Review – Theatre on Tap
Stage on Screen bridges the gap between drama and film
Pupils hoping for top marks when tackling drama questions at GCSE or A level are at a huge advantage if they can see that drama staged. And if that staging is professional then so much the better. But it is not always possible for schools to get to such productions.
Now, however, Stage on Screen gives teachers and young people access to performances of classical set plays on DVD and soon for download via YouTube.
“Stage on Screen starts with fully fledged theatre productions, which are filmed during the run,” founder Phil Rees explains. “Two versions are created: an unedited wide shot showing the entire production from a single vantage point and an edited ’filmic’ version, created by editing footage from five cameras.”
Shakespeare Bulletin Review
In theatre, timing is everything and Stage on Screen’s recent productions have it down to a T. Not only are a few of the neglected gems of the early modern period brought to life, Stage on Screen have also made a valuable contribution to the current widening of theatrical transmission beyond the stage. Whilst the National Theatre Live broadcasts its stage productions internationally using advanced special effects and camera angles to translate live ephemeral performances into cinema, Stage on Screen’s understated use of technology captures and enhances the work of the Greenwich Theatre performances and preserves them for repeated viewing. Combined with a website that provides information on the historical and critical background of the plays, as well as cast, crew, costume and set designs, along with an interactive forum for further discussion, these DVDs provide a variety of exciting new teaching resources.
Video Librarian reviews The Duchess of Malfi Education Pack
Called “the best single all-around source of video information available” (USA Public Libraries Association), Video Librarian has been the review publication of choice among librarians for over 20 years. Here is their review of The Duchess of Malfi Education Pack from Stage on Screen:
John Webster’s 1612 tragedy is one of the few regularly performed Jacobean dramas not written by Shakespeare. The play itself is a 17th-century horror show, with strangling, infanticide, stabbing, and poisoning among the means of murder employed in the tale of a noble heiress destroyed, along with some of her children, by her brothers, one an unscrupulous fortune hunter and the other a lascivious churchman, because she rashly married her steward
Praise for Stage on Screen from Simon Dowling at Colchester Royal Grammar School
I would like to add to the praise for your innovative and stimulating project. We have used your DVD of Doctor Faustus extensively with our Year 13 English Literature students; their exam results have been excellent, and part of that is due to the unique dimension your material adds to their learning.
Open University to take on The Duchess of Malfi
Stage on Screen are pleased to announce that the Open University will be using extensive clips from our Duchess of Malfi recording in their forthcoming new English literature course, A230 – Reading and studying literature.
Teaching Drama magazine
Stage on Screen receives a warm review from Teaching Drama magazine for the new Green Room area.
Stage on Screen now selling around the world
Building on the successful launch in the UK, Stage on Screen have built partnerships with several major distributors in the US and Canada, Australia, and Taiwan. In the US we are now being distributed by Kino Lorber Education, in Australia by Kanopy, and in Taiwan by the SCC Corporation.
“Stage on Screen is what you need for your classroom” ...
“a gem of a resource”
Stage on Screen receives an enthusiastic review from ISTA, the International Schools Theatre Association.
“Stage on Screen ought to have a tangible impact on how early modern drama is taught.”
Stage on Screen receives a warm review and an in-depth interview in the December issue of Viewfinder magazine, the in-house journal of the British Universities Film & Video council.
Some reviews of the DVDs
‘Seeing plays performed live in the theatre setting is the best way for students to understand and interact with inspirational literature. But taking a whole class to a performance isn’t always practical. Stage on Screen have stepped in to the breach with their innovative DVDs of classic plays.’
IB WORLD, THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE MAGAZINE
Volpone Play Reviews
‘The two leads have the makings of a delicious double act, Bremmer snuffling with mirth into his ginger furs as Hadfield makes boobies of the avaricious hypocrites with easy wit.‘
The Duchess Of Malfi Play Reviews
‘The best spoken, most intelligently staged and thrillingly effective Malfi I’ve seen in years.‘
Doctor Faustus Play Reviews
‘Atmospheric…diabolically convincing…flashes of fiery poetry…directed with laudable clarity by Elizabeth Freestone’
The School for Scandal Play Reviews
‘It is a delight! A production to relish…you know this is going to be fun.‘
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE