Making Postdramatic Theatre: A Handbook of Devising Exercises

This exclusive Digital Theatre+ workshop handbook, edited by Tracy Crossley and Niki Woods from the University of Salford, compiles exercises from contemporary British and trans-European theatre companies and practitioners for tutors teaching postdramatic practice and for students and theatre-makers devising their own performance work.
Guide
(2018)

Deconstruction

Ed Scheer, Head of School at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Art and Design, explores Jacques Derrida's concept of deconstruction in relation to theatre and performance. Scheer considers how Derrida's theory, which examines the relationship between text and meaning, language and speech, has impacted the works of dance choreographer Jérôme Bel and experimental theatre company Forced Entertainment.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

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

Theatre Historiography

Historiography is the study, not only of the historical record, but the process of writing history. Theatre historiography studies how histories of the theatre are constructed and also generates new histories. When we speak of “histories of the theatre,” we refer to the histories of performance practice as well as the body of plays, criticism, theory, dramaturgical writings, and other fragments that survive in archives or record books.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2016)

Contemporary Performance Practice... Forced Entertainment: Tim Etchells interviewed by Matt Trueman

Tim Etchells, founding collaborator of Forced Entertainment, talks to theatre critic and journalist Matt Trueman about a 30-year process of trying to reinvent the theatrical experience in a way that can get past an audience’s defences, implicate them, involve them and allow them to form their own imaginative connections, beyond the ‘tyrannous architecture of narrative’.
Contemporary Performance Practice: Forced Entertainment - Tim Etchells interviewed by Matt Trueman
Interview
(2016)

An Introduction to Frantic Assembly

This extended essay, by Aleks Sierz, introduces Frantic Assembly as an innovative British theatre company that has spent more than two decades telling stories by using physical theatre techniques, and whose style is a viscerally exciting fusion of text, music and movement.
Essay
(2017)

Applied Theatre

Chair of Applied and Social Theatre at Griffith University, Michael Balfour, outlines the history, theory and practice of Applied Theatre. Balfour focuses on Applied Theatre’s philosophy of creating theatre and performance concerned with audience engagement and examines a variety of social contexts in which it currently operates.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Acting

The Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, Rose Whyman, provides an introduction to the various approaches to acting. Whyman explores the development of drama and acting processes, from the use of rhetoric in Ancient Greece to Konstantin Stanislavsky’s Method, and details the differences between an actor representing an emotion and experiencing emotion.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

Realism

Aleks Sierz, theatre critic and Senior Research Fellow at Rose Bruford College, provides an outline the history, theory and practice of the term realism in a theatrical context. Referring to acclaimed practitioners, Sierz explores how credible characters, a plausible plot, and recognisably everyday language and settings are essential for representing reality on stage.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Australian Theatre

Peta Tait, Professor of Theatre and Drama at La Trobe University in Melbourne, provides an introduction to Australian theatre. Referring to key practitioners who have impacted Australia’s theatrical landscape, Tait considers how explorations of Aboriginal culture and postcolonial concepts have developed into two distinctive modes of performance which incorporate aspects of Australia’s multicultural society in the 21st century.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Tim Crouch

Catherine Love, freelance arts journalist, theatre critic and researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, introduces British playwright Tim Crouch. Love considers how Crouch’s continuous exploration throughout his work of the mechanics of theatrical representation, the art world, and the role of the audience has led him to become a key figure in contemporary British theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)