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Ancient Ideas

Darren Royston

Darren Royston is a Dance and Movement Tutor and Choreographer at RADA, and the Artistic Director and Choreographer for Nonsuch History and Dance. He is council member of many professional organisations including The Laban Guild for Movement and Dance, The European Association of Dance Historians, DANCE UK Choreographers' Forum and the Early Dance Circle (UK) and a member of UNESCO International Council for Dance. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dramatic Dance : An Actor’s Approach to Dance as a Dramatic Art

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...Within the Time Frame The classical period of Greece and Rome. From Homer to the Decline of the Roman Empire (approximately 800 bc to ad 500). Communities established around city...

Exodus, Ἔξοδος: In search of a contemporary catharsis

Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy : Auteurship and Directorial Visions

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Greek tragedy has helped shape our understanding of life, trauma, violence, war, life and death. It is the ‘mother’ of many contemporary theatrical narratives and it still manages to inform, educate, entertain, engage, shock and transform...
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...Age recommendation: 15+ (some strong, bloody images) This archive recording was captured on 4th July, 2012. In the unstable aftermath of a civil war, Creon, the new King of Thebes, asserts his authority by forbidding anyone from honouring...
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...Sophocles' Theban plays – Oedipus Tyrannos, Oedipus at Colonos and Antigone – stand at the fountainhead of world drama; they tell the story of Oedipus, Jocasta and Antigone, and the ancient Greek theme of power, both mortal and godlike...
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...This Greek tragedy tells the story of Oedipus, King of Thebes and husband of Jocasta. When the discovery is made that he is the son of the same Jocasta and of the previous king Laius (whom he has unwittingly murdered), Oedipus blinds...

Ariane Mnouchkine’s Les Atrides: Uncovering a classic

Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy : Auteurship and Directorial Visions

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...As sociologist Jean Duvignaud once put it, there is something incredibly odd about meeting up in a dark room to watch a group of people play out a text written several centuries ago (1965: 56). This is precisely what theatre aficionados do...

Immortals and Mortals

J. Michael Walton

J. Michael Walton has published and edited seven books on classical theatre history and has nine translations of Euripides plays in print, many on the Methuen Drama list. He is Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Hull where he taught from 1965 to 2002. While there he directed numerous plays and taught courses in Classical Theatre, Masks and Puppets, Russian Theatre, American Theatre, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Theatre, Directing and Acting. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Euripides our Contemporary

Methuen Drama, 2009

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...Alcestis, Iphigeneia Among the Taurians, Electra, Rhesus, Ion, Hippolytus, Bacchae Only four of Euripides’ nineteen plays (Children of Heracles, Iphigeneia at Aulis, Medea and Phoenician Women) do not include an immortal...

The Orphan of Zhao  

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James Fenton

~playauthor~Written by~ James Fenton

Faber and Faber, 2012

Faber Drama

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Scenes: 26, Roles: Total (17), Female (3), Male (14), Unassigned (0)

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...In the aftermath of the massacre of a clan, an epic story of self-sacrifice and revenge unfolds as a young orphan discovers the shattering truth behind his childhood. Sometimes referred to as the Chinese Hamlet and tracing its origins...

Sodom

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Claire Dowie

~playauthor~Written by~ Claire Dowie

Methuen Drama, 2001

Modern Plays

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Scenes: 1, Roles: Total (8), Female (3), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...Funny, powerful and transgressive, Sodom refigures the classic biblical tale of Lot, using it to examine the dangers of being different in a rigid world. Claire Dowie reveals that, in fact, everyone in Sodom, apart from Lot and his wife...

First Approach: Pre-Historical & Archaeological

Alan Read

Alan Read is Professor of Theatre at King's College, London, UK. He was Director of the Council of Europe Workshop on Theatre and Communities, and Rotherhithe Theatre Workshop in the Docklands area of South East London, in the 1980s, worked as a freelance writer in Barcelona and as Director of Talks at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in the 1990s and was the first Professor of Theatre at Roehampton University and then King's College London between 1997 and the present. He is the author of Theatre & Everyday Life: An Ethics of Performance (1993) and Theatre, Intimacy & Engagement: The Last Human Venue (2008). He is the founding consultant editor of Performance Research journal. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theatre in the Expanded Field: Seven Approaches to Performance

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...The room that you are reading this in almost certainly has walls. I would like you to look up for a moment from the page and look at them. They could be the walls of a café, a library or a waiting room, but you will know they are your walls...