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Essai – (French: ‘test’, ‘attempt’, ‘trial’, ‘try-out’) [Essai]

Essai – (French: ‘test’, ‘attempt’, ‘trial’, ‘try-out’) [Essai]

McCaw, Dick, Etchells, Tim, Anderson, Mary Elizabeth and Wallis, Jillian (2013) Essai – (French: ‘test’, ‘attempt’, ‘trial’, ‘try-out’) [Essai]. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 4 (1). pp. 126-132. ISSN 1944-3927 (Print), 1944-3919 (Online) (doi:

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Contribution by Jillian Wallis (University of Greenwich author) titled: The Fine Line between Enabling and Directing, appears on pp. 130-132:

Whilst the student experience, now a well-worn phrase in academia, must be primarily a learning one, how do we as teachers combine that principle with the goal of producing excellent work?

Like many others, I moved into theatre teaching from a background of performing and directing. Mostly this has been a happy transition – the knowledge and experience of professional theatre transfers well into the learning environment as students enjoy the rigour, intensity and high expectations placed upon them. For me, the satisfaction and rewards are closely aligned to the “real” theatre world, particularly when it comes to creating new work. On some level we become a group of artists deeply involved with a shared theatrical ambition, working together to realise it.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical theatre, directing, open questions, provocation, developing material
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Department of Literature, Language & Theatre
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2016 15:38
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None

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