The last few months I have been running a lot of online training courses for teachers and also running some face to face training for teachers new to the IB. There is one amazing resource that I am going to share with you this month and it is all the starting points that teachers have identified could be used in their courses for devising practice or suggested to the students to be used for their final Collaborative Project.

In the guide on page 70 there is the definition of a starting point which is ‘The starting point provides the inspiration for the collaborative creation of the piece of theatre. It gives a focus to the initial stages of practical exploration.’

It then goes on to list the types of starting points that must be used:

  • Event
  • Idea, issue, question, theme
  • Image or photograph
  • Non-dramatic text
  • Object
  • Person
  • Piece of music
  • Site
  • Street art, graphic novel or comic strip

From their starting points the students need to ‘the areas of interest that yield the most material and enthusiasm‘ (ibid) which is why in your course you need to try out as many different starting points as you can so the students can discover what really gets their creative juices flowing.

Below are the starting points my teachers came up with, I hope that you have fun playing around with the ideas they spark.


  • Burning of the library of Alexandria
  • Graduation
  • An earthquake
  • The Blackout of 2003


Non-Dramatic Text


  • A hammer
  • A flower
  • A key
  • An empty suitcase
  • A mirror

Piece of Music 


  • Swimming pool
  • A park bench
  • A country lane
  • The Bosphorus
  • Borough Market
  • Tangier port

Comic/Graphic Novel/Street Art


Ching Shih: A former prostitute turned pirate queen who commanded a gigantic horde of pirates.

Admiral Keumalahayati: A sixteenth century admiral in the navy of the Aceh Sultanate, which ruled the modern area of Sumatra, Indonesia. (The first female admiral in the modern world.)