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.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Concise Introduction

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Interview

Katie Mitchell

Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham's Department of Drama and Theatre Arts Adam J. Ledger introduces the innovative and award-winning British theatre director Katie Mitchell. Exploring Mitchell’s experimental theatre methods, and the influence of psychology and the environment on her work, Ledger considers how her productions combine physical and emotional behaviour with theatrical imagery and inventiveness.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Interview

Mimesis

Independent scholar Tobin Nellhaus provides an introduction to mimesis – a concept that concerns the relationship between art and the world. Nellhaus explores how the term’s various meanings in relation to theatre and performance have developed over time, from ancient Greece to modern-day realism, and argues that no one approach can really cover every aspect or possibility of art.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Russian Theatre

Robert Leach, Former Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Birmingham, provides an overview of Russian theatre. Covering history, theory and practice, Leach explores the various methods by some of Russia’s leading theatrical practitioners, such as Konstantin Stanislavsky and Vsevolod Meyerhold, and examines the development of realist and anti-realist theatre during the 20th century.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

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

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.
Digital Theatre
(2013)
Study Guide

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.
Digital Theatre
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.
Digital Theatre
(2013)
Study Guide

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.
Digital Theatre
(2015)
Study Guide

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.
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Study Guide

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.
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Study Guide

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

Digital Theatre
Concise Introduction

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).
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Concise Introduction

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.
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Study Guide

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

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