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  • 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
  • EXCELLENT AUDITION GUIDE
    EXCELLENT AUDITION GUIDE
    JOHNSON ANDY
    ISBN: 9781848422971
    Title: EXCELLENT AUDITION GUIDE
    Author: JOHNSON ANDY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    An engaging, upbeat guide for any student thinking of applying to drama school.



    If you're thinking of applying to drama school, The Excellent Audition Guide will give you everything you need to prepare well and perform your audition to the best of your ability. Experienced actor, director and drama teacher Andy Johnson leads you through every step of the application process:






    Researching drama schools

    Writing personal statements and CVs

    Choosing and working on your speeches and songs

    Brushing up technical and vocal skills



    And, of course:






    How to tackle the auditions themselves by being true to yourself and making fear your friend



    A reassuring, encouraging 'how to' book that demystifies an often scary looking process, The Excellent Audition Guide is ideal not just for applicants themselves, but also for parents, teachers and careers advisors looking to help them fulfill their acting ambitions.



    'Smart, dynamic and inspiring, this is an invaluable book for anyone thinking of trying for drama school' Michael Simkins



    'There's only one book in the world I would read about getting into drama school and doing good auditions. It's this one.' Vanessa Kirby (Great Expectations, Labyrinth, Three Sisters, Jupiter Ascending)



    'This book is accurate and beautifully concise. I wish Andy's written wisdom had been with me when I was applying to drama school.' Freddie Fox (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The Judas Kiss, Hay Fever, The Mystery of Edwin Drood)





    'A very thorough self help guide... Johnson begins with clear strategies to help uncover meaning within the text, moving to more complex rehearsal techniques to help release the words and make them your own.... Terrific.'
    - Teaching Drama Magazine

    'Brilliant... really practical... It's like being led through the process by a trusted and knowledgeable friend... a most useful book which anyone about to start on the application process should read'
    - The Stage

    'no nonsense and engaging... a great companion to take with you on your journey to a great career in acting'
    - Ink Pellet: The Arts Magazine for Teachers

    'An excellent book. It's detailed and written in a direct and no messing way... crammed full of good advice much of which may be new to potential auditionees'
    - ReviewsGate.com

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • FELDENKRAIS FOR ACTORS
    FELDENKRAIS FOR ACTORS
    WORSLEY VICTORIA
    ISBN: 9781848424173
    Title: FELDENKRAIS FOR ACTORS
    Author: WORSLEY VICTORIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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: $28.99

    Price: $28.99
  • 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
  • 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

    This is one of the best-known 'voice' books in the world, by a doyenne of the RSC and the New York theatre - now published in Britain 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. This revised and expanded edition of a book first published in America in 1976 - and now published in Britain for the first time - incorporates further exercises developed over the past three decades. The whole book is dedicated to 'freeing' the voice we were naturally born with.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • GAMES FOR ACTORS AND NON-ACTORS
    GAMES FOR ACTORS AND NON-ACTORS
    BOAL AUGUSTO
    ISBN: 9780415267083
    Title: GAMES FOR ACTORS AND NON-ACTORS
    Author: BOAL AUGUSTO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Games for Actors and Non-Actors is the classic and best selling book by the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, Augusto Boal. It sets out the principles and practice of Boal's revolutionary Method, showing how theatre can be used to transform and liberate everyone – actors and non-actors alike!

    This thoroughly updated and substantially revised second edition includes:

    * two new essays by Boal on major recent projects in Brazil
    * Boal's description of his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company
    * a revised introduction and translator's preface
    * a collection of photographs taken during Boal's workshops, commissioned for this edition
    * new reflections on Forum Theatre.

    Imprint: Routledge
    RRP: $75.99

    Price: $75.99
  • GENIUS OF SHAKESPEARE
    GENIUS OF SHAKESPEARE
    BATE JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781509822546
    Title: GENIUS OF SHAKESPEARE
    Author: BATE JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With an introduction by Simon Callow

    Judgements about the quality of works of art begin in opinion. But for the last two hundred years only the wilfully perverse (and Tolstoy) have denied the validity of the opinion that Shakespeare was a genius.

    Who was Shakespeare? Why has his writing endured? And what makes it so endlessly adaptable to different times and cultures? Exploring Shakespeare's life, including questions of authorship and autobiography, and charting how his legacy has grown over the centuries, this extraordinary book asks how Shakespeare has come to be such a powerful symbol of genius.

    Written with lively passion and wit, The Genius of Shakespeare is a fascinating biography of the life - and afterlife - of our greatest poet. Jonathan Bate, one of the world's leading Shakespearean scholars, has shown how the legend of Shakespeare's genius was created and sustained, and how the man himself became a truly global phenomenon.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • GETTING INTO DRAMA SCHOOL : The Compact Guide
    GETTING INTO DRAMA SCHOOL : The Compact Guide
    MOSELEY NICK
    ISBN: 9781848426467
    Title: GETTING INTO DRAMA SCHOOL : The Compact Guide
    Author: MOSELEY NICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This encouraging, no-nonsense guide walks you through the whole process of applying for drama school – including doing your initial research, selecting the right school for you, choosing and preparing your audition pieces, nailing the audition and dealing with recalls.

    Perfect for any aspiring actor, as well as anyone advising or coaching them, it will answer your questions, bust commonly held myths and give you all the knowledge you need to boost your chances of getting into drama school.

    The Compact Guides are pocket-sized introductions for actors, each tackling a key topic in a clear and comprehensive way. Written by industry professionals with extensive hands-on experience of their subject, they provide you with maximum information in minimum time.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • HAMLET   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    HAMLET - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781472518385
    Title: HAMLET - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This Arden edition of Hamlet, arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, presents an authoritative, modernized text based on the Second Quarto text with a new introductory essay covering key productions and criticism in the decade since its first publication. A timely up-date in the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare's death which will ensure the Arden edition continues to offer students a comprehensive and current critical account of the play, alongside the most reliable and fully-annotated text available.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • Handbook of Acting Techniques
    Handbook of Acting Techniques
    BARTOW ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9781854595423
    Title: Handbook of Acting Techniques
    Author: BARTOW ARTHUR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A study of the major acting techniques. It outlines the development of the respective technique and offers practical guidance for actors wishing to explore it for themselves.

    Imprint: NICK HERN BOOK
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • HOW I LEARNT TO ACT
    HOW I LEARNT TO ACT
    GREENSLADE FRANCIS
    ISBN: 9781760622770
    Title: HOW I LEARNT TO ACT
    Author: GREENSLADE FRANCIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Francis Greenslade has been an actor for thirty years. Here he tells the story of how as an enthusiastic but formally untrained actor he learnt to manage the demands of text and character and emotional connection with the character. Along with how to stand on your mark, and read a call sheet, and deal with directors. Half acting manual, half entertaining tale of the world of professional acting in Australia, this is a book for all actors, whether amateur or professional, novice or veteran, and indeed anyone who has ever wondered what it is that actors actually do.

    'One of Australia's finest comic actors has generously given us two books for the price of one: a disarmingly frank account of a thespian life and a compendium of practical advice for actors of any age. Sagacity, insight and perceptiveness illuminate every page.' Max Gillies

    'I laughed a lot, and I learned even more and I implore anyone interested in a career in acting -' not sure why you would be -' to please read this book. Do not embark without it. It is wonderful.' Colette Mann

    'Creative, meticulous and generous in the execution of his craft, Francis' book is a worthwhile and much anticipated read.' Lisa McCune

    'Francis Greenslade's book is an insightful, entertaining and at times painfully honest account about a life in performing arts. His advice is priceless because it's born of lived experience.' William McInnes

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • HOW PLAYS WORK
    HOW PLAYS WORK
    EDGAR DAVID
    ISBN: 9781854593719
    Title: HOW PLAYS WORK
    Author: EDGAR DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A guide to the anatomy of drama. It examines the mechanisms and techniques which dramatists throughout the ages have employed to structure their plays and to express their meaning. It starts with the building blocks of whole plays - plot, character creation, genre and structure - and moves on to scenes and devices.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • HOW THE CLASSICS MADE SHAKESPEARE
    HOW THE CLASSICS MADE SHAKESPEARE
    BATE JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9780691161600
    Title: HOW THE CLASSICS MADE SHAKESPEARE
    Author: BATE JONATHAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: March 2019 New Release

    From one of our most eminent and accessible literary critics, a groundbreaking account of how the Greek and Roman classics forged Shakespeare's imagination Ben Jonson famously accused Shakespeare of having small Latin and less Greek. But he was exaggerating. Shakespeare was steeped in the classics. Shaped by his grammar school education in Roman literature, history, and rhetoric, he moved to London, a city that modeled itself on ancient Rome. He worked in a theatrical profession that inherited the conventions and forms of classical drama. He read deeply in Ovid, Virgil, and Seneca. In a book of extraordinary range, acclaimed literary critic and biographer Jonathan Bate, one of the world's leading authorities on Shakespeare, offers groundbreaking insights into how, perhaps more than any other influence, the classics made Shakespeare the writer he became.

    Imprint: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRES
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • IAGO : The Strategies of Evil
    IAGO : The Strategies of Evil
    BLOOM HAROLD
    ISBN: 9781501164231
    Title: IAGO : The Strategies of Evil
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From one of the greatest Shakespeare scholars of our time, Harold Bloom presents Othello's Iago, perhaps the Bard's most compelling villain-the fourth in a series of five short books about the great playwright's most significant personalities. Few antagonists in all of literature have displayed the ruthless cunning and deceit of Iago. Denied the promotion he believes he deserves, Iago takes vengeance on Othello and destroys him. One of William Shakespeare's most provocative and culturally relevant plays, Othello is widely studied for its complex and enduring themes of race and racism, love, trust, betrayal, and repentance. It remains widely performed across professional and community theatre alike and has been the source for many film and literary adaptations. Now award-winning writer and beloved professor Harold Bloom investigates Iago's motives and unthinkable actions with razor-sharp insight, agility, and compassion. Why and how does Iago use lies and deception-the fake news of the 15th century-to destroy Othello and several other characters in his path? What can Othello tell us about racism? Bloom is mesmerizing in the classroom, treating Shakespeare's characters like people he has known all his life. He delivers exhilarating intimacy and clarity in these pages, writing about his shifting understanding-over the course of his own lifetime-of this endlessly compelling figure, so that Iago also becomes an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our humanity.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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