A Guide to Teaching Shakespeare with DT+ | AS & A Level English Literature

This exclusive Digital Theatre+ Guide was specifically designed to support and enhance the teaching of Shakespeare set texts for AS & A Level English Literature. Providing access to an abundance of written and filmed content on DT+, this bespoke guide aims to supply the tools to help facilitate learning opportunities by revealing how to make the most of DT+ resources.
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Aeschylus

Mark Fortier, Professor at the University of Guelph in Canada, provides an introduction to Aeschylus – a playwright often referred to as the father of tragedy. Fortier explores the influence of Greek mythology on Aeschylus’s key works, draws on contemporary examples and critical theory, and considers the impact of Greek tragedy on theatre and performance throughout history.
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Aristophanes

Michael M. Chemers, Associate Professor of Dramatic Literature at the University of California in Santa Cruz, introduces one of the most celebrated comic playwrights of all time, Aristophanes. Chemers examines some of Aristophanes' surviving works, including Lysistrata and The Clouds, and considers how his plays were influenced by both the politics and the philosophy of the time.
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Concise Introduction

Arthur Miller

Ed Madden, Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, provides an introduction to one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Arthur Miller (1915-2005). Madden explores the recurring themes in Miller’s work, including the American Dream, post-war American society and the impact of capitalism, and considers how they continue to resonate in productions around the world.
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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.
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August Strindberg

The Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, Laurence Senelick, provides an introduction to Swedish dramatist August Strindberg (1849-1912). Senelick considers how Strindberg’s personal experience directly influenced his work and highlights how he intensely explored the complexities of the ego, providing an alternative approach to conventional stage behaviour with the ever-changing personalities of his characters.
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Concise Introduction

Ben Jonson

Independent Scholar Tobin Nellhaus provides an overview of Renaissance playwright Ben Jonson. Nellhaus explores how Jonson was deeply influenced by classical literature, aiming to absorb their values and styles to address societal issues of his time, and how he succeeded to raise the status of drama in 17th-century Britain through the publishing of his works. 
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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.
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Concise Introduction

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.
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Concise Introduction

Catharsis

Independent Scholar Tobin Nellhaus provides an introduction to catharsis - a term associated with Aristotle’s definition of tragedy and the purgation of emotions. Nellhaus explores various interpretations of catharsis and considers how the relationship it draws between the play, the audience and a particular set of emotions, such as fear and pity, has developed significantly over time.
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Concise Introduction

Christopher Marlowe

The Associate Professor of Dramatic Literature at the University of California in Santa Cruz, Michael M. Chemers, provides an overview of British 16th-century playwright Christopher Marlowe. Chemers explores some of Marlowe's most popular works, including Edward II and Doctor Faustus, and considers how he became one of the most celebrated tragedians during a time of vibrant theatrical activity in London.
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Concise Introduction

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.
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Concise Introduction

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.
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Deconstruction

Ed Scheer, Head of School at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Art and Design, explores Jacques Derrida's concept of deconstruction in relation to theatre and performance. Scheer considers how Derrida's theory, which examines the relationship between text and meaning, language and speech, has impacted the works of dance choreographer Jérôme Bel and experimental theatre company Forced Entertainment.
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Director's Notebook | Death of a Salesman

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.
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Director Notebooks

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.
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Director Notebooks

Edward Albee

Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, Ed Madden, presents the history, aims and methods of the one of the greatest American dramatists, Edward Albee. Madden provides an in-depth analysis of Albee’s works, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and explores their concern with exposing the darkness, delusion and desperation that lie behind the façade of contemporary life.
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Concise Introduction

Fast Pass Revision Guide | AS/A level English Literature

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 20th-century drama.
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Revision Guide

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.
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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.
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How to Read, Watch and Write About Plays: The Tempest

This Digital Theatre+ Guide explores the various ways to analyse and engage with Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Providing an opportunity for students to use their theatrical imagination and enhance their writing skills, this invaluable resource also includes practical exercises and references to critical theory to help unravel the multi-layered nature of the text.
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Joseph Chaikin

Dorinda Hulton, Senior Research Fellow in Drama at Exeter University, provides an introduction to American actor, director, playwright and pedagogue Joseph Chaikin. Hulton considers Chaikin’s interest in ensemble processes, exploring a number of non-naturalistic exercises which he produced with The Open Theater, and details his collaboration with playwrights such as Sam Shepard and Jean-Claude van Itallie.
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Concise Introduction

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.
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Maurice Maeterlinck

The Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, Laurence Senelick, introduces the work of Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck. Senelick explores the characteristics of Maeterlinck’s writing, focusing on his fascination with silence, death and anguish and exemplifies how his plays have significantly influenced European drama over the last century, from the symbolists to the absurdists and beyond.
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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.
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