Mark, all those involved in the production and for VSA. ISTA’s pretty chuffed too!
There will be a performance of Chequered flags to chequered futures at VSA at 5:30pm on Wednesday 29th October; as well as at 2:00pm on Friday 31st October (as part of the first day of the ISTA festival).
For more details send me an email and I can relay to either Mark or Joanna.