Activity Introduction

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. 

Coward Punch logo​​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.

 

Learning intentions:

  • 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: 

CommunicatingCritical ThinkingCreative ThinkingEmpathyProblem SolvingTeam Work

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

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.

Resources required:

  • 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.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... understand the non-naturalistic techniques of Brechtian (Epic) Theatre
  • ... examine how Brechtian techniques are still used today
  • ... analyse a STOP the Coward Punch promotional video referencing Brechtian and non-naturalistic techniques.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … identify Brechtian techniques used in the STOP the Coward’s Punch advertising campaign
  • … work productively in a group to create a piece of social activist theatre
  • … apply Brechtian techniques in performance.

Teacher content information:

The STOP the Coward Punch campaign
STOP the Coward Punch by Danny Green aims to eliminate the coward punch from society and save lives in the process. Since 2000, over 172 Australians have been killed by a coward punch and many more were injured. The coward punch leaves a devastating ripple through society, mentally and physically scarring family, friends and survivors for life. The STOP the Coward

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Student Worksheet

Brecht And Non-naturalism - Student Worksheet

Learning intentions: 

  • You will understand the non-naturalistic techniques of Brechtian (Epic) Theatre
  • You will examine how Brechtian techniques are still used today
  • You will analyse a STOP the Coward Punch promotional video referencing Brechtian and non-naturalistic techniques.

Success criteria: 

  • You can identify Brechtian techniques used in the Stop the Coward’s Punch advertising campaign
  • You can work productively in a group to create a piece of social activist theatre
  • You can apply Brechtian techniques in performance.

STOP the Coward Punch Analysis

1. Watch the following videos and complete the table with your observations:

Video 1

VICTIM (https://vimeo.com/669686301) Password: Coward_Cool

Video 2

NOT TOUGH (https://vimeo.com/668028158) Password: Coward_Cool

Video 3

Swipe Out Violence (https://youtu.be/ZfRtZZWZLek)

Brecht Observation Table

Brechtian techniques Video 1: VICTIM Video 2: NOT TOU
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