The ABC of theatre theorists: Artaud, Brecht and Chekhov – Scene September 2021

September 16

And... we’re back! As we watch the end credits roll to this most boring and grey pandemic movie, let’s all take a big breath. Everyone at the same time: in through your nose and out through your mouth. Aaaaaaahhhhhh... Are we all feeling...

Behind the Scenes

Sally and Jo’s 20th anniversary!

May 1

In 2001, at a local toddler group in Trannack, Sally met Jo, and both an amazing friendship and tremendous working relationship was formed. Twenty years later, they are still going strong, and in celebration of this (and how they transformed ISTA)...


Video on traditional Japanese theatre

May 1

Watch as ISTA artist Ellis van Maarseveen takes us on a journey of traditional Japanese theatre including Noh, Kyogen and Kabuki. Ellis holds a Masters of Applied Theatre Studies and lived in Japan for many years where she extensively studied...


Learning through humour

May 1

This article was originally published in the Comedy issue of Scene in September 2014. According to the annals of our family history, the first sound I made when entering this world was not a hearty scream but a bawling belly laugh. Later, I...


Responding to crisis: Devising theatre to raise awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement

April 30

In May 2020, I started working on a devised play with grade 10 students inspired by the events of the year. The students had choice on the issues and events portrayed in their play. We started work doing exploration on the impact of Covid-19 and the...


Creating community in the virtual theatre classroom

April 1

Photo by Headway on Unsplash After one week in my virtual classroom in March of 2020, I was floundering. I was faced with students not having reliable internet connections, their books were in their lockers at school and not at home, they...