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)

Immersive Worlds: Designing Katie Mitchell's Theatre | Ben Fowler in conversation with Alex Eales

Scholar Ben Fowler and designer Alex Eales discuss Eales’ collaborations with Katie Mitchell, including his work on Cleansed, Happy Days and Night Train. Eales gives insight into the process of working on a production, including the designer’s role in working with a text and the detailed naturalism of his set and lighting design.
Interview
(2017)

Katie Mitchell and the Politics of Naturalist Theatre | Dan Rebellato and Kim Solga in conversation

Dan Rebellato and Kim Solga explore the ethics and aesthetics within Katie Mitchell’s oeuvre. Solga considers the inherent feminist politics of Mitchell’s work, and Rebellato places it within the historical context of naturalism, leading to a detailed discussion of Sarah Kane’s radical naturalism and Mitchell’s production of Cleansed.
Interview
(2017)

Active Analysis for Twenty-First Century Actors

Sharon Marie Carnicke’s research on Stanislavsky brings his acting practice fully into the 21st century. In particular, her work with Stanislavsky’s ‘Active Analysis’ shows it to be a brilliantly flexible rehearsal technique for the full range of today’s performance styles, including the ‘postdramatic’.
Lecture
(2016)

The Stage Archive: Alison Gilby’s Macbeth on the Estate on BBC2

This review, written by Jane Garner, examines Alison Gilby’s Macbeth on the Estate, and how the transfer from lordly Scottish halls to a tough council estate is given sobriety through its inclusion of non-dramatically trained actors and perceptive direction.
The Stage
(1997)
Review

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)

A Doll's House

Digital Theatre+ Study Guides are specially commissioned from leading theatre academics and practitioners, with expert knowledge of the texts that they explore. The guides examine plays from literary and contextual, as well as dramatic perspectives, to provide a thorough and manifold access point to key texts, from the classical to the contemporary.
Study Guide
(2013)

A Doll's House

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

About the Production: Far from the Madding Crowd

How do you take a 40,000 word classic novel and transform it into a piece for the stage? Join the director, writer, composer and actors as they reveal how they took Thomas Hardy's classic Far from the Madding Crowd and made it work on the stage.

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Documentary
(2012)

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

Arthur Miller - at a glance

Arthur Miller is seen by many as the great chronicler of the American experience of the 20th century. He has been referred to variously as ‘America’s conscience’, ‘America’s great moralist’ and ‘the Shakespeare of our time’. Arthur Asher Miller was born on 17 October 1915 in Harlem, New York, to a family of Polish-Jewish immigrants to the US. Whilst never poor, Miller’s childhood was far from wealthy.
Biography

Beautiful Thing

Digital Theatre+ Study Guides are specially commissioned from leading theatre academics and practitioners, with expert knowledge of the texts that they explore. The guides examine plays from literary and contextual, as well as dramatic perspectives, to provide a thorough and manifold access point to key texts, from the classical to the contemporary.
Study Guide
(2013)

Blood Wedding

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

Death of a Salesman

Digital Theatre+ Study Guides are specially commissioned from leading theatre academics and practitioners, with expert knowledge of the texts that they explore. The guides examine plays from literary and contextual, as well as dramatic perspectives, to provide a thorough and manifold access point to key texts, from the classical to the contemporary.
Study Guide
(2015)

Eugene O'Neill - at a glance

Eugene Gladstone O’Neill was born on Broadway, the heart of New York’s theatreland, in 1888, while his actor father was on tour in a show. The young Eugene spent his first seven years with his parents on tour, and this itinerant theatrical lifestyle seemed to imbue his life with a sense of rootlessness, and a desire for somewhere to call home.
Biography

Far from the Madding Crowd

Digital Theatre+ Study Guides are specially commissioned from leading theatre academics and practitioners, with expert knowledge of the texts that they explore. The guides examine plays from literary and contextual, as well as dramatic perspectives, to provide a thorough and manifold access point to key texts, from the classical to the contemporary.
Study Guide
(2012)

Ghosts

Digital Theatre+ Study Guides are specially commissioned from leading theatre academics and practitioners, with expert knowledge of the texts that they explore. The guides examine plays from literary and contextual, as well as dramatic perspectives, to provide a thorough and manifold access point to key texts, from the classical to the contemporary.
Study Guide
(2014)

Hedda Gabler

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
(2015)
Practical Guide

Henrik Ibsen - at a glance

Ibsen was born in 1828, into a wealthy family. Ibsen’s elder brother had died several weeks after his own birth. He was born into a house that was suffering a loss; in addition, the affluence that the family enjoyed soon disappeared. By the time Ibsen was six the family was bankrupt.
Biography

Konstantin Stanislavsky

Konstantin Sergeyevich Alekseyev, who took the stage name ‘Stanislavsky’, was a Russian actor and director who lived from 1863-1938. He is famous throughout the world today for the development of a method of training actors called the ‘System’ and because of the standards of performance established at the theatre he founded in 1897 with Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, which became known as the Moscow Art Theatre (MAT).
Encyclopedia Entry
(2016)

Long Day's Journey into Night

Digital Theatre+ Study Guides are specially commissioned from leading theatre academics and practitioners, with expert knowledge of the texts that they explore. The guides examine plays from literary and contextual, as well as dramatic perspectives, to provide a thorough and manifold access point to key texts, from the classical to the contemporary.
Study Guide
(2014)

Naturalism

Theatre critic and Senior Research Fellow at Rose Bruford College, Aleks Sierz, outlines the history, theory and practice of the term naturalism and its application to theatre and performance. In this entry, Sierz explores how naturalism focuses on the way that the social, economic and personal environment affects the individual.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

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

Stanislavsky 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

Talking About Plays... Thérèse Raquin: An Interview with Dan Rebellato

Dan Rebellato, playwright and academic, discusses the narrative changes required for the story's consumption by a theatre audience, Zola's controversial position as a member of the emergent class of intellectual critics, and what the play's key moments tell us about 19th-century French society.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview