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Semiotics: WTF? Introduction to Saussure, the Signifier and Signified
 
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In this episode of What the Theory, an introduction to semiotics, in particular the approaches of linguists and semioticians Ferdinand de Saussure and Charles Sanders Peirce. Signs, semiotics as well as the concepts of the signifier and signified can seem like somewhat complex terminology when first starting out as can Peirce's related yet distinct notion of the icon, index, symbol triad. In this video essay, I try to help all you out who would like semiotics explained in a clear and concise manner so that you can go away with a slightly clearer understanding of semiotics theory. For further reading: This book by Marcel Danesi is one I haven't had a chance to check out yet but which takes a really interesting look at semiotics as they relate to emojis: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-semiotics-of-emoji-9781474282000/ Also, I'd definitely recommend checking out Roland Barthes' Mythologies which I didn't get a chance to cover within this video but which is awesome: https://soundenvironments.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/roland-barthes-mythologies.pdf If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 35890 Tom Nicholas
How to Read, Take Notes On and Understand Journal Articles | Essay Tips
 
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The first pilot to my Essay Tips series! I share my method for reading and understanding a journal article or paper quickly and efficiently including how to take good, concise notes and remember useful citations. If your method differs from mine or you think you can give me some pointers then let me know in the comments! This is the first in a series of videos I'm hoping to produce while undertaking my PhD at the University of Exeter on tips for students at university or college whether undergraduate, postgraduate or otherwise. Note: The programme to the left (which I highlight in) is Mendeley. Apologies for forgetting to state this in the video!! If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic. My tagging system was borrowed from this article on The Thesis Whisperer: https://thesiswhisperer.com/2015/10/28/how-evernote-can-help-you-with-your-literature-review/
Views: 41923 Tom Nicholas
Hegemony: WTF? An introduction to Gramsci and cultural hegemony
 
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In this introduction to Gramsci and his neomarxist theory of hegemony, in particular cultural hegemony, I explore this concept which has been hugely influential in contemporary social theory, political theory and cultural theory. Hopefully a good starting point for understanding Gramsci, this video essay is the third episode of my series What The Theory?, in which I explore key critical concepts and ideas in the humanities. If you've enjoyed this video and have a suggestion of what I might make an episode of What the Theory? about next then please do drop me a line in the comments! If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 22117 Tom Nicholas
Social Class: WTF? Introduction to Bourdieu and Marx on class
 
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In today's What the Theory?, I take a look social class looking at both Karl Marx's theory of class as well as Pierre Bourdieu, cultural capital and more societally rooted approaches to class in the twenty-first century. This video should hopefully be useful for anyone looking to have an understanding of class in sociology, cultural studies and the humanities. Although I don't mention it in the video, I'd certainly suggest Owen Jones' chavs as a great book on class in the United Kingdom: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/jun/08/chavs-demonization-owen-jones-review Bourdieu's Distinction, which introduces his notion of cultural capital can be found online here: https://monoskop.org/images/e/e0/Pierre_Bourdieu_Distinction_A_Social_Critique_of_the_Judgement_of_Taste_1984.pdf If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 9640 Tom Nicholas
Postdramatic Theatre and Postmodern Theatre: WTF? An introduction to Hans Theis Lehmann
 
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A brief introduction to postdramatic and postmodern theatre as first theorised by Hans Theis Lehmann. The first in a series in which I briefly (and, hopefully, accessibly) introduce some core academic concepts and ideas. In this first episode, I explain the scholarship of Han-Thies Lehmann as well as the theatre of Martin Crimp, Sarah Kane, Caryl Churchill, Forced Entertainment, Ontroerend Goed and GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 3076 Tom Nicholas
How to use Google Scholar to find journal articles | Essay Tips
 
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My second essay tips video. Conducting a comprehensive literature review is an important part of any research project. Here are my tips for how to use Google Scholar effectively to quickly and easily find the academic papers, journal articles or books you need to write that essay or complete that dissertation. This is the second in a series of videos I'm hoping to produce while undertaking my PhD at the University of Exeter on tips for students at university or college whether undergraduate, postgraduate or otherwise. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic.
Views: 33642 Tom Nicholas
Phenomenology: WTF? Time and Phenomenology explained!
 
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In this latest episode of What the Theory? I take a look at phenomenology, time and dasein (Heidegger's concept of consciousness) through the example of Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, the narrative of which is incredibly playful with how human beings experience time and consciousness. After the success of my video on semiotics, I was keen to move beyond those Cartesian modes of interpreting the world to those which engage in a more existentialist approach. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on phenomenology explained it very well to me a couple of years ago and is a useful introduction to phenomenology for those wanting to do some further reading: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/phenomenology/ For those more ambitious, Being and Time by Heidegger is available in its entirety here: http://www.naturalthinker.net/trl/texts/Heidegger,Martin/Heidegger,%20Martin%20-%20Being%20and%20Time/Being%20and%20Time.pdf If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 8952 Tom Nicholas
Modernism: WTF? An introduction to Modernism in art and literature
 
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Modernism; it can be confusing. So, in today's What The Theory? I wanted to provide something of a modernism crash course. We'll be looking at many different forms of modernist art as well as a tiny bit of modernist architecture and modernist literature. I've always struggled to find modernism explained simply and it can be a rather complex theory to get your head around. So, through looking at modernist art techniques, I provide an introduction to modernism as well as beginning to discuss modernism vs postmodernism (although, more of that in the next video!). Hopefully, this will be helpful to those of you looking to gain a better understanding of modernism and the many different modernist art movements! For further reading: The Tate Glossary has a great (if a little short) introduction to modernism: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/m/modernism Also, while the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy doesn't have a page on modernism, it does provide some useful info in the preamble to their definition of postmodernism: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/postmodernism/ If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 8488 Tom Nicholas
Successful Research Proposal Writing Tips for PhD Application | Essay Tips
 
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Using my own PhD Application and Research Proposal as an example, I explore how to write a research proposal including structure, context, methodology and compiling an indicative bibliography. If you're working on a PhD Proposal or are putting together a PhD funding application, this video is full of PhD application tips that will hopefully help you to structure, develop and submit a stand-out application. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 7139 Tom Nicholas
How Plays Work: Blasted by Sarah Kane
 
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In Blasted, 4.48 Psychosis and Cleansed, Sarah Kane uses extreme imagery within her stage plays. In analysing the deep meaning of her work, however, there is far more subtlety in both theme and her use of Derrida's concept of deconstruction. In this video, I analyse Kane's debut play Blasted to see what it might teach us in how to write strong themes and cutting imagery into scripts. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 3410 Tom Nicholas
Dramaturgy: WTF? An introduction to Dramaturgy and the Theatre Dramaturg
 
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Although originating in the dramatic theatre or narrative theatre, dramaturgy is an increasingly useful notion for describing the affective journey an audience goes on while watching a play or performance. In episode four of What the Theory? I take a look at the meaning and definition of dramaturgy. Developed by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing and Bertolt Brecht, the dramaturgical approach and role of the dramaturg in theatre originated in Germany but has come to be used in American theatre and British theatre too as well as elsewhere around the world. A few books for those interested in some extra reading... Dramaturgy and Performance by Cathy Turner and Synne Behrndt: https://he.palgrave.com/page/detail/Dramaturgy-and-Performance/?K=9781137561831 Dramaturgy: A Revolution in Theatre by Mary Luckhurst: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0511138148 The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Dramaturgy/Romanska/p/book/9780415658492 If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 2745 Tom Nicholas
How to start an essay with a hook | Essay Tips
 
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Essay Tips is a new series I'm going to be putting out every so often packed with academic essay writing tips and research advice. In this first episode, I look at how to start an essay with a hook. How can you grab your reader and make them pay attention to your essay? As a current first year PhD Student, I've recently been writing my literature review and the first sentence really matters. As such, I've come up with a few essay tips and tricks to help me kicks start my essays with a bang. If you're looking for essay writing help, dissertation writing tips, thesis writing tips, advice for paper writing or simply want to develop your academic writing skills then hopefully this new series might be of some help. As always, if you've got any questions or topics you'd like to see me do a video on then let me know in the comments!
Views: 6518 Tom Nicholas
How Plays Work: Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill
 
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Playwright Caryl Churchill uses narrative arc and story structure to incredible effect in exploring the dramaturgy of an idea in two of her plays Love and Information and Seven Jewish Children. I analyse these this incredibly controversial and political piece of theatre using Orson Scott Wells' MICE quotient and Christopher Vogler's Writer's Journey in order to see what we might learn in how to write our own plays. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic. Thanks for watching!
Views: 2253 Tom Nicholas
6 Months as a PhD Student and 6 Lessons Learned | PhD Vlog
 
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I started my PhD a little over six months ago and wanted to share some of the lessons I've learnt from that experience so far in order to allow anyone who may be starting a research degree, masters or undergraduate course might be able to get a headstart and learn from my mistakes! If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com
Views: 6122 Tom Nicholas
How Plays Work: An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
 
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Ibsen's A Doll's House and An Enemy of the People both engage with politics in intelligent and mature ways, avoiding agitprop-style polemicism and overt persuasion. In this video, in order to uncover some playwriting tips for how to write plays of our own, I explore how Ibsen ensures his work remains radical and yet avoids becoming pure propaganda. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 2910 Tom Nicholas
What is Interdisciplinary Research? | PhD Vlog #11
 
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Some tips for how to conduct interdisciplinary research at PhD, MA or undergraduate degree level. Including how to approach reading papers from a completely new research field, methodology or discipline. As an interdisciplinary researcher myself I have to read papers and articles from Theatre, Geography and Urban Studies fields. This has presented me with some unique challenges so here (hopefully) are some tips! If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 1413 Tom Nicholas
Postmodernism: WTF? An introduction to Postmodernist Theory
 
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What is postmodernism? This is certainly my most requested What the Theory? video yet. In it, I hope to provide an introduction to postmodernist theory and postmodernist philosophy. Along the way, we'll look at simulacra and Baudrillard's concepts of a simulacrum and hyperreality as well as Wittengenstein's concept of language-games. There are few places online where you can find postmodernism explained simply and clearly. It's a complex theory (as perhaps is made obvious by the length of this video) but, ss always with What the Theory? I hope its the start of such a resource, particularly with so many misconceptions of postmodernism running about online of late. So, some further reading... My go-to book on postmodernism is Frederic Jameson's Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late-Capitalism which is available here: https://thecharnelhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Fredric-Jameson-Postmodernism-Or-the-Cultural-Logic-of-Late-Capitalism.pdf I find the Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy entry for postmodernism to be far less helpfull than other (usually its pretty ace) but here's the link to that if you want to check it out: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/postmodernism/ If you've enjoyed this video and would like to see more including my What The Theory? series in which I provide some snappy introductions to key theories in the humanities as well as PhD vlogs in which I talk about some of the challenges of being a PhD student then do consider subscribing. Thanks for watching! Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com
Views: 5862 Tom Nicholas
How Plays Work: All My Sons by Arthur Miller
 
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Arthur Miller uses the past and present to incredible dramatic effect in Death of a Salesman, All My Sons and many of his other plays. Think about how to use these skills in your own writing by learning from the master. In this series, I analyse and discuss the work of some of the world's best playwrights, dramatists and theatre makers in order to see what we might learn from them in order to improve our own craft as writers. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic. Music Credit Lamentation by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100607 Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Views: 3575 Tom Nicholas
Day in the life of a PhD Student: Monday | PhD Vlog
 
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Follow a day in the life of a PhD Student as I begin my week of PhD vlogs. My aim is to record one video from Monday to Friday this week, releasing them two days later (Wednesday - Sunday) to give you a full insight into a week as a PhD student and a broader look at postgrad PhD student life in general. There'll be lots of reading academic papers and academic journals as well as books, lots of note taking, PhD thesis writing and (hopefully) some fun stuff too! This is something that people have asked for a number of times in the comments of some of my other videos so I hope you enjoy! If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 5713 Tom Nicholas
Improve Your Essay Paragraph Structure | Essay Tips
 
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Want to improve your paragraph structure for academic writing? In this video, I suggest 5 tips for writing paragraphs that will make your essay concise, clear and easy to read. The humble paragraph is often overlooked when it comes to planning an essay but, when thought about appropriately, it can be a great tool for ensuring your essay is coherent and that you introduce ideas in a simple manner which, by extension, will allow you to discuss complex ideas. This is the latest in a series of videos I've been putting together packed with essay tips for improving your academic writing for graduate students, undergrads and anyone else who might be interested! Some great further reading... UMUC Paragraph Structure Guide: http://www.umuc.edu/current-students/learning-resources/writing-center/writing-resources/parts-of-an-essay/paragraph-structure.cfm Further advide on Scribber: https://www.scribbr.com/academic-essay/how-to-structure-a-paragraph-in-an-academic-essay/ If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 1596 Tom Nicholas
How Plays Work: Angels in America by Tony Kushner
 
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I recently saw Marianne Elliott's production of Angels in America by Tony Kushner as part of the NTLive broadcast from the National Theatre. Both Part One: Millenium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika totally captivated me and, as such, I wanted to do a video essay reflecting on it. Particularly here, I look to explore how we can read Angels in America as a piece of Epic Theatre, the term used by Brecht and Piscator to conceive of a new form of political theatre. My hope is that, if you are a playwright or other form of writer you might be able to go away with some new tools but, equally, if you are an audience member, that you might be able to develop a deeper understanding of Tony Kushner's Angels in America as a play. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 2143 Tom Nicholas
Tom Nicholas: Playwright and Theatre Maker | Analysis, Interviews, and Behind the Scenes Vlogs
 
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My name's Tom Nicholas and I'm a playwright, theatre director and maker based in Plymouth, UK. Join me for analyses, interviews and behind the scenes vlogs as I undertake my PhD in Drama at the University of Exeter and take my new play Happiness Ltd on a UK tour. Whether you're a theatre artist yourself or audience member, I hope this channel can be a place where we can think about theatre and learn how to make it better through reviewing the work of the greats. Playwriting tips, performance reviews and interviews will all feature regularly and I aim to have a new video up every Tuesday and Friday. Please do subscribe and let me know what you think. Thanks!
Views: 2104 Tom Nicholas
What is a PhD anyway? | PhD Vlog #16
 
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A quick vlog about PhD Student life. What actually is a PhD? And what does a PhD Student (particularly a Humanities PhD Student) actually get up to? It's all well and good talking about independent research projects and self-led learning but what does that look like in the day to day? In this video I wanted to do a video for anyone who's thinking of applying to a PhD programme or scholarship, putting together their research proposal or even those who might have already been accepted in order to shed a bit of light on what the day to day life of a PhD Student is like and how we spend our time. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 1018 Tom Nicholas
Cultural Texts: WTF? Introduction to literary, artistic and filmic texts
 
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In the humanities, we refer a lot to reading a text or interpreting a text. But what do we mean when talk about a cultural text or cultural texts? The use of the term text in English Literature and literary studies might seem fairly straight-forward, but, across the wider humanities, we also often hear references to artistic texts, filmic texts and performance texts. On the face of it, these things may not seem like texts at all. So, what do we mean when we use the term text in film studies, for example, and how is that similar or different to our use of the term text in literary studies? Starting from Roland Barthes' From Work to Text, in which he first employed the concept of the text to provide a new method for the analysis of literary texts, I seek to explore how the term has become used as a starting point for analysing culture more broadly. Anyone interested in having a look at From Work to Text by Roland Barthes can find it here: http://www.d.umn.edu/~cstroupe/handouts/8500/barthes_work_to_text.pdf In researching this video, I also found Peter Childs' book Texts extremely useful which, if you have institutional access to JStor, can be found here: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3366/j.ctt1r1zbd Finally, the full text of Literary Studies: An Introduction can be found on the Internet Archive here: https://archive.org/stream/LiteraryTheoryAnIntroduction/literary-theory_an-introduction_terry-eagleton_djvu.txt If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 1104 Tom Nicholas
5 Books for Theatre Students and Theatre Nerds: Get Ahead in Theatre Class | PhD Vlog
 
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This week, a combination of theatre vlog and PhD vlog as I pick out my top 5 theatre books for theatre students, theatre nerds and anyone with an interest in drama who wishes to develop a better understanding of theatre and get ahead in their drama class at university, drama school or elsewhere. A list to all the titles in the Theatre & series: https://he.palgrave.com/series/theatre-and/14409/ And, if you'd like to buy these books, I'm a big fan of Better World Books who both save the planet by selling second-hand books and help to raise money for libraries and the promotion of literacy: https://www.betterworldbooks.co.uk If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 1012 Tom Nicholas
Starting a Theatre Company and Touring a Play as a Playwright
 
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This week, I reflect on starting a theatre company and touring a play as a playwright. I've now been making YouTube videos properly for an entire year and so wanted to both return to my routes by making a very theatre-specific video while also providing a little background on myself. Hopefully, for those of you who are interested in making theatre, touring a play, having your play performed or producing a play, this may provide you with some tips from my own experience as well as an opportunity to learn from some of my mistakes. Thanks for all the support over the past year! A couple of bits of further reading for those of you who might be looking to self produce a play: A slightly old (yet still relevant) post from The Guardian with tips from some great producers and artists: https://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2013/aug/28/expert-tips-setting-up-theatre-company And, for those of you in the UK, here is the official guidance from the government on business structures to allow you to pick the one which is right for you: https://www.gov.uk/set-up-business If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 571 Tom Nicholas
Jane Eyre UK Tour (National Theatre & Bristol Old Vic) | Performance Analysis
 
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Sally Cookson's devised stage adaptation of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte produced by Bristol Old Vic and the National Theatre is currently touring the UK once again. I caught it at Theatre Royal Plymouth and thought I'd add to my series of performance analyses. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 820 Tom Nicholas
The Encounter by Simon McBurney and Complicité | Performance Analysis
 
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Complicité and Simon McBurney's The Encounter, a play which uses binaural technology to tell a story of one man's journey into the Amazon, will be available to stream for a limited amount of time here on YouTube shortly and, as such, I thought I'd do a performance analysis of the production which I was lucky enough to watch live as part of the Edinburgh International Festival in 2014. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 860 Tom Nicholas
Understanding complex theories in the Humanities | Essay Tips
 
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Often it would be easier to have complex theories simply explained to us. But we don't always have that choice. In this episode of Essay Tips I elaborate on some methods for understanding complex theory and theories in the Humanities. Particularly, I draw upon some tried and tested methods for understanding difficult concepts that I've used in order to help you unpick tough bits of academic literature.
Views: 1034 Tom Nicholas
Megamusicals WTF? The art and economics of Hamilton and Les Mis
 
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Ask most people what they think of when they think of theatre and they'll probably point you towards Les Miserables, Wicked, The Lion King or Hamilton. In other words, musicals. But these aren't just musicals, these are megamusicals. In his 2009 book, Theatre & Globalisation, Dan Rebellato argues that we can view such work in the same way we might view the opening of a new fast food restaurant, using the phrase McTheatre. In this video essay, I seek to explore some of the current debates surrounding Broadway and West End mega musicals and McTheatre including what the effects might be for the ephemerality and "liveness" of contemporary theatre. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 551 Tom Nicholas
Making the most of your Thesis Supervisor | Essay Tips
 
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A supervisor or supervisory team will help you to form a piece of research whether that's for a PhD Thesis, Postgrad or Undergrad Dissertation. They are walking resources of knowledge, tips and advice. But only if you know how to get the most out of your time spent with them. A good relationship with a supervisor can lead to a great piece of writing, a bad relationship, less so. This video is my attempt to distill some of the things I've learnt from working with supervisors both on my PhD and MA courses hopefully to help you to make the most out of your relationship with yours. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 1197 Tom Nicholas
Education Education Education by The Wardrobe Ensemble (UK Tour) | Performance Analysis
 
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The Wardrobe Ensemble's new show Education Education Education is currently touring after a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe. I caught it at Exeter's Northcott Theatre and, as I am want to do, have put together some thoughts in the form of a brief performance analysis. The play asks really interesting questions about the education system in the UK both in the 1990s and today as well as deconstructing the years of Cool Britannia and national identity more generally. Information about Education Education Education on tour can be found here: https://www.thewardrobeensemble.com/copy-of-the-time-seekers And the Wardrobe Ensemble can be found on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/WardrobEnsemble If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 1120 Tom Nicholas
£¥€$ (Lies) by Ontroerend Goed (Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe 2017) | Performance Analysis
 
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I caught Ontroerend Goed's £¥€$ (or Lies) at the Drum Theatre this week ahead of its transfer to Summerhall and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This interactive piece by the Belgian provocateurs sees the theatre transformed into a casino and audiences into freewheeling free market capitalists. Here's my performance analysis of the show. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 1591 Tom Nicholas
Emma Rice writes letter to Globe Theatre's next Artistic Director | PhD Vlog #9
 
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Outgoing director of Shakespeare's Globe Emma Rice penned a letter this week to her successor (who has yet to be appointed). I wanted to break down some thoughts I've had over recent months on this controversy. This is the latest in a line of vlogs I've been putting out while undertaking my PhD in Drama at the University of Exeter. If you enjoy this video then please do subscribe. I aim to get a new video out on a Tuesday and a Friday. Thanks for watching! Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com
Views: 305 Tom Nicholas
Some academic books are weird... | Day in the life of a PhD Student: Tuesday | PhD Vlog
 
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In which I try to understand some weird academic books and struggle with the isolation of working from home. Day Two! Follow a day in the life of a PhD Student as I begin my week of PhD vlogs. My aim is to record one video from Monday to Friday this week, releasing them two days later (Wednesday - Sunday) to give you a full insight into a week as a PhD student and a broader look at postgrad PhD student life in general. There'll be lots of reading academic papers and academic journals as well as books, lots of note taking, PhD thesis writing and (hopefully) some fun stuff too! This is something that people have asked for a number of times in the comments of some of my other videos so I hope you enjoy! If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 1104 Tom Nicholas
Top 5 Apps for PhD Students | PhD Vlog
 
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With the new academic year just underway, I wanted to collate together what I think are the top 5 apps for PhD students or, indeed, anyone undertaking a postgraduate course of study. There is an endless amount of software out there that can help to make your postgrad life less stressful and boost your productivity. These are what I've found to be the 5 essential apps I use in my PhD. Links for those who want to skip ahead: 01:00 Scrivener (Thesis Writing App) 03:40 Bear (Notes App) 05:33 Endnote/Mendeley (Reference Manager) 08:06 Things 3 (Task Management App) 09:59 Toggl (Glorified Stopwatch) You can download a free trial of Scrivener here: https://literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/download To find EndNote with discounted student pricing head here: https://endnote.com/buy Bear and Things 3 are both available from the Mac and iOS App Stores (sorry Windows users!). And Toggl can be found at https://toggl.com If you've enjoyed this video and would like to see more including my What The Theory? series in which I provide some snappy introductions to key theories in the humanities as well as PhD vlogs in which I talk about some of the challenges of being a PhD student then do consider subscribing. Thanks for watching! Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com
Views: 375 Tom Nicholas
Marxist Literary Criticism: WTF? An Introduction to Marxism and Culture
 
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In this latest episode of What The Theory?, I hope to provide an introduction to Marxism, culture and Marxist Literary Criticism and Theory. We're going to begin with the economic theories of Marx and Engels, particularly their base and superstructure approach to analysing societal structures. We'll then continue by looking at how these have informed a Marxist approach to literary theory but also how we can transpose these ideas into a wider Marxist cultural theory. Having looked heavily at some precise, fundamental ideas such as Semiotics and Phenomenology as well as some very large concepts such as Modernism and Postmodernism in recent videos, this is the first video in a number of What the Theory videos in which I'm keen to look in between these at approaches to culture, criticism and theory which are far more tangible and useable for the analysis of cultural texts. Further Reading A couple of bits of great further reading if you want to find out a little more about the relationship between Marxism and culture, both these below books are really engaging and informative. Marxism and Literature by Raymond Williams: https://mykelandrada.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/raymond-williams-marxism-and-literature.pdf Marxist Literary Criticism by Terry Eagleton: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0ahUKEwiUpJLLl5_bAhVrCsAKHZMwA3IQFghRMAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fketabnak.com%2Fredirect.php%3Fdlid%3D67057&usg=AOvVaw1o280fsIeJOo0N3c7yJ0WE If you've enjoyed this video and would like to see more including my What The Theory? series in which I provide some snappy introductions to key theories in the humanities as well as PhD vlogs in which I talk about some of the challenges of being a PhD student then do consider subscribing. Thanks for watching! Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com
Views: 1428 Tom Nicholas
Young Marx by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman (Bridge Theatre London) | Performance Analysis
 
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I recently caught the first production at the Bridge Theatre, Young Marx by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Nicholas Hytner's new theatre venture kicks off with this new production starring Rory Kinnear in the role of Karl Marx. The production follows a 32 year old Marx as he hides from spies in a two bedroom flat in Soho's Dean Street. I this short video essay, which is something between a performance analysis and a review, I bring together some reflections and thoughts on the show. Tickets for Young Marx can be picked up here: https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/performances/?event=565 And details of the Young Marx National Theatre Live broadcast can be found here: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/ntlout25-young-marx If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 1718 Tom Nicholas
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome | PhD Vlog
 
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Imposter Syndrome (or, for the Americans out there, Impostor Syndrome) can be awful. So, in this most recent themed PhD vlog, I thought I'd talk about some of my own experiences as well as explaining some of the theory behind impostor syndrome with a particular focus on political geography. I've tried to also end with some tips about overcoming impostor syndrome in academia which, hopefully, might also be of use in other walks of life. If you have any yourself then please do feel free to drop them down in the comments! *Further Reading* Here's a particularly interesting blog which takes into account some of the particulars of female experiences of imposter syndrome: https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=7&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiD-JPloIraAhUEyKQKHTFbB4cQFghiMAY&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.huffingtonpost.co.uk%2Fsian-abigail-bradley%2Fimposter-syndrome_b_13172458.html&usg=AOvVaw2WWOusRNRw2GTgMzxpR0mx And here's a blog about imposter syndrome from Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/adaptation/201611/the-impostor-syndrome-and-how-handle-it If you've enjoyed this video and would like to see more including my What The Theory? series in which I provide some snappy introductions to key theories in the humanities as well as PhD vlogs in which I talk about some of the challenges of being a PhD student then do consider subscribing. Thanks for watching! Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com
Views: 501 Tom Nicholas
Failing to understand de Certeau... | Day in the life of a PhD Student: Wednesday | PhD Vlog
 
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Day Three! In which I struggle to understand de Certeau and his masterwork The Practice of Everyday Life, pop to the public library and go for a run! Follow a day in the life of a PhD Student as I begin my week of PhD vlogs. My aim is to record one video from Monday to Friday this week, releasing them two days later (Wednesday - Sunday) to give you a full insight into a week as a PhD student and a broader look at postgrad PhD student life in general. There'll be lots of reading academic papers and academic journals as well as books, lots of note taking, PhD thesis writing and (hopefully) some fun stuff too! This is something that people have asked for a number of times in the comments of some of my other videos so I hope you enjoy! If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 1474 Tom Nicholas
UK Lecturers Strike | UCU Strike 2018 | PhD Vlog
 
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In February and March 2018, UK university students will face significant disruption due to strike action taken by the University and College Union (UCU). I wanted to do a quick PhD vlog which gives a little bit of an insight into why I am striking as well as the potential damage that the current USS pensions dispute could cause to university education in the UK. Would be really interesting to have a decent debate about this in the comments, I'm sure there's plenty of people out there with far more info that me. If you're affected by the current strike action, then you can find more information about why lecturers are on strike on the UCU website here: www.ucu.org.uk/why-we-are-taking-action-over-USS There is also a tool to enable you to quickly and easily send an email to the Vice Chancellor of your university here: www.ucu.org.uk/studentvoice #ussstrikes If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 1419 Tom Nicholas
A week as a PhD Student | PhD Vlog #5
 
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Welcome to the fifth of my PhD vlogs. Follow my week as a PhD Student in Theatre and Drama at the University of Exeter. Thesis writing, research meetings and field work. As well as a couple of theatre workshops and rehearsals. I've been really inspired by some of the other PhD students vlogging their experiences as grad students at uni or college here on YouTube (particularly SimonOxfPhys who just so happens to be at the same institution myself and Emma Cole) and thought I'd give it a go to see quite how hard it was to keep up a weekly vlog (spoiler alert, fairly time-consuming). If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic.
Views: 1183 Tom Nicholas
Using "Deep Work" to improve PhD productivity | PhD Vlog
 
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I've recently been putting the ideas from Deep Work by Cal Newport into practice in order to get a better PhD work life balance. Having just moved house, things have been a little hectic and, thus, productivity has taken a bit of a hit. Having drawn on Cal Newport's ideas to combat this dip in productivity, I wanted to reflect on my Deep Work experience. By adopting the notion of undertaking "deep work sessions" rather than splitting my writing time up throughout the day, I've been able to use my time far more productively and to a much more disciplined schedule than before. Furthermore, it's also allowed me to have. much more mindful relationship with work and been a real boon to my mental health which we all know can take a battering during a PhD! Deep Work is available from Better World Books (not an affiliate link, I just like what they do): https://www.betterworldbooks.com/search/results?q=deep%20work If you've enjoyed this video and would like to see more including my What The Theory? series in which I provide some snappy introductions to key theories in the humanities as well as PhD vlogs in which I talk about some of the challenges of being a PhD student then do consider subscribing. Thanks for watching! Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com
Views: 757 Tom Nicholas
Staying Motivated on Long Term Projects | PhD Vlog
 
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Staying motivated on long term projects can be hard. With the end goal far away, it can be tough to stay motivated with long projects that take upwards of a year. This is certainly something I've been finding with my PhD thesis writing. Recently, I've been finding myself in something of a motivational slump and so, here, I thought I'd collect some thoughts on how to stay motivated if you're carrying out a similar project. As always, if you've got any motivation tips for PhD students (or people working in any field) that you'd like to share then do feel free to pop those in the comments as well as letting me know if there's anything you're currently struggling with in your working process. If you've enjoyed this video and would like to see more including my What The Theory? series in which I provide some snappy introductions to key theories in the humanities as well as PhD vlogs in which I talk about some of the challenges of being a PhD student then do consider subscribing. Thanks for watching! Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com
Views: 574 Tom Nicholas
Preparing for my PhD Upgrade Process and My New Play Performed | PhD Vlog
 
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I've been preparing for PhD upgrade process recently as well as having my new play performed in Exeter which is why I've been a little slow at uploading stuff. I am alive, however, and so thought I'd record another short PhD Student Vlog as these are some of my most-requested videos (even though I find them super-cringe to make). More reflections on shows I've seen and What the Theory? videos will be coming shortly I promise! If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 416 Tom Nicholas
How to find citations and references for essay bibliography | Essay Tips
 
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In this latest episode of Essay Tips, I take a look at how to find citations and references for essays and assignments, particularly at undergraduate level. Looking back at my video on using Google Scholar, I thought it worth putting together a more entry-level video with help for bibliography preparation. While I give some tips for constructing a bigger bibliography to show essay markers that you've really got a mastery of understanding in the subject that you're writing about, I also hope to get across why citations and references are useful for making your argument stronger and more convincing. Most universities will have great guidance available on how to incorporate citations into your essay writing. I have previously found this page from Leeds University on Harvard referencing useful: https://library.leeds.ac.uk/skills-citations-harvard#activate-how_to_incorporate_citations_into_your_work If writing a longer piece of work, I would suggest software such as EndNote or Mendeley (https://www.mendeley.com) which can automate the bibliography process for you. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 493 Tom Nicholas
Playwriting Tips: Ideas | How to come up with playwriting ideas and find inspiration for your play
 
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Finding playwriting ideas and inspiration for your play is the first step in writing a play, whether it's something you've been thinking about for a long time, or pops out at you from nowhere. In the second episode of my introduction to playwriting course, I look at how to brainstorm ideas to come up with that gripping plot which will captivate your audience. My name's Tom and I'm a playwright. As part of writing my new play, Happiness Ltd, I'll be documenting my process through a series of ten short videos. Follow along as I take you through my playwriting process from initial ideas through to final draft! Hopefully this series will allow you to pick up some playwriting tips (a kind of playwriting 101 if you will) and teach you to make your plays or other writing for the stage into compelling drama. Follow along as I take you through my playwriting process from initial ideas through to final draft! Find out more at www.tomnicholas.com Supported by Arts Council England.
Views: 380 Tom Nicholas
Beginning by David Eldridge (National Theatre & West End Transfer) | Performance Analysis
 
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Beginning by David Eldridge will be receiving a West End transfer (to the Ambassadors Theatre) in the New Year. As such, I thought I'd collect together some of my thoughts on the production from when I saw it at the National Theatre in the form of a short Performance Analysis. News of Beginning's transfer here: https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2017/national-theatres-beginning-gets-west-end-transfer/ Tickets for the production at the Ambassadors Theatre can be purchased here: https://www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk/online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=547E724D-BFB4-418C-AE47-2CBD204C458D If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel where I put out a whole range of videos discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright and theatre maker as well as reflecting on my experience as a PhD Student. Twitter: @Tom_Nicholas Website: www.tomnicholas.com Thanks for watching!
Views: 1548 Tom Nicholas
PhD and Playwriting: I'm Back | PhD Student Vlog #1
 
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Theatre, playwriting and PhD. I'm back. Expect a mixture of thoughts on shows I've seen, stuff I've been reading as well as some video essays and tips on writing. Music by BENSOUND http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-... Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0
Views: 364 Tom Nicholas
My Country by Carol Ann Duffy and Rufus Norris at National Theatre, London | Performance Analysis
 
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My thoughts on My Country; A Work in Progress by Carol Ann Duffy and Rufus Norris. The National Theatre's "response" to the Brexit vote, this verbatim piece premiered in the Dorfman auditorium in March 2017 before touring the UK. This is the latest in a series of performance anaylses/reviews I've been undertaking as part of my PhD Research at the University of Exeter. If you've enjoyed this video then please do check out the rest of my channel. I generally put out new videos every Tuesday and Friday discussing theatre and playwriting from the perspective of an aspirant and (some might say) emerging playwright, theatre maker and academic. Music Credit That Kid in Fourth Grade Who Really Liked the Denver Broncos by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://chriszabriskie.com/uvp/ Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/
Views: 825 Tom Nicholas