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  • TROILUS AND CRESSIDA - Arden Shakespeare
    TROILUS AND CRESSIDA - Arden Shakespeare
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781472584748
    Title: TROILUS AND CRESSIDA - Arden Shakespeare
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A revised edition of this intriguing and complex play, updated to cover recent critical thinking and stage history. Troilus and Cressida is a tragedy often labelled a problem play because of its apparent blend of genres and its difficult themes. Set in the Trojan Wars it tells a story of doomed love and honour, offering a debased view of human nature in war-time and a stage peopled by generally unsympathetic characters. The revised edition makes an ideal text for study at undergraduate level and above.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • TRUE AND FALSE : HERESY AND COMMON SENSE FOR THE ACTOR
    TRUE AND FALSE : HERESY AND COMMON SENSE FOR THE ACTOR
    MAMET DAVID
    ISBN: 9780571192618
    Title: TRUE AND FALSE : HERESY AND COMMON SENSE FOR THE ACTOR
    Author: MAMET DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    David Mamet, the prize-winning playwright, director and teacher, has written a blunt, irreverent and unsparingly honest guide to acting. True and False leaves no acting tenet untouched, overturns conventional opinion, and tells aspiring actors what they really need to know: How to judge the role and approach the part How to work with the playwright The right way to undertake auditions and rehearsals How to think about the scene The proper approach to agents; and the business side of acting in general Mamet is unmistakably clear about why he think actors should not be taken in by the highly touted notions that have become commonplace in most acting schools and courses. True and False confronts some of the profession's sacred cows and offers and invaluable guide to acting today.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • VOICE AND THE ACTOR
    VOICE AND THE ACTOR
    BERRY CICELY
    ISBN: 9780020415558
    Title: VOICE AND THE ACTOR
    Author: BERRY CICELY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "Speaking is part of a whole: an expression of inner life." Cicely Berry has based her work on the conviction that while all is present in nature our natural instincts have been crippled from birth by many processes--by the conditioning, in fact, of a warped society. So an actor needs precise exercise and clear understanding to liberate his hidden possibilities and to learn the hard task of being true to the 'instinct of the moment'. As her book points out with remarkable persuasiveness 'technique' as such is a myth, for there is no such thing as a correct voice. There is no right way--there are only a million wrong ways, which are wrong because they deny what would otherwise be affirmed. Wrong uses of the voice are those that constipate feeling, constrict activity, blunt expression, level out idiosyncrasy, generalize experience, coarsen intimacy. These blockages are multiple and are the results of acquired habits that have become part of the automatic vocal equipment; unnoticed and unknown, they stand between the actor's voice as it is and as it could be and they will not vanish by themselves. So the work is not how to do but how to permit: how, in fact, to set the voice free. And since life in the voice springs from emotion, drab and uninspiring technical exercises can never be sufficient. Cicely Berry never departs from the fundamental recognition that speaking is part of a whole: an expression of inner life.. After a voice session with her I have known actors speak not of the voice but of a growth in human relationships. This is a high tribute to work that is the opposite of specialization. Cicely Berry sees the voice teacher as involved in all of a theatre's work. She would never try to separate the sound of words from their living context. For her the two are inseparable. --from Peter Brook's foreword to Voice and the Actor

    Imprint: WILEY
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • WHY ACTING MATTERS
    WHY ACTING MATTERS
    THOMSON DAVID
    ISBN: 9780300195743
    Title: WHY ACTING MATTERS
    Author: THOMSON DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A provocative, highly engaging essay on the art of pretending on the stage, on screen, and in daily life.

    Does acting matter?

    David Thomson, one of our most respected and insightful writers on movies and theater, answers this question with intelligence and wit. In this fresh and thought-provoking essay, Thomson tackles this most elusive of subjects, examining the allure of the performing arts for both the artist and the audience member while addressing the paradoxes inherent in acting itself. He reflects on the casting process, on stage versus film acting, and on the cult of celebrity. The art and considerable craft of such gifted artists as Meryl Streep, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Daniel Day-Lewis, and others are scrupulously appraised here, as are notions of "good" and "bad" acting. Thomson's exploration is at once a meditation on and a celebration of a unique and much beloved, often misunderstood, and occasionally derided art form. He argues that acting not only "matters" but is essential and inescapable, as well as dangerous, chronic, transformative, and exhilarating, be it on the theatrical stage, on the movie screen, or as part of our everyday lives.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • WINTERS TALE  -  ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    WINTERS TALE - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436356
    Title: WINTERS TALE - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Winter's Tale is one of Shakespeare's later plays. It falls into two distinct parts which has made it difficult to classify, having been variously considered a comedy, a tragicomedy or a romance. In the first part, Leontes is thrown into a jealous rage by his suspicions of his wife Hermione and his best friend. He imprisons her and orders that her new born daughter be left to perish. The second half is a pastoral comedy about the 'lost' daughter Perdita who has been rescued by shepherds and is now in love with a young prince. The play ends with former lovers and friends reunited after the apparently miraculous resurrection of Hermione. John Pitcher's lively introduction and commentary explores the extraordinary merging of theatrical forms in the play and its success in performance. As the recent Sam Mendes production at the Old Vic shows, this is a play that can work a kind of magic in the theatre.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WORKSHOPPING THE NEW PLAY : A Guide for Playwrights, Directors, and Dramaturgs
    WORKSHOPPING THE NEW PLAY : A Guide for Playwrights, Directors, and Dramaturgs
    SAPIO GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781495088223
    Title: WORKSHOPPING THE NEW PLAY : A Guide for Playwrights, Directors, and Dramaturgs
    Author: SAPIO GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Workshopping the New Play is a guide for playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, and other theater professional and students. The book begins with an overview of the basics of playwriting and goes on to cover all aspects of the new-play workshopping process

    Imprint: APPLAUSE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • WRITING IN RESTAURANTS
    WRITING IN RESTAURANTS
    MAMET DAVID
    ISBN: 9780140089813
    Title: WRITING IN RESTAURANTS
    Author: MAMET DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: PENG US
    RRP: $22.00
    Price: $22.00
  • YEAR OF THE KING
    YEAR OF THE KING
    SHER ANTONY
    ISBN: 9781854597533
    Title: YEAR OF THE KING
    Author: SHER ANTONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $22.95
    Price: $23.00
  • YEAR OF THE MAD KING
    YEAR OF THE MAD KING
    SHER ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781848426719
    Title: YEAR OF THE MAD KING
    Author: SHER ANTHONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1982, rising actor Antony Sher played the Fool to Michael Gambon’s King in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear. Shortly after, he came back to Stratford to play Richard III – a breakthrough performance that would transform his career, winning him the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Actor. Sher’s record of the making of this historic theatrical event, Year of the King, has become a classic of theatre writing, a unique insight into the creation of a landmark Shakespearean performance.

    More than thirty years later, Antony Sher returned to Lear, this time in the title role, for the 2016 RSC production directed by Gregory Doran. Sher’s performance was acclaimed by the Telegraph as ‘a crowning achievement in a major career’, and the show transferred from Stratford to London’s Barbican. Once again, he kept a diary, capturing every step of his personal and creative journey to opening night.

    Year of the Mad King: The Lear Diaries is Sher’s account of researching, rehearsing and performing what is arguably Shakespeare’s most challenging role, known as the Everest of Acting. His strikingly honest, illuminating and witty commentary provides an intimate, first-hand look at the development of his Lear and of the production as a whole. Also included is a selection of his paintings and sketches, many reproduced in full colour.

    Like his Year of the King and Year of the Fat Knight: The Falstaff Diaries, this book, Year of the Mad King, offers a fascinating perspective on the process of one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of his generation.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • YOUNG ACTORS HANDBOOK
    YOUNG ACTORS HANDBOOK
    KRUSE JEREMY
    ISBN: 9781495075421
    Title: YOUNG ACTORS HANDBOOK
    Author: KRUSE JEREMY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Written by an experienced acting teacher and coach, The Young Actor s Handbook was created especially for young or beginning actors who have little or no experience or anyone seeking easily understandable information about acting. It presents a comprehensive and detailed explanation of the artistic aspects of acting and what it means to be an actor. The book also provides guidance on a wide range of topics, such as script analysis, camera technique, the audition mindset, getting agents, working with agents, and what a professional actor s life is like. The Young Actor s Handbook takes all of the important discoveries, truths, and theories that Richard Boleslavsky, Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen, Michael Shurtleff, Lee Strasberg, and Constantin Stanislavsky reveal in their books and combines them into an easily digestible form just right for beginning actors. The book is also an insightful, inspiring, and practical guide for filmmakers who need to know the actor s mindset, for the school teacher who is teaching an acting class or directing a play, and for anyone who wants to better understand acting.

    Imprint: APPLAUSE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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