Naturalism: 25 Useful Theatre Resources

Naturalism: 25 Useful Theatre Resources

The naturalistic theatre movement emerged in the mid 19th century and was first introduced by French novelist, critic and playwright Emile Zola in the preface to his novel Thérèse Raquin (1867), which the author later adapted into a stage play (first performed in 1873). Naturalism demanded a slice of life authenticity in every aspect of production and is not to be confused with realism.

Surrealism Theatre Resources

Surrealism Theatre Resources

Surrealism in the theatre was noticeably less prominent than in the visual arts, centring mainly in Paris in the 1920s. Typical conventions included dream sequences, illogical plots and fantasy elements. This avant-garde theatre movement was the very antithesis of realism. Theatre practitioner Antonin Artaud was briefly associated with the surrealists. The form paved the way for future movements such as Theatre of the Absurd. – Justin Cash

20th Century Play Scripts

20th Century Play Scripts

A small selection of well-known out-of-copyright scripts from famous playwrights. Scripts include Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, J.M. Synge’s Playboy of the Western World, George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. – Justin Cash Beyond The Horizon Candida The Cherry Orchard Dark Lady of the Sonnets Endgame The Hairy Ape In The Shadow of the Glen Krapp’s Last Tape…

Folk Theatre

Folk Theatre

Abbots Bromley Information and pictures of the famous Horn Dance in English Folk Theatre history. AsiaRecipe.com Brief article on the history of Folk Theatre in India. BBC Article on the unusual characteristics of Sri Lankan Folk Theatre. Smash Awards Worthwhile information on Folk Theatre in India. Wikipedia Article on the Morris Dance, part of English…

Kitchen Sink Drama

Kitchen Sink Drama

Kitchen sink realism (or kitchen sink drama) is a term coined to describe a British cultural movement that developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s in theatre, art, novels, film and television plays, whose ‘heroes’ usually could be described as angry young men. It used a style of social realism, which often depicted the…

Music Hall

Music Hall

Music hall is a type of British theatrical entertainment popular between 1850 and 1960. It involved a mixture of popular songs, comedy, speciality acts and variety entertainment. The term is derived from a type of theatre or venue in which such entertainment took place. British music hall was similar to American vaudeville, featuring rousing songs…