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  • 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: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • 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
  • JULIUS CAESAR - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    JULIUS CAESAR - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436219
    Title: JULIUS CAESAR - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This edition of one of Shakespeare's best known and most frequently performed plays argues for Julius Caesar as a new kind of political play, a radical departure from contemporary practice, combining fast action and immediacy with compelling rhetorical language, and finding a clear context for its study of tyranny in the last decade of the reign of Elizabeth 1.

    The richly experimental verse and the complex structure of the play are analysed in depth, and a strong case is made for this to be the first play to be performed at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • KEITH JOHNSTONE : A CRITICAL BIOGRAPHY
    KEITH JOHNSTONE : A CRITICAL BIOGRAPHY
    DUDECK THERESA ROBBINS
    ISBN: 9781408183274
    Title: KEITH JOHNSTONE : A CRITICAL BIOGRAPHY
    Author: DUDECK THERESA ROBBINS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Keith Johnstone entered the Royal Court Theatre as a new playwright in 1956: a decade later he emerged as a groundbreaking director and teacher of improvisation. His decisive book Impro (1979), described Johnstone's unique system of training: weaving together theories and techniques to encourage spontaneous, collaborative creation using the intuition and imagination of the actors. Johnstone has since become world-renowned, inspiring theatre greats and beginners alike; and his work continues to influence practice within and beyond the traditional theatre.Theresa Robbins Dudeck is the first author to rigorously examine Johnstone's life and career using a combination of archival documents - many from Johnstone's personal collection - participant observation, and interviews with Johnstone, his colleagues and former students.Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography is a fascinating journey through the physical spaces that have served as Johnstone's transformative classrooms, and into the conceptual spaces which inform his radical pedagogy and approach to artistic work.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • KEY CONCEPTS IN DRAMA AND PERFORMANCE
    KEY CONCEPTS IN DRAMA AND PERFORMANCE
    PICKERING KENNETH
    ISBN: 9780230241473
    Title: KEY CONCEPTS IN DRAMA AND PERFORMANCE
    Author: PICKERING KENNETH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: PALGRAVE
    RRP: $43.99
    Price: $43.99
  • KIDS COMEDIC MONOLOGUES THAT ARE ACTUALLY FUNNY
    KIDS COMEDIC MONOLOGUES THAT ARE ACTUALLY FUNNY
    GADDIS ALISHA
    ISBN: 9781495011764
    Title: KIDS COMEDIC MONOLOGUES THAT ARE ACTUALLY FUNNY
    Author: GADDIS ALISHA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    This book is the answer to the comedic monologue needs of kid actors-and their parents-everywhere. Kids Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny is specifically geared for children ages 5-12. Divided into boy, girl, and gender neutral categories, every piece is guaranteed to be clean, hilariously funny, easy to memorize, and a joy for young actors to perform. It features monologues by writers and comics who have written for or performed on Ellen, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Stage, and many more.

    Imprint: APPLAUSE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • KING HENRY IV Part I   -   Arden Shakespeare
    KING HENRY IV Part I - Arden Shakespeare
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271352
    Title: KING HENRY IV Part I - Arden Shakespeare
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    David Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Part 1 and shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is. Conventionally regarded as a history play, much of it is in fact conspicuously invented fiction. Kastan argues that the non-historical comic plot does not simply parody the historical action but raises questions about the very nature of history. The full and engaging introduction devotes extensive discussion to the play's language, showing how its economic vocabulary provides texture for the social concerns of the play and focuses attention on the central relationship between value and political authority.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • KING HENRY IV Part II   -   Arden Shakespeare
    KING HENRY IV Part II - Arden Shakespeare
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271376
    Title: KING HENRY IV Part II - Arden Shakespeare
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    More troubled and troubling than King Henry IV Part 1, the play continues the story of King Henry's decline and Hal's reform. Though Part 2 echoes the structure of the earlier play, it is a darker and more unsettling world, in which even Falstaff's revelry is more tired and cynical, and the once-merry Hal sloughs off his tavern companions to become King Henry V.

    James C. Bulman's authoritative edition provides a wealth of incisive commentary on this complex history play.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • KING HENRY V   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    KING HENRY V - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271086
    Title: KING HENRY V - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Distinguished editor T.W. Craik makes an independent and balanced examination of the many textual problems of Henry V, providing many new emendations.

    "Craik's commentary is particularly ample and detailed, with careful attention to the play's language, textual problems, the interpretation of stage directions, and Shakespeare's handling of source materials...he builds up a distinct though traditionalist reading which, critically sympathetic and undogmatic, finds the play at once simple and subtle." John Jowett, Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare Survey, 1997

    'With the exceptionally thorough Arden notes, and the extensive editorial coverage, including recent stage history, this Henry V is the one to have.'Times Higher Education Supplement'

    Craik's commentary is exemplary in its thorough treatment of critical concerns, glossaries and explanations, theatrical matters, and source material.'Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico, Shakespeare Quarterly

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • KING HENRY VI PART I
    KING HENRY VI PART I
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436431
    Title: KING HENRY VI PART I
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fresh look at a play usually regarded as the first component of a three-part historical epic; this edition argues that Henry VI Part 1 is a 'prequel', a freestanding piece that returns for ironic and dramatic effect to a story already familiar to its audience. The play's ingenious use of stage space is closely analysed, as is its manipulation of a series of setpiece combats to give a coherent syntax of action. Discussion of the dramatic structure created by the opposing figures of Talbot and Jeanne la Pucelle, and exploration of the critical controversies surrounding the figure of Jeanne, lead to a reflection on the nature of the history play as genre in the 1590s.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • KING HENRY VI PART II   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    KING HENRY VI PART II - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436639
    Title: KING HENRY VI PART II - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This edition celebrates King Henry VI Part 2 as one of the most exciting and dynamic plays of the English renaissance theatre, with its exploration of power politics and social revolution and its focus on the relationship between divine justice and sin. An extensive discussion of performance history traces the play's progress on stage from abridgement and adaptation to full historical epic. A survey of criticism discusses the wide range of responses provoked by the play's handling of its historical theme, and concludes by focusing on the element of burlesque in the attempted social revolution portrayed.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • KING HENRY VI PART III   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    KING HENRY VI PART III - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436318
    Title: KING HENRY VI PART III - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In their lively and engaging edition of this sometimes neglected early play, Cox and Rasmussen make a strong claim for it as a remarkable work, revealing a confidence and sureness that few earlier plays can rival. They show how the young Shakespeare, working closely from his chronicle sources, nevertheless shaped his complex material freely to make it both theatrically effective and poetically innovative. The resulting work creates, in Queen Margaret, one of Shakespeare's strongest female roles and is the source of the popular view of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick as 'kingmaker'. Focusing on the history of the play both in terms of performance and criticism, the editors open it to a wide and challenging variety of interpretative and editorial paradigms.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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