Practical Workshop Guide | Mother Courage and her Children

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)

Suzan-Lori Parks

Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, novelist, screenwriter and musician, Suzan-Lori Parks. Carlson outlines Parks’ innovative work on dramatic structure, character and language, and how her plays address some of the most complex issues in modern American society. Contains strong language.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Approaches to Unseen Text

Learning how to approach a previously unseen text can be a daunting task. This guide aims to give a thorough grounding in guiding students through the processes of recognition, understanding, evaluating and analysis of an unseen text, as well as practical approaches to getting creative responses down on paper in a clear and constructive manner.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

Brecht Through Practice

Practical and clear introductions to key historical theatre practitioners, these texts demystify ideas and test theories through practical exercises. This guide: identifies the practitioner’s core aims; itemises the recognisable features of their style; applies the theories to texts; comprises a full term’s work.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

Comedy

Comedy is, by its nature, highly contextual, it must constantly adapt to changes in the cultural milieu in which it works. Comedy also relies on newness and surprise more heavily than other art forms – some jokes just aren’t funny after the first or second time one hears them. As a result, new forms and styles emerge constantly, just as older forms fall out of favour and are abandoned.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2016)

Epic Theatre

In the early 20th century Bertolt Brecht and his contemporaries sought to establish a radical dramaturgy for a new political theatre. Epic theatre, as described by Brecht, evinces particular qualities: firstly, it is episodically structured and may follow multiple plotlines simultaneously; secondly, it is presentational, making no attempt to generate any illusion of authenticity; thirdly, it is not driven by the choices of individual characters, but important political and moral ideas; and fourthly, it is designed to provoke a thoughtful, intellectual response to moral and political problems, not an emotional one.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2016)

Styletaster: Boal, Brecht, Brook

The three practitioners introduced in this handbook are all concerned with the social function of theatre, though it can be said that Brook’s interest therein formed only part of his extensive journey into the whole range of theatre experience, past and present, Western and Eastern. Brecht saw theatre as a tool for exploring man as a social animal, for demonstrating how we are both socially manipulated into certain behaviours and able, by recognising them, to change for the better. Boal takes the Brechtian concept of theatre as a force to alter the human condition into logical, though ultimately non-theatrical, routes that are closer to therapy and personal self-discovery.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

The Good Person of Szechwan

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

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

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