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“Very well shot, in that they still feel like a theatre performance… Ideal at A-level where a single watch of the live production can be supplemented by several revisits and discussions of key moments. Also invaluable from the point of view of demonstrating, quickly and effectively, how an interpretation can be placed onto a play, for students who struggle with the idea that there isn’t just a single way to perform a script.”
Andrew Shakeshaft, Head of Drama, Monmouth School (The Blake Theatre)

We are delighted to release filmed versions of five of our productions on DVD.
Prices start at £35, with some special offers - full details, including useful extra features are at the bottom of the page.

To find out more about the productions, with links to clips from our youtube channel, follow the links below:

Macbeth (2017)

The Odyssey (2016)

Woyzeck (2015)

Antigone (2014)

Everyman (2013)

Medea (2012)

The Trial (2011)

Dr Faustus (2010)

Resources Order Forms

There are three ways to order:

  • You can print our mail order form and send it with your cheque.
  • If you need us to send you an invoice to raise payment, use the email form (you can also print this).
  • Buy online right now using PayPal.

"Your DVD of Faustus is the only DVD I have shown to have received applause from a class. They love the way you interpret a play and perform with such energy."
Kevin Jones, Emrys ap Iwan School, Abergele

"Thank you Splendid for another amazing resource! The DVDs are essential for anyone teaching A-Level Drama & Theatre studies, as both Dr Faustus and Woyzeck are texts for Unit 4!! All of our students saw the original productions and it's so great to be able to refer back to them in class as well as using them to give examples of performance skills and the different ways of interpreting a script. Thank you Thank you Thank you!"
Leo Cox, Sudbury Upper School & Arts College

You can see more clips at Splendid's YouTube Channel

DVD Prices

Prices include VAT at 20% and postage and packaging within the UK. Please allow 28 days for delivery, most orders are sent within 7 days.

Item Price
SAVE £85! ALL 8 DVDs
Macbeth, The Odyssey, Woyzeck (2014 version), Antigone, Everyman, Medea, The Trial AND Dr Faustus DVDs
£195
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Choose 7 DVDs save £65!
£180
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Choose 6 DVDs save £50!
£160
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Choose 5 DVDs save £35!
£140
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Choose 4 DVDs save £30!
£110
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Choose 3 DVDs, save £20
£85
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Choose 2 DVDs, save £10
£60
Macbeth DVD
‘The Odyssey’ running time: 72mins (approx)
Format: PAL DVD Standard Definition
Aspect Ratio:16:9 widescreen
Extras: Rehearsal room documentary, audio commentary from director Kerry Frampton and composer Ben Hales.
£35
The Odyssey DVD
‘The Odyssey’ running time: 70mins (approx)
Format: PAL DVD Standard Definition
Aspect Ratio:16:9 widescreen
Extras: Making of the Odyssey featurette, audio commentary from adaptors Kerry Frampton and Ben Hales.
£35
Woyzeck 2014 DVD
‘Woyzeck’ running time: 68mins
Format: PAL DVD Standard Definition
Aspect Ratio:16:9 widescreen
Extras: Rehearsal footage, audio commentary from adaptors Kerry Frampton and Ben Hales, giving extra detail on the production and the theatrical techniques used.
£35
Antigone DVD
‘Antigone' running time: 70 mins
Format: PAL DVD Standard Definition
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 widescreen
Extras: 25 min 'making of' feature, audio commentary from performer/adaptor Kerry Frampton and composer Ben Hales.
£35
Everyman DVD
‘Everyman' running time: 70 mins
Format: PAL DVD Standard Definition
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 widescreen
Extras: 25 min film about the rehearsal period, audio commentary from performer Kerry Frampton and composer Ben Hales.
£35
Medea DVD
‘Medea' running time: 55mins
Format: PAL DVD Standard Definition
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 widescreen
Extras: 30 min film about the rehearsal period, audio commentary from performer Kerry Frampton and adaptor Ben Hales.
£35
The Trial DVD
‘The Trial’ running time: 64mins
Format: PAL DVD Standard Definition
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 widescreen
Extras: ‘Making of’ feature, following the rehearsal process, audio commentary from performer Kerry Frampton and adaptor Ben Hales, giving an insight into Splendid's creative process.
£35
Dr Faustus DVD
‘Dr Faustus’ running time: 66mins
Format: PAL DVD Standard Definition
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 widescreen
Extras: 30 minute ‘Making of’ feature, following the rehearsal process. Deleted scene – readthrough of the ‘Horse Courser’ scene that was cut from the final production.
£35
MACBETH SUPER PACK!
Macbeth DVD, Script AND Teacher Pack
£55
THE ODYSSEY SUPER PACK!
Odyssey DVD, Script AND Teacher Pack
£55
WOYZECK (2014 version) SUPER PACK!
Woyzeck DVD, Script AND Teacher Pack
£55
ANTIGONE SUPER PACK!
Antigone DVD, Script AND Teacher Pack
£55
EVERYMAN SUPER PACK!
Everyman DVD, Script AND Teacher Pack
£55
MEDEA SUPER PACK!
Medea DVD, Script AND Teacher Pack
£55
THE TRIAL SUPER PACK!
The Trial DVD, Script AND Teacher Pack
£55
DR FAUSTUS SUPER PACK!
Dr Faustus DVD, Script AND Teacher Pack
£55

ABOUT WOYZECK:
The DVD and script of our 2008 production of Woyzeck has now been replaced by our 2014 version, and so all Woyzeck titles in the shop refer to the latest production. There are a small number of 2008 DVDs and scripts, if you are specifically interested in those, please email info@splendidproductions.co.uk.

Resources Order Forms

There are three ways to order:

  • You can print our mail order form and send it with your cheque.
  • If you need us to send you an invoice to raise payment, use the email form (you can also print this).
  • Buy online right now using PayPal.
Why we made the DVDs

Splendid Productions is primarily a touring theatre and education company, and we particularly enjoy the unique experience of playing to a real live audience and interacting with them in our workshops.

However, over the years, we have had an increasing number of clients requesting a record of the productions for students to refer to, and of course a lot of potential audiences we were unable to fit into our tours, and so we found a way to commit some of our work to disc.

About the Productions

All of our productions were designed to travel the country in a small car, set up and taken down in half an hour, often twice a day. For this reason, they have a cast of three and the most rudimentary of sets. But luckily, the limitations of your bootspace does not restrict the reach of your imagination!

Our approach to theatre, like many of our favourite practitioners, is that it is created more by the actors and the audience than by the lights and the scenery. Both of these productions are great examples of what committed performers can achieve with the barest of essentials.

About the Adaptations

To Splendid, the script is just the starting point for a devising process that aims to create an entertaining and thought-provoking piece that is relevant to the audience that year, that day. We specialise in reinterpreting classic texts to place the fundamental human questions at the heart of the production.

We use a ‘Brechtian’ structure that breaks the action into episodes, using signs, songs and direct address to engage the audience’s minds as well as their attention. It also allows us to break up the traditional narrative in interesting ways.

'Antigone' blends Sophocles' chorus with a chorus of clowns who have organised a party to celebrate the end of the war. The story of Antigone's conflict with her uncle, King Creon, takes place between party games inspired by the play, including 'Ten Seconds of Freedom', 'Who is the Most Powerful Person in the Room?', and 'Throw the Boulders at the Body'.

'Everyman' interleaves adapted scenes from the orginal text with newly devised scenes inspired by lazzi from Commedia dell'Arte, exploring experiences common to every kind of person, expanding the highly Christian, medieval worldview of the morality play into something warm and involving for all humans.

'Medea' tells both the story of Medea and the legend of Jason and the Argonauts in parallel, contrasting the idealised romance at the beginning of a relationship with the bitter reality of the end - an experience familar to anyone who has been in love (although killing your kids might be taking it a bit far...). We also explore what it takes to become a legend, and why Jason and Medea are remembered so differently.

For 'The Trial', our intention was to give the audience an experience that parallelled that of Josef K, and so our performance begins as soon as the audience enter the auditorium. As brisk and efficient clerks, the cast begin to 'process' the audience according to an unknown set of criteria, rewarding and castigating individuals in an arbitrary manner. But how arbitrary is it? And how compliant can an audience be made to be?

In ‘Dr Faustus’, we interleave the scenes from the play with newly devised episodes, each dealing with a different ‘Deadly Sin’, and posing the question ‘what’s your sin?’.

‘Woyzeck’ takes the idea to its logical conclusion by presenting the episodes in a seemingly random order, and even playing the murder scene three times, asking the audience how their judgement changes as the whole story is revealed.

The scripts are all adapted freely from the original text, but the action and intention remains true to the source material. In the case of ‘Dr Faustus’, much of the language has been updated, but many of Marlowe’s lines have been incorporated into the adaptation. Mephistopheles, for example, uses only speeches from the original text.

We limit our plays to a running time of one hour, which makes them focussed and punchy, but this does mean substantial cuts and reinterpretations of scenes. These are by no means faithful presentations of set texts, but we believe they are witty and vibrant examples of living, contemporary theatre. Now trapped forever on DVD...

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