Tertiary Catalogue

Arts and Culture


Japanese Baseball

Language and Culture: Japanese

Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan and, from the polite and respectful conduct of players on the field and spectators in the stands, it reflects the values of Japanese society itself. Featuring topical vocabulary and a wealth of...Show More

The Language of Respect

Language and Culture: Japanese

The culture of respect is one of the most important values in Japanese society. This video explores how respect is deeply rooted in communication – both verbal and non-verbal – between people of varying relationships and positions. Delving...Show More

A Gift Giving Culture

Language and Culture: Japanese

There is no single word in the Japanese language for ‘gift’. Instead, every type of gift giving has its own name, which perhaps conveys how important a tradition the presenting and receiving of gifts is in Japanese culture. From mid-year...Show More
Romantic Poetry in Context

Romantic Poetry in Context

Literary Contexts: British Poetry

The Romantic movement grew out of the Age of Enlightenment, nurturing the idea of the importance of the imagination — and then letting it run wild. This video explains the historical context behind the poetry of Romantics including Blake,...Show More
Victorian Poetry in Context

Victorian Poetry in Context

Literary Contexts: British Poetry

The Victorian era can appear starched, overly refined and repressed, but it was also a time when turbulent reforms were sweeping across Europe. This video explains the historical context behind the poetry of Victorian including Tennyson, Arnold,...Show More
World War One Poetry in Context

World War One Poetry in Context

Literary Contexts: British Poetry

The early 20th century was one of the most volatile periods of history and poetry exposed the true nature of World War I. This video explains the historical context behind the poetry of war poets including Pope, McCrae, Brooke, Owen and Sassoon,...Show More
American Pop Art: Popular Culture and Paparazzi

American Pop Art: Popular Culture and Paparazzi

Art Movements in Context

American pop artists such as Andy Warhol were inspired by their firsthand experiences of mass production and consumerism. This video explores the historical context behind the birth of American Pop Art, from its beginnings in the post-war...Show More
Surrealism: More Than Melting Clocks

Surrealism: More Than Melting Clocks

Art Movements in Context

Surrealist artists such as Salvador Dalí created art that reflected the horrors of war and the traumas buried in the unconscious mind. This video explores the historical context behind the rise of Surrealism, discussing ideas and events such as...Show More
American Abstract Expressionism: The Cold War and the CIA

American Abstract Expressionism: The Cold War and the CIA

Art Movements in Context

Abstract Expressionists such as Jackson Pollock represented the liberal ideals of freedom of speech and self-expression in the United States. This video explores the historical context behind the birth of American Abstract Expressionism,...Show More
The Great Gatsby in Context

The Great Gatsby in Context

Literary Contexts: American Literature

The period following World War I was an era of widespread prosperity in the United States. Long Island, New York, became the playground of the privileged, exemplifying the excesses of the Jazz Age. This video investigates how the concept of the...Show More
A Streetcar Named Desire in Context

A Streetcar Named Desire in Context

Literary Contexts: American Literature

By the mid-20th century, New Orleans had gone from a city modernised by the Jazz Age to a hub of poverty and crime. While middle-class Americans thrived, poor and marginalised segments of the population continued to struggle. This video explores...Show More
In Cold Blood in Context

In Cold Blood in Context

Literary Contexts: American Literature

The economic prosperity that swept the United States post-World War II changed lifestyles and attitudes greatly. The tragic murder of the Clutters, the epitome of the ideal American family, showed how the American Dream could go terribly wrong....Show More
Death of a Salesman in Context

Death of a Salesman in Context

Literary Contexts: American Literature

By the 1940s, the travelling salesman had become a familiar part of American life and Americans were relishing their newfound economic prosperity. But beneath the country’s mask of economic contentment, many fears and anxieties continued to...Show More
Historical Context of Macbeth

Historical Context of Macbeth

Shakespeare in Conversation: Macbeth

Like all works of literature, ‘Macbeth’ is a reflection of the time in which it was written. This video discusses the historical context of the play, including the ascension of James I, the Globe Theatre and how audiences would have responded...Show More
The Queen, My Lord, Is Dead: The Relationship's Demise

The Queen, My Lord, Is Dead: The Relationship's Demise

Shakespeare in Conversation: Macbeth

A central component of the ‘Scottish Play’ is the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. This video explores the nature and deterioration of their relationship in two key scenes: Act 3, Scene 4 and Act 5, Scene 5. Valuable insights...Show More
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth: A Scene Study

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth: A Scene Study

Shakespeare in Conversation: Macbeth

At the heart of the ‘Scottish Play’ are the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and their relationship. This video discusses one of their key scenes - Act 1, Scene 7 – explaining the meaning of the scene and discussing the language used...Show More
Why Study Macbeth?

Why Study Macbeth?

Shakespeare in Conversation: Macbeth

Over 400 years after Shakespeare’s death, his plays continue to be studied, discussed and performed around the world. This video delves into the literary devices used in ‘Macbeth’ and its major themes, explaining how they contribute to the...Show More
Stretching

Stretching

Performing Arts

A short video demonstrating how to safely perform a basic stretches. These are an addition to the basic warm up routine.
Basic Ballet

Basic Ballet

Performing Arts

A short video demonstrating basic ballet positions.
Learning Lines

Learning Lines

Performing Arts

A short video on how to learn lines.
Dealing with Stage Fright

Dealing with Stage Fright

Performing Arts

A short video about dealing with stage fright. Includes tips and techniques.
Warm Up

Warm Up

Performing Arts

A short video demonstrating how to perform a basic warm up.
Vocal Warmups

Vocal Warmups

Performing Arts

This video demonstrates basic singing skills for actors.
Singing for Actors

Singing for Actors

Performing Arts

This video demonstrates basic singing skills for actors.
Preparation for a Performance

Preparation for a Performance

Performing Arts

This video looks at how you can prepare yourself for a performance.