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Performing Arts


Drama and Theatre Studies



GROTOWSKI: A PRACTICAL GUIDE

World famous theatre practitioner Jerzy Grotowski has had an enormous and positive influence on contemporary theatre. This resource explores his life and work and shows how his ideas and approaches can be used by students and teachers to create powerful and successful performances. Through the use of archive performance footage, workshops, demonstrations, interviews and examples of Grotowski inspired pieces, this double DVD enables students to apply Grotowski's visionary insights to their own devised and scripted work. Includes top-band student performances and ready to use teaching materials.

2 DVDs / 2015 / (KS 3-5 or above) / 135 minutes

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CREATING COMEDY: TECHNIQUES AND EXERCISES

This Double DVD provides strategies and ideas for creating comedy for devised and scripted performances. Using interviews, workshops and performance footage from leading international comedy practitioners, this resource will guide students through the entire process, from the initial stages of researching, exploring and testing ideas through to rehearsal and final performance. Specific comedy generating strategies, like games and play, rhythm, timing and surprises, crossed objectives, double acts, major/minor and creating comedy characters are all explained, with performed examples. Includes top-band student performances and ready-to-use teaching materials.

2 DVDs / 2014 / (KS 3-5 or above) / 120 minutes

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OEDIPUSSY: MAKING PHYSICAL COMEDY WORK

This double DVD gives a unique insight into the hilarious inventiveness of internationally acclaimed physical comedy company, Spymonkey. Produced by Spymonkey and using original rehearsal footage and interviews, the resource follows the creative process from the first moments of inception through rehearsal to performance as the company turns Sophocles' most famous tragedy into a Bowie-esque space ballad. The DVD also includes a live recording of Oedipussy with commentary, as well as interviews with the artistic directors as they explore the influences on their work and the creative roles of director, writer and designer.

DISC 1 OEDIPUSSY recorded at Brighton Festival:
ACT 1 66min
ACT 2 45min (with optionalcommentary)
Promo trailer 4'27"
Audience voxpops 2'24"

DISC 2 OEDIPUSSY IN DEVELOPMENT
Starting Points 11'43"
Music & Choreography 9'24"
Creating in Collaboration 7'12"
Writing Tools 15'07"
Killing Your Darlings 14'47"
GLOSSARY 30'00"
REHEARSAL COMMENTARY by director and cast 2'28"


2 DVDs / 2014 / (KS 3-5 or above) / 100 minutes

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SO YOU WANT TO GO TO DRAMA SCHOOL?

Drama schools get thousands of applications each year from students wanting to become actors, so how can you make an application stand out? how can students be sure that the course is really the right one for them? What does the audition process involve and how can they prepare for it most effectively? Through interviews with experts at the Royal Central School of Speech an Drama, the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and the Institute of the Arts, Barcelona, this double DVD gives candidates the essential information they need to avoid the pitfalls to apply intelligently and to maximize their chances of success in auditions. Includes student accounts of the entire process and mock-auditions with students and drama school tutors.

2 DVDs / 2014 / (KS 3-5 or above) / 100 minutes

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ANTONIN ARTAUD: PRACTICAL APPROACHES TO A THEATRE OF CRUELTY

This two-disc DVD set showcases practical approaches to working with Artaud and the Theatre of Cruelty. It provides examples of students' work that scored 100% in their A level practical examinations. These are combined with a wealth of performance footage from professional companies, interviews and practical exercises from leading Artaud practitioners, as well as an overview from Stephen Barber, Artaud's biographer and author of three books on Artaud. A unique resource that will be invaluable for all drama teaching

2 DVDs / 2010 / (KS 4-5) / 120 minutes

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CREATING PHYSICAL THEATRE

An inspiring guide to some of the ideas, strategies and methods that can be used in both professional and educational contexts to add physical dimensions to performance.

Disc 1 includes interviews, rehearsal footage, demonstrations and performances from some of the world's best and most physical practitioners. It provides examples of games, strategies and methods used to generate physical action and looks at the relationship between text and movement. It also explores the choreographing and scoring of physical action, including proxemics and sequencing.

Disc 2 contains numerous workshop examples showing ideas and techniques that can be used to encourage students to add physicality to their performance. It also contains examples of student work.


2 DVDs / 2006 / (KS 3-5) / 90 minutes

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DEVISING WORK - FORMERLY THE GREAT DEVISER

An invaluable and inspirational two-disc guide to the process of creating an original piece of drama. Ways of getting started are evaluated and professional practitioners introduce the strategies they use to generate ideas, movement and text.

Disc 1 Filmed with companies from three continents, this disc contains a feature film's worth of edited interviews, demonstrations, rehearsal footage and performance outcome clips from some of the world's most creative devisers - Goat Island (US), Forced Entertainment (UK), Ushio Amagatsu/Sankai Juku (Japan). The practitioners explain the ideas that influence and inform their work, how they start a piece - including research strategies and sourcing "raw ingredients"; games and other ways of generating movement and text and how they refine and structure their material.

Disc 2 provides extensive teaching resources including how to manage the conceptual process. It contains almost limitless ideas, strategies and materials to help devisors, including: video examples of student work informed by some of the practitioners on disc 1, specially commissioned copyright free "music to devise by", materials from Goat Island/Forced Entertainment and an introduction to the Great Devisers Great Devising Project - an online collaboration in which students are invited to upload performative and other responses to materials created by leading international practitioners.


2 DVDs / 2006 / (KS 3-5) / 100 minutes

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ENSEMBLE BUILDING

Filmed over a two day workshop, this double DVD set shows a wealth of examples of ideas, games and methods which can be used to engage students, helping them overcome inhibitions, build trust and improve communication. Included are interviews and examples of work from some of the world's leading theatre practitioners. The second disc contains additional teachers' resources including a trouble shooting guide and suggested student activities.

2 DVDs / 2006 / (KS 3-5) / 100 minutes

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DRAMA: CREATING A CHARACTER

Drama: Creating a Character helps the student to discover the importance of character analysis and its effect when applied to character development. A list of questions designed for developing familiarity with a character provides an excellent foundation for success.

Learning Objectives
1) Students will discuss the importance of character analysis.
2) Students will discover the effect of character analysis when applied to a performance.
3) Students will learn appropriate questions to ask when preparing to portray a character.


DVD / 2005 / () / 29 minutes

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DRAMA: PRODUCING A PLAY

This DVD provides helpful hints that highlight all facets of staging a production -- lights, sets, makeup, casting, and more!

Learning Objectives
1) The basic elements of a theatrical production will be introduced.
2) The components of each production element will be identified.
3) The importance of cooperation among members of a production team is underscored.


DVD / 2005 / () / 28 minutes

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AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY THEATER - STRAIGHT: A CONVERSION COMEDY

Straight is a hilarious and subversive excursion into the world of conversion therapy, where homosexuals are reputedly made "straight." Join acclaimed writer/performer David Schmader as he plunges into the heart of this dangerous territory. Schmader, a gay man, pulls no punches with either the conversionists or the gay community in this one-man show.

DVD / 2004 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 100 minutes

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AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY THEATER - THE HAINT: A SOUTHERN GOTHIC GHOST STORY

A masterful example of Southern storytelling. This one-man Southern Gothic ghost story features the "phenomenally talented" Troy Mink (Seattle Weekly) playing 13 different characters - from a ghost-busting sheriff to a chain-smoking lesbian atheist - in the mythical haunted town of Midway, Tennessee.

DVD / 2004 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 60 minutes

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BASIC VOCABULARY FOR THE THEATRE

The world of theatre arts has a language of it own. This DVD discusses some of the many terms and definitions that an acting student might encounter during his or her exposure to the world of drama. A working knowledge of some of the specific terms used in theatre will enable any student of the stage to understand others in this field and to interact successfully and creatively with them.

Learning Objectives
1) To define key vocabulary used in the theatre.
2) To familiarize the student with the stage and backstage area.
3) To examine the actor's progress from audition to opening night.


DVD / 2004 / (Grades 6-12) / 14 minutes

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ELEMENTS OF THEATRE

Discuss the importance of theatre as an art form; explore the essential elements, and see how each is utilized in every production.

Learning Objectives
1) Students will learn about the eight essential elements of theatre.
2) The importance of theatre will be discussed.
3) How each element of theatre is used to create a successful performance will be shown.


DVD / 2004 / (Grades 6-12) / 30 minutes

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FASHION FOR THE THEATRE

What kinds of costumes would be most appropriate for your play? By knowing when the play is set, you can research the fashions of that era and determine what upper-class, middle-class, and lower-class people wore at a particular moment in history. This information is important, because costumes that accurately reflect a period help actors to more authentically portray the characters. Costuming is one of the elements of a production that can either draw the audience into the play or make them feel removed from what is happening on-stage.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
1) Students will learn how to analyze a play for the purpose of designing costumes.
2) Students will learn about fashion features of key historical eras.
3) Students will learn how to conduct fashion research.


DVD / 2004 / (Grades 6-12) / 20 minutes

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GREEK THEATRE

The Greek play was an essential element of the ancient Mediterranean culture, and it eventually evolved into modern theatre. Explore the origins of Greek theatre and learn how the staging of a play changed over the course of time.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
1) Students will learn that ancient Greek plays were designed to provide a religious experience to the masses.
2) Students will learn how ancient Greek playwrights competed against one another for awards.
3) Students will learn about the purpose of the 'Greek chorus.'
4) Students will learn about the physical structure of the Greek theatre.


DVD / 2004 / (Grades 6-12) / 19 minutes

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IMPROVISATION FOR THE THEATRE

The theatrical element called "improvisation" does not allow for rehearsals and costumes. It is the acting equivalent of performing "without a net," and is an exercise that allows actors to go out on a creative limb and test themselves artistically. For serious actors, it is a wonderful method for developing their craft, but anyone can have a great time performing improvisation.

DVD / 2004 / () / 33 minutes

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MAGNIFICENT WELLES, THE - THE SPECTACULAR RISE & FALL OF FILM GENIUS ORSON WELLES

This acclaimed one-man play charts the spectacular rise and fall of film genius Orson Welles. Marcus Wolland deftly impersonates Welles in this performance that is both a memoir of Welles' breathtaking career and a chronicle of his losing power struggle over The Magnificent Ambersons, the movie that followed Citizen Kane. Opening black and white footage, a great script, various camera angles, occasional special effects and audience reactions add variety to the performance.

DVD / 2004 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 93 minutes

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ORIGIN OF THE DRAMA AND THE THEATRE

Vulgar jests became comedies, hymns became powerful tragedies, and magnificent theatres were built, as Greek drama emerged from ancient religious festivals.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
1) To provide background information concerning the development of drama in Classical Greece, and especially to explain the different ceremonial sources for comedy and tragedy.
2) To introduce the student to the great playwrights of Greece and to the innovations for which they are known, while investigating the subject matter of Greek drama and its significance for the spect
3) To explain the origins of the Classical Greek theatre and to demonstrate the importance of theaters to Greek civilization, regardless of where Greek settlers were living.
4) To explain acting techniques and costume requirements of early Greek theatre, to detail the design modifications in the Greek theatre, and to discuss the reasons behind these alterations.


DVD / 2004 / (Grades 6-12) / 24 minutes

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PERFORMING AN EXCITING PLAY

Have you ever wondered what goes into performing an exciting play? Many students have never put on a play before and know that it would be fun, but where do they begin? This video helps students discover all aspects of putting on a play, from selecting a play to costumes, make-up and set design. Find out how your school can perform an exciting play.

Learning Objectives
1) Students will learn about the various aspect of performing a play.
2) Acting and crew positions will be discussed.


DVD / 2004 / () / 20 minutes

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PRODUCING AN EXCITING PLAY

A lot of work and patience goes into producing a school play. You have to have a director, a cast and a crew. Discover ways to get the community involved, get the students excited and most of all, to have fun when you are producing an exciting play.

Learning Objectives 1) Viewers will discover how to start a theatre program. 2) Selecting a play and holding auditions will be discussed. 3) Viewers will find out how to get the entire school and community involved in the production of a school play.


DVD / 2004 / () / 26 minutes

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AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY THEATER - JOKES AND THEIR RELATION TO THE UNCONSCIOUS - A COMEDY TO END ALL COMEDY

Chicago's Neo-Futurists, aided by fellow assassins Sigmund Freud and Uncle Miltie, attempt to kill comedy by explaining why it's funny - which only makes it funnier.

DVD / 2003 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 83 minutes

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AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY THEATER - MASS MURDER: ENTER THE MIND OF A SERIAL KILLER

Spend an intimate evening with the twentieth century's most notorious serial killers, including Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez (the "Night Stalker"), and Aileen Wuornos (America's First Female Serial Killer). A fascinating study of very real and very defective human beings and the social forces that shaped them.

DVD / 2003 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 86 minutes

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AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY THEATER - POONA: FAIRY TALES FOR GROWN-UPS

These outrageous "Fairy tales for Grown-ups" are not for the easily offended! Follow Poona's twisted path to the Kingdom of Do (where no one did) and meet The Man Who Can Sell Anything, Suzy-Suzy Cyber-Assassin, Mr. Beer, space aliens and God (who will answer any question for five bucks). Nothing is sacred in this raucous assault on the power of language.

DVD / 2003 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 120 minutes

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THEATRES OF ASIA, THE: AN INTRODUCTION

With David George

This video introduces Asian theater through the roles it plays in the lives of Asian people and its special relationship to young people. David George has interviewed dancers, actors, musicians, shamans, priests, scholars, mask-makers, choreographers and taken detailed pictures of what he has learned.


DVD / 2003 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 44 minutes

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WIRELESS MICROPHONES IN THE THEATER

By Martin John Gallagher

Wireless mics produce great sound, but they come with some serious challenges for anyone who uses wireless microphones in live theatre, film or video production. The CD-ROM is a self-directed and interactive learning tool that teaches all aspects of wireless mic usage, including equipment selection, attachment of mics, dressing in the hair, costume modifications and production costs. The CD-ROM has five learning sections, one for each of the five production departments impacted by the decision to use wireless microphones. Technicians can look at any of the sections based on interests and duties. This excellent lecture tool features various instructional videos, photographs, animations and drawings.


CD-ROM / 2003 / (Grades 9-Adult) /

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MAKING THE PLAY

Featuring The Hemingway/Dos Passos Wars

A one hour documentary that brings to life the experience of a professional theater production. "Making The Play" enters the secret world of drama as it evolves on the stage from creation of text to Opening Night. Watch as the director shapes the play in rehearsal, the actors bring life to their roles, the set designer builds the set and music, dance and lighting are blended into the final production. This play deals with the real life story of Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, adding elements of biography and research to the documentary.

Topics include: first rehearsals, history, building the set, promoting the show, costumes, actor's craft, fights, director's craft, music and dancing, and the show goes on.


DVD / 2000 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 60 minutes

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