Tom Cornford discusses Katie Mitchell’s productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, Miss Julie and The Cherry Orchard, examining her innovative stagings and the critical response to them. Cornford unpacks the criticisms that she is a European-style auteur, and explores her scenographic distractions, and her radical interpretations highlighting issues of class, gender and power relations.
Mark Fortier, Professor at the University of Guelph in Canada, introduces poet, playwright and Nobel Prize winner for Literature, William Butler Yeats. Fortier provides an overview of Yeats’ history, aims and practice, detailing how his work was influenced by political issues, and emphasises the importance of his role in the development of Irish Theatre.
There’s so much we don’t know about William Shakespeare. We do know that he was born on St George’s Day, 23 April 1564, the same year as Galileo and Marlowe, and died on his birthday in 1616. This is supposed to be an auspicious sign, particularly in the superstitious Elizabethan age. We know that he was born and died in Stratford-upon-Avon and is buried at Holy Trinity church in Stratford-upon-Avon.
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.