"All the World's a Stage": A Guide to Teaching World Theatre

This Digital Theatre+ Guide, written by freelance international theatre practitioner and writer Dinos Aristidou, provides support for engaging with theatre practices from around the world and includes a series of useful activities focusing on research, performance and aesthetics to use in the classroom.
Guide
(2017)

Henrik Ibsen

Michael M. Chemers, Associate Professor of Dramatic Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, provides an overview of the life and works of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Chemers considers how Ibsen’s social-realist dramas defied conventional morality and compelled audiences to psychological introspection, affirming his place as one of the most influential dramatists of modern realism.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Intercultural Theatre

Associate Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne Paul Rae provides an overview of intercultural theatre – a theatre which involves participants coming together from all over the world to share cultural forms, practices and worldviews. Rae details the history, theory and practice of intercultural theatre and refers to the work of key practitioners who have been influential in its development.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Irish Theatre

Professor at the National University of Ireland, Lionel Pilkington, offers an invaluable introduction to Irish Theatre. Referring to key playwrights and practitioners who have been instrumental in its development, such as Samuel Beckett, Pilkington provides an overview of the history, theory and practice of Irish Theatre, and emphasises its importance during a time of political and social unrest.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Political Theatre

Emeritus Professor of Drama at Kingston University, Colin Chambers, provides an overview of Political Theatre – a term applied to theatre which refers to, comments on, or wishes its audience to intervene in political issues and events. Chambers explores the various definitions that Political Theatre has adopted over time and questions if theatre really has the power to change society.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Samuel Beckett

Professor of Drama at the University of Chester David Pattie outlines the history and practice of one of the 20th century’s most influential playwrights, Samuel Beckett. Pattie explores how Beckett's radical and minimalist approach to dramatic narrative and stagecraft has been instrumental in the development of contemporary theatre and performance.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Tennessee Williams

Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, Ed Madden, introduces the multi-award winning American playwright Tennessee Williams. Detailing the successes of The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Madden explores how Williams' aims and methods have greatly impacted the narrative of American drama.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

William Butler Yeats

Mark Fortier, Professor at the University of Guelph in Canada, introduces poet, playwright and Nobel Prize winner for Literature, William Butler Yeats. Fortier provides an overview of Yeats’ history, aims and practice, detailing how his work was influenced by political issues, and emphasises the importance of his role in the development of Irish Theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Guillermo Gómez-Peña

The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, Marvin Carlson, introduces one of America’s best-known performance artists, Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Carlson considers how issues of immigration and border and cross-cultural questions have been central to Gómez-Peña’s work and explores his role in founding the transdisciplinary and politically engaged performance group, La Pocha Nostra.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Practical Workshop Guide | As You Like It

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.
Practical Guide
(2016)

Practical Workshop Guide | Cloud 9

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.
Practical Guide
(2016)

Ritual

Senior Lecturer of Drama, Theatre, and Performance at the University of Huddersfield, Ben Spatz, explores the various dimensions of ritual – ritual theatre and ritual in theatre – and their development throughout history. Referring to key practitioners, Spatz provides an overview of the theory and practice of ritual and its application to theatre and performance.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

The Stage Archive: Peter Coe’s Macbeth at the Round House

This review, written by R.B. Marriott, describes an all-black production of Macbeth, in which there is a “strong sense of human beings working out their fate within a world of ancient superstition.” Marriott’s commentary gives an insight into cultural attitudes to non-western theatre in the early 1970s.
The Stage
(1972)
Review

"Surviving surviving": Irving Roth

Irving Roth tells of his experiences as a Holocaust survivor in a world where the number of living survivors has started to wane.

Asked to share his deeply moving story in schools across the USA, Roth reflects on the importance of young people in ensuring that these last voices of the Holocaust are documented.

Survivor Irving Roth highlights the importance of survivors' stories in forming Holocaust history
National Jewish Theater
(2014)
Documentary

A View from the Bridge

Plays Through Practice guides look at interpretative choices and include exercises for developing directing, design and acting skills, as well as full and clear background information. They also suggest, where necessary, preliminary practical work that can be undertaken before beginning work on the text.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

Arthur Miller Documentary

In an exclusive interview with the great American writer, BBC Omnibus talks to playwright Arthur Miller at his Connecticut home about the political and poetic nature of his plays, about being a writer in the US today, and about his marriage to Marilyn Monroe. Fimed in 1987.

BBC Studios
(1987)
Documentary

I Will Refuse to Bubble: History and Theater as Defiance

I Will Refuse to Bubble - History and Theater as Defiance is a documentary film by Ron Kopp highlighting the importance of theatre in understanding the world's most incomprehensible events. Its title comes from a quote from Survivor and Director of the Holocaust Resource Center, Temple Judea of Manhasset, Irving Roth.

Greg Mullavey as 'Milton' and Andi Potemkin as 'Annie' face each other, smiling, with Andi's hand on Greg's on her cheek
National Jewish Theater
(2012)
Interview

Oh What a Lovely War

Plays Through Practice guides look at interpretative choices and include exercises for developing directing, design and acting skills, as well as full and clear background information. They also suggest, where necessary, preliminary practical work that can be undertaken before beginning work on the text.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

Our Country's Good

Plays Through Practice guides look at interpretative choices and include exercises for developing directing, design and acting skills, as well as full and clear background information. They also suggest, where necessary, preliminary practical work that can be undertaken before beginning work on the text.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

Schama's Shakespeare and Us: This England

Simon Schama explores the life and times of William Shakespeare to shed a new and fascinating light on some of the greatest plays ever written. In film one, Schama discovers how in his history plays Shakespeare created a rich vision of the nation which still influences and inspires today, presenting not only preening kings and queens for his audience's pleasure but country squires, cutpurses, common prostitutes and of course, his iconic and irreverent embodiment of England, Sir John Falstaff.

BBC Studios
(2012)
Documentary

Shakespeare in Italy: Land of Fortune

Shakespeare was in love with Italy. A third of his plays are set in the country. Francesco da Mosto visits the spectacular locations, traces the Italian myths and reveals how a long dead, foreign playwright's imagination continues to influence and shape real Italian cities, even now.

BBC Studios
(2012)
Documentary

Shakespeare in Italy: Land of Love

Francesco da Mosto takes to the Italian road again in search of Shakespeare in Italy. From Romeo and Juliet to the jealousy of Othello, Shakespeare used the land of love to tell his most passionate stories about falling in love. Needless to say, along the way Francesco adds some insights of his own and revels in claims that not only did Shakespeare visit Italy, but also was born in Sicily. It's a whole new take on the Bard!

BBC Studios
(2012)
Documentary

Shakespeare Uncovered: David Harewood on Othello

Astonishingly, David Harewood was the first black actor to play the great Moorish Venetian general Othello at London’s National Theatre, triumphantly taking on the role - but not until 1997. Now he returns to the play to discover how the centuries have changed our views of it.

BBC Studios
(2013)
Documentary

Shakespeare Uncovered: David Tennant on Hamlet

In Hamlet, David Tennant, whose own RSC performance was a huge hit, meets other actors who have played the role - from the legendary David Warner in the 1960s to the recent Jude Law.
BBC Studios
(2012)
Documentary

Shakespeare Uncovered: Derek Jacobi on Richard II

Derek Jacobi looks at Richard II and returns to a role he played 30 years ago. He helps actors at the Globe with aspects of the play, reveals why it might have cost Shakespeare his life, and shares some of the extraordinary political parallels within the play that still resonate today.

BBC Studios
(2012)
Documentary