Kabuki for the West

This comprehensive introduction to Kabuki is designed for teachers and students wanting to understand the history and practice of a traditional Japanese performance form. This insightful documentary includes versions of popular Kabuki plays and explores the effects of applying Kabuki style, musicality and physicality to Western adaptations.
Leonard Pronko
(2009)
Documentary

Malabar Masque: A Study of Kathakali

This exclusive documentary provides a unique introduction to the South Indian dance-drama, Kathakali. Detailing the history and practice of this traditional form, David Bolland explains the importance of make-up and costume, and provides insight into the various stages of actor training.
David Bolland
(1975)
Documentary

Theatre Lives: Adrian Lester

Adrian Lester talks to Digital Theatre+'s Creative Producer about the roles and industry realities he has encountered in his career, from speaking without words to walking in women's shoes. Lester explains how drama school teaches aspiring actors about graft, how mastering Taekwondo helped focus him as a performer, how roots aren't necessarily geographical, and how he will always, ultimately, return to the stage.
Theatre Lives
(2016)
Interview

Practitioners on Practice... On Movement: An interview with Ayse Tashkiran

Renowned movement expert and director of CSSD’s Movement MA, Ayse Tashkiran, has worked with a vast range of high profile productions and theatre companies. Ayse discusses the two main strands of her work, as both movement director and teacher, from training under Jaques Lecoq in Paris, to developing a formidable practice of her own.
Practitioners on Practice: Ayse Tashkiran on Movement
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

On Acting: Edward Bennett and Sam Cox

Actors Edward Bennett and Sam Cox consider the difficulties of two actors sharing one role in Lovesong, explaining their approach to creating the character and revealing the processes they went through in order to get in sync.
Edward Bennett and Sam Cox On Acting, Lovesong by Abi Morgan
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Performing: Desmond Barrit

Desmond Barrit has a long history with Shakespeare. Having tackled numerous roles including Bottom, Trinculo, Malvolio, and both Antipholi in a the same production, Desmond shares his experience treading the boards as some of the Bard's most renowned characters and explains his criteria for choosing the parts he plays.

Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

On Playing Shakespeare's Clowns: Pearce Quigley

Actor Pearce Quigley is one of the UK's most renowned Shakespearean funny men, having played a number of the Bard's greatest clowns on stage.

Pearce shares how his route into the industry began in childhood, his experiences in finding humour in unexpected places, and the problem with playing serious.

Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

Playing Juliet: Alex Gilbreath

Alex Gilbreath played Juliet opposite David Tennant's Romeo in Michael Boyd's RSC production in 2000.

Alex suggests that Juliet's "Gallop apace" speech is an honest portrait of sexual awakening and identifies how disruption to the text's iambic pentameter implies a play about chaos.

Actor Alex Gilbreath
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

Playing Romeo: Daniel Boyd

Daniel Boyd played Romeo in Robert Icke's Headlong production, which toured the UK in 2012. Daniel describes how Romeo's language makes clear his earth-shattering connection to Juliet and argues that the moment of Tybalt's murder holds great significance for Romeo as a character.
Actor Daniel Boyd discusses taking on one of Shakespeare's most famous male leads, Romeo Montague
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

Playing Romeo: Nicholas Shaw

Nicholas Shaw played Romeo in Timothy Sheader's first production at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 2008.

Nicholas explores the importance of Romeo's relationships and suggests that Romeo is so well-drawn because Shakespeare constantly develops him as a person throughout.

Actor Nicholas Shaw
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

Taming Kate: Lisa Dillon

Lisa Dillon has played a number of Shakespeare's women in her career to date, but none more physically than Kate from The Taming of the Shrew. Lisa explains why she has historically been turned off Shakespeare, how interrogating the idea of a modern-day shrew lead her to create Kate as an outrageous mess of a woman, and why she rejects the scholarship around the character.

Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Actor Conversation

In this perceptive conversation, a group of seven actors discuss their experiences of working with the Michael Chekhov technique.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Atmosphere

In the eleventh of 12 masterclasses, Ragnar Freidank – a former student of Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan – demonstrates how to work with space, images and crossing the threshold.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Expanding and Contracting

In the third of 12 masterclasses, Lenard Petit – founding member of the Michael Chekhov Association, MICHA – demonstrates how to work with inner movement, inner gesture and action, as well as exploring methods of preparation.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Ghost Exercise

In the last of 12 masterclasses, Joanna Merlin and Ragnar Freidank demonstrate how to work with imaginary scene partners.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Imaginary Body

In the tenth of 12 masterclasses, Ted Pugh – co-founder of the Michael Chekhov School – demonstrates how to work with straight and curved lines, as well as application to characters in Three Sisters.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Imaginary Centres

In the eighth of 12 masterclasses, Lenard Petit – founding member of the Michael Chekhov Association, MICHA – demonstrates how to work with the three centres, the ideal centre and the imaginary centre.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Introduction and Teacher Conversation

Five of the world’s leading teachers of the Michael Chekhov technique – Joanna Merlin, Lenard Petit, Ted Pugh, Fern Sloan and Ragnar Freidank – give an insightful introduction to the series.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Psychological Gesture

In the seventh of 12 masterclasses, Joanna Merlin – the last student of Michael Chekhov still actively teaching – demonstrates how to work with contraction, expansion, and gesture, as well as exploring archetypes in Three Sisters.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Qualities of Movement I

In the fourth of 12 masterclasses, Fern Sloan – co-founder of the Michael Chekhov School – demonstrates how to work with molding, floating, flying and radiating.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Qualities of Movement II

In the fifth of 12 masterclasses, Ted Pugh – co-founder of the Michael Chekhov School – demonstrates how to work with inner activity and inner event, as well as exploring stage business and application to scenes.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Radiating and Receiving

In the sixth of 12 masterclasses, Ragnar Freidank – a former student of Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan – demonstrates how to work with throwing balls, giving attention, the audience and the text.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Remembering Chekhov

In this panel discussion, Mala Powers, Joanna Merlin and Jack Colvin – all former students of Michael Chekhov – discuss their experiences of working with him in Hollywood, California.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: Sensations

In the ninth of 12 masterclasses, Lenard Petit – founding member of the Michael Chekhov Association, MICHA – demonstrates how to work with falling, floating and balancing.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass

Masterclasses in the Michael Chekhov Technique: The Four Brothers

In the second of 12 masterclasses, Fern Sloan – co-founder of the Michael Chekhov School – demonstrates how to work with ease, form, beauty and a sense of the whole.
MICHA, Michael Chekhov Association
(2007)
Masterclass