Yerma

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

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

William Shakespeare - at a glance

There’s so much we don’t know about William Shakespeare. We do know that he was born on St George’s Day, 23 April 1564, the same year as Galileo and Marlowe, and died on his birthday in 1616. This is supposed to be an auspicious sign, particularly in the superstitious Elizabethan age. We know that he was born and died in Stratford-upon-Avon and is buried at Holy Trinity church in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Biography

William Butler Yeats

Mark Fortier, Professor at the University of Guelph in Canada, introduces poet, playwright and Nobel Prize winner for Literature, William Butler Yeats. Fortier provides an overview of Yeats’ history, aims and practice, detailing how his work was influenced by political issues, and emphasises the importance of his role in the development of Irish Theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Wilful Distraction: Katie Mitchell, Auteurism and the Canon | A lecture by Tom Cornford

Tom Cornford discusses Katie Mitchell’s productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, Miss Julie and The Cherry Orchard, examining her innovative stagings and the critical response to them. Cornford unpacks the criticisms that she is a European-style auteur, and explores her scenographic distractions, and her radical interpretations highlighting issues of class, gender and power relations.
Lecture
(2017)

Vsevolod Meyerhold

Vsevolod Emilyevich Meyerhold (1874-1940) was a pioneering Russian avant-garde theatre director. He opposed the realism of Konstantin Stanislavsky’s theatre, asserting a theatre that celebrated its own theatricalism. His work inspired many artists of his modernist era and since then, including theatre practitioners such as Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski and Augusto Boal, though his work has still not had the widespread recognition it deserves.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2016)

Using Digital Technology + Social Media in Practical Theatre Courses

Ezra Le Bank, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, California State University Long Beach, shares his research into utilising social media and digital technology to support teaching in studio theatre courses. The essay provides practical suggestions to assist educators in considering digital integration in theatrical (or other) courses.
Essay
(2017)

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

Understanding a World View of Theatre

In Summer 2016, Digital Theatre+'s Creative Producer, Fiona Lindsay, conducted a live-broadcast Q&A session with former International Baccalaureate Chief Examiner, Richard Gough, discussing his decades of experience in understanding the concept of world, or intercultural, theatre.

Interview
(2016)

True West

Digital Theatre+ Study Guides are specially commissioned from leading theatre academics and practitioners, with expert knowledge of the texts that they explore. The guides examine plays from literary and contextual, as well as dramatic perspectives, to provide a thorough and manifold access point to key texts, from the classical to the contemporary.
Study Guide
(2016)

Tony Kushner

The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, Marvin Carlson, introduces the multi-award winning playwright Tony Kushner. Covering history, methods and aims, Carlson provides an overview of Kushner’s works, collaborations and political impact, affirming his place as one of the most prominent and honoured contemporary American playwrights.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Tom Stoppard

Ed Madden, Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, introduces British playwright Tom Stoppard. Madden explores key themes in Stoppard’s plays, from the value of art to the inevitability of death, and emphasises his influence and importance as a dramatist renowned for intellectual playfulness and theatrical dazzle.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

To be, or not to be: A tribute to John Barton

After the death of John Barton in January 2018, the theatre industry united in paying homage to the leading light in Shakespearean performance. In this tribute, Emily Blacksell, who began her career working alongside John at the Royal Shakespeare Company, remembers the ‘Shakespeare Titan’.
Essay
(2018)

Three Sisters

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

Thomas Hardy - at a glance

Thomas Hardy O.M. was born 2 June 1840 in Higher Bockhampton, in Dorset. His father was a stonemason and builder. His mother, Jemima, was a highly educated woman who was very well read, and she educated Thomas until he was eight as he was a frail child. He went on to a local private school. His family could not afford to send Thomas to university and he was apprenticed to an architect, James Hicks.
Biography

This Island's Mine

This inspiring short film examines ‘The Hunter Heartbeat Method’ developed by Kelly Hunter, which uses games derived from Shakespeare’s poetic exploration of the mind, eyes, reason and love to release communicative blocks within children with autism.
Flute Theatre
(2015)
Documentary

Things I Know To Be True | A Comprehensive Guide

A note on the guide from Frantic Assembly's Artistic Director, Scott Graham: "I hope this pack offers access and insight into the creative process of myself and my collaborators. As ever with these packs my intention is to take you into the heart of this creative process and attempt to demystify it. It is important to know that inspiration comes from a throw away remark, a joke, a film, a song as much as it comes from endless chin scratching."
Frantic Assembly
(2016)
Study Guide

Theatre Reviewing & The Stage Archive

Freelance Theatre Critic and Arts Journalist, Matt Trueman, explores how the purpose of theatre reviewing has changed over time, with a particular focus on The Stage Archive reviews available on Digital Theatre+.
Essay
(2017)

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)

Theatre of Cruelty

Colin Chambers, Emeritus Professor of Drama at Kingston University, provides an overview of Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty. Exploring its history, theory and practice, and referring to key practitioners who have been instrumental in its development, such as Peter Brook, Chambers examines how Theatre of Cruelty aims to shock its audiences and evoke emotional responses by abandoning traditional methods of theatre-making.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2016)

Theatre Historiography

Historiography is the study, not only of the historical record, but the process of writing history. Theatre historiography studies how histories of the theatre are constructed and also generates new histories. When we speak of “histories of the theatre,” we refer to the histories of performance practice as well as the body of plays, criticism, theory, dramaturgical writings, and other fragments that survive in archives or record books.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2016)

The Wooster Group

Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, provides an overview of The Wooster Group. Considered one of the most important experimental theatre companies of late 20th-century America, Carlson explores the Group’s use of multimedia, lip-syncing and various other methods that challenge the performance traditions of mainstream American theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

The Trojan Women

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

The Taming of the Shrew

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

The Taming of the Shrew

Digital Theatre+ Study Guides are specially commissioned from leading theatre academics and practitioners, with expert knowledge of the texts that they explore. The guides examine plays from literary and contextual, as well as dramatic perspectives, to provide a thorough and manifold access point to key texts, from the classical to the contemporary.
Study Guide
(2016)