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  • CREATING A ROLE
    CREATING A ROLE
    STANISLAVSKI CONSTANTIN
    ISBN: 9781780936918
    Title: CREATING A ROLE
    Author: STANISLAVSKI CONSTANTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CRUCIBLE : A PLAY IN FOUR ACTS
    CRUCIBLE : A PLAY IN FOUR ACTS
    MILLER ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9780141182551
    Title: CRUCIBLE : A PLAY IN FOUR ACTS
    Author: MILLER ARTHUR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: REPRINTING NO DATE

    Arthur Miller's classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 - 'one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history' - and the McCarthyism which gripped America in the 1950s. The story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice, culminating in a violent climax, is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations. 'One of a handful of great plays that will both survive the twentieth century and bear witness to it.' John Peter, Sunday Times

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • DOCTOR FAUSTUS
    DOCTOR FAUSTUS
    MARLOWE CHRISTOPHER / MENZER PAUL
    ISBN: 9781474295178
    Title: DOCTOR FAUSTUS
    Author: MARLOWE CHRISTOPHER / MENZER PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus a distinguished scholar turns away from learning and embraces necromancy to satisfy his yearning for knowledge, power and influence. Faustus trades his soul to Lucifer for the secrets of the universe, only to find that satisfaction remains beyond his grasp. His quest for fame and thirst for knowledge eventually results in his damnation.
    One of the most spectacular and popular plays of the Elizabethan stage, Faustus ' fantastical mix of high-minded theology and low-brow slapstick has allured generations of readers and playgoers in the ensuing centuries. Christopher Marlowe 's Faustus has been regularly rewritten, adapted, performed, and parodied across the ages, speaking to its tenacious grip upon the public imagination.
    This fully re-edited, modernised play text is accompanied by incisive commentary notes, while its lively introduction will helpfully guide you through the fume of fact and legend that has accompanied the play across the centuries, from its premiere in the late sixteenth century to its most recent incarnation on stage and film.

    The New Mermaids plays offer
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    e Modernized versions of the play text edited to the highest textual standards
    e Fully annotated student editions with obscure words explained and critical, contextual and staging insight provided on each page
    e Full introductions analyzing content, themes, author background and stage history

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DRAMATIC EXCHANGES : The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre
    DRAMATIC EXCHANGES : The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre
    ROSENTHAL DANIEL ET AL
    ISBN: 9781781259351
    Title: DRAMATIC EXCHANGES : The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre
    Author: ROSENTHAL DANIEL ET AL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release

    A unique collection of correspondence between the most celebrated actors, directors and playwrights of the past 50 years.

    There has been always as much drama offstage as on at the National Theatre, and much of it is to be found in the letters, telegrams, scribbled notes and colourful postcards of its main players.

    - What drove Laurence Olivier to confess: 'The foolishness of my position starts to obsess me'?
    - Why did Maggie Smith write: 'I am absolutely heartbroken by your decision'?
    - What prompted Judi Dench to ask: 'Can't you write me a musical so that I can sit on a chair in a fur hat & nothing else and sing RUDE songs?'

    This book brings together for the first time over one hundred of the most inspiring, dramatic and amusing letters from the life of Britain's most beloved theatre: from Laurence Olivier's gracious rejection letters to Peter Hall's backbiting memos; from Helen Mirren's impassioned defence of theatrical innovation to a Tory politician's brutal telegram damning a play; from fantastical good luck missives to long conspiratorial letters. Together, they reveal the stories behind some of the most lavish, triumphant, daring and disastrous productions in the theatre's history, including Amadeus, Romans in Britain, Laurence Olivier's Othello, Closer, The History Boys and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. A rich collection of correspondence like no other, this book offers a fascinating and celebratory look at the world of theatre and beyond.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • EMPTY SPACE
    EMPTY SPACE
    BROOK PETER
    ISBN: 9780141189222
    Title: EMPTY SPACE
    Author: BROOK PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In The Empty Space, groundbreaking director Peter Brook draws on a life in love with the stage to explore the issues facing any theatrical performance. Here he describes important developments in theatre from the last century, as well as smaller scale events, from productions by Stanislavsky to the rise of Method Acting, from Brecht's revolutionary alienation technique to the free form Happenings of the 1960s, and from the different styles of such great Shakespearean actors as John Gielgud and Paul Scofield to a joyous impromptu performance in the burnt-out shell of the Hamburg Opera just after the war. Passionate, unconventional and fascinating, his book shows how theatre defies rules, builds and shatters illusions and creates lasting memories for its audiences.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • FACING THE FEAR : AN ACTORS GUIDE TO OVERCOMING STAGE FRIGHT
    FACING THE FEAR : AN ACTORS GUIDE TO OVERCOMING STAGE FRIGHT
    MERLIN BELLA
    ISBN: 9781848423138
    Title: FACING THE FEAR : AN ACTORS GUIDE TO OVERCOMING STAGE FRIGHT
    Author: MERLIN BELLA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In Facing the Fear - the first book of its kind written specifically for actors - performer, author and teacher Bella Merlin provides all the tools actors need to understand, confront and ultimately overcome stage fright and its effects, thereby regaining control over their lives and careers.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FALSTAFF : Give Me Life
    FALSTAFF : Give Me Life
    BLOOM HAROLD
    ISBN: 9781501164132
    Title: FALSTAFF : Give Me Life
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Harold Bloom, one of the greatest Shakespeare scholars of our time comes “a timely reminder of the power and possibility of words [and] the last love letter to the shaping spirit of Bloom’s imagination” (front page, The New York Times Book Review) and an intimate, wise, deeply compelling portrait of Falstaff—Shakespeare’s greatest enduring and complex comedic characters.

    Falstaff is both a comic and tragic central protagonist in Shakespeare’s three Henry plays: Henry IV, Parts One and Two, and Henry V. He is companion to Prince Hal (the future Henry V), who loves him, goads, him, teases him, indulges his vast appetites, and commits all sorts of mischief with him—some innocent, some cruel. Falstaff can be lewd, funny, careless of others, a bad creditor, an unreliable friend, and in the end, devastatingly reckless in his presumption of loyalty from the new King.

    Award-winning author and esteemed professor Harold Bloom writes about Falstaff with the deepest compassion and sympathy and also with unerring wisdom. He uses the relationship between Falstaff and Hal to explore the devastation of severed bonds and the heartbreak of betrayal. Just as we encounter one type of Anna Karenina or Jay Gatsby when we are young adults and another when we are middle-aged, Bloom writes about his own shifting understanding of Falstaff over the course of his lifetime. Ultimately we come away with a deeper appreciation of this profoundly complex character, and this “poignant work” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) as a whole becomes an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our humanity.

    Bloom is mesmerizing in the classroom, wrestling with the often tragic choices Shakespeare’s characters make. “In this first of five books about Shakespearean personalities, Bloom brings erudition and boundless enthusiasm” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) and his exhilarating Falstaff invites us to look at a character as a flawed human who might live in our world.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • FELDENKRAIS FOR ACTORS
    FELDENKRAIS FOR ACTORS
    WORSLEY VICTORIA
    ISBN: 9781848424173
    Title: FELDENKRAIS FOR ACTORS
    Author: WORSLEY VICTORIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    An experienced actor, theatre-maker and Feldenkrais practitioner leads you through ways in which using the Feldenkrais Method can increase your physical, emotional and mental potential.

    Spontaneity, sensitivity, simplicity and flexibility in any situation are just some of the qualities that the Feldenkrais Method has inspired in performers around the world. It uses movement to enable you to feel, adapt and respond in new ways – not just in limited, habitual patterns – thereby increasing your physical, emotional and mental potential.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • FIELD OF DRAMA
    FIELD OF DRAMA
    ESSLIN MARTIN
    ISBN: 9780413192608
    Title: FIELD OF DRAMA
    Author: ESSLIN MARTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'A unique book of criticism that brings both theatre and film studies within a single theoretical frameworkMartin Esslin is the author of seminal critical studies such as The Theatre of the Absurd and Brecht: A Choice of Evils. Covering artists as diverse as Duchamp and Brecht, Busby Berkely and Congreve, Pinter and WC Fields, Esslin's approach is fresh and genuinely inquisitive, examining various prepared positions and testing the jargon. Taking each element of drama - the actor, the setting, the text, the music - and making provocative cross-references to stage and screen, Esslin offers a carefully argued ''system'' of his own, much fuller and more sensitive than anything that has gone before.'

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • FIFTY : Half a Century of Australian Dance Theatre
    FIFTY : Half a Century of Australian Dance Theatre
    TONKIN MAGGIE
    ISBN: 9781743054581
    Title: FIFTY : Half a Century of Australian Dance Theatre
    Author: TONKIN MAGGIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Elizabeth Cameron Dalman founded Australian Dance Theatre in 1965, she set out to create a company that would be radical, daring and new. Maggie Tonkin explores ADT's fertile, fifty-year history through interviews and archival research, and showcases the company's most noted works through stunning images.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • FREEING SHAKESPEARES VOICE
    FREEING SHAKESPEARES VOICE
    LINKLATER KRISTIN
    ISBN: 9781848420830
    Title: FREEING SHAKESPEARES VOICE
    Author: LINKLATER KRISTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Taking many of the techniques explored in "Freeing the Natural Voice", this title shows how to apply them to the speaking of Shakespeare's language. It analyses Shakespeare's strategies for creating character, story and meaning through figures of speech, iambic pentameter, rhyme and the alternation of verse and prose.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • FREEING THE NATURAL VOICE : REVISED AND EXPANDED
    FREEING THE NATURAL VOICE : REVISED AND EXPANDED
    LINKLATER KRISTIN
    ISBN: 9781854599711
    Title: FREEING THE NATURAL VOICE : REVISED AND EXPANDED
    Author: LINKLATER KRISTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the best-known ?voice? books in the world, by a doyenne of the RSC and the New York theatre? now published in a revised and expanded edition. Freeing the Natural Voice offers a logical progression of exercises designed for professional and student actors, teachers of acting and voice, and everyone interested in vocal expression. The emphasis is on the removal of the physical and psychological blocks that inhibit the human voice; its objective is that the voice is brought into direct contact with the emotions, shaped by the intellect but not restricted by it.


    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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