The History of Theatre Design

Theatre most likely started as people doing rituals. People used masks and costumes to entertain people in the rituals. Later people started to leave out the ritual part of the performances. Theatre started around about 2500 years ago. The word theatre comes from the Greek word “theatron” which means “seeing place.” Greek theatre mostly developed in Athens. Plays were very important. Thousands of people went to the plays in ancient Greece. Even prisoners were released from jail for a short while to go and watch the plays. In Greece plays were important because they started off as events when they honoured Dionysus, the Greek god of the harvest and wine In early Greek theatres the directors and actors were all the same person. All actors were male and had exaggerated masks … Read entire article »


The Design of Early Theatres

In an ancient Greek theatre there was a part called the orchestra. This was the stage in the centre of the theatre where people danced, performed religious ceremonies and acted out the plays. The skene was a big building that was behind the orchestra. From the word skene we get the words scene and scenery. The skene was used as a backstage and was the first piece of stage scenery. Before they used a big building they used a tent or a hut. The actors in the play used the skene to change their masks and costumes. Sometimes this building was painted and used as a backdrop. Some of the earlier theatres were made up of … Read entire article »

Concrete Bridges in South Africa

Paul Sauer bridge The Paul Sauer Bridge goes over the Storms river. It is located between George and Port Elizabeth. It is part of the N2 highway. The bridge was designed by an Italian architect named Riccardo Morandi. It was constructed using a special method. Instead of making the two sides and then meeting them in the middle, the two sides of the arch were built directly above the foundations and then tilted outwards over the gorge until they touched at the crown. The bridge was completed in 1958. It was widened in 1986. It was also rehabilitated. It is part of the N2, which is the only highway in the world, which is not in … Read entire article »

Salvador Dali and Max Ernst

Salvador Dali Salvador Dali was a Spanish artist. He was born on 11 may 1904 and he died on 23 January 1989. He was brought up in a middle class home and his father was very strict, and his mother encouraged his paintings. He went to drawing school and later his father organised an exhibition of his son’s charcoal drawings in their home. He first went through the Cubism, Futurism and Metaphysical art movements. He joined the Surrealists in 1929, and he became the most famous representative of the movement. He had already been influencing them for over two years and the praised him for his paranoiac-critical method of accessing the subconscious. He finished his … Read entire article »

What Was Surrealism and Where and Why Did it Originate?

This is the dictionary meaning for Surrealism. Dictionary: “Surrealism, noun. Pure psychic automatism, by which one proposes to express, either verbally, in writing, or by any other manner, the real functioning of thought. Dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason, outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation.” Surrealism is well known for its visual artworks and writings. Surrealism is a cultural movement and it began in the 1920’s. The artworks of Surrealism include unexpected positions of the objects in the artwork and surprise. Dada was another art movement that was going on during the First World War, and surrealism developed out of this. The centre of this movement was in Paris. Surrealism … Read entire article »

My First Lilyfontein Adventure Race

My first adventure race was held at inkwenkwezi game reserve and organised by Lilyfontein School. The adventure race was held in September 2012 and teams of children from different schools all took part. The teams consisted of four members and each team had to have at least one boy and one girl. The race was made up of a 40km cycling leg, a short paddle and a 10km running leg. The teams were all briefed on the night before the race. The course was explained, each team got given its map and then the participants went home for a good night’s rest for the tough day ahead. The next morning everyone arrived early for the start … Read entire article »

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings

Hiroshima The United States bombed Hiroshima, in Japan, on 6 August 1945 with an atomic bomb. It was the first atomic bomb that had ever been dropped out of an aeroplane. The atomic bomb was the same as 20 000 tons of TNT. A B-29 bomber was used to bomb Hiroshima. The plane was called the Enola Gray. It had a crew of twelve men and the pilot of the plane was Colonel Paul Tibbets. The plane was named after his mother. The Enola Gay took off from Tinian, an island that is in the North Pacific, in the Marinas. The island was 1 500 miles south of Japan. It had to be modified to carry such … Read entire article »

Doolittle and the Doolittle Raid

On 18 April 1942, the USA attacked Japan. This was sixteen months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour during world war 2 The small raid was led by Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle. Doolittle gathered up some volunteer pilots and then these pilots went through tough training and their planes were modified. Their plan was to take sixteen B-25 bombers on the aircraft carrier called the Hornet to go and bomb Japan. The men who were flying the planes had never launched a bomber off an aircraft carrier before and neither had anyone else because the planes were too big and heavy, and the aircraft carrier runways were too short. Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle did … Read entire article »

Tummy Bug

On Friday I did not go to school, because I had a tummy bug. I woke up in the morning, showered, got dressed and ate some food. Then I stood, went into another room and threw up in the dog’s water bowel. I then was told by my mom that I could not go to school. I then got changed and went back to bed while my mom took my brother to school. I actually felt a little bit better after throwing up, but I still had to rest. I got bored, so I read a history book. At the end of the day I went to my dad’s house and we had pizza for … Read entire article »

Terry Pratchett Feet of Clay

Feet of Clay is a book written by Terry Pratchett. In Feet of Clay the main characters are part of the Ankh Morpork City Watch. Two old men have been attacked and have had their lives taken . One of them was a dwarf who made dwarf bread and the other old man was a priest. They both were attavked by the same guy, because there was some clay at both crime scenes. The golems are thing that do work for people. They can work all day and all night and do not need food, water or wages. Some of the golems have started to go off at night time and some are even destroying … Read entire article »