Quick summary: In this lesson, students learn about the power of Brechtian techniques in performance. By examining Danny Green’s ‘Stop the Coward Punch’ advertising campaign, the class reflects on how Brechtian techniques are used to create emotional effect for the audience.
The STOP the Coward Punch education package aims to spread awareness about the devastating effects of the coward punch on our community. This education package was developed by a team of experts, including a youth worker, education specialist and specialist teachers and references the latest research and laws on coward punches.
- Students will understand the non-naturalistic techniques of Brechtian (Epic) Theatre
- Students will examine how Brechtian techniques are still used today
- Students will analyse a STOP the Coward Punch promotional video referencing Brechtian and non-naturalistic techniques.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Years 9 & 10 Drama:
- Evaluate how the elements of drama, forms and performance styles in devised and scripted drama convey meaning and aesthetic effect (ACADRR052)
- Improvise with the elements of drama and narrative structure to develop ideas, and explore subtext to shape devised and scripted drama (ACADRM047)
- Structure drama to engage an audience through manipulation of dramatic action, forms and performance styles and by using design elements (ACADRM050)
Syllabus outcomes: DRAM5.1.4, DRAP5.2.1, DRAP5.2.3, DRAA5.3.1
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking
Relevant parts of Years 9 & 10 achievement standards:
Students analyse the elements of drama, forms and performance styles and evaluate meaning and aesthetic effect in drama they devise, interpret, perform and view. They perform devised and scripted drama in different forms, styles and performance spaces. They collaborate with others to plan, direct, produce, rehearse and refine performances. They select and use the elements of drama, narrative and structure in directing and acting to engage audiences.
Topic: Social Issues
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: Arts – Years 7 to 10.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: A medium level of teacher scaffolding is required in this lesson. The teacher will facilitate class discussion and observe groups interacting, encouraging their creativity.
- Device with internet, audio and projection capabilities
- Student Worksheet – one copy per student.
Related professional development: Strategies for Dealing with Aggressive and Violent Behaviours
Keywords: Brecht, coward punch, non-naturalism, drama, improvisation, devised performance, epic theatre, social activism
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.