BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online

    Theatre director training for classical theatre

    Swain, Robert (2019) Theatre director training for classical theatre. In: Theatre Director claasical theatre workshops, 8 March 2014; 9-10 Jan, 14-15 May 2016; 14-15 Jan, 6-7 May 2017; 19-20 May, 1 July 2018, London and Stratford upon Avon, UK.

    [img] Text (RSC Open Stages workshop handout)
    RSC Open Stages Running a rehearsal room workshop handout Rob Swain.doc - Published Version of Record

    Download (79kB)
    [img]
    Preview
    Text (Globe Directors' Studio schedule Jan 2016)
    Globe Directing Studio. Schedule. January 2016. Sent to faculty 04.01.2016.pdf - Published Version of Record

    Download (45kB) | Preview
    [img]
    Preview
    Text (Globe Directors' Studio schedule May 2016)
    Globe Directing Studio. Working Schedule. May 2016 group 2 - DRAFT.pdf - Published Version of Record

    Download (244kB) | Preview
    [img]
    Preview
    Text (Globe Directors' Studio schedule Jan 2017)
    1. Directing Studio Schedule. January 2017. Sent to faculty 071216.pdf - Published Version of Record

    Download (169kB) | Preview
    [img]
    Preview
    Text (Globe Directors' Studio schedule May 2017)
    DIRECTING STUDIO Schedule May 2017 Group 1.pdf - Published Version of Record

    Download (186kB) | Preview
    [img]
    Preview
    Text (Globe Directors' Studio schedule May 2018)
    DIRECTING STUDIO. Schedule. May 2018.pdf - Published Version of Record

    Download (138kB) | Preview
    [img]
    Preview
    Text (Globe Directors' Studio syllabus May 2018)
    Globe Theatre directing_studio_syllabus_20181.pdf - Published Version of Record

    Download (327kB) | Preview
    [img] Text (Globe Directors' Studio workshop handout)
    Globe Directors' workshop handout Rob Swain.doc - Published Version of Record

    Download (75kB)
    [img] Text (Globe confirmation of Rob Swain's role in Directors' Studio)
    Globe confirmation of Rob Swain's role in Directors' Studio.pdf - Published Version of Record
    Restricted to Registered users only

    Download (243kB) | Request a copy
    [img]
    Preview
    Text (RSC Directors' Weekend schedule)
    RSC Big Directors Weekend 2018 Schedule.pdf - Published Version of Record

    Download (151kB) | Preview
    [img] Text (RSC Directors' workshop rehearsal planning handout)
    RSC Rehearsal planning exercise Rob Swain July 2018.docx - Published Version of Record

    Download (17kB)

    Abstract

    The theatre industry is aware that many emerging directors are not choosing to direct classic texts, and that the theatre is losing innovative re-imaginings of these classic play for contemporary audiences. Many directors who have successfully directed new and modern plays are inhibited about directing a classic play because they believe they lack the specific skills and knowledge to: practically understand and explore iambic pentameter, rhetoric and other devices used in classic texts; to research and interpret the themes of classic texts in a way that will positively inform their re-imagining of these texts; to plan, assemble a creative team, and organise and rehearse a production of the scale and complexity of most classic texts. In 2013 the RSC launched a programme, Open Stages, to encourage amateur theatre companies to produce plays by Shakespeare for the first time. At the request of Ian Wainwright, the producer of Open Stages, I devised the structure of a weekend of workshops that would give amateur directors the skills, knowledge and confidence to direct their first Shakespeare production, and led workshops on how directors plan their research and lead rehearsals. By March 2014 we had held workshops at the RSC for over 50 theatre companies. In 2018 the RSC organised The Big Directors Weekend for 30 directors, using the same structure and for which I led a workshop. There will be further weekends in the future. In 2015 Shakespeare’s Globe Head of Education commissioned me to devise and structure a similar weekend of workshops, but with a different emphasis, based on the spaces at the Globe, for directors wishing to direct Shakespeare for the first time. The Directors’ Studio has run twice a year since 2016 for over 140 UK and international directors. There will be further workshops in the future.

    Metadata

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Research Centre: Contemporary Literature, Centre for, Contemporary Theatre, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Rob Swain
    Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2019 14:17
    Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 18:56
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/26161

    Statistics

    Downloads
    Activity Overview
    50Downloads
    48Hits

    Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.

    Archive Staff Only (login required)

    Edit/View Item Edit/View Item