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  • 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
  • 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: BACK IN STOCK SOON


    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
  • IMPRO
    IMPRO
    JOHNSTONE KEITH
    ISBN: 9781350069039
    Title: IMPRO
    Author: JOHNSTONE KEITH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this landmark work Keith Johnstone provides a revelatory guide to rediscovering and unlocking the imagination. Admired for its clarity and zest, Impro lays bare the techniques and exercises used to foster spontaneity and narrative skill for actors. These techniques and exercises were evolved in the actors' studio, when he was Associate Director of the Royal Court and then in demonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the founding of a company of performers called The Theatre Machine.
    Divided into four sections, 'Status', 'Spontaneity', 'Narrative Skills' and 'Masks and Trance', arranged more or less in the order a group might approach them, the book sets out the specific approaches which Johnstone has himself found most useful and most stimulating. The result is a fascinating exploration of the nature of spontaneous creativity.
    'If teachers were honoured in the British theatre along-side directors, designers and playwrights, Keith Johnstone would be as familiar a name as are those of . . . Jocelyn Herbert, Edward Bond and other young talents who were drawn to the great lodestone of the Royal Court Theatre in the late 1950s. As head of the script department, Johnstone played a crucial part in the development of the 'writers' theatre.' Irving Wardle

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • IMPRO : IMPROVISATION AND THE THEATRE
    IMPRO : IMPROVISATION AND THE THEATRE
    JOHNSTONE KEITH
    ISBN: 9780713687019
    Title: IMPRO : IMPROVISATION AND THE THEATRE
    Author: JOHNSTONE KEITH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A leading figure in the theatre, Keith Johnstone lays bare his techniques and exercises to foster spontaneity and narrative skill for actors. These techniques and exercises were evolved in the actors' studio, when he was Associate Director of the Royal Court and then in demonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the founding of a company of performers called The Theatre Machine.Divided into four sections, Status, Spontaneity, Narrative Skills and Masks and Trance, arranged more or less in the order a group might approach them, the book sets out the specific approaches which Johnstone has himself found most useful and most stimulating. The result is a fascinating exploration of the nature of spontaneous creativity.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.99
  • IMPROV BEYOND RULES
    IMPROV BEYOND RULES
    MEGGIDO ADAM
    ISBN: 9781848427310
    Title: IMPROV BEYOND RULES
    Author: MEGGIDO ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    An inspiring, hands-on guide to narrative improvisation, by the co-creator and director of the Olivier Award-winning improv show Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.

    Improvisation is a craft that anyone can learn. When freed from endless rules and rigid approaches and allowed to relax, react instinctively and work seamlessly as a group, improvisers can spontaneously create performances that thrill audiences with their liveness.

    Drawing on the author's extensive experience teaching and performing around the world, Improv Beyond Rules is a fresh and exciting re-examination of the whole field of improvisation.

    Starting with the fundamental principles that work for all forms of improvised performance – and the common traps improvisers fall into – it goes on to explore the elements of narrative improvisation, where performers create a story without any predetermined structure:

    ** The Moment: How to be authentically 'in the moment' by listening and responding to your fellow performers, accepting their suggestions (not necessarily by always saying 'yes') and committing to whatever happens next.
    ** The Scene: How to connect moments together to build a compelling scene and keep it moving forward; why there's no such thing as a mistake; understanding and working with audiences.
    ** The Story: How to link scenes to build story and plot; what kids can teach us about storytelling; utilising dramatic structure; developing and playing different types of characters; key principles of staging.

    Packed with dozens of games and exercises, Improv Beyond Rules will give you the tools to build your confidence, empower your performance, and unlock your creativity. Written for improvisers with any level of experience, this book is also the perfect starting point for directors, teachers, actors or anyone eager to learn how improvisation can benefit both rehearsal and performance.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • INTENT TO LIVE : ACHIEVING YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL AS AN ACTOR
    INTENT TO LIVE : ACHIEVING YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL AS AN ACTOR
    MOSS LARRY
    ISBN: 9780553381207
    Title: INTENT TO LIVE : ACHIEVING YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL AS AN ACTOR
    Author: MOSS LARRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Oscar-winning actors Helen Hunt and Hilary Swank accepted their Academy Awards, each credited Larry Moss's guidance as key to their career-making performances. There is a two-year waiting list for his advanced acting classes. But now everyone-professionals and amateurs alike-can discover Moss's passionate, in-depth teaching.
    Inviting you to join him in the classroom and onstage, Moss shares the techniques he has developed over thirty years to help actors set their emotions, imagination, and behavior on fire, showing how the hard work of preparation pays off in performances that are spontaneous, fresh, and authentic.
    From the foundations of script analysis to the nuances of physicalization and sensory work, here are the case studies, exercises, and insights that enable you to connect personally with a script, develop your character from the inside out, overcome fear and inhibition, and master the technical skills required for success in the theater, television, and movies.
    Far more than a handbook, The Intent to Live is the personal credo of a master teacher. Moss's respect for actors and love of the actor's craft enliven every page, together with examples from a wealth of plays and films, both current and classic, and vivid appreciations of great performances. Whether you act for a living or simply want a deeper understanding of acting greatness, The Intent to Live will move, instruct, and inspire you.

    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • INVISIBLE ACTOR
    INVISIBLE ACTOR
    OIDA YOSHI
    ISBN: 9780413696106
    Title: INVISIBLE ACTOR
    Author: OIDA YOSHI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'Yoshi Oida is completely unique. A Japanese actor and director who has worked mainly in the West as a member of Peter Brook's theatre company in Paris, he blends the oriental tradition of supreme and studied control with the Western performer's need to characterise and expose depths of emotion. In this practical and captivating study of the actor's art written with Lorna Marshall, Yoshi Oida explains that once the audience becomes openly aware of the actor's method and becomes too conscious of the actor's artistry, the wonder of performance dies. The audience must never see the actor but only his or her performance. Throughout Lorna Marshall provides a running commentary on Yoshi Oida's work and methods which help you understand the achievement of this singular theatrical artist.'

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • IPHGENIA QUARTET
    IPHGENIA QUARTET
    BIRD CAROLINE
    ISBN: 9781783193202
    Title: IPHGENIA QUARTET
    Author: BIRD CAROLINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Euripides’ story of a father moved to murder his daughter, Iphigenia at Aulis, is one that has been reinvented and retold anew throughout history.

    The Iphigenia Quartet sees four of the UK’s most exciting and radical playwrights - Caroline Bird, Suhayla El-Bushra, Lulu Raczka, and Chris Thorpe – create explosive responses to this classical tragedy. Each play is a reimagining of this story of familial catastrophe from the differing perspectives of the key characters in the play: Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia and the Chorus.

    Imprint: OBERON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • JULIE
    JULIE
    STRINDBERG AUGUST
    ISBN: 9780571349593
    Title: JULIE
    Author: STRINDBERG AUGUST
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean. It descends into a savage fight for survival.

    Polly Stenham reimagines August Strindberg's Miss Julie in contemporary London.

    Julie premiered at the National Theatre, London, in May 2018.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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