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Kuala Lumpur IB workshop - DP Theatre Category 3 and DP Practical film production Category 3

September 20 - September 22, 2019

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Diploma Programme Theatre – Category 3 – Collaboratively creating original theatre

This workshop represents an in-depth exploration into the process of creating theatre collectively. Participants will develop their understanding of how original theatre can be created collaboratively and presented both as learners and theatre makers.

Participants will leave with a tool kit for subsequent practice in the classroom. The workshop presents theory and strategies for establishing, developing and equipping an ensemble to create original pieces of theatre. Workshop participants become an ensemble that embarks on making a piece of theatre. Different stimuli and starting points are used, categorised and examined to create theatre, and the workshop looks at the characteristics of an effective stimulus that determines and shapes the nature of the piece being created. Devising requires a sophisticated understanding of the art form and this workshop provides an in-depth look at form, structuring and staging the material explored. Different approaches to devising are examined with reference to contemporary practice and research.

Diploma Programme Film – Category 3 – Practical film production

This workshop is for IB film teachers and theatre teachers or teachers of any subject looking to up-skill their ability to film student work. No previous IB training required for the film workshop.

Practical film production is a hands-on filmmaking workshop that aims to bring accessible practical filmmaking techniques into the classroom. It is also focussed on making film with what is available to the teachers, all that is needed is a laptop, editing software and a recording device to be able to teach and implement the activities explored in this workshop.

In this workshop participants will engage in activities to deepen their understanding of how to embed and facilitate practical filmmaking into the classroom environment. This will include a range of practical activities to cover preparing students for constructing a portfolio of film experiences and participation in collaborative filmmaking tasks along with approaches to the creation and documentation of both teacher-led and student-led film experiments, explorations and complete film projects. Practicalities include identifying clear film techniques and ideas, approaches to forming groups, production planning, developing and applying skills and approaches to screenings will be covered. The workshop will also address documentation of process and performance as filmmakers and the use of this in reflecting on the projects as a whole.


Master class

All participants will take part in one 90 minute master class.

DP Theatre Category 3: Collaboratively creating original theatre master class

Space: the final frontier with Kieran Burgess
Can scenography tell stories? Do we make the most use out of our performance space? Do we really need actors? OK, so the last one is controversial for a theatre programme, but join us as we delve into the realm of space design. Light, set, sound and even choosing an exciting space in which to tell our stories are often left to chance and can end up being last minute fixes as we focus our precious time on actors. In this master class we will focus on accenting our space and highlighting movement and moments in order to let scenography do the heavy lifting.

DP Film Category 3: Practical film production master class

Scriptwriting with Ian Pike
Participants will take part in a master class on story structure, character development, narrative and all basic scriptwriting tools.



All participants will attend two professional theatre performances.

Shooting Arrows Through ‘Pokok Lontar’ on Friday 20th September 2019
Shooting Arrows Through ‘Pokok Lontar’ is a performance of a local folk tale retold with a modern perspective using the world theatre tradition of Wayang Kulit puppetry. Watch as age-old shadow puppetry traditions bring to life kings, princesses, smartphones, computers and a few monsters along the way.

Masque of Revelation on Saturday 21st September 2019
Masque of Revelation is a performance that will bring to life characters that are presented via masks using the Butoh technique.



The workshop starts at 9:00am on Friday 20th September 2019.
The workshop finishes at 3:00pm on Sunday 22nd September 2019.



International School of Kuala Lumpur
Ampang Hilir Campus
2 Lorong Kelab Polo di Raya
55000 Kuala Lumpur

Venue website


ISTA event coordinator

Keriann O’Rourke



International School of Kuala Lumpur


Important dates

Booking is now closed. Please email if interested in making a booking. Late booking and amendment fees now apply.

Early-bird registration closed Friday 23rd August 2019. Late registration closed 6th September 2019.

Artist travel forms are due Friday 23rd August 2019.



Participants are advised to arrive into Kuala Lumpur by evening on Thursday 19th September 2019 and should not plan to leave ISKL until after 3:00pm on Sunday 22nd September 2019. Early departures should be avoided, but if incurred will mean ISTA can only issue a certificate of partial attendance.

All artists should plan to fly into Kuala Lumpur International Airport.



ISTA will book participants into the following hotel:

Le Apple Boutique hotel
160 Jalan Ampang
Kuala Lumpur

Hotel website

IB teachers
We will book IB teachers into the hotel for the nights of 19th, 20th and 21st September unless advised otherwise. We will invoice teachers for accommodation at the time of registration.

ISTA artists
ISTA will book accommodation for ISTA artists for the nights of 19th, 20th and 21st September 2019.




Registration fees
Teachers from member schools – GBP £635
Teachers from non-member schools – GBP £685
Teachers from host school – 2 free teacher places, excluding surcharges.
Fees include lunches and tea/coffee breaks daily; master class and two theatre tickets.

ISTA t-shirt – GBP £12
Airport transfers – GBP £10. NB: Airport transfers will only be provided if attending as part of a student group.
Non local member participants daily travel – GBP £10. This will be for daily travel from the hotel to the school.

Accommodation costs
GBP £55 per adult per night based on a single room accommodation; GBP £165 for three nights.

Teachers from local member schools – GBP £657
Teachers from non local member schools (attending as part of a school group) – GBP £677 plus accommodation.
Teachers from non local member schools (attending without students) – £667 plus accommodation.
Teachers from local non member schools – GBP £707
Teachers from non local non member schools (attending as part of a school group) – GBP £727 plus accommodation.
Teachers from non local non member schools (attending without students) – GBP £717 plus accommodation.

Any bookings or amendments taken in the six weeks prior to the workshop will incur an additional GBP £50 late booking/amendments surcharge, subject to availability.



Lunches and dinners are provided on the days of the workshop along with tea/coffee breaks; breakfasts will be taken at the hotel.


Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Friday 20 September at 09:00
Finishes on Sunday 22 September at 15:00


International School of Kuala Lumpur
Ampang Hilir Campus
2, Lorong Kelab Polo di Raya
55000 Kuala Lumpur


• Alex Toh
• Atchula Subrahmanyam
• Carlos Izquierdo
• Catrina Walters
• Chris Ma
• Christian Garretson
• Curran Russell
• Dan O’Shea
• Erin O’Rourke
• Gemma Shutler
• Grant Thoburn
• Irene Malone
• Jamie Cant
• Jill Hire
• Jodi Lynn Murdoch
• Jonathan Nelson
• Maeva Veerapen
• Naoki Okura
• Nathan Hunt
• Nicola Cavill
• Nikolai Joyce
• Panagiotis Assimakopoulos
• Phillip Clarke
• Rach Thomas
• Rachael Pegg
• Rachel Jackson
• Shane Kennedy
• Simon Jackson


• Kieran Burgess
• Sharon Lacoste McDonagh
• Simon Bell