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Neoliberalism, Theatre and Performance: A Lecture by Jen Harvie

Neoliberalism, Theatre and Performance | A Lecture by Jen Harvie

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Lecture

Neoliberalism, Theatre and Performance | A Lecture by Jen Harvie

Digital Theatre
Lecture
Jen Harvie considers plays such as Serious Money and Enron, which explore and critique neoliberalism’s damaging ethical, social and material consequences. With reference to the work of contemporary companies such as Rimini Protokoll, Harvie examines how the critical and creative responses of the theatre industry can challenge neoliberalism’s worst effects through collaboration and solidarity.
Sarah Stanton

Practical Workshop Guide | Measure for Measure

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Practical Guide
Sarah Stanton

Practical Workshop Guide | Measure for Measure

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Practical Guide
The aim of this Digital Theatre+ Practical Workshop Guide is to deepen and enrich understanding of the play as a blueprint for performance, encouraging the student to approach the material using the investigative and interpretive methods of the actor, director or voice coach.
Lyn Gardner

Diversity as Opportunity

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Lyn Gardner

Diversity as Opportunity

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DT Associate Lyn Gardner highlights how more needs to be done to embrace the full benefits of learning-disabled theatre in the UK. Referring to key practitioners and companies such as Hijinx and Mind the Gap, Gardner emphasises the importance of providing access to high-quality training for learning-disabled artists and programming their work in mainstream theatres.

The Heat Signatures of Refugee Transit: Incoming by Richard Mosse | A Lecture by Emma Cox

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Lecture

The Heat Signatures of Refugee Transit: Incoming by Richard Mosse | A Lecture by Emma Cox

Digital Theatre
Lecture
Emma Cox considers how artists might engage with one of our era’s most defining and complex issues - refugee movement - through an in-depth analysis of Richard Mosse’s video installation Incoming. With reference to works by leading scholars such as Una Chaudhuri and Judith Butler, Cox analyses how the refugee crisis interlocks with the larger global issues of climate change and military engagement.
Lyn Gardner

Is Theatre Too Urban?

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Lyn Gardner

Is Theatre Too Urban?

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DT Associate Lyn Gardner questions why British playwrights prefer urban settings over rural surroundings in their plays. Gardner explores how the country and city have been portrayed over time, comparing the works of Shakespeare to contemporary writers such as Barney Norris, and highlights how an increasing interest in rural areas in theatre is perhaps a result of the current political issues in the UK.
Catherine Love

Forced Entertainment

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Concise Introduction
Catherine Love

Forced Entertainment

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Concise Introduction
Catherine Love, freelance arts journalist, theatre critic and researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, provides an introduction to Sheffield-based theatre company Forced Entertainment. Love examines how Forced Entertainment’s work places theatrical conventions in dialogue with postmodern theory and popular culture, and explores the company’s collaborative devising process, highlighting its profound influence on contemporary theatre in the UK and beyond.
Joe Deer

Funny Girl

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Joe Deer

Funny Girl

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Joe Deer, Chair of the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures at Wright State University, Ohio, provides a concise analysis of the recent revival of Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith. Deer also explores the historical context of the show, detailing the cultural shift in the 1960s as Broadway’s ‘Golden Age’ gave way to more serious musicals and a new generation of female superstars emerged.
Lyn Gardner

Auteurs - the Authors of Performance

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Lyn Gardner

Auteurs - the Authors of Performance

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DT Associate Lyn Gardner discusses the increasing dominance of the director as the author of a production and explores the issues associated with the term 'auteur' in contemporary British theatre. Gardner also considers how, when directors have liberated theatre from an over-reliance on text, it often leads to a more collaborative theatre-making process and a discovery of something new.
Mark Evans

Mime

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Concise Introduction
Mark Evans

Mime

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Concise Introduction
Mark Evans, Professor of Theatre Training and Education at Coventry University, provides an introduction to mime – a theatre form which employs silent movement and gesture to convey story, emotion and character. Referring to key practitioners such as Jacques Copeau and Jacques Lecoq, Evans details the development of mime in the history of theatre from commedia dell’arte to pantomime and its eventual integration into physical theatre.
Lyn Gardner

Shakespeare in Translation

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Lyn Gardner

Shakespeare in Translation

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DT Associate Lyn Gardner considers how translating Shakespeare plays provides an opportunity to reinvent the original cultural context with something new and local. She also highlights what is lost and what is gained when text is translated into another language, and emphasises that each Shakespeare production is a form of translation.
Simon Dormandy

Director's Notebook | A Passage to India

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Director Notebooks
Simon Dormandy

Director's Notebook | A Passage to India

Digital Theatre
Director Notebooks
Digital Theatre+ Director Notebooks provide an invaluable insight into professional directors’ rehearsal notes, personal processes and directorial intentions for staging a play. Covering critical thinking and practical approaches, these exclusive resources aim to give an understanding of the various ways a text can be interpreted and presented to an audience.
Lyn Gardner

The Human and the Live

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Lyn Gardner

The Human and the Live

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DT Associate Lyn Gardner looks at modern sensibilities in relation to the long history of using animals for entertainment, and considers how the use of children and animals on stage raises questions about ‘liveness’, consent, welfare and morality. Gardner discusses the challenges of bringing babies into performances and explores the use of animals in contemporary productions to enhance meaning, create social awareness and provoke audience response.