Political Satire

Grades 9 - 12
Available Terms:
Terms 1 - 4
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The political satire workshop offers students an engaging and thought-provoking opportunity to explore the world of satire and its role in critiquing contemporary social and political issues. Comedy has a rich history and has been used as a tool for entertainment, subversion, and political commentary throughout the ages. This workshop empowers students to harness the power of satire to address and dissect current social and political topics.

Key elements of the workshop include:

  1. Understanding Satire’s Role: Students will delve into satire’s historical and cultural significance. They will explore how humor has been used to challenge authority, question norms, and provoke thought on various topics.
  2. Analyzing Contemporary Issues: Participants will identify and explore current social and political issues that resonate with them. These issues may include government policies, social justice, inequality, etc.
  3. Developing Satirical Performances: Students will develop their satirical performances through guided exercises and creative exploration. They will learn to use humor, irony, exaggeration, and parody to effectively critique and comment on the chosen issues.
  4. Expressing Subversive Ideas: Satire often serves as a platform for expressing ideas that may be forbidden or restricted in other forms of communication. Students will explore how satire can be a subversive tool for addressing topics challenging the status quo.
  5. Performance and Feedback: Participants can perform their satirical pieces and receive constructive feedback from their peers. This process encourages collaboration and refinement of their satirical works.
  6. Exploring Various Satirical Styles: The workshop may explore different satirical styles, such as political cartoons, sketches, stand-up comedy, or theatrical performances. This allows students to experiment with diverse forms of satire.

By the end of the workshop, students will have developed a deeper understanding of satire’s historical context and contemporary relevance. They will also have created satirical performances reflecting their perspectives on important social and political issues. This workshop enhances their creative and performance skills and encourages critical thinking and engagement with the world around them.

Devised by: Clint Bolster
Directed by: Clint Bolster

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"In today’s workshop with Clint, I saw my Year 11 Drama students be really pushed to the next level with their understanding of Satire, and the development of their script ideas…His knowledge is excellent, his energy is irresistible, his laughter infectious and the way he inspires the students to take risks in their performances is truly brilliant!"★★★★★

Runcorn State High School, QLD