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London (2) TaPS Perspectives

October 9 - October 11, 2023

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Please note there is also an IB Workshop for DP Theatre Category 1, 2 & 3 (Staging Play Texts) alongside this event. Details available soon.

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London (2) TaPS Perspectives

TaPS Goals
ISTA TaPS PERSPECTIVES gives IB DP Theatre students the unique opportunity to work intensively with a series of 4 current and practising theatre professionals who each specialise in:

Collaboratively creating original theatre led by Valentina Cesci from Dancing Brick
Staging play texts led by Atri Banerjee
Exploring world theatre traditions with a focus on Kyogen led by Hiroaki Ogasawara
Performing theatre theory led by Amy Gwilliam with a focus on Philippe Gaulier

Working with IB theatre students from different schools, DP Theatre students will engage with each of these specialists as well as having a workshop with an IB DP Theatre specialist. The IB DP Theatre specialist will help the students to reflect on and consider how to apply their learning from TaPS to their own IB DP course. This gives students the opportunity to frame and make the most of each of their sessions with the professional artists.

Primarily working with specialist artists, usually sourced from cultural organisations where the TaPS will be held, offers us the opportunity to work with and contribute to the cultural ecology of the places where TAPS takes place.

ISTA TaPS Perspectives provides students with an understanding of how the syllabus areas of the IB DP Theatre course are applied to real-life, current theatre practice. It acts as a launchpad for students’ explorations of theatre to further pursue once back in their own schools.

Specialist workshop
All educator chaperones will take part in one 3 hour specialist workshop focusing on a specific aspect of theatre. This workshop will be led by Russell Dean from Strangeface Theatre with a focus on Masks in rehearsal and performance.

All participants will attend two professional theatre performances.

Monday 9th October 2023
The Empress
It is 1887, the year Queen Victoria celebrates her Golden Jubilee.
Sixteen year old Rani Das, ayah (nursemaid) to an English family arrives at Tilbury docks after a long voyage from India, to start a new life in Britain.
Transferring directly from the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and directed by Pooja Ghai, Artistic Director of  Tamasha, this new production of The Empress will take you from the rugged gangways of Tilbury docks to the grandeur of Queen Victoria’s Palace, whilst unveiling the long and embedded culture of British Asian history.

Venue: Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL

Tuesday 10th October 2023
‘I’ve a right to be here if I like. Same as you’
Eliza Doolittle aspires to more than selling flowers on the streets of Covent Garden.

After a chance meeting with Professor Henry Higgins and Colonel Pickering, she finds herself the subject of a rash bet to pass her off as a lady amongst the great and the good of London society.

Olivier and Tony Award-winner Richard Jones (Endgame, The Hairy Ape) directs the Olivier Award-winning duo of Bertie Carvel (The 47th, The Crown) and Patsy Ferran (Camp Siegfried, A Streetcar Named Desire) in George Bernard Shaw’s explosively funny, biting and subversive satire on class, as the ruthless linguist Higgins attempts to transform the brilliantly irrepressible Eliza – who breaks the mould he creates for her.

Venue:The Old Vic, The Cut, London SE1 8NB

Important information

Event dates
Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th October 2023

Venue address
Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
Lyric Square
King Street
London W6 0QL

Venue website

The event starts at:
10:00am on Monday 9th October 2023
The event finishes at:
1:00pm on Wednesday 11th October 2023

Event Manager
Helen Abbott

For participants
Booking opens 13th March 2023
Registration opens 13th March 2023
Registration closes 24th August 2023

All final information will be available for participants 2-3 weeks prior to the event.


Registration fee
Member Organisations: GBP £340
Non-member Organisations: GBP £395

Registration fee includes the TaPS Perspectives Student Journal/Handbook.

ISTA t-shirt – GBP £20

Total cost per student
Member Organisations: GBP £360
Non-member Organisations: GBP £415

Registration fees
Members: GBP £120
Non-members: GBP £140

ISTA t-shirt – GBP £20

Total cost per teacher/chaperone
Members – GBP £140
Non-members – £160

Please note:
Registration will open on 13th March 2023
Registration closes 24th August 2023

All registration fees and surcharges will be invoiced once the registration window has closed.

We appreciate that some schools will already have confirmed students so please register your group as soon as possible from this date onwards

All registrations must be submitted by 24th August 2023, to allow for finalising theatre tickets and where applicable, catering, transportation etc. ahead of the event.

Once submitted, you will receive a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit invoice. Deposits are charged as follows:

1-5 students – GBP £500
6-10 students – GBP £800
11-15 GBP £1,100
16 or more £1,500

Your place at the event will only be confirmed if we receive payment of your deposit within 21 days.

Please refer to our event terms and conditions for details of late registration/cancellation fees.

Travel and visas

For participants
Participants are advised to arrive into London by evening of Sunday 8th October 2023 before day 1 and should not plan to leave the venue before 1:00pm on Wednesday 11th October 2023.

Please note:
It is the responsibility of the schools/participants to ensure they have the appropriate visas, as required.

Are you looking to add some sightseeing experiences to your trip? Check out ISTA’s exciting travel add-on opportunities.

Click here to view the London travel add-on experiences


For participants
All participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation in London for the duration of TaPS. We advise that you book hotels/hostels near the venue.


For participants
No meals are provided as part of this event.

What to bring

Appropriate attire
All participants must bring clothing that is suitable for physically active workshops during the day (athletic wear, PE kit, performance blacks, etc.)
Outfits suitable for attending theatre performances in the evening.

Please note:
Participants not dressed appropriately for physically active workshops may be asked to sit-out.
Participants may be asked to remove footwear, jewellery etc. for some workshops.

e-Programme downloaded on laptop or printed out (working on phones is not ideal)
Notebook for note taking
Any materials requested by the Workshop leaders (printed text, notes on pre-reading/viewing activities etc.) details will be in the e-Programme
Pens, pencils, highlighters etc.
Refillable water bottle

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Monday 09 October at 10:00
Finishes on Wednesday 11 October at 13:00
(Local Time)


Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
Lyric Square
King Street
London W6 0QL

Venue website:


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