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Collaborations - Drama, Theatre and Performing Arts: Books

Books are one of the key types of resource you should be looking at for assignments and learning. We have thousands of physical books in the Library, but possibly even more online, which means you don't need to come onto campus to be able to find relevant books for your studies. To find them, you can search Discover (the Library's tool full of books and lots of the journal article content we have) and then filter to select that you want the Source Type of books and/or ebooks:

When the book is a physical book the record will tell you where you can find the book (by shelf mark, e.g. 822.33 SHA) and if it's an ebook there will be a link to the full text of the book. You might need to log in to the ebook platform with your QMU username and password.

Online book collections

As well as searching Discover, you can go to the different ebook platforms directly using the links below.

Useful call numbers

These are the numbers on the spine labels for some areas of books that might be useful for you in QMU Learning Resource Centre:

Clothes patterns 391.209 / 646.06 / 646.4072

Clothing manufacture 687

Costume design 791.43026 / 792.026

Costume figure drawing 792.026

Costume making 646.404 / 792.026 

Fashion design 646.2

Fashion illustration 646.23

Graphic arts and decorative arts 740

Printmaking and prints 760

Film and television 791.4

Stage presentations 792

Stage management 792.023

Theatre, dance and opera 792

American drama 812

English drama 822

German drama 832

French drama 842

Italian drama 852

Spanish drama 862

Latin dramatic poetry and drama 872

Classical Greek drama 882

Some of the ebooks on your reading lists

Devising Performance

This series sets out to explore key performance practices encountered in modern and contemporary theatre. Talking to students and scholars in seminar rooms and studios, and to practitioners in rehearsal, it became clear that there were widely used modes of practice that had received very little critical and analytical attention. In response, we offer these critical, research-based studies that draw on international fieldwork to produce fresh insight into a range of performance processes. Authors who are specialists in their fields have set each mode of practice in its social, political and aesthetic context. The series charts both a history of the development of modes of performance process and an assessment of their significance in contemporary culture.

Applied Theatre: Development

At once both guide book and provocation, this is an indispensable companion for students and practitioners of applied theatre. It addresses all key aspects: principles, origins, politics and aesthetics in a concise and accessible style designed to appeal both to those who have recently discovered this sub-discipline and to experienced practitioners and academics.

Applied Theatre: Research

Applied Theatre: Research is the first book to consolidate thinking about applied theatre as research through a thorough investigation of ATAR as a research methodology. It will be an indispensable resource for teachers and researchers in the area.The first section of the book details the history of the relationship between applied theatre and research, especially in the area of evaluation and impact assessment, and offering an examination of the literature surrounding applied theatre and research. The book then explores how applied theatre as research (ATAR) works as a democratic and pro-social adjunct to community based research and explains its complex relationship to arts informed inquiry, Indigenous research methods and other research.

Borrowing books from QMU

You can borrow up to 20 books. These are automatically renewed every 21 or occasionally 7 days (if it's a high demand item with a yellow label on the spine). Although there are no fines for bringing books back late, if you get an email asking you to bring your book back (which will be sent to your QMU email address) please do, because it means someone else would like to borrow it. You won't be able to graduate until you return everything you've borrowed.

Postal Loans

QMU Distance Learners and those on UK-based collaborative courses are entitled to use this service.

All postal loans will be sent out at the discretion of the Learning Resource Centre and are available to Distance Learning students only. We regret that we cannot post books abroad. Our library books can be posted to UK, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and British Forces addresses.

The Learning Resource Centre will meet the cost of outward postage while students are liable to pay the return postage. Postal items can also be returned in person to the LRC. They should be returned by the due date and not posted on the due date. Books posted to you are your responsibility until they have arrived back in the LRC and therefore it is advisable to obtain proof of postage.

Only standard loan 3 week loan items are available for postal loans. We will not send out 7 day loans, reference items, print journals, audio visual material or equipment. Where the title is available as an eBook as well as in print, we will direct you to the eBook and not send out the print book. The loan period for postal loans will be the standard 21 day loan period but these can be renewed by telephone or via the My Library Account  link in the library catalogue.

Please apply for postal loans by completing the online form. The form must be completed correctly for us to process the request and essential fields are indicated by an asterisk *. Please ensure you include your student ID (your matriculation number) as well as your correct UK postal address. Each item request must be submitted on a separate form.