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  • BEING AN ACTOR
    BEING AN ACTOR
    CALLOW SIMON
    ISBN: 9780099471950
    Title: BEING AN ACTOR
    Author: CALLOW SIMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Few actors are more eloquent, honest or entertaining about their life and their profession than Simon Callow. Being an Actor traces his stage journey from the letter he wrote to Laurence Olivier that led him to his first job, to his triumph as Mozart in the original production of Amadeus.

    This new edition continues to tell the story of his past two decades onstage. Callow discusses his occasionally ambivalent yet always passionate feelings about both film and theatre, conflicting sentiments partially resolved by his acclaimed return to the stage with his solo performances in The Importance of Being Oscar and The Mystery of Charles Dickens, seen in the West End and on Broadway in 2002.

    BEING AN ACTOR is a guide not only to the profession but also to the intricacies of the art, told with wit, candour, and irrepressible verve by one if the great figures of the stage.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BELONGING : AUSTRALIAN PLAYWRITING IN THE 20TH CENTURY
    BELONGING : AUSTRALIAN PLAYWRITING IN THE 20TH CENTURY
    MCCALLUM JOHN
    ISBN: 9780868196589
    Title: BELONGING : AUSTRALIAN PLAYWRITING IN THE 20TH CENTURY
    Author: MCCALLUM JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    John McCallums new history explores the relationship between 20th century Australian drama and a developing concept of nation. The book focuses on the creative tension sparked by dueling impulses between nationalism and cosmopolitanism; and between artistic seriousness and larrikin populism.

    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEYOND STANISLAVSKY : The Psycho-Physical Approach to Actor Training
    BEYOND STANISLAVSKY : The Psycho-Physical Approach to Actor Training
    MERLIN BELLA
    ISBN: 9781854596130
    Title: BEYOND STANISLAVSKY : The Psycho-Physical Approach to Actor Training
    Author: MERLIN BELLA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A guide to Psycho-Physical Acting, complete with games and exercises.

    When Stanislavsky died, he was working on a new system, Psycho-Physical Acting. Previously he had taught that truthful performance can only spring from the actor's imagination (the Method). Late in life, Stanislavsky realised that physical actions can induce emotions just as much as the other way round.

    Though well-known - and much taught - in Russia, Psycho-Physical Acting is in its infancy in the West. Bella Merlin has studied under three of the best teachers in Russia; this book is the fruit of her time there.

    Imprint: NICK HERN BOOK
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEYOND THE STAGE : Creative Australian stories from the Great War
    BEYOND THE STAGE : Creative Australian stories from the Great War
    GOLDSWORTHY ANNA
    ISBN: 9781743056653
    Title: BEYOND THE STAGE : Creative Australian stories from the Great War
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY ANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: May 2020 New Release

    In the beautifully illustrated Beyond the Stage, essays by leading Australian artists and academics examine the impact of the Great War and its aftermath on creativity and performance in South Australia.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $49.95
    Price: $49.95
  • BIRTHDAY PARTY
    BIRTHDAY PARTY
    PINTER HAROLD
    ISBN: 9780571160785
    Title: BIRTHDAY PARTY
    Author: PINTER HAROLD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BOWERBIRD : The Art of Making Theatre from Life
    BOWERBIRD : The Art of Making Theatre from Life
    VALENTINE ALANA
    ISBN: 9781925005677
    Title: BOWERBIRD : The Art of Making Theatre from Life
    Author: VALENTINE ALANA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Mostly it feels like you don’t know—like you’re reaching for something that you can’t quite grab. Some writers talk about their fear of the blank page, but the playwright who draws work from life can have the opposite problem. Spoilt for choice. Presented with myriad possibilities and competing ideas of how to condense the source material or arrange it in a theatrically dynamic, original and compelling way. Lost in a sea of options, yet perversely obsessed with the interview not done, the perspective not transcribed, the final piece of the jigsaw forever elusive. And it’s not about a lack of confidence, although that can hum away in the background for longer than you might expect. It’s about not trying to have clarity. It’s about waiting until you do.’ So begins Bowerbird, a journey through the life and plays of Alana Valentine, as well as the creative process behind the plays. One of Australia’s most inventive playwrights, Alana shows the power of bringing new audiences into our theatres to share the space with traditional audiences, detailing how to gather and transform lived experience into compelling drama. In Bowerbird she reveals the motor of her artistry by combining stories from her life with observations from her experience. ‘Bowerbird is written with all the humanity, wisdom, humour and generosity that we recognise and love in Alana Valentine’s work. This is much more than a guide for aspiring writers: this is a book for anyone who loves theatre, its power and its people.’ — Neil Armfield AO

    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BRECHT ON THEATRE
    BRECHT ON THEATRE
    BRECHT BERTOLT / SILBERMAN MARC / GILES
    ISBN: 9781350068902
    Title: BRECHT ON THEATRE
    Author: BRECHT BERTOLT / SILBERMAN MARC / GILES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Brecht on Theatre is a seminal work that has remained the classic text for readers and students wanting a rich appreciation of the development of Brecht's thinking on theatre and aesthetics. First published in 1964 and on reading lists ever since, Brecht's writings are presented in this definitive edition featuring the wholly revised, re-edited and expanded text produced for the 50th anniversary of the first English publication. With additional texts, illustrations and editorial material, and with almost half the material newly translated, this edition provides a far fuller and more accurate account of the development of Brecht's work and writings.

    This edition features-
    * Clearer layout and organisation of the text
    * New translations of many of the Brechtian texts featured
    * Over 40 new, previously untranslated essays
    * Essay titles now correspond to the German originals
    * A revised selection of illustrations
    This selection of Bertolt Brecht's critical writing charts the development of his thinking on theatre and aesthetics over four decades. The volume demonstrates how the theories of Epic Theatre and Verfremdung evolved, and contains notes and essays on the staging of The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, Mother Courage, Puntila, Galileoand many others of his plays. Also included is 'Short Organon for the Theatre', Brecht's most complete statement of his revolutionary philosophy of the theatre.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $43.99

    Price: $43.99
  • BRUTUS AND OTHER HEROINES : Playing Shakespeares Roles for Women
    BRUTUS AND OTHER HEROINES : Playing Shakespeares Roles for Women
    WALTER HARRIET
    ISBN: 9781848422933
    Title: BRUTUS AND OTHER HEROINES : Playing Shakespeares Roles for Women
    Author: WALTER HARRIET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Award-winning actress Dame Harriet Walter reflects on performing Shakespeare's most famous roles - both male and female. An exploration of the Shakespearean canon through the eyes of a self-identified 'feminist actor' - but, above all, a remarkable account of an acting career unconstrained by tradition or expectations.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BUILDING A CHARACTER
    BUILDING A CHARACTER
    STANISLAVSKI CONSTANTIN
    ISBN: 9781780935676
    Title: BUILDING A CHARACTER
    Author: STANISLAVSKI CONSTANTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this follow up to his most famous book, An Actor Prepares, Stanislavski develop his influential 'system' of acting by exploring the imaginative processes at the heart of the actor's craft. Building a Character deals with the physical realisation of character on the stage through such tools as expressions, movement and speech. It is a book in which every theory is inextricably bound up with practice - a perfect handbook to the physical art of acting. The work of Stanislavski has inspired generations of actors and trainers and - available now in the Bloomsbury Revelations series to mark the 150th anniversary of Stanislavski's birth - it remains an essential read for actors and directors at all stages of their careers.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • CHALLANGE FOR THE ACTOR
    CHALLANGE FOR THE ACTOR
    HAGEN UTA
    ISBN: 9780684190402
    Title: CHALLANGE FOR THE ACTOR
    Author: HAGEN UTA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • CLEOPATRA : I Am Fire and Air
    CLEOPATRA : I Am Fire and Air
    BLOOM HAROLD
    ISBN: 9781501164170
    Title: CLEOPATRA : I Am Fire and Air
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Harold Bloom, one of the greatest Shakespeare scholars of our time, comes an intimate, wise, deeply compelling portrait of Cleopatra—one of the Bard’s most riveting and memorable female characters.

    Cleopatra is one of the most famous women in history—and thanks to Shakespeare, one of the most intriguing personalities in literature. She is lover of Marc Antony, defender of Egypt, and, perhaps most enduringly, a champion of life. Cleopatra is supremely vexing, tragic, and complex. She has fascinated readers and audiences for centuries and has been played by the greatest actresses of their time, from Elizabeth Taylor to Vivien Leigh to Janet Suzman to Judi Dench.

    Award-winning writer and beloved professor Harold Bloom writes about Cleopatra with wisdom, joy, exuberance, and compassion. He also explores his own personal relationship to the character: Just as we encounter one Anna Karenina or Jay Gatsby when we are in high school and college and another when we are adults, Bloom explains his shifting understanding of Cleopatra over the course of his own lifetime. The book becomes an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our own humanity.

    Bloom is mesmerizing in the classroom, wrestling with the often tragic choices Shakespeare’s characters make. With Cleopatra, he delivers exhilarating clarity and invites us to look at this character as a flawed human who might be living in our world. The result is an invaluable resource from our greatest literary critic.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COLLABORATIVE THEATRE : THE THEATRE DU SOLEIL SOURCEBOOK
    COLLABORATIVE THEATRE : THE THEATRE DU SOLEIL SOURCEBOOK
    WILLIAMS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780415086066
    Title: COLLABORATIVE THEATRE : THE THEATRE DU SOLEIL SOURCEBOOK
    Author: WILLIAMS DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $74.00
    Price: $74.00
  • COMEDY OF ERRORS   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    COMEDY OF ERRORS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271246
    Title: COMEDY OF ERRORS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Shakespeare's dextrous comedy of two twin masters and two twin servants continually mistaken for one another is both farce and more than farce. The Comedy of Errors examines the interplay between personal and commercial relationships, and the breakdown of social order that follows the disruption of identity. As well as detailed on-page commentary notes, this new edition has a long, illustrated introduction exploring the play's performance and crtitical history, as well as its place in the comic tradition from Classical to modern times.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $20.99

    Price: $20.99
  • COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE : A HANDBOOK FOR TROUPES
    COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE : A HANDBOOK FOR TROUPES
    RUDLIN JOHN / CRICK OLLY
    ISBN: 9780415204095
    Title: COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE : A HANDBOOK FOR TROUPES
    Author: RUDLIN JOHN / CRICK OLLY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $62.99
    Price: $62.99
  • COMMEDIA OZ : PLAYING COMMEDIA IN CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIA
    COMMEDIA OZ : PLAYING COMMEDIA IN CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIA
    GRATION S / PEELGRANE N
    ISBN: 9780868198200
    Title: COMMEDIA OZ : PLAYING COMMEDIA IN CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIA
    Author: GRATION S / PEELGRANE N
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Designed to assist the interpretation and playing of Commedia in an Australian context Commedia Oz is a training manual for teachers, students, actors and directors. Chapters cover the history and influence of Commedia; suggestions for modern interpretations; activities and exercises; the role of the director and the actors journal; training actors; an interview with Jacques Lecoq (the French Commedia actor/trainer); a professional script; and ideas for units of work and assessment. There is also a glossary and a reference section for further reading.

    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COMPLETE BRECHT TOOKLIT
    COMPLETE BRECHT TOOKLIT
    UNWIN STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781854595508
    Title: COMPLETE BRECHT TOOKLIT
    Author: UNWIN STEPHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A practical, hands-on guide - for actors, directors, teachers and students - to Brecht's theory and practice of theatre, with a full set of exercises to help put theory into practice.

    The Complete Brecht Toolkit examines, one by one, Brecht's many, sometimes contradictory ideas about theatre - and how he put them into practice. Here are explanations of all the famous key terms, such as Alienation Effect, Epic Theatre and Gestus, as well as many others which go to make up what we think of as 'Brechtian theatre'.

    The book also explores the practical application of these theories in Acting, Language, Music, Design and Direction.

    Also included are fifty exercises contributed by Julian Jones, to help student actors investigate Brecht's ideas for themselves, becoming thoroughly familiar with the tools in the Brecht toolkit.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
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