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  • COMPLETE STANISLAVSKY TOOLKIT
    COMPLETE STANISLAVSKY TOOLKIT
    MERLIN BELLA
    ISBN: 9781848424067
    Title: COMPLETE STANISLAVSKY TOOLKIT
    Author: MERLIN BELLA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    A revised and updated edition of Bella Merlin's essential guide to Stanislavsky.

    The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit collects together for the first time the terms and ideas developed by Stanislavsky throughout his career.

    It is organised into three sections: Actor-Training, Rehearsal Processes and Performance Practices. Key terms are explained and defined as they naturally occur in this process. They are illustrated with examples from both his own work and that of other practitioners.

    Each stage of the process is explored with sequences of practical exercises designed to help today's actors and students become thoroughly familiar with the tools in Stanislavsky's toolkit.

    Imprint: NICK HERN BOOK
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUES FOR MEN
    CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUES FOR MEN
    JAMES TRILBY
    ISBN: 9781854595638
    Title: CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUES FOR MEN
    Author: JAMES TRILBY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    50 monologues from some of the greatest writers working today, each prefaced with a summary of the vital information you need to place the piece in context and perform it to the best of your ability.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $23.99
    Price: $23.99
  • CONTEMPORARY SCENES FOR TWENTYSOMETHINGS
    CONTEMPORARY SCENES FOR TWENTYSOMETHINGS
    BASHLINE JESSICA [ED]
    ISBN: 9781495065446
    Title: CONTEMPORARY SCENES FOR TWENTYSOMETHINGS
    Author: BASHLINE JESSICA [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The theater of the 21st century, in many ways, is expanding to require new muscles of its actors, and so should their monologue choices. Contemporary Monologues for Twentysomethings is a compilation of monologues for actors ages 15 to 30, incorporating characters from a variety of backgrounds with different stories to tell, giving you the chance to explore those who are close to you and those who may come from someplace else. These monologues are compiled in order of length, with the shortest coming in a little under a minute and the longer pieces running closer to four minutes. All from plays written between 2000 and 2016, the monologues in this book are useful both for exploration in a classroom setting as well as for auditions. Jessica Bashline, adjunct professor of acting at New York University, has assembled a comprehensive collection, featuring work written by Neil LaBute, Sarah Ruhl, Zach Braff, Naomi Iizuka, and many more. Every playwright in this book is currently writing. Some of these plays have been produced on Broadway and some in tiny theaters in New York, Minneapolis, San Diego, or other cities around the country. This book offers a chance for emerging actors to explore work by playwrights, both emerging and established, that is truly contemporary.

    Imprint: APPLAUSE
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • CONTESTED WILL : Who Wrote Shakespeare ?
    CONTESTED WILL : Who Wrote Shakespeare ?
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571235773
    Title: CONTESTED WILL : Who Wrote Shakespeare ?
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    For two hundred years after Shakespeare's death, no one thought to argue that somebody else had written his plays. Since then dozens of rival candidates - including Sir Francis Bacon and the Earl of Oxford - have been proposed as their true author. Contested Will unravels the mystery of when and why so many people began to question whether Shakespeare wrote the plays (among them such leading writers and artists as Sigmund Freud, Henry James, Mark Twain, Helen Keller, Orson Welles, and Sir Derek Jacobi). Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro's fascinating search for the source of this controversy retraces a path strewn with fabricated documents, calls for trials, false claimants, concealed identity, bald-faced deception and a failure to grasp what could not be imagined. If Contested Will does not end the authorship question once and for all, it will nonetheless irrevocably change the nature of the debate by confronting what's really contested: are the plays and poems of Shakespeare autobiographical, and if so, do they hold the key to the question of who wrote them?

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CONVERSATIONS WITH PINTER
    CONVERSATIONS WITH PINTER
    GUSSOW MEL
    ISBN: 9781854592064
    Title: CONVERSATIONS WITH PINTER
    Author: GUSSOW MEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $25.95
    Price: $25.95
  • CORIOLANUS   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    CORIOLANUS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271284
    Title: CORIOLANUS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Coriolanus, is a proud General who does not hesitate to show his arrogant and outspoken contempt of the Roman rabble. The Tribunes banish him and he raises an army to take his revenge on Rome. He finally concedes to the pleas of his mother to spare the city and leaves only to be publicly killed by his former allies.

    Peter Holland is a former Director of the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon and President of the Shakespeare Association of America. He is a pre-eminent international scholar. His comprehensive introduction and commentary notes open up the language, themes and ideas in this complex yet richly rewarding play for the student and teacher. The play is discussed in its historical and critical contexts and its theatrical history is analysed too.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CREATING A ROLE
    CREATING A ROLE
    STANISLAVSKI CONSTANTIN
    ISBN: 9781780936918
    Title: CREATING A ROLE
    Author: STANISLAVSKI CONSTANTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Creating A Role is the third book - alongside the international bestseller An Actor Prepares and Building A Character - in the series of influential translations that introduced Stanislavski's acting 'system' to the English-speaking world. Here Stanislavski describes the elaborate preparation that an actor must undergo before the actual performance itself. Now published in the Bloomsbury Revelations series to mark the 150th anniversary of Stanislavski's birth, the book includes the director's analysis of such works as Othello and Gogol's Inspector General.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CYMBELINE   -   Arden Shakespeare
    CYMBELINE - Arden Shakespeare
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271307
    Title: CYMBELINE - Arden Shakespeare
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Cymbeline, Ancient Britain's female heir to the throne is slandered by a decadent Italian while the Romans invade Britain to retain it as part of their empire. Shakespeare 's late romance is full of unpredictable conjunctions that are explored in the comprehensive introduction to this new, fully-illustrated Arden edition. Valerie Wayne takes a transformative look at the play 's critical and performance history by examining its attention to gender, calumny and sexuality together with nationhood, colonialism and British identities.

    The authoritative play text is amply annotated to clarify its language and allusions, and three appendices delineate the play 's textual history, its rich use of music and 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: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DANCE MASTERS
    DANCE MASTERS
    ROSEMAN JANET
    ISBN: 9780415929523
    Title: DANCE MASTERS
    Author: ROSEMAN JANET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $44.00
    Price: $44.00
  • DIAGHILEV AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE BALLETS RUSSES 1909-1929
    DIAGHILEV AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE BALLETS RUSSES 1909-1929
    MARSH GEOFFREY
    ISBN: 9781851778355
    Title: DIAGHILEV AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE BALLETS RUSSES 1909-1929
    Author: MARSH GEOFFREY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) was an extraordinarily gifted impresario, curator, director and animator of the arts. He was perfectly at home driving the wave of creative energy that pushed theatrical performance to the cutting edge of cultural activity in the early twentieth century.

    A roll call of the Ballets Russes' collaborators and circle bears witness to their impact on modernism and later twentieth- century art; Picasso, Stravinsky, Nijinsky, Bakst, Goncharova, Matisse, Chanel, Prokofiev, Man Ray and Cocteau all worked with Diaghilev - and their work is discussed and illustrated here. This beautiful book draws on new research to explore Diaghilev's life, work and cultural milieu. It pulls together the music, pictures, costumes, archives and art of the Ballets Russes to illustrate

    Imprint: VICTORIA AND ALBERT
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • DIFFERENT EVERY NIGHT : Freeing the Actor
    DIFFERENT EVERY NIGHT : Freeing the Actor
    ALFREDS MIKE
    ISBN: 9781854599674
    Title: DIFFERENT EVERY NIGHT : Freeing the Actor
    Author: ALFREDS MIKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    A top-ranking director sets out his rehearsal techniques in this invaluable handbook for actors and directors.

    Different Every Night is the culmination of a lifetime of work in the theatre, the most complete rehearsal methodology in print since Stanislavsky. It offers a vital masterclass for actors and directors, full of sound practical advice and guidance, and is packed with techniques for bringing the text to life and keeping it alive - both in rehearsal and performance.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • DIMENSIONS OF ACTING : AN AUSTRALIAN APPROACH
    DIMENSIONS OF ACTING : AN AUSTRALIAN APPROACH
    CRAWFORD TERENCE
    ISBN: 9780868198835
    Title: DIMENSIONS OF ACTING : AN AUSTRALIAN APPROACH
    Author: CRAWFORD TERENCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This major new work is a comprehensive look at the craft of acting from a distinctly Australian perspective. A sophisticated, frank and passionate book, Dimensions of Acting explores the process of creating a performance. At the centre of his thinking, Crawford rejects the notion of acting gurus, observing that good actors do whatever works. They don't follow one particular method to the exclusion of everything else.

    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DOUBLE FALSEHOOD   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    DOUBLE FALSEHOOD - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436776
    Title: DOUBLE FALSEHOOD - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    On December 1727 an intriguing play called Double Falshood; Or, The Distrest Lovers was presented for production by Lewis Theobald, who had it published in January 1728 after a successful run at the TheatreRoyal, Drury Lane, London. The title page to the published version claims that the play was 'Written Originally by W.SHAKESPEARE'. Double Falsehood's plot is a version of the story of Cardenio found in Cervantes's Don Quixote (1605) as translated by Thomas Shelton, published in 1612 though in circulation earlier. Documentary records testify to the existence of a play, certainly performed in 1613, by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare, probably entitled The History of Cardenio and presumed to have been lost. The audience in 1727 would certainly have recognised stage situations and dramatic structures and patterns reminiscent of those in Shakespeare's canonical plays as well as many linguistic echoes. This intriguing complex textual and performance history is thoroughly explored and debated in this fully annotated edition, including the views of other major Shakespeare scholars. The illustrated introduction provides a comprehensive overview of the debates and opinions surrounding the play and the text is fully annotated with detailed commentary notes as in any Arden edition.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • DRAMA GAMES FOR ACTORS : Exploring Self, Character and Text
    DRAMA GAMES FOR ACTORS : Exploring Self, Character and Text
    UNSWORTH THOMASINA
    ISBN: 9781848423732
    Title: DRAMA GAMES FOR ACTORS : Exploring Self, Character and Text
    Author: UNSWORTH THOMASINA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the bestselling Drama Games series, this dip-in, flick-through, quick-fire resource book offers dozens of games to serve as a rich source of ideas and inspiration for all actors – and those teaching or directing them.

    This must-have companion is divided into three sections, each focusing on a different aspect of the actor’s process:

    ** Self provides methods to deepen relaxation, sharpen focus, boost energy, expand imagination and enable a company of actors to work collaboratively
    ** Character suggests strategies to aid the process of transformation, encouraging actors to explore characteristics that are distinct from their own
    ** And Text offers exercises to unlock the words, allowing free and imaginative work within the structure of a script, without losing specificity

    The games range from solo explorations which can be performed alone, to ideas for pairs and group work – making them suitable for a wide variety of scenarios and requirements. Overall, the book will serve as an essential foundation for every actor’s creativity, helping improve preparation, rehearsal and performance.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • DRAMA GAMES FOR REHEARSALS
    DRAMA GAMES FOR REHEARSALS
    SWALE JESSICA
    ISBN: 9781848423466
    Title: DRAMA GAMES FOR REHEARSALS
    Author: SWALE JESSICA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This dip-in, flick-through, quick-fire resource book in the bestselling Drama Games series offers dozens of ideas and exercises to energise and inspire a bold, creative rehearsal process for any play, of any period or genre. It will provide you with a host of original and illuminating games, perfect for the play you're rehearsing.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • EARLY MODERN ACTORS AND SHAKESPEARES THEATRE : Thinking with the Body
    EARLY MODERN ACTORS AND SHAKESPEARES THEATRE : Thinking with the Body
    TRIBBLE EVELYN
    ISBN: 9781472576026
    Title: EARLY MODERN ACTORS AND SHAKESPEARES THEATRE : Thinking with the Body
    Author: TRIBBLE EVELYN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What skills did Shakespeare 's actors bring to their craft' How do these skills differ from those of contemporary actors' Early Modern Actors and Shakespeare's Theatre- Thinking with the Body examines the toolkit ' of the early modern player and suggests new readings of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries through the lens of their many skills.
    Theatre is an ephemeral medium. Little remains to us of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries- some printed texts, scattered documents and records, and a few scraps of description, praise, and detraction. Because most of what survives are printed playbooks, students of English theatre find it easy to forget that much of what happened on the early modern stage took place within the gaps of written language- the implicit or explicit calls for fights, dances, military formations, feats of physical skill, song, and clowning. Theatre historians and textual editors have often ignored or denigrated such moments, seeing them merely as extraneous amusements or signs that the text has been corrupted ' by actors. This book argues that recapturing a positive account of the skills and expertise of the early modern players will result in a more capacious understanding of the nature of theatricality in the period.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
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