Drama Online is a unique online resource published by Bloomsbury Publishing and can be secured via annual subscription or one-time perpetual access purchase. Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. This resource is ideal for use in theatre studies, literature courses, local theater companies, and drama schools. Play Tools with Character Grids, Words and Speech graphs and Part Books offer a new way to engage with plays for close study or for performance.
Author coverage ranges from Aeschylus to the present day and contains student editions, first night program texts, the Arden Shakespeare Series, major foreign works in translation, modern classics, and a continually growing list of contemporary writers. In addition to full text works, Drama Online includes scholarly notes, annotated texts, critical analysis, and contextual information that are vital to the instruction, research, and performance of dramatic works. A variety of detailed overviews of major concepts, topics and issues, surveys of theatre institutions, countries, genres and movements, Biographical entries, synopses, and core craft skills are included.
Key features include: full text searching and refinement using filters such as cast size and roles, associated works using Drama Online Related Content functionality, browsing by playwright, genre and period. Performance related information such as cast size and gender, performance rights, Theater Craft books with advice on staging and performing; how and when characters interact is detailed using The Play Tools Character Grid. Full text is offered in an uncluttered, e-reading environment with original pagination and lineation and in text searching. Personalized tools are available for each user and citation tools are included.
Subscription or purchase is available for the Drama Online Core Collection
as well as the following individual collections:
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