E-Resource of the Month – Drama Online


What is Drama Online?

Drama Online is an award winning collection of resources for Theatre and Performance and English and Comparative Literatre students. It provides online access to the finest drama texts, from Aeschylus to Polly Stenham. Drama Online also provides guidance, including scholarly notes, annotated texts, critical analysis and contextual information, including detailed encyclopedias, biographies of key people and critical works on major playwrights. Production stills are also provided by the Victoria and Albert Museum, shedding light on changes in scenography, costume design and performance styles.

How do I access Drama Online?

Go to the E-Resources A-Z list and click on ‘D’. Click on the G icon if you’re on-campus and click on the W icon if you’re off-campus. You’ll then be taken to the Drama Online homepage. There are sign in options in the top right corner of the screen. Use your Campus log-in if requested.

Searching Drama Online

Once logged in, there is a main search bar at the top of the screen. For instance, a search for George Bernard Shaw provides approximately 94 results. These can be sorted or filtered however you wish. Click on an entry to access the full text. You can also use the Advanced Search from the top of the screen to make a more specific search, e.g. enter search terms and search within type, playwrights and practitioners, genre, period, theme and setting. There are also browse options from the top of the main homepage. You can browse by play, playwrights and practitioners, genre, period, context and criticism, and theatre craft.


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