The arts magazine for teachers

The festivities are over, a new term begins and it’s on with the serious business for many of your students of knuckling down to their studies in preparation for their A-levels and GCSEs – at least, I hope that is what my eldest will be doing! He’s just sat mock A’s and knows what grades he needs to get on the Law course of his choosing, so we’ll take stock and assess how many of the ‘extra-curricular’ activities have to be put on hold for the next few months! Not that I’m advocating he becomes a hermit, but a little more focus on his studies wouldn’t go amiss.

If any of your students are looking to further their studies in the performing arts, they will surely be impressed and inspired if they visit the Move It Show at London’s ExCel in March. All the major performing arts colleges present dazzling performances and there will be many colleges and universities in attendance for them to find out more about the courses and opportunities available.
And for arts teachers, may I also suggest trying to get to the Music & Drama Expo in February, where there will be dozens of CPD seminars and workshops, extensive networking opportunities and the chance to try out hundreds of products.

In this edition of Ink Pellet, the Big Interview is with Annemarie Lewis Thomas; composer, musical director and founder principal of Musical Theatre Academy, plus we have features looking at possible careers in theatre and the new educational opportunities offered at both the Science and Design Museums. Graham Hooper was excited to take in the Rauschenberg retrospective at the Tate Modern – one show not to be missed! Lastly we drop in for a ‘Day in the life of…’ Michael Volpe of Opera Holland Park, who would like all school children to have greater exposure to the arts and culture.

Plus all the latest shows in theatres around the country in our extensive ‘What’s On’ listings, theatre and book reviews…and more.

Please forward to your fellow arts colleagues and interested students.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF… Michael Volpe

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF… Michael Volpe  

Michael Volpe is the director of Opera Holland Park but his background is unusual. He spoke to Susan Elkin

Book Review: The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present

Book Review: The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present  

by Gary Day Bloomsbury Methuen Drama So how did it all begin? It’s easy to forget, when you’re sitting in the National Theatre absorbed in, say, the current Christmas show, Peter Pan with all its technical smoothness, that drama as a genre is constantly changing and involving. It has a long history and key periods [...]

Book Review: Drama Games for Young Children & Drama Games for Rehearsals

Book Review: Drama Games for Young Children & Drama Games for Rehearsals  

by Katherine Zachest Drama Games for Rehearsals by Jessica Swale Nick Hern Books A couple of new additions to the bestselling Drama Games series from NHB landed in our office. These dip-in, flick-through, quick-fire books would make an excellent addition to the resources at your disposal – whether you are working with young children or [...]

Theatre Review: Mamma Mia – Novello Theatre

Theatre Review: Mamma Mia – Novello Theatre  

Owing to the popularity of the 2008 film, there are no real surprises with the stage version of Mamma Mia; you go expecting – and getting – a thoroughly entertaining night out. Now in its 18th year, the ABBA numbers could almost have been written with this musical in mind, so seamlessly do they weave [...]

Theatre Review: Half a Sixpence – Noel Coward Theatre

Theatre Review: Half a Sixpence – Noel Coward Theatre  

This comedy of social class and socialism, based on HG Wells novel Kipps, first saw the light of day in 1963, written by Beverley Cross and David Heneker for Tommy Steele who played Arthur Kipps. Now reworked with book refreshed by Julian Fellowes and lots of new Stiles and Drewe songs and lyrics, it’s deliciously [...]

Design competition for schools

Design competition for schools  

The Design Ventura competition organised by the Design Museum invites product design entries from secondary schools. Susan Elkin visits the Museum’s stunning new home.

EXHIBITION: Robert Rauschenberg

EXHIBITION: Robert Rauschenberg  

Eager not to miss the Rauschenberg retrospective at the Tate Modern, Graham Hooper guides us through this extraordinary show.

School Play

School Play  

Poor SATS results putting pressure on a headteacher’s job… a new play examines the issues and Susan Elkin meets the playwright.

Supporting Students Through Design

Supporting Students Through Design  

Hot on the heels of the new Digital Theatre+ platform release featured in last month’s InkPellet (see bit.ly/IP112Nov16), we asked Matthew Nichols (Director of Drama, Manchester Grammar School and Chief Examiner of GCSE Drama, AQA) to take us through his ideal playlist on DT+, as a guide for drama teachers looking to use digital resources to support the teaching of design skills in the classroom

Beautiful Maths

Beautiful Maths  

A visit to the new Winton Gallery at the Science Museum highlights the role mathematics has in shaping our world. Susan Elkin is our guide.