Commedia Dell'arte

Author John Rudlin provides an introduction to commedia dell’arte, a form of theatre popular in Europe from the 16th to the 18th century. Rudlin lists the stock characters and masks which are central to the form that originated in Italy and considers the criticism and controversy surrounding commedia’s engagement with political figures and events of the time.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

A Servant of Two Masters

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

Actor Training

In this encyclopedia entry, Ben Spatz refers to actor training as activities that actors undertake to develop their overall capacities as performers, rather than to prepare for a particular performance. Actors may train to develop physical stamina, breath capacity, vocal projection, onstage presence, or other skills, which can be applied to many different roles and productions.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Approaches to Unseen Text

Learning how to approach a previously unseen text can be a daunting task. This guide aims to give a thorough grounding in guiding students through the processes of recognition, understanding, evaluating and analysis of an unseen text, as well as practical approaches to getting creative responses down on paper in a clear and constructive manner.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

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.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Concise Introduction

Melodrama

Melodrama was the dominant dramatic form of the nineteenth century, c. 1810-1860, having grown out of Gothic drama. The French revolution’s iconic moment – the storming of the Bastille (1789) – provided Gothic drama with its most potent image: the castle as prison to be broken open. Melodrama repudiated literature: it was a genre of performance.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Concise Introduction

Talking About Plays... A Servant of Two Masters: An Interview with Tim Supple

Tim Supple, theatre director, explores Carlo Goldoni's 1746 comedy A Servant of Two Masters.

Tim discusses the play's renowned character types, the work's modern-day equivalents - the most explicit of which is Richard Bean's celebrated adaptation One Man Two Guvnors - and how Goldoni mastered an art form so successful with a bourgeois theatrical audience.

Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... One Man, Two Guv'nors: An Interview with Richard Bean

Richard Bean, playwright, shares how his stand-up comedy origins sharpened his ability to write concise comedy, explains why he feels the presence of the audience while writing, and tells of his desire to see the working man on stage.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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