Edexcel Advanced Drama & Theatre Studies has been written specifically to meet the needs of students following the Edexcel Drama & Theatre Studies Advanced specification, and provides thorough, structured and up-to-date coverage of the subject content. The textbook: - gives students an appreciation of the rapidly changing world of theatre- provides a scholarly and theoretical basis for the subject- places emphasis on interpretation and performance, and encourages students to form their own opinions on the purpose of theatre- analyses the political and social contexts of plays and playwrights- includes detailed examples from set texts- investigates the role of the playwright, actor, theatre company and director- contains sample examination-style questionsThe author combines knowledge of current classroom practice with extensive academic and examination experience in drama and theatre studies. This book is an invaluable companion to students and teachers of drama and theatre studies at AS and A2.
Full of concrete examples of how to explore the specification in a practical and scholarly wayThe context, language and structure of a range of plays are explored in detailEmphasis on personal response to live theatreFrequent summary boxesIllustrated with stills from recent and notable productions
Table of Contents:
Section A The craft of the playwrightChapter 1 Understanding social contextChapter 2 Understanding political contextChapter 3 Understanding historical contextChapter 4 Understanding cultural contextChapter 5 Using language to bring the play to lifeChapter 6 The language of Berkoff's MetamorphosisChapter 7 The structure of Marlowe's Doctor FaustusChapter 8 Characterisation in Marlowe's Doctor FaustusSection B Shaping the playChapter 9 Konstantin StanislavskiChapter 10 Applying Stanislavski's principles: An Inspector Calls by J. B. PriestleyChapter 11 Bertolt BrechtChapter 12 Applying Brecht's principles: Macbeth by ShakespeareChapter 13 Antonin ArtaudChapter 14 Applying Artaud's principles: Woyzeck by Georg BuchnerChapter 15 Modern directorsChapter 16 DevisingSection C The world of the audienceChapter 17 Ancient Greek and Roman theatreChapter 18 British theatre: Elizabethan and RestorationChapter 19 British theatre: melodrama and music hallChapter 20 Responding to the playBibliography and referencesIndex
About the Author(s):
Richard Vergette is a freelance educational consultant, actor and author. He has also been a lecturer in Drama at the University of Lincoln, Head of the Performing Arts faculty at John Leggott College, Scunthorpe (which contains one of the largest and most successful drama departments in the UK), and a senior examiner for Edexcel.