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January Newsletter

Brecht: A Practical Handbook by David Zoob and Julian Jones

Nick Hern Books have approached David and Julian to write a book concerning the practical application of Brecht’s theories to productions. There are currently very few books of this kind; the majority of books on Brecht have an academic slant where the authors frequently aim to ‘set the record straight’. David and Julian are writing sections of Brecht: A Practical Handbook based upon the many conversations they have had over the years regarding the tensions and similarities between Brecht’s and Stanislavski’s theories on acting. For instance, Julian questions how presenting choices for a character differs from Stanislavski’s objectives and obstacles, whereas David argues the choices available to Brecht’s characters must be read through a socio-political lens. David finds Julian’s Continue Reading →


November Newsletter

Research by Stealth by Angela Ball and Natasha Dodsworth

CostumeEarlier this year Angela and Natasha gave a presentation at the Critical Costume 2015 conference at Aalto University, Helsinki. Their paper concerned the changes they had decided to make to the Independent Research Project (IRP) strand of the Costume Production programme following their observations that their students struggled to translate their practice into a written dissertation, primarily because they perceived Continue Reading →


October Newsletter

Devising Kinesthetically by Pip Nash

Red HouseGood designers harness the specific qualities of material and push it as far as it can go. There always exists a tension between what artists want to do and what material can’t do; this process exposes the material and so makes it accessible for different treatments on it. In the theatre no one element acts as the sole progenitor of the event. Each constituent part that formulates the visual and sensorial aesthetic possesses its own language. With the designer Becky Hurst Pip has begun a project that takes engagements with physical Continue Reading →


September Newsletter

 Cross Pollination by Dr Luis Campos, Rachel Nicholson and Rebecca Pollock

At the 2015 symposium Luis, Rachel and Rebecca organised a panel discussion with an assortment of artists who work across a broad spectrum of mediums and genres as part of their Cross Pollination project. The title is inspired by the Deleuze and Parnet metaphor of the wasp and the orchid who enjoin in a symbiotic relationship at the moment of pollination; this produces a processual composite where neither the wasp nor the orchid exist as discrete elements. The metaphor of cross pollination is understood in this context to denote the interdisciplinary nature of live performance practice, with an explicit desire to avoid foregrounding any particular part. Rather, the dramaturgies the team are interrogating undulate in-between disciplines and flow between artistic mediums. The next stage of Continue Reading →


May Newsletter

 The Activity of Writing: Lone or Collaborative? by Dr Paul Fryer

PaulPaul outlined how his writing has evolved by working with others. After authoring two books – The Opera Singer and the Silent Film (2005) and A Chronology of Opera Performances at the Moscow Art Theatre (2009) – and editing Stanislavski Studies, Paul has come to understand that he produces his best work collaboratively, and so he has decided to not write another book alone. Editing and translating have taught him that “the author is not the only person who holds the pen” because someone else’s work is re-shaped during these processes.

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