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  • ACTORS AUDITION MANUAL
    ACTORS AUDITION MANUAL
    CAREY DEAN
    ISBN: 9780868195162
    Title: ACTORS AUDITION MANUAL
    Author: CAREY DEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The first edition of The Actor's Audition Manual quickly became known as the 'red audition manual', denoting its status as the essential guide. Now revised and extended, it once more brings together a wealth of practical advice and a fresh, diverse range of speeches for both men and women that will help to make your audition powerful and effective.

    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ACTORS SURVIVAL HANDBOOK
    ACTORS SURVIVAL HANDBOOK
    TUCKER PATRICK / OZANNE CHRISTINE
    ISBN: 9780878301751
    Title: ACTORS SURVIVAL HANDBOOK
    Author: TUCKER PATRICK / OZANNE CHRISTINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Worried about short rehearsal time? Think that fluffing your lines will be the end of your career? Are you afraid you'll be typecast? Is there such a thing as acting too much? How should a stage actor adjust performance for a camera? And how should an actor behave backstage?

    The Actor's Survival Handbook gives you answers to all these questions and many more. Written with verve and humor, this utterly essential tool speaks to every actor's deepest concerns. Drawing upon their years of experience on stage, backstage, and with the camera, Patrick Tucker and Christine Ozanne offer forthright advice on topics from breathing to props, commitment to learning lines, audience response to simply landing the job in the first place. The book is rich with examples - both technical and inspirational. And because a director and an actor won't always agree, the two writers sometimes even offer alternative responses to a dilemma, giving the reader both an actor's take and a director's take on a particular point.

    Like Patrick Tucker's Secrets of Screen Acting, this new book is written with wit and passion, conveying the authors' powerful conviction that success is within every actor's grasp.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • ACTORS TRICKS
    ACTORS TRICKS
    OIDA YOSHI / MARSHALL LORNA
    ISBN: 9780413774491
    Title: ACTORS TRICKS
    Author: OIDA YOSHI / MARSHALL LORNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Drawing on an unrivalled wealth and range of expertise in the fields of acting, directing and training, Yoshi Oida and Lorna Marshall provide an authoritative and fascinating study of the art of the actor. In scrutinising the process of performance from the twin perspectives of the actor and director, An Actor''s Tricks is filled with hints, insights and stories from productions with Peter Brook and from around the world. Beginning with the daily preparation to train the body, it moves to the process of rehearsal for a performance right up to the moment when the actor steps onstage. Throughout practical exercises are included for the actor to follow. The book combines principles and techniques from both Western and Eastern disciplines of acting to provide a masterful study essential for every actor and director.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AESTHETICS OF THE OPPRESSED
    AESTHETICS OF THE OPPRESSED
    BOAL AUGUSTO
    ISBN: 9780415371773
    Title: AESTHETICS OF THE OPPRESSED
    Author: BOAL AUGUSTO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Augusto Boal's workshops and theatre exercises are renowned throughout the world for their life-changing effects. At last this major director, practitioner, and author of many books on community theatre speaks out about the subjects most important to him the practical work he does with diverse communities, the effects of globalization, and the creative possibilities for all of us.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $56.00

    Price: $56.00
  • ALL THE SONNETS OF SHAKESPEARE
    ALL THE SONNETS OF SHAKESPEARE
    WELLS STANLEY / EDMONDSON PAUL
    ISBN: 9781108490399
    Title: ALL THE SONNETS OF SHAKESPEARE
    Author: WELLS STANLEY / EDMONDSON PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How can we look afresh at Shakespeare as a writer of sonnets? What new light might they shed on his career, personality, and sexuality? Shakespeare wrote sonnets for at least thirty years, not only for himself, for professional reasons, and for those he loved, but also in his plays, as prologues, as epilogues, and as part of their poetic texture. This ground-breaking book assembles all of Shakespeare's sonnets in their probable order of composition. An inspiring introduction debunks long-established biographical myths about Shakespeare's sonnets and proposes new insights about how and why he wrote them. Explanatory notes and modern English paraphrases of every poem and dramatic extract illuminate the meaning of these sometimes challenging but always deeply rewarding witnesses to Shakespeare's inner life and professional expertise. Beautifully printed and elegantly presented, this volume will be treasured by students, scholars, and every Shakespeare enthusiast.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL   -   Arden Shakespeare
    ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL - Arden Shakespeare
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271208
    Title: ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL - Arden Shakespeare
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In All's Well That Ends Well, Helen, a lowly ward, risks her life to satisfy her boundless love for Bertram, a count and ward to the King of France. Following him to Paris, she concocts an endangering plan to win the King of France 's favour and induce Bertram 's hand in marriage.
    In the comprehensive introduction to this new, fully-illustrated Arden edition, Suzanne Gossett takes a transformative look at the play 's critical and performance history by offering fresh perspectives on the conundrum of genre, sexuality and moral dilemmas with masculinity and the structures of family. The authoritative play text is amply annotated to clarify its language and allusions, and two appendices debate the play 's authorship and review its casting. Offering students and scholars alike a wealth of insight and new research, this edition maintains the rigorous standards of the Arden Shakespeare.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AN ACTOR PREPARES
    AN ACTOR PREPARES
    STANISLAVSKI CONSTANTIN
    ISBN: 9781780938431
    Title: AN ACTOR PREPARES
    Author: STANISLAVSKI CONSTANTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An Actor Prepares is the most famous acting training book ever to have been written and the work of Stanislavski has inspired generations of actors and trainers.

    This translation was the first to introduce Stanislavski's 'system' to the English speaking world and has stood the test of time in acting classes to this day. Stanislavski here deals with the inward preparation an actor must undergo in order to explore a role to the full. He introduces the concepts of the 'magic of' units and objectives, of emotion memory, of the super-objective and many more now famous rehearsal aids.

    Now available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series to mark the 150th anniversary of Stanislavski's birth, this is an essential read for actors, directors and anyone interested in the art of drama.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AN ACTORS HANDBOOK
    AN ACTORS HANDBOOK
    STANISLAVSKI CONSTANTIN
    ISBN: 9780413630803
    Title: AN ACTORS HANDBOOK
    Author: STANISLAVSKI CONSTANTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    ' I have felt there was nothing for me to do except to devote my labour and energy almost exclusively to the study of Creative Nature...I have acquired a sum of experience in the course of long years of work and this is what I have sought to share with you.' (Stanislavski)
    Here in concise form is what Stanislavski said about acting, alphabetically arranged to aid students, professionals and lay people interested in the stage craft. These collected short statements on a variety of subjects cannot replace the full expression of Stanislavski's ideas and discoveries in his other books, but they will serve to refresh the reader's memory and pinpoint what Stanislavski has to offer enquiring minds both in and out of the theatre.'

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • AND THEN YOU ACT : MAKING ART IN AN UNPREDICTABLE WORLD
    AND THEN YOU ACT : MAKING ART IN AN UNPREDICTABLE WORLD
    BOGART ANNE
    ISBN: 9780415411424
    Title: AND THEN YOU ACT : MAKING ART IN AN UNPREDICTABLE WORLD
    Author: BOGART ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From well-known auteur of the American theatre scene, Anne Bogart, And Then, You Act is a fascinating and accessible book about directing theatre, acting and the collaborative creative process. Writing clearly and passionately, Bogart speaks to a wide audience, from undergraduates to practitioners, and makes an invaluable contribution to the field tackling themes such as: intentionality inspiration why theatre matters. Following on from her successful book A Director Prepares, which has become a key text for teaching directing classes, And Then, You Act is an essential practitioner and student resource.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $65.99

    Price: $65.99
  • ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271017
    Title: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    John Wilders - literary advisor to the BBC TV Shakespeare series - brings thorough scholarship and a practical understanding of performance needs to this new edition. Clarity, accessibility and rigour are the hallmarks of an edition which will provide invaluable guidance for all its readers. "This edition has a very helpful introduction and good clear text, as well as the exceptionally excellent and detailed notes." Dr Michael Herbert, St Andrews University "a useful treatment of a complex play'Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico, Shakespeare Quarterly

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • APPLIED IMPROVISATION : Leading Collaborating and Creating Beyond the Theatre
    APPLIED IMPROVISATION : Leading Collaborating and Creating Beyond the Theatre
    MCCLURE CAITLIN
    ISBN: 9781350014367
    Title: APPLIED IMPROVISATION : Leading Collaborating and Creating Beyond the Theatre
    Author: MCCLURE CAITLIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This collection of Applied Improvisation stories and strategies draws back the curtain on an exciting, innovative, growing field of practice and research that is changing the way people lead, create, and collaborate. Applied Improvisation is the umbrella term widely used to denote the application of improvised theatre's theories, tenets, games, techniques, and exercises beyond conventional theatre spaces, to foster the growth and/or development of flexible structures, new mindsets, and a range of inter and intra-personal skills required in today's volatile and uncertain world. This edited collection offers one of the first surveys of the range of practice, featuring 12 in-depth case studies by leading Applied Improvisation practitioners and a foreword by Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson.

    The contributors in this anthology are professional Applied Improvisation facilitators working in sectors as diverse as business, social science, theatre, education, law, and government. All have experienced the power of improvisation, have a driving need to share those experiences, and are united in the belief that improvisation can positively transform just about all human activity.

    Each contributor describes their practice, integrates feedback from clients, and includes a workbook component outlining some of the exercises used in their case study to give facilitators and students a model for their own application. This book will serve as a valuable resource for both experienced and new Applied Improvisation facilitators seeking to develop leaders and to build resilient communities, innovative teams, and vibrant organizations. For theatre practitioners, educators, and students, it opens up a new realm of practice and work.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • ARGUMENTS FOR A THEATRE
    ARGUMENTS FOR A THEATRE
    BARKER HOWARD
    ISBN: 9781783198054
    Title: ARGUMENTS FOR A THEATRE
    Author: BARKER HOWARD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This new edition of Barker’s seminal text Arguments for a Theatre outlines the theory and practice of his ‘Theatre of Catastrophe’.

    These fragments, essays, thoughts and poems on the nature of theatre likewise reject the constraints of ‘objective’ academic theatre criticism. Rather they explore the collision (and collusion) of intellect and artistry in the creative act. This book is more than a collection of essays: it is a cultural manifesto.

    Imprint: OBERON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
    ART OF THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
    HAYDON CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781350016934
    Title: ART OF THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
    Author: HAYDON CHRISTOPHER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Every theatre is different its programming particular, its space idiosyncratic and its place in the market distinctive.
    Thus the demands for the management of any theatre will be unique to that building 's practical and artistic needs. The artistic director is at the helm of this delicate balancing act, weighing up the commercial and creative imperatives in a constant effort to maintain a successful producing house. The job can 't be taught, necessarily, but there is a lot to be learned from those working in that role at some of the world 's most important theatres.
    In The Art of the Artistic Director, Christopher Haydon (Artistic Director of the Gate, London 's most relentlessly ambitious theatre Time Out) compiles a unique set of interviews to get to the heart of what it is to occupy this most unique of roles. Providing short contextual essays outlining the importance and ambitions of each interviewee, the author interviews 20 of the most prominent and successful artistic directors in the US and UK including Oskar Eustis (Public Theater, New York), Diane Pulus (American Repertory Theatre, Boston), Rufus Norris (National Theatre, London) and Vicky Featherstone (Royal Court Theatre, London), uncovering the essential skills and talents that go into making an accomplished artistic director.
    The only book of its kind available, The Art of the Artistic Director includes a foreword by Michael Grandage, former Artistic Director of the Sheffield Crucible and the Donmar Warehouse in London.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • ARTAUD ON THEATRE
    ARTAUD ON THEATRE
    SCHUMACH CLAUDE / SINGLETON BRIAN
    ISBN: 9780413737700
    Title: ARTAUD ON THEATRE
    Author: SCHUMACH CLAUDE / SINGLETON BRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'All of Artaud''s theatrical ideas collected in one volume.

    Artaud's cherished dream was to found a new kind of theatre in France that would not be an artistic spectacle, but a communion between spectators and actors. This volume contains all of Artaud''s key writings on theatre and cinema from 1921 to his death in 1948, together with a definitive commentary on the key texts of this 20th-century theatre visionary. Although his potent theories were never successfully realised during his own tortured lifetime, his revolutionary ideas have inspired the work of Genet, Arrabal, The Living Theatre, Grotowski, Brook and most experimental drama and performance work of the last decades. '

    'Artaud was one of the most influential figures in European theatre, one of the great, daring mapmakers of the consciousness in extremis.'' (Susan Sontag)

    ''For Artaud, the actor is the victim at the stake desperately signalling through the flames''. Peter Brook'

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AS YOU LIKE IT - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    AS YOU LIKE IT - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271222
    Title: AS YOU LIKE IT - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With its explorations of sexual ambivalence, As You Like It speaks directly to the twenty-first century. Juliet Dusinberredemonstrates that Rosalind's authority in the play grows from new ideas about women and reveals that Shakespeare's heroine reinvents herself for every age. But the play is also deeply rooted in Elizabethan culture and through it Shakespeare addresses some of the hotly debated issues of the period."This will be the definitive edition of As You Like It for many years to come" - Phyllis Rackin, University of Pennsylvania

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEING A PLAYWRIGHT : A Career Guide for Writers
    BEING A PLAYWRIGHT : A Career Guide for Writers
    FOXON CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781848426917
    Title: BEING A PLAYWRIGHT : A Career Guide for Writers
    Author: FOXON CHRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The essential guide to a career in playwriting, from the team behind the multi-award-winning Papatango, one of the UK's leading new-writing companies.

    Writing a good play is only the first step towards becoming a successful playwright; it is just as crucial to understand all the practical and business elements of building your career. Being a Playwright transparently and honestly sets out everything you need to know, including clear and constructive advice on:

    ** Starting out, including training options and gaining practical experience
    ** Finding a playwriting model that works for you
    ** Getting your script noticed and connecting with industry decision-makers
    ** Developing a production-ready draft through redrafting and R&D
    ** Pursuing programming, commissioning and funding opportunities
    ** Approaching and working with agents and publishers
    ** Securing the best possible deal with producers
    ** Working with collaborators throughout the rehearsal process and previews
    ** Capitalising on a production, assessing its success and planning new projects

    Drawing on Papatango's superlative track record of discovering and launching new writers – including BAFTA, OffWestEnd, Royal National Theatre Foundation and Alfred Fagon Award winners, many of whom have premiered worldwide as well as in the West End – and featuring tips from a host of industry insiders, this encouraging and accessible guide explores the opportunities and pitfalls of life as a playwright.

    Whether you're an aspiring writer wondering how to break into the industry or a working playwright looking to move up to the next level, this is your road map for navigating the world of professional theatre.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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