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Practical Legal Theatre

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Practical Legal Theatre

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Practical Legal Theatre

  1. 1. Practical Legal Theatre Kristoffer Greaves
  2. 2. <ul><li>What presentation, friends, is this? </li></ul><ul><li>What is ‘theatre’ </li></ul><ul><li>What ‘theatre’ has to do with Practical Legal Training - taxonomic factors </li></ul><ul><li>Mise-en-scène </li></ul><ul><li>Denouement </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The space in which the ‘play’ is presented </li></ul><ul><li>Two Planks and a Passion </li></ul><ul><li>Play wright </li></ul><ul><li>Plot and Character </li></ul><ul><li>Theme </li></ul><ul><li>Setting, Lighting, Costume, Effects </li></ul><ul><li>Space can be virtual space </li></ul>‘ Theatre’
  4. 4. Marzano and Kendall Taxonomy Domains and Levels of Processing
  5. 5. Taxonomy of Education Objectives
  6. 6. The Play’s the Thing <ul><li>Shakespeare’s Hamlet Act II Sc 2, Hamlet’s real purpose (to catch the King) </li></ul><ul><li>Another take… </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘Thing’: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is the learning objective / outcome? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All things should further the play </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Mise-en-scène
  8. 8. It’s about Space
  9. 9. It’s about Space <ul><li>Does the layout serve the purpose? </li></ul><ul><li>Sightlines </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher mobility / Learner mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Head-turn factor </li></ul><ul><li>Focal points </li></ul><ul><li>No fourth wall </li></ul><ul><li>Blocking (it’s not blocking) </li></ul><ul><li>Space can be virtual space </li></ul>
  10. 10. Dramatic Structure <ul><li>The canonical 5 Act dramatic structure: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Action Climax </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reversals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resolution / Transformation </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Audience Participation <ul><li>(Interactions) </li></ul><ul><li>Learner Theory </li></ul><ul><li>Few welcome it at first - most happily survive it </li></ul><ul><li>Manage expectations from the start </li></ul><ul><li>Start with baby steps </li></ul><ul><li>Lend support </li></ul><ul><li>Badge of courage </li></ul><ul><li>‘ No opt out’, ‘Call and Response’, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual interactions </li></ul>
  12. 12. Props <ul><li>Pre-sets </li></ul><ul><li>Audio-visual equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Posters </li></ul><ul><li>Whiteboard </li></ul><ul><li>Data displays </li></ul><ul><li>Hand outs </li></ul><ul><li>Kinaesthesia </li></ul>
  13. 13. Everything is Significant <ul><li>Everything in the space is a Sign </li></ul><ul><li>A sign signifies meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Ask: Is this what I mean to say? </li></ul><ul><li>Remember ‘space’ can be virtual space </li></ul>
  14. 14. Acting <ul><li>Truth and Credibility </li></ul><ul><li>Suspension of disbelief </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation and pre-set </li></ul><ul><li>Know your ‘lines’ </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t bump into the furniture </li></ul><ul><li>One gesture at a time </li></ul><ul><li>Humour </li></ul><ul><li>Improv </li></ul><ul><li>When things go wrong… </li></ul>
  15. 15. Denouement <ul><li>The play’s the thing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify and pursue the learning goals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Study the mise-en-scène: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Setting, Style, Lighting, Space, Costume, Acting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wright and direct, use the tools to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>engage and motivate the learner to persist in learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>demonstrate the importance of learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>encourage learner’s self-efficacy </li></ul></ul>

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