Performing Arts

On this page you will find many useful resources suitable for your course including physical Library stock, eBooks, eResources, websites and videos.

Finding Performing Arts Resources

All books have a classification number on the spine. Here are some class marks to get you started. Click on the class marks below to find out what the Library has to offer for each topic. To request to borrow resources, please click here

Selected Performing Arts eBooks

You can access Performing Arts eBooks for free from home or college 24/7, which means no lugging heavy books around! Click on one of the eBooks below or visit our eBooks section to search for even more titles. You may need to log in via Shibboleth, or through your institution. Just select 'Northampton College' and log in using your student ID and password.

Games for Actors and Non-Actors
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Theatre for Children
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Theatre Histories
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Systems of Rehearsal
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Contemporary British Theatre
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An Introduction to Greek Tragedy
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Contemporary Theatre in Education
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Magazines and Journals

The Library subscribes to a number of course specific and general interest magazines, journals and newspapers across the centres. You may find the publications below useful for your course or subject area. You can also view our full collection of weekly and monthly publications here.

Dazed magazine
Music Week
The Stage magazine

Performing Arts eResources

Here is a list of commonly used resources. Click an image link to go to that website. Please note that these are external sites and Northampton College holds no responsibility over their content or availability.

Acting Coach Scotland offers free eBooks and resources to help and assist with various acting techniques.
BBC Writers Room logoBBC Writers Room is a fantastic resource for those looking to write for the BBC. It includes top tips on script writing and information about opportunities and events for writers.
British Library logoThe British Library has a range of material on dialects and accents. This link will take you to the British Library homepage - go to the search box and type in 'dialects' or 'accents' and you will be directed to a wide range of useful material.
London Theatre logoLondon Theatre website: The Ultimate guide to London Theatre which includes ticket information, reviews, news, theatre maps and interviews.
The Monologue Database logoThe Monologue Database is a large database resource of monologues from well-known dramatists and is intended to help actors find new monologues.
National Theatre logoNational Theatre website.
National Theatre Black Plays Archive logoThe National Theatre's Black Plays Archive is an online catalogue for the first professional production of every African, Caribbean and Black British play produced in Britain.
National Youth Theatre logoNational Youth Theatre; A charity that helps young people get involved with theatre. Includes information on casting calls, courses and tickets
Numeri Danse logoNumeri Danse includes hundreds of videos of dancers! The videos cover a range of techniques (including hand dances). Also contains access to online courses and blogs.
Raindance logRaindance: The website behind the famous film festival. As well as all the news on Indie films, the blog contains all sorts of theatrical and film-related information.
Royal and Derngate logoRoyal and Derngate: Northampton's theatre complex. See what's on and buy tickets or find out how to get involved with the theatre.
Shakespeare's Monologues logoShakespeare's Monologues makes finding male and female monologues by William Shakespeare so easy!
Stage of Half Moon logoStages of Half Moon is the UK's leading small-scale young person's venue and touring company. Includes photos, programmes, news, videos and interviews.
The Stage logoThe Stage: All the theatre news from London's West End and across the UK. Interviews, jobs, reviews, casting calls and much more! Although aimed at tutors there are a wide range of Performing Arts related resources including quizzes. Note, whilst some of the content is free other parts do require a subscription.
Variety logoVariety is an American overview of the entertainment industry which offers news, film reviews, awards, film festivals and box office information.
Vogue Archives logoThe Vogue Archive: All of Vogue magazine's back catalogue, dating back all the way to 1892!
West End Wilma logoWest End Wilma: A mother and son operation that has been reviewing shows since 2002. They have grown to be an authoritative voice in the world of theatre and their website features interviews, competitions and videos.
Whats On Stage logoWhats On Stage features daily news and reviews of British theatre.

Planet eStream Videos

Planet eStream is an amazing video-on-demand service that holds thousands of film, TV and radio resources for use with your studies. Click below to search  videos you may find useful for your course.

To log in:

  1. Go to Planet eStream
  2. Enter your College login details and password then click Log in

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Information and Study skills

The Library can offer support within any of the following areas. Click on any of the topics below to go to the Information and Study Skills Moodle page which includes Study Smart courses for each topic as well as activities, PowerPoint presentations and useful information leaflets.

The Library's Learning Facilitators are available to support you in developing your writing, computer, information and study skills. They are here to help you on your path to independent learning. If you need help with any of the areas listed above please talk to a Learning Facilitator.

Please note that access to Learning Facilitators this year is via appointment only. Please email with information on which areas or topics you would like help with. We will then arrange an appointment with you as soon as possible.

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