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Drama DRA2045: Finding & using library resources: Performance and film databases

The following databases contain filmed performances, performance analysis and criticism, as well as films and TV programmes. 

These databases tend to be more specialised and focused in scope, generally containing far less records than the multidisciplinary research databases.

Use Library Search to discover the films and DVDs we hold in our library collection. 

Performance Databases

Digital Theatre Plus

Digital Theatre Plus features:

  • ​​​- Plays and productions – Video and audio performances of classical and contemporary theatre, radio plays, dance and opera
  • - Practice and practitioners – interviews and discussion of theatre
    - Theory and criticism – the academic resources exploring literary and dramatic texts, theatre practice and techniques

Digital Theatre Plus is a good source for finding plays and filmed performances.

Watch the video below to find more about this collection.

Exeter Digital Archives

Exeter Digital Archives allows you to search across the Exeter Digital Archives collection. This is a film and video collection on contemporary performance practice.

The archive includes the following collections:

Drama Online

Drama Online includes over 1500 full text playscripts from major playwrights (including Shakespeare, Ibsen, Brecht, Stoppard etc) as well as critical interpretations and analysis.

Access is available to the CORE COLLECTION ONLY of Bloomsbury, Faber & Faber and Arden full text plays and associated commentaries.

Watch this video to find out more about the Drama Online collection.

Globe on Screen

A collection of Shakespeare’s Globe Stage productions recorded live at the Globe between 2008-2015.

Film & TV Databases

BFI Screenonline


Kanopy provides access to 30 thousand films and can be streamed on any device

Search by subject or keyword.

On the Boards TV

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