From Stage to Screen: Adapting theatrical drama for television and cinema

Saturday 30th April 2016 (10:30-16:30)

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What are the challenges in producing a drama originally conceived for the stage for contemporary screen-media? What are the advantages of live relay from an actual theatre, or of filming on location for subsequent editing? What alternative methods are likely to develop in the future?

In this workshop, producer and broadcasting historian John Wyver will share insights from his personal experience and from his research, with extracts from a variety of screen-productions. There will be a focus on Shakespeare, but other playwrights and periods will be covered, including Greek tragedy.

The workshop will be of interest to those with careers or aspiring to careers in the screen industries. It will also interest enthusiasts and to those whose interests lie primarily in theatre. The flow of events is as follows:

10.30 Theatre on screen: the first two and a half thousand years
Introductory, context-setting talk from John

11.15 Greek tragedy on television
Presentation by Lynn

12.00 Hamlet: producing a film for television
A detailed discussion of the 2009 BBC presentation of the RSC Hamlet with David Tennant as the prince.

1.00 Lunch

2.00 RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon: producing plays for the cinema
Exploration of “event cinema” showings of theatre plays.

3.30 Theatre on screen: what’s next?
Plenary discussion as before

The event is FREE, but pre-registration is required. Please register online.

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