A Guide to Kneehigh

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.
DramaWorks
(2017)
Guide

Audience

Professor of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University Dorothy Chansky provides an introduction to the role of the audience in relation to theatre and performance. Chansky examines how the perception of audience has changed throughout history and considers the way different forms of theatre offer further exploration into the audience as a performing phenomenon.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

August Wilson

Isaiah Wooden, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at the American University, presents the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson. Wooden examines Wilson’s internationally acclaimed 10-play Century Cycle, which explores African-American life, experience and history, making Wilson one of the most significant and influential American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Australian Theatre

Peta Tait, Professor of Theatre and Drama at La Trobe University in Melbourne, provides an introduction to Australian theatre. Referring to key practitioners who have impacted Australia’s theatrical landscape, Tait considers how explorations of Aboriginal culture and postcolonial concepts have developed into two distinctive modes of performance which incorporate aspects of Australia’s multicultural society in the 21st century.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Brian Friel

Ed Madden, Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, provides an introduction to Irish playwright Brian Friel. Referring to some of Friel’s best-known plays such as Translations and Dancing at Lughnasa, Madden explores how his work questions the connection between language, culture and identity, and considers how his legacy influenced a generation of playwrights who followed him.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Caryl Churchill

Ed Madden, Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, introduces British playwright Caryl Churchill. Madden explores Churchill’s works in-depth and considers how her experimentation with language, the collaborative process with Joint Stock and the strong political and feminist content of her work has led her to become one of the greatest living dramatists in the UK.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Circus

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.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

David Hare

Ed Madden, Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, provides an introduction to British playwright, screenwriter and director David Hare. Madden examines Hare's successful career, from co-founding experimental touring company Portable to his working relationship with the National Theatre, and explores how his plays often anatomise the ways in which political issues intersect with the personal. Contains strong language.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Director's Notebook | Julius Caesar

Digital Theatre+ Director Notebooks provide an invaluable insight into professional directors’ rehearsal notes, personal processes and directorial intentions for staging a play. Covering critical thinking and practical approaches, these exclusive resources aim to give an understanding of the various ways a text can be interpreted and presented to an audience.
Director Notebooks
(2017)

Director's Notebook | The Birthday Party

Digital Theatre+ Director Notebooks provide an invaluable insight into professional directors’ rehearsal notes, personal processes and directorial intentions for staging a play. Covering critical thinking and practical approaches, these exclusive resources aim to give an understanding of the various ways a text can be interpreted and presented to an audience. Contains strong language.
Director Notebooks
(2017)

Eugenio Barba

Adam J. Ledger, Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham’s Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, introduces the internationally renowned director Eugenio Barba. Ledger details Barba’s role in the development of Odin Teatret and considers his interest in creating a theatre that changes perceptions and forges connections with audiences and communities.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Fast Pass Revision Guide | AS/A level Drama and Theatre

Digital Theatre+ Fast Pass Revision Guides are designed for students to quickly access a range of resources available for their subject. Directing students to various forms of content such as productions, interviews, essays and documentaries, these guides cover texts from Renaissance to 21st-century drama.
Revision Guide
(2017)

Fast Pass Revision Guide | GCSE Drama

Digital Theatre+ Fast Pass Revision Guides are designed for students to quickly access a range of resources available for their subject. Directing students to various forms of content such as productions, interviews, essays and documentaries, these guides cover texts from Renaissance to 21st-century drama.
Revision Guide
(2017)

Headlong

Catherine Love, freelance arts journalist, theatre critic and researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, provides an introduction to British touring theatre company Headlong. Love explores the company’s key works, including a variety of new writing, re-imagined classics and 20th-century plays, and highlights Headlong’s reputation for its innovative practice, use of digital technology and creative partnerships.
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)

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)

Jacques Lecoq

Rick Kemp, Professor of Acting and Directing at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, provides an overview of the life and work of renowned theatre practitioner, Jacques Lecoq. Famous for creating an approach that uses movement analysis, improvisation and collective creation to teach theatre, Lecoq’s work has, and continues to be, recognised and revered globally.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Julie Taymor

Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, outlines the history, aims and practice of the Tony Award-winning director, Julie Taymor. Detailing her work, including the extremely successful Broadway creation, The Lion King, Carlson affirms Taymor’s position as one of the most innovative American directors of theatre, opera and film.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

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.
Encyclopedia Entry
(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)

Kneehigh

Duška Radosavljević, Reader in Contemporary Theatre and Performance at the Central School of Speech and Drama, provides an overview of British theatre company Kneehigh. Radosavljević explores the company’s history, aims and methods, referring to their regular collaborators, their connection to the term ‘community’ and their highly visual storytelling style which has gained them international recognition.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Martin Crimp

Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, Ed Madden, introduces one of the most significant playwrights in contemporary European theatre, Martin Crimp. Madden examines the ways in which Crimp approaches the complex territory of scathing political satire and considers how he continues to expand the range of possibilities for dramatic writing.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Mike Alfreds

Duška Radosavljević, Reader in Contemporary Theatre and Performance at the Central School of Speech and Drama, provides an introduction to director and teacher Mike Alfreds. Radosavljević explores Alfreds’ successful career, from founding the ensemble company Shared Experience to the development of his work on the actor as the most essential and indispensable element of theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Pantomime

Robert Leach, Former Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Birmingham, provides an overview of British pantomime. Leach explores the form’s dramatic development, from the use of Commedia inspired characters and Harlequinade to the introduction of the Dame, and highlights how pantomime raises questions of gender, social stability and the problem of illusion and reality in theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

Practical Workshop Guide | The History Boys

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
(2017)