Phase 1 – Fundamentals of Theatre and film

Fundamentals of Theatre and film

Some of the Key aspects that will be covered include:


Scriptwriting -Why write the script?, understanding the medium, the key message, using key scriptures, the place of life issues, scene requirements, tempo/continuity, cast size, understanding the audience, language, Writing style, introducing conflicts, plots and sub plots, contrasting characters and potential Production costs.
Directing – the director’s role as a creative artiste, an interpretative artiste and as a coordinator of all the theatre resources.
Technical theatre – set design, stage lighting and stage management, role of the technical managers
Costumes & makeup – types of costumes, types of make up, their functions and uses, roles and responsibilities of the costumier/make up artiste.


Acting – What is acting, the goal of the actor, tools available to the actor, Character development, improvisation, rehearsals.


Managing a theatre team – Defining roles and responsibilities, managing resources (people, time, money) and the stages of team development.


Introduction to film – Understanding the medium, basic rules of film making, common mistakes of the amateur film maker, differences between film and stage productions and first step to a successful career in film-making.
Live Production


In conjunction with the team trained, we will select a script and produce a standard full length drama production. All aspects of the production will be handled by members of the drama team with support from consultants provided by Free Gift International. Consultants will be provided to offer support in the areas of directing, technical elements and costumes/makeup.

This production should be put up within 6 weeks of completing the training module.