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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(2018)

Director's Notebook | Babe, the Sheep-Pig

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.
Director Notebooks
(2017)

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.
Director Notebooks
(2017)

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.
Director Notebooks
(2017)

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)

Edith Craig

Robert Leach, Former Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Birmingham, outlines the work of British theatre director, producer, costumier and pioneer of the women’s suffrage movement, Edith Craig (1869-1947). Leach details Craig’s key productions with the Pioneer Players and considers how her experimental approach aimed to make audiences think, question and see humane solutions to problems.
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(2018)

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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(2017)

Émile Zola

The Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, Laurence Senelick, provides an overview of the life and works of 19th-century French writer Emile Zola (1840-1902). Senelick considers how science greatly influenced Zola’s theories of naturalism in literature and art and explores his view of theatre as a weapon for reform to inspire and improve society.
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(2018)

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.
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(2018)

Eugene O'Neill

Ed Madden, Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, provides an overview of the life and works of multi-award winning playwright Eugene O’Neill. Madden explores how O’Neill’s methods, such as the use of naturalism and expressionism in his plays, have impacted American drama, affirming his place as one of the most important and influential dramatists of the 20th century.
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(2017)

Eugenio Barba

Adam J. Ledger, Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham’s Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, introduces the internationally renowned director Eugenio Barba. Ledger details Barba’s role in the development of Odin Teatret and considers his interest in creating a theatre that changes perceptions and forges connections with audiences and communities.
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(2017)

Farce

Laurence Senelick, Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, introduces farce – a form of comedy usually associated with physical action, exaggerated performance and crude language. Senelick explores the evolution of farce in the West from its origins in carnival to its influence on 19th-century vaudeville, and considers how it can be viewed as a revenge of instincts and impulses over ethical precepts.
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(2018)

Fast Pass Revision Guide | AS/A level Drama and Theatre

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 21st-century drama.
Revision Guide
(2017)

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.
Revision Guide
(2017)

Fast Pass Revision Guide | GCSE Drama

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 21st-century drama.
Revision Guide
(2017)

Fast Pass Revision Guide | GCSE 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.
Revision Guide
(2017)

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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(2018)

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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(2017)

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.
Guide
(2017)

Immersive Worlds: Designing Katie Mitchell's Theatre | Ben Fowler in conversation with Alex Eales

Scholar Ben Fowler and designer Alex Eales discuss Eales’ collaborations with Katie Mitchell, including his work on Cleansed, Happy Days and Night Train. Eales gives insight into the process of working on a production, including the designer’s role in working with a text and the detailed naturalism of his set and lighting design.
Interview
(2017)

Intercultural Theatre

Associate Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne Paul Rae provides an overview of intercultural theatre – a theatre which involves participants coming together from all over the world to share cultural forms, practices and worldviews. Rae details the history, theory and practice of intercultural theatre and refers to the work of key practitioners who have been influential in its development.
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(2017)

Irish Theatre

Professor at the National University of Ireland, Lionel Pilkington, offers an invaluable introduction to Irish Theatre. Referring to key playwrights and practitioners who have been instrumental in its development, such as Samuel Beckett, Pilkington provides an overview of the history, theory and practice of Irish Theatre, and emphasises its importance during a time of political and social unrest.
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(2017)

Jacques Copeau

Mark Evans, Professor of Theatre Training and Education at Coventry University, introduces French director and playwright Jacques Copeau. Evans explores Copeau’s vision for a theatre with a sense of social and moral purpose, emphasising the importance of collaboration and community, and examines his unique approach to actor training.
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(2017)

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.
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(2017)

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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(2018)