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Theatre in the 19th century

• Article by: Jacky Bratton<br>• Theme: Popular culture<br>• Published: 15 Mar 2014<p>At the beginning of the 19th century, there were only two main theatres in …

Collaborative Project

Starting Points<p>The inspiration for the collaborative creation of the piece of theatre. A focus to the initial stages of practical exploration. The …

Reality theatre

ZU-UK previewed two new shows in July as part of their Decalogy of Loneliness project. <i>Binaural Dinner Date</i> and <i>Good Night, Sleep Tight</i> are fully …

Virtual Reality

The Exorcist in the West End

Cult horror classic <i>The Exorcist</i> will make its West End theatrical debut in October. Based on the best-selling novel by William Peter Blatty, it tells …

Horror

Audience strip off for Hair

A new production of <i>Hair</i> will take the concept of immersive theatre to the max. The musical gained notoriety for its nudity when it first opened in …

Vietnam War

Lovesong Resource Pack - Frantic Assembly

By Abi Morgan Direction and Choreography by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett A Comprehensive Guide for students (aged 14+), teachers & arts …

The Arts

Antarctica musical: Scientist turns playwright to spread message about Antarctic plight

Following a near-death experience involving krill, Hobart-based Antarctic scientist Dana Bergstrom decided if she survived, she would only write …

Dario Fo, Nobel-winning playwright, dies aged 90

Italian writer and performer, famous for satire such as Accidental Death of an Anarchist, had been suffering lung problems<p>The Nobel prizewinning playwright and actor Dario Fo, famous for his cutting political satire in plays such as The Accidental Death of an Anarchist, has died aged 90.<p>Fo, who won …

Nobel Prize

The immersed audience: how theatre is taking its cue from video games

Under the arches of London Bridge two policemen pursue a murder suspect. The man gasps for breath, desperately searching for an escape route as the cops close in. Meanwhile, some place not far away, a crowbar-wielding physicist lunges desperately at a reanimated corpse. An experiment has gone …

The technology changing theatre

MATT TRUEMAN: New technologies are changing theatre, expanding traditional ideas of what a play can be and do. At the National Theatre in London, the …

Performing Indonesia – Freer|Sackler

Sixteen specialists in Indonesian performing arts explore traditional genres of music, dance, and theater, their transmission to younger generations, …

Smithsonian

Connecting secondary schools, higher education and theatre professionals

Thank you for visiting Essential Drama. Why not have a read of Dan Rebellato’s introduction to our project – ‘A Little Revolution.’<p><b>Interviews</b><p>More …

Higher Education

Kneehigh Cookbook

Go behind the scenes<p>We are often asked how we make our shows<p>We are often asked about how we make our shows. The Cookbook is crammed full of exclusive …

Cookbooks

13 Innovative Physical Theater Companies

From the Greek chorus to Commedia dell'arte to Japanese Noh, movement has been a key element of storytelling since the earliest days of the theater. …

Beauty and the Beast

Imagined Touch: Deafblind performance pushes audience to experience art through feeling

Imagine you are blind.<p>Now imagine you are also deaf.<p>How do you communicate? What does the world feel like? How do you experience joy, sadness, …

32 Plays You Need To Read Before You Die

"The play's the thing," because plays are the best.

William Shakespeare

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Apollo Theatre, review

Like many other readers, I was blown away by the originality, humour and compassionate insight of Mark Haddon’s novel about a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome.<p>Haddon in fact dislikes the Asperger’s tag that appeared on the cover of his book when it was first published, and prefers Christopher …

The Theatre

Jemma McDonnell: 5 tips for devising a show | Advice

Jemma McDonnell is the artistic director of the Paper Birds theatre company. She has performed in or directed all of the company’s shows since its …

Creativity

The greatest show on earth: Juliet Stevenson stars as Winnie in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days - the 'summit' part for any actress

"Winnie is one of those parts, I believe," declared Peggy Ashcroft who took it on in 1975, "that actresses will want to play in the way that actors …

Beautiful Burnout in the East End

It took months of training to get the actors in shape for Beautiful Burnout. It was a big Edinburgh hit, but will it work in a real boxing venue? By Laura Barnett<p>Of the thousands of shows that hit the Edinburgh fringe every year, only a handful end up making a real stir beyond the festival. This …

Tom Basden: finding the funny in the 'prison of your personality'

As Holes opens in London, the playwright talks about the loneliness of standup, his affection for his characters and having a plane-crash comedy open at the time of a real air disaster<p>Very rarely, reality has the knack of upstaging art with a spectacularly unforeseen twist. Tom Basden's play Holes …

'Romeo and Juliet' takes on local twist in Gaza performance

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" has opened to audiences in the Gaza Strip, albeit with a distinctly Palestinian twist.<p>Instead of the forbidden love story of Renaissance-era European aristocracy, the star-crossed young couple in Gaza's version of the play is divided by …

To modernise or not to modernise? That's not the point - you'll find everything that has ever been thought, felt or said in Shakespeare

The Diversity Police gained a victory of sorts this week when Emma Rice, the new artistic director of the Globe Theatre on London’s South Bank, unveiled her first production. A Midsummer Night’s Dream it was, by the house dramatist, one William Shakespeare, with bright lights, plenty of noise and – …

'The strange thing is we howled with laughter': Sarah Kane's enigmatic last play

First staged a year after she killed herself, 4.48 Psychosis was called Kane’s suicide note. As a new opera version opens, the team behind the play’s Royal Court premiere look back – and her brother gives a rare interview about a work that roars with life as it gazes at death<p>On 3 November 1998, …

Mental Health

How Persian shadow theater is bringing an Iranian epic to life

One day last summer, Hamid Rahmanian was in his graphic design studio in New York, thinking about how to adapt a classic Persian story to the stage. Shahnameh, or “The Book of Kings,” is one of the world's longest epic poems. Rahmanian, who grew up in the Iranian capital of Tehran, had already …

Benedict Cumberbatch talks shirtless Shakespeare in this week’s Radio Times

Also inside this week's magazine: Chris Packham, Claudia Winkleman, James McAvoy, Eurovision and EastEnders Dominic Treadwell-Collins on killing off …

Asperger Syndrome