This Digital Theatre+ and DramaWorks guide provides a useful introduction to British theatre company Kneehigh. Covering their key productions, history and unique style, this invaluable resource also offers practical-based exercises using Kneehigh techniques which can be adapted and used in the classroom to inspire teamwork, experimentation and improvisation.
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.
Peta Tait, Professor of Theatre and Drama at La Trobe University, Melbourne, provides an introduction to the history, theory and practice of the circus. Referring to influential practitioners, significant female performers and contemporary circus companies, Tait considers how the circus continues to amaze audiences around the world with extraordinary physical stunts and evocative acrobatic action.
Digital Theatre+ Playlists are bespoke resources designed for teachers to use as a springboard for subjects such as Physical Theatre and Design. Created by educators, these playlists aim to inspire, support and enhance the teaching of theatre and performance by revealing how to make the most of DT+ resources in the classroom.
Charlotte Vincent, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Vincent Dance Theatre, provides an invaluable insight into the company’s theatre-making process, from the collaborative devising stage to the distribution of the work on stage, on film and online, and offers a team analysis of the powerful and provocative production of Virgin Territory.
Vincent Dance Theatre
Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, provides an overview of The Wooster Group. Considered one of the most important experimental theatre companies of late 20th-century America, Carlson explores the Group’s use of multimedia, lip-syncing and various other methods that challenge the performance traditions of mainstream American theatre.
A note on the guide from Frantic Assembly's Artistic Director, Scott Graham: "I hope this pack offers access and insight into the creative process of myself and my collaborators. As ever with these packs my intention is to take you into the heart of this creative process and attempt to demystify it. It is important to know that inspiration comes from a throw away remark, a joke, a film, a song as much as it comes from endless chin scratching."
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.
All theatre is, by its very nature, physical - so what has the term 'Physical Theatre' evolved to mean as a specific concept? The style of theatre wherein the actors' bodies are priviledged supreme importance, far more so than one might see in Naturalistic Theatre, for example, is a constantly evolving discipline. It has been through many noted incarnations, from Mime to Meyerhold and beyond, and this guide seeks to put that physical process into practical perspective.
George shares why he credits Berkoff with inventing physical theatre, the distance between the suspension of disbelief and belief itself, and the physics of playing a beetle.
Talking About Plays
This extensive walk through of Western theatrical development spans centuries, from the amphitheatres of Ancient Greece, to the 'empty space' if the modern stage. Complete with timelines, textual examples and tailored exercises, this guide follows the DramaWorks tradition of applying a practical approach to the study of theory and tradition.