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London IB training - DP Theatre Category 1, 2 & 3 (Staging Play Texts)

October 9 - October 11, 2023

Booking Closed

This IB training runs alongside our London (2) student TaPS Perspectives event. Click here for more information.

Please note that this IB training finishes 2 hours later than the student TaPS Perspectives above.

About the workshop

Training goals
Category 1
This training is recommended for teachers of Theatre from schools which have taken the decision to apply to offer the Diploma programme or new or recently appointed Theatre teachers from IB World Schools.

Category 2
This training is recommended for experienced Theatre teachers from IB World Schools. Teachers must have either attended a previous Category 1 training in Theatre OR have been teaching DP Theatre for a number of years.

Category 3 – Staging Play Texts
This workshop provides a forum for you, as DP theatre teachers, to focus on directing and designing play texts, internal assessment, the staging play texts syllabus area and the production proposal assessment task. You will engage in practical activities to deepen your understanding of the concepts behind the internal assessment component of the Production Proposal and its requirements.

The workshop will also address key areas regarding teaching and the exploration and staging of play texts, as well as presenting new ideas regarding how to best prepare students for the production proposal assessment task. Student samples will be used both to help you understand how the criteria are applied and to demonstrate particular features of staging play texts.

You will also practically examine a range of play texts and their staging. You will collaboratively generate useful resources, engage with new approaches and develop appropriate materials in a manner that supports the IB mission statement, the learner profile and other core areas of the Diploma Programme.

Target audience
All teachers of the NEW DP Theatre course beginning in 2022 for cohorts graduating in May/November 2024.

Unsure about which Category of training is the best fit for you? Check out our Guide to selecting the best fit Category here.

Specialist Session
All participants will take part in one specialist session.

Details to be confirmed.

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

About your workshop leader


Important information

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
Lyric Square
King Street
London W6 0QL

Event Manager
Helen Abbott –

For participants
Registration is now open.
Registration will close on 25th September 2023.

Workshop timings
The workshop begins at 9am on Monday 9th October 2023 and ends at 3:30pm on Wednesday 11th October 2023.

Please note
It is a requirement of the IBO that participants attend all sessions on all days to receive a certificate.
Participants with unavoidable conflicts must contact the Event Manager before the training begins.


Registration fees
ISTA Members – GBP £840
Non ISTA Members – GBP £895
T-Shirt – GBP £20

Total cost per participant:
ISTA Members – GBP £860
Non ISTA Members – GBP £915

Please note
Fees include lunches and tea/coffee breaks daily and a ticket for two theatre performances.
Any bookings or amendments taken in the six weeks prior to the workshop will incur an additional GBP £50 late booking/amendment surcharge, subject to availability.
Once booked and invoiced the registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable as per event terms and conditions.
Late registrants will not be able to order a t-shirt.

Travel and visas

Participants are advised to arrive into London on the evening of Sunday 8th October 2023 and should not plan to leave Lyric Hammersmith Theatre until after the close of the last session at 3:30pm on Wednesday 11th October 2023.

Please note
It is a requirement of the IBO to attend all sessions on all days to receive a certificate.
Late arrivals and early departures will result in the participant not receiving a certificate for the training. Please plan travel accordingly.
Participants with unavoidable conflicts must contact the Event Manager before the training begins
Please ensure you have the correct visa to enter United Kingdom
Participants are responsible for getting to and from the venue and theatre during the event.

Nearest airports/train stations
London Heathrow
London Gatwick
London Luton
London City

Train stations
London Paddington
London Waterloo
London Kings Cross
London Euston


Participants will be asked to book and pay for their own hotel accommodation. We advise you choose accommodation close to Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.

Lunches and tea/coffee breaks are provided.

What to bring

Current DP Theatre Course Guide (ask your IB coordinator to provide if you do not have it) .
Any materials shared with you prior to the workshop such as the workbook.
A notebook and pencil are always useful.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Monday 09 October at 09:00
Finishes on Wednesday 11 October at 15:30
(Local Time)


Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
Lyric Square
King Street
London W6 0QL

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