The Jungle Book on Stage

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 30 September 2019 > What's On

Robert Wilson’s new stage adaptation of The Jungle Book will be on in Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Clermont-Ferrand over the next few months. The visually striking production combines dialogues in French and original songs in English. Wilson created the show with Cocorosie, a music group composed of two American sisters based in France. The show follows … Continue reading “The Jungle Book on Stage”

Staging the Brontë Sisters

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 12 June 2019 > What's On

Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë were wonderful storytellers, but their lives have fascinated generations of audiences almost as much as their books. The play Brontë by Polly Teale combines their biographies and their fiction. We talked to Barry Purves, who directed a recent production. Brontë by Polly Teale (2005), intertwines the biography of the Brontë … Continue reading “Staging the Brontë Sisters”

Take Your Students to “An American in Paris”

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 17 April 2019 > Pedagogy

The Châtelet Theatre in Paris is re-opening in September and returning to its tradition of putting on large-scale musicals, in their original language. The opening offering is George and Ira Gershwin’s An American in Paris. There are special matinée performances for schools on Thursdays 12 and 19 December at 3 p.m. An American in Paris … Continue reading “Take Your Students to “An American in Paris””

Musicals

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 21 December 2018 > Ready to Use

This A2 article about musicals and the tradition of high school performances in the USA should be of particular interest to those among your students who may have seen the exhibition in Paris, but also to any student with a taste for films or music. As usual, the document is but a starting point for … Continue reading “Musicals”

Oscar Wilde: The Happy Prince

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 21 December 2018 > Ready to Use

The new biopic about Oscar Wilde’s final years after leaving prison takes its ironic title from one of the children’s stories he wrote for his sons. The film, written, directed and starring Rupert Everett has a wonderful supporting cast (Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson.) This B2 downloadable resource includes work on an article about … Continue reading “Oscar Wilde: The Happy Prince”

Shakespeare on a Table

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 05 October 2018 > What's On

Shakespeare may be known for his soliloquies, but it’s quite a challenge to present each of the Bard’s plays with one single actor plus a selection of household objects. Table Top Shakespeare is being performed as part of Paris’s Festival d’automne. We’ve all done it. You’re telling a story at the dinner table and feel … Continue reading “Shakespeare on a Table”

One Man and His Shoes

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 17 May 2018 > What's On

A one-man theatre piece at the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris is a gentle meander through Irish life. Somewhat reminiscent of Harold Bloom’s walk around Dublin in Ulysses, The Man in the Woman’s Shoes features a man walking the roads of Ireland. The one-man show was written and is played by Mikel Murfi and is … Continue reading “One Man and His Shoes”

American Theater in Angers, Nancy and Paris

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 12 March 2018 > What's On

San-Francisco-based theater company Word for Word has announced its annual tour in France. Once again the company will bring prose (five short stories) to life on stage using their original technique. For each show, the company chooses prose pieces and produces them as theater without adaptation. Intonation, actions, scenery and props bring the pages to … Continue reading “American Theater in Angers, Nancy and Paris”

Drama Activities in English Class

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 24 April 2018 > Pedagogy

La pratique théâtrale permet de libérer la parole, d’une part grâce au jeu, mais aussi grâce au travail corporel. Lorsque le corps est en action, lorsque les gestes accompagnent les mots, il est plus facile de s’exprimer. L’aspect ludique permet également de débloquer la parole. C’est pourquoi un travail avec des professionnels, comme j’ai pu … Continue reading “Drama Activities in English Class”