This collection is the heart of Drama Online with over 2,000 playtexts, and more added each year. It offers a diverse and rich catalogue of plays and support materials from the world’s leading dramatists. Suitable for English Literature, Drama, and Theatre and Performance Studies, and matching many global curricula, the Core and Critical Studies Collection is  a must-have resource for your school.

The Core and Critical Studies Collection includes: Core Collection, Critical Studies and Performance Practice, Ken Rea’s The Outstanding Actor: Actor Training Workshop, and Focal Press Theatre Books.

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Core Collection

Containing over 2,000 playscripts, this collection covers everything from historic dramatists to contemporary writers. Discover the best dramatic texts from Shakespeare, including the internationally renowned Arden Shakespeare editions. Inspire your learners with major foreign works in translation and improve their learning with production photos from the Victoria and Albert Museum and The American Shakespeare Center.

Notable authors include: Sophocles, Bertolt Brecht, Luigi Pirandello, Katori Hall, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm

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Critical Studies and Performance Practice

This collection features over 550 academic books from Bloomsbury imprints such as Methuen Drama and Arden Shakespeare. It offers your students critical, contextual, and pedagogic content from leading voices in theatre, performance, and Shakespeare studies. Also included in the collection are 60 actor training videos from PATAZ: Physical Actor Training – an online A-Z.

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Ken Rea’s The Outstanding Actor: Actor Training Workshop

Showcasing 10 actor training videos, this masterclass from author and acting teacher Ken Rea gives students the opportunity to learn first-hand from the best. The videos cover key topics such as exploring physicality, strengthening your presence, and developing charisma. It employs a range of exercises and games that keep learners entertained and on track to give their best performance.

A visual of different playtext covers, all included in the Core and Critical Studies Collection.

Focal Press Theatre Books Collection

This collection comprises of 72 practical and vocational titles from Focal Press, who are renowned for theatre studies. Use their guides, handbooks, toolkits, and masterclasses to teach your students topics such as theatre design, costume and make up, and directing. In addition, specialist titles on mindfulness and wellbeing help your students understand how to have a work–life balance in a live entertainment environment.

Theatre and Performance History Collection

Providing over 30 volumes of original research and field-defining articles, this collection is packed with curated scholarly content. Take in fresh perspectives on theatre history, theory, practice, and legacy, while also expanding knowledge on the contributions of key theatre artists from Europe and North America. Additionally, this collection brings a wealth of insightful scholarly criticism to help deepen your understanding of world theatre, modern theatre, and performance theory.