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The Resource List of The Week – Drama

This week, our Resource List of the Week concentrates on Drama. Before starting, let’s give a definition of this subject.

What is Drama?

According to Merriam Webster, Drama is a subject

“…intended to portray life or character or to tell a story usually involving conflicts and emotions through action and dialogue and typically designed for theatrical performance”

To better understand the topic, we recommend you read the following titles and resources.

1. Drama & the Dramatic – Dawson, S. W.

Drama & the Dramatic

This book explores the history of Drama and provides critical overviews on different aspects of the subject. Firstly, it explores the intricacies of plays, before going on to examine the dramatic language, action and tension used within them. Finally, this title is a valuable resource for those studying drama and English literature.

2. Theatre in Practice – O’Brien, N., and Sutton, A.

Theatre in Practice

This title outlines the central practices and key practitioners in theatre. Firstly, it explores a wide range of work from innovative theatre companies, then, it combines an informal, unpretentious tone with a wealth of practical exercises. Secondly, the book includes some of the latest practices in theatre, including a step-by-step approach to develop key skills such as devising, improvising, rehearsing mono/duologues and directing plays.

3. Disability and Theatre – Barton Farcas, S.

Disability and Theatre

This book is a step-by-step manual on how to create an inclusive theatre for anyone with disabilities. Firstly, it explains how and where to find actors as well as how to publicise productions, run rehearsals, direct intricate scenes like fights and battles, and deal with technical issues. This practical information was born from O’Brien’s 16 years of running the first inclusive theatre company in New York City. Furthermore, this knowledge is applicable to any performance level.

4. Interpreting the play script – Fliotsos, A.

Interpreting the Play Script

This title explores how one type of analysis cannot fit every play, neither does one method of interpretation suit every theatre artist or collaborative team. In addition, this book is the first text to combine traditional and non-traditional models, giving students a range of tools with which to analyse different kinds of performance.

5. Stage-Play and Screen-Play –  Ingham, M.

Stage-Play and Screen-Play

This book explores and reveals the differences in vocabulary between film and theatre. Firstly, each chapter examines the processes involved in stage-to-screen and screen-to-stage transfer and how they are grounded with relevant and applied contexts. Secondly, Ingham draws upon the growing field of adaptation studies, to present case studies ranging from Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan and RSC Live’s simulcast by Richard II to F.W. Murnau’s Silent Tartüff. Furthermore, the book offers a fresh insight into the ways in which film and theatre communicate dramatic performances, underlining the differences between them.

6. Drama Source

This is a website which offers a wide range of resources for those who are involved in teaching and practising of drama. This content includes games, courses, articles, videos and apps. This website is run by David Farmer, who is a freelance writer, theatre director and drama consultant. Also, he delivers training and presentations for organisations worldwide.

7. UK Theatre Resources

UK Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre and performing arts membership organisation.

It can support organisations and individuals in the performing arts at any stage of their career, through a range of training, events and other professional services. This website has a wide range of reports and resources available to support any part of drama and theatre.

8. Drama Techniques – Clark, R.

This paper explains how, when you involve games in drama teaching, they can be a simple, cost-effective method to achieve a wide variety of educational goals. Furthermore, the document explains how games can combine elements of creative drama, improvisation, pantomime, creative movement and storytelling. Finally, the paper explores how games can have a tremendously positive effect on literacy development, academic success, and social interaction.

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