Friday, July 11, 2014

Mark Fisher, English Class, and Modern Drama (@MarkFFisher)

Mark teaches a session for Modern Drama: Scottish Theatre.
We have been very busy in our Modern Scottish Drama class! Not only are we tackling a number of Scottish plays and analyzing the text and style, we have been fortunate enough to have a number of sessions with Mark Fisher, a professional freelance journalist and Theatre Critic here in Scotland. Two weeks in we have already had three classes with Mark and what an amazing experience it has been!

Mark is incredibly knowledgeable about the world of Scottish theatre, and has shed so much light on how to look at a piece of theatre subjectively. During our first session with him, he taught us how to approach writing a review.

He presented three questions to address when reviewing a production:
What was it trying to do? Did it accomplish that? Was it worth doing in the first place?

I personally struggled with the first assignment, a review of Ophelia at A Play, a Pie, and a Pint, because I wasn’t sure how opinionated I was allowed to be or how much background information I was expected to give. Mark was kind enough to read each of our reviews and grade them for us, giving us thorough feedback and talking us through our strengths and weaknesses. Our second assignment showed great improvement and we have had such a wonderful time engaging in stimulating conversation about the shows we have both seen and read.

Today Mark talked us through a timeline of theatre in Scotland. It was fascinating to listen to him shed light on the origin of the texts we are currently studying in addition to giving us the history of a number of theatre companies that have been mentioned, some many times, on our three week journey. We are very much looking forward to having one more class with the kind and brilliant Mark Fisher next Monday!

-Alexis Fitting

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