Acting

The Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, Rose Whyman, provides an introduction to the various approaches to acting. Whyman explores the development of drama and acting processes, from the use of rhetoric in Ancient Greece to Konstantin Stanislavsky’s Method, and details the differences between an actor representing an emotion and experiencing emotion.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Concise Introduction

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Erwin Piscator

Laurence Senelick, Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, provides an overview of one of the most significant directors of Weimar Germany, Erwin Piscator (1893-1966). Senelick explores the similarities and differences between Piscator’s and Bertolt Brecht’s approaches to epic theatre and considers how his scenographic and dramatic innovations in the service of revolutionary Marxism gave power to political theatre of the 1920s.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Concise Introduction

Katie Mitchell and the Politics of Naturalist Theatre | Dan Rebellato and Kim Solga in conversation

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Interview

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Political Theatre

Emeritus Professor of Drama at Kingston University, Colin Chambers, provides an overview of Political Theatre – a term applied to theatre which refers to, comments on, or wishes its audience to intervene in political issues and events. Chambers explores the various definitions that Political Theatre has adopted over time and questions if theatre really has the power to change society.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Augusto Boal

In this encyclopedia entry, Jan Cohen-Cruz and Mady Schutzman provide an insight into the history, theory and practice of Augusto Boal (1931-2009) - the endlessly energetic and innovative Brazilian theatre activist, theorist, thinker, maker, and city councillor. He is best known for a set of exercises and their political-philosophical underpinnings dubbed Theatre of the Oppressed, which was acclaimed for its social relevance, collective problem solving, and the opportunity for people struggling with oppression to become proactive in their own liberation.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Joan Littlewood

Joan Littlewood (1914-2002) ran what was probably Britain’s only genuine modernist avant-garde theatre company, Theatre Workshop, founded in 1945. Littlewood wanted to combine all the arts of performance into a new dramatic form, and to forge an ensemble capable of realizing it. They would be able to present any play so dynamically that even the theatrically-illiterate would respond, and would relate their response to the political situation, to their social identity and history.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Concise Introduction