The Laughing Audience (or A Pleased Audience), by William Hogarth.
National Portrait Gallery
Popcorn packets and phone use in the theatre can be very distracting, but it's nothing compared to what performers had to put up with in the past.
The BBC's dark drama reveals just how thin the veneer of middle-class respectability can be.
Gregg Henry portrays President Donald Trump in the role of Caesar in the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of ‘Julius Caesar,’ in New York City.
Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP
Some have denounced the New York Public Theater for encouraging violence against President Trump. But the play does just the opposite, warning of the pitfalls of political assassination.
Podcast drama is becoming increasingly big business.
Through subtle parallels to our own lives and choices, literature can help us make sense of political upheavals.
Making writing fun again.
A prescriptive English curriculum is in danger of making writing boring for primary school children.
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is one of the most famous – and most revived – Australian plays of all time.
Melbourne Theatre Company/Jeff Busby
In 1955 two plays – The Torrents and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll – burst into Australian theatre. Funny and tragic in deeply Australian ways, they marked a new horizon of creative possibility.
‘Molly? Molly? MOLLY?’ Tony Barry as Keghead in Rusty Bugles.
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The best Australian play ever written is revolutionary in its treatment of plot, character and language. It has a weary, sardonic perspective on war and an unheroic worldview.
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Digital technology has given an old format a new lease of life.
Tang and Shakespeare’s dramas are being blended together in a series of adaptions.
Shakespeare was not the only famous dramatist to die in 1616. On the other side of the world, in China, another theatrical legend was laid to rest.
Louis XIV in new TV drama Versailles.
From the halcyon days of Louis XIV, the French global seat of power was soon pulled down by corruption, elitism and arbitrary rule. Sound familiar?
‘It’s peculiar the way in which viewers of my vintage judged the first part of Seven’s miniseries on its authenticity.’
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'I suppose that, as I'm 50, Molly is absolutely my demographic: I was nine when Countdown began and 23 when it ended, and I was a devotee for most of that time – a devotee who was often disgusted ...'
German director Jette Steckel has bought an urgent, vivid and highly phyiscal version of Woyzeck to the Sydney Festival.
Woyzeck, Sydney Festival 2016.
Jette Steckel has bought the Sydney Festival a version of Woyzeck that is as exciting, uncompromising and disturbing now as it was when it was first premiered in 1913.
Classic combination: brains, beauty and brawn.
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The actor always said that John Steed was a slightly exaggerated version of himself.
Freese Elementary first graders starting to paint a giant puppet with teaching artist Felix Diaz.
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Want kids to improve fluency in English language? Try dance and drama as teaching tools.
The oil fields of Lost Hills, California.
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The Appalachia of the West's gritty landscape is an ideal setting for the popular series' second season.
Much more relevant than your average period drama.
BBC/Mammoth Screen/Mike Hogan
It may be all Cornish landscapes, bizarre regional accents and heaving bosoms, but in its day the BBC drama was actually pretty radical.
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Playfulness is frowned upon in secondary school. It shouldn't be.
Brokentalkers Have I No Mouth directly tells a story of family grief and loss. Photo: Jeremy Abrahams.
Melbourne International Arts Festival
Have I No Mouth, an Irish play showing at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, opens with a short video: a pint of Guinness on a tour of Dublin, Ireland. It isn’t a glossy, tourist itinerary we see…
A fundamental aspect of drama is the need for rising tension.
A special thing happened in August this year: Foxtel launched BBC First, a premium channel showcasing the best of contemporary British television drama. As a global channel that chose Australia as its…