Learning Outcome 1: Understand the development of a form of Performance over a specified period of time. I) You will produce an interactive document on the history of either musical theatre or pop music stage performance.
Brief: You will choose either Musical Theatre or Pop Performance as a genre and research its' history. You' ll present your findings in an interactive document (produced with Power Point or similar) which details the roots of the medium, how it grew up, and, crucially, what impact developing technologies had on its' evolution. For example, how did Musical Theatre benefit from the invention of electric lighting such as spotlights? You should also think about any political, social or cultural events which might have influenced the medium. For example, how do you think downloading and video on demand has influenced live music performance?
Key stuff I need to cover: 1 Roots of the medium 2 How it has developed 3 Impact developing technologies has had on its evolution 4 Political, social or cultural influences.
Where did it come from? How did it start? So...if I was doing one about stand up comedy... 1; Roots of the medium.
Roots <ul><li>British stand up comedy began in the music halls of the 18 th and 19 th centuries. </li></ul>
Comedy Performers Morecambe and Wise rose through the music hall circuit.
The acts had to be approved by an office called the 'Lord Chamberlain' s Office'. They were censored....... etc.
What changes have happened to the medium over time? eg................. 2; How it has developed
End of World War 2... <ul><li>Many members of the armed forces had taken up comedy to entertain themselves during War times. When the War finished, they moved into professional entertainment. Eg; Tommy Cooper </li></ul>
3; impact developing technologies has had on its' evolution. How has technology changed since it first started? How has this effected it? eg....
Rise of radio and TV... <ul><li>Around the same time as the War ended, the popularity of radio and TV was starting to boom. </li></ul>
Effect this had on Comedy... <ul><li>This really effected the music hall performers, who could survive for years on just 1 repeated act. TV and radio created a constant demand for new material. </li></ul><ul><li>The Goon show was a British radio comedy programme, broadcast from 1951 to 1960. </li></ul>
4; Political, Social or Cultural influences. What changes in the World and in society have effected it? eg...
Working mens' clubs. <ul><li>By the 1970s, music hall entertainment was virtually dead. Comedy became popular in Working Mens' clubs. These were clubs that provided entertainment and education in industrial parts of Britain to working men and their families in the 19 th century. This helped the popularity of comedy to grow. </li></ul>
I would then go on to talk about... <ul><li>- development of the alternative comedy scene </li></ul><ul><li>- influence of American comedy </li></ul><ul><li>- comedy festivals </li></ul><ul><li>- impact of HBO; first time comedy material was shown un-censored </li></ul><ul><li>- impact of you tube for comedy sharing. </li></ul><ul><li>- famous modern comedians </li></ul><ul><li>- ETC. </li></ul>