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October 10th, 2007

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12:49 pm - Oh, the drama !
I may be going slightly mad. When I was at primary school (*mumble* years ago), we occasionally had drama classes. I can't remember much about any performances we did, but I do remember that we set up scenes using "drama blocks", large (to a primary schooler) blocks covered in a red carpet-y surface, which could be stacked and rearranged as required. I think they came in two sizes, one was about person-sized, another about half that, and usually had handle-slots at each end.
So, prompted by random curiosity, I tried seeing if such things were still around, and available online, but I've completely failed to find any trace of them, or even an image.
Does anyone remember them or know of them ? Are they peculiar to Australia ? Or some particular part of Australia ? Are they known by some other name ? My curiosity demands satisfaction.
Current Mood: curiouscurious

(8 touches | En garde !)


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Date:October 10th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
Well I've used them in high school in Adelaide and Hobart, as well as for staging a Stoppard play in an actual theatre in Adelaide (Dogg's Hamlet), but then we sourced those from a school. I'd look at school equipment suppliers myself.

For those that don't know what we are talking about: http://www.chse.com.au/schoolrepairs.htm

I may be going slightly mad.

Old news. <grin>

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Date:October 10th, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)
Although in doing a quick search I discovered one of my old high schools now have Wikipedia entries. And apparently more computers than when I attended them (not very difficult). Scary.
Date:October 10th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
I remember something like that. I think they came in a sort of darkish cobalt blue colour too. I wonder if they got them at the same place they bought the fabric covered notice-board screens with the chrome rectangular feet. I recall those notice-boards being used by teachers to frantically divide open plan classrooms up so they could get a little peace from kids running between class areas while futile attempts were made to drill the new maths and whole word recognition lethods of reading into our brains. Ah the early schooling memories of someone born in 1970.
Date:October 10th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
Sorry, typo... methods not lethods.
Date:October 10th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
Here... what about this for a start?

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Date:October 10th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
We called them stage blocks.
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Date:October 10th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
They're an adaptation of classic stage 'apple boxes'. See http://www.appleboxes.net/ for examples.
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Date:October 21st, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
They're known as Rostra (singular: rostrum) and at the very least, also exist in New Zealand High Schools, but they are commonly used in stages in many smaller theatres, as hespa would be able to tell you.

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