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Embracing Indeterminacy in Participatory Storytelling

Applied Practice : Evidence and Impact in Theatre, Music and Art

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017


...As an oral storyteller I put myths, folktales, fictions and true stories at the service of groups of young people in schools, mental health and youth work settings. As a practice researcher, I often seek to open stories up for exploration...

Story: Adaptation and the Act of Telling

Frances Babbage

Frances Babbage is Reader in Theatre and Performance at the University of Sheffield, UK. She has published widely on performance, adaptation and rewriting and is the author of Re-Visioning Myth:Modern and Contemporary Drama by Women (2011) and Augusto Boal (2004). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre : Performing Literature

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018


...This chapter considers the ways in which an appreciation of the concerns and critiques attached to story and storytelling can be used profitably to reframe understanding of theatre’s own (re)tellings, in performance practice...
...For learning resources, visit this page. Age recommendation: 14+ (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...

“I Like Plays that Have Revelations in the Moment, Where Emotions Transform Almost Inexplicably”

Amy Muse

Amy Muse is associate professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Drama and Theatre of Sarah Ruhl

Methuen Drama, 2018


...100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write is Sarah Ruhl’s theory of theatre masquerading as a series of vignettes. The essays speak to the reader as moments of being where the playwright turns her attention to us to share a thought, air...

Prometheus Bound

Translated by

Kenneth McLeish


Frederic Raphael

~playauthor~Written by~ Aeschylus , Kenneth McLeish , Frederic Raphael ~playauthor~Translated by~ Kenneth McLeish , Frederic Raphael

Methuen Drama, 1991

Classical Dramatists


Roles: Total (8), Female (0), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

...Prometheus the Titan, cousin of Zeus, has given mankind fire. Further, he has thwarted Zeus's plan to obliterate the human race, and, in saving them, has taught them many arts, from writing to agriculture, architecture to medicine. His...

The Promised End of King Lear

R. M. Christofides

Roger Christofides is Senior Lecturer at Huddersfield University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shakespeare and the Apocalypse : Visions of Doom from Early Modern Tragedy to Popular Culture

Continuum, 2012


...Dark Dungeons and Lizard-Like Beasts Today's apocalyptic imagery infiltrates unlikely places. Globally recognizable video game character Mario, a chirpy, chubby, Italian American plumber, repeats an endless task, forever rescuing...

Beauty and the Beast

Written by

Lucy Kirkwood

~playauthor~Written by~ Lucy Kirkwood

Nick Hern Books, 2010


Acts: 2, Scenes: 21, Roles: Total (9), Female (5), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

...Lucy Kirkwood's delightful version of the classic fairytale, first seen in a production devised and directed by Katie Mitchell at the National Theatre for Christmas 2010. The theft of a single rose has monstrous...

Reza de Wet

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary South African Theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015


...African Gothic; Crossing; Breathing In; Three Sisters Two Introduction Reza de Wet (1952–2012) has won more awards for her scripts than any other...

Key Myths

Kenneth McLeish

Kenneth McLeish studied Classics and Music at Worcester College, Oxford. Once a full-time translator, author and dramatist, he published extensively including The Good Reading Guide, Shakespeare's People, The Theatre of Aristophanes, Companion to the Arts in the Twentieth Century, Myth, The Listener's Guide to Classical Music and Crucial Classics (both with Valerie McLeish) and The Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought (as general editor). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Guide To Greek Theatre And Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2011


...This brief guide presents some key elements of the myths most commonly used by the Greek dramatists. Most of the myths have a number of variants, which makes it impossible to give a definitive version. For fuller accounts, see Robert...

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


...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...