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)

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.
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)

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.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

Practical Workshop Guide | Waiting for Godot

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)

Samuel Beckett

Professor of Drama at the University of Chester David Pattie outlines the history and practice of one of the 20th century’s most influential playwrights, Samuel Beckett. Pattie explores how Beckett's radical and minimalist approach to dramatic narrative and stagecraft has been instrumental in the development of contemporary theatre and performance.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Practical Workshop Guide | Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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
(2016)

Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht was probably the most influential playwright-director of the twentieth century. For Brecht, this was the ‘scientific age’, which required thinking theatregoers, not people who were swept away by an overwhelming tide of experienced feeling. Brecht’s aim therefore was to devise a theatrical practice that would not merely interpret the world, but would help to change it.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2016)

Comedy

Comedy is, by its nature, highly contextual, it must constantly adapt to changes in the cultural milieu in which it works. Comedy also relies on newness and surprise more heavily than other art forms – some jokes just aren’t funny after the first or second time one hears them. As a result, new forms and styles emerge constantly, just as older forms fall out of favour and are abandoned.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2016)

Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter was a British playwright, screenwriter, poet, director, actor and political activist who lived from 1930 - 2008. He is best remembered for work that established him as one of the most significant dramatists of the latter half of the twentieth century. His writing is often characterised by a sense of threat or violence hidden under layers of small talk, colloquial speech and silence; so distinct is his tone that the term ‘Pinteresque’ entered the dictionary in 1982.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Styletaster: Boal, Brecht, Brook

The three practitioners introduced in this handbook are all concerned with the social function of theatre, though it can be said that Brook’s interest therein formed only part of his extensive journey into the whole range of theatre experience, past and present, Western and Eastern. Brecht saw theatre as a tool for exploring man as a social animal, for demonstrating how we are both socially manipulated into certain behaviours and able, by recognising them, to change for the better. Boal takes the Brechtian concept of theatre as a force to alter the human condition into logical, though ultimately non-theatrical, routes that are closer to therapy and personal self-discovery.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

Talking About Plays... Metamorphosis: An Interview with George Dillon

George shares why he credits Berkoff with inventing physical theatre, the distance between the suspension of disbelief and belief itself, and the physics of playing a beetle.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Theatre of the Absurd

Theatre of the Absurd is a label that was created in the early 1960s to help explain an experimental theatrical phenomenon of the previous decade. Absurd plays express shock and disillusionment at the loss of a set of stable ideas or systems of belief that underpinned the old conventions, such as the ‘well-made play’. The movement rejected discussion of the absurd nature of the human condition, instead presenting it as a concrete, staged, absolute.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2016)

Understanding Drama

This extensive walk through of Western theatrical development spans centuries, from the amphitheatres of Ancient Greece, to the 'empty space' if the modern stage. Complete with timelines, textual examples and tailored exercises, this guide follows the DramaWorks tradition of applying a practical approach to the study of theory and tradition.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

Woyzeck

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