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.
Digital Theatre
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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

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.
Cherry Orchard - Young Vic
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Lecture

Vsevolod Meyerhold

Rose Whyman, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, provides an introduction to the pioneering Russian avant-garde theatre director, Vsevolod Emilyevich Meyerhold (1874-1940). Whyman considers how Meyerhold opposed the Realism of Konstantin Stanislavsky’s theatre, preferring a stylised theatre which used conventions or devices to convey meaning to an audience.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Concise Introduction

Vincent Dance Theatre Education Pack

Charlotte Vincent, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Vincent Dance Theatre, provides an invaluable insight into the company’s theatre-making process, from the collaborative devising stage to the distribution of the work on stage, on film and online, and offers a team analysis of the powerful and provocative production of Virgin Territory.
Vincent Dance Theatre
(2018)
Guide

Verbatim Theatre

Freelance arts journalist, theatre critic and researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, Catherine Love provides an introduction to verbatim theatre. Love details the challenges that arise from portraying real people on stage and considers how verbatim is best understood not only as a genre but as a theatre-making tool used as just one methodology among many contemporary practitioners.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Concise Introduction

Vasily Toporkov

Laurence Senelick, the Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, introduces the Russian actor Vasily Toporkov (1889-1970), who published a detailed account of his experience working with Konstantin Stanislavsky. Senelick considers the importance of Toporkov’s theoretical work on the interpretation and popularisation of Stanislavsky’s Method of Physical Action and his theory on the art of acting.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Concise Introduction

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Essay

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.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

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.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Study Guide

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

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.
Concise Introduction
(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’.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Essay

Tim Crouch

Catherine Love, freelance arts journalist, theatre critic and researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, introduces British playwright Tim Crouch. Love considers how Crouch’s continuous exploration throughout his work of the mechanics of theatrical representation, the art world, and the role of the audience has led him to become a key figure in contemporary British theatre.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Concise Introduction

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 Middleton

Robert Leach, Former Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Birmingham, provides an introduction to one of the leading Jacobean playwrights, Thomas Middleton. Leach explores how Middleton’s plays were significantly influenced by the reign of King James I in England, and highlights his collaborative work with other successful dramatists of the time, including William Shakespeare.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

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.
Digital Theatre
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)
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+.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Essay

Theatre of the Absurd

The Emeritus Professor of Drama at Kingston University, Colin Chambers, provides an introduction to Theatre of Absurd – a label created to define the experimental theatre of the 1950s. Referring to the works of key practitioners, Chambers considers how absurd playwrights rejected dominant forms of theatrical storytelling and aimed to express disillusionment at the loss of a stable set of ideas.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Concise Introduction

Theatre of Cruelty

Colin Chambers, Emeritus Professor of Drama at Kingston University, provides an overview of Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty. 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.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Concise Introduction