“Verbatim theatre is a form of documentary theatre in which plays are constructed from the precise words spoken by people interviewed about a particular event or topic.” (Wikipedia)
What is Verbatim Theatre?
The National Theatre, UK, guide to making Verbatim Theatre.
An essay by Theatre Ciritc Micheal Billingham for The Gaurdian about Verbatim Theatre.
Another article in The Gaurdian about Verbatim Theatre, this time written by Gary Nun, about how strong a medium it is to communicate real every day issues to audience.
Alecky Blythe (author of London Road, the play from which they image is taken from) has written an article on ideastap.com about her experiences writing the play and the response it got.
A blog post about why should we make Verbatim Theatre.
An article from Exuent Magazine about the Ethics of Verbatim Theatre.
A Theatrestyles blog post.
Reviews of performances
Resources for teachers
A really good guide from theatrefolk on making a piece of Verbatim Theatre with a group or class.
A support pack from The National Theatre Of Scotland covering its performance of Black Watch. It is obviously centred around that production but it can be easily adapted.
A very good introduction by The National Theatre.
A guide to creating Verbatim Theatre by The National Theatre.
A guide to the ethics of Verbatim Theatre by The National Theatre
London Road interviews with Alecky Blythe, Adam Cork & Rufus Norris
Extract from DV8’s production “Can we talk about this”, a production fusing dance and Verbatim Theatre.
At the start of every unit that involves I like to give them a handout with all these links on them so they can do some of their own research. It’s best to email them it so that they can use the links properly.