Metamorphosis by Steven Berkoff – Rhinegold Publishing

Metamorphosis by Steven Berkoff


This scheme explores, from a practical perspective, the play-text Metamorphosis by Steven Berkoff. It is designed to develop students’ performance skills and deepen their understanding of the play. The exercises in this scheme follow the work of a variety of practitioners, such as Steven Berkoff and Antonin Artaud. The lessons have been specifically tailored to ‘Component 1: Devising’ within the Edexcel A-level Drama and Theatre specification (2016) and focuses on developing the students’ creative and exploratory skills in preparation for creating an original performance.

Learning objectives
By the end of the scheme of work, students will have explored a range of practitioner styles and techniques that challenge them both physically, in terms of performance techniques, and mentally, in terms of their understanding of genre from the viewpoint of both actor and audience. The scheme is structured into five hour-long workshops that range from off-text research exercises to practical group work. The scheme can be adapted according to the teacher’s needs. The workshops and support material are intended to support the students’ exploration of the form and structure of the play, as well as the social, historical and cultural contexts of the time.

Number of lessons: 5

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