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.
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.
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.
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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).