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  • PERFORMANCE ON THE EDGE : TRANSFORMATIONS OF CULTURE
    PERFORMANCE ON THE EDGE : TRANSFORMATIONS OF CULTURE
    BIRRINGER JOHANNES
    ISBN: 9780826478801
    Title: PERFORMANCE ON THE EDGE : TRANSFORMATIONS OF CULTURE
    Author: BIRRINGER JOHANNES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CONTINUUM
    RRP: $49.95
    Price: $49.95
  • PERFORMING HAMLET : Actors in the Modern Age
    PERFORMING HAMLET : Actors in the Modern Age
    CROALL JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781350030756
    Title: PERFORMING HAMLET : Actors in the Modern Age
    Author: CROALL JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hamlet is arguably the most famous play on the planet, and the greatest of all Shakespeare's works. Its rich story and complex leading role have provoked intense debate and myriad interpretations.
    To play such a uniquely multi-faceted character as Hamlet represents the supreme challenge for a young actor. Performing Hamlet contains Jonathan Croall's revealing in-depth interviews with five distinguished actors who have played the Prince this century-
    Jude Law- 'You get to speak possibly the most beautiful lines about humankind ever given to an actor.'
    Simon Russell Beale- 'Hamlet is a very hospitable role- it will take anything you throw at it.'
    David Tennant- 'No other part has been so satisfying. It was tough, but utterly compelling.'
    Maxine Peake- 'Hamlet was a way of accessing bits of me as an actress I've not been able to access before.'
    Adrian Lester- 'Working with Peter Brook on Hamlet changed me as an actor, and for the better.'
    The book benefits from the author's interviews with six leading directors of the play during these years- Greg Doran, Nicholas Hytner, Michael Grandage, John Caird, Sarah Frankcom and Simon Godwin. Many other productions are described, from those starring Michael Redgrave, Alec Guinness and Paul Scofield in the 1950s, to the performances of Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Scott and Paapa Essiedu in recent times. The volume also includes an updated text of the author's earlier book Hamlet Observed, and an account of actors' experiences of performing at Elsinore.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $47.99

    Price: $47.99
  • PERSUASIVE ACTOR : Rhetorical Power on the Contemporary Stage
    PERSUASIVE ACTOR : Rhetorical Power on the Contemporary Stage
    DRAGICEVICH MILAN
    ISBN: 9781585109241
    Title: PERSUASIVE ACTOR : Rhetorical Power on the Contemporary Stage
    Author: DRAGICEVICH MILAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A must-have for all actors who encounter speeches that are longer than three sentences. On the surface, that would be classic works from Sophocles through Shakespeare — with the 17th and 18th centuries thrown in. Dig deeper and the book’s value to actors of modern and contemporary drama is inescapable. Ibsen, Shaw, Williams, Miller, Shepard, Wilson, Kushner, and Suzan-Lori Parks all wrote plays that are filled with powerful rhetorical devices that demand lively, thorough, and specific consideration. This book is a guide that unfolds the mysteries of classical rhetoric in a clear, concise, and effective manner, a book for speakers who want to move their audiences. It is aimed at actors, but also belongs on the shelf of lawyers, advertising copywriters, and, of course, public officials. I will use it in my classes and workshops and enthusiastically recommended it to all actors and actor trainers.

    Imprint: FOCUS PRESS
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • PHYSICAL ACTOR : EXERCISES FOR ACTION AND AWARENESS
    PHYSICAL ACTOR : EXERCISES FOR ACTION AND AWARENESS
    LOUI ANNIE
    ISBN: 9780415466745
    Title: PHYSICAL ACTOR : EXERCISES FOR ACTION AND AWARENESS
    Author: LOUI ANNIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $58.99
    Price: $58.99
  • PLATFORM PAPER 60 : CAPTURING THE VANISHING : A CHOREOGRAPHER AND FILM
    PLATFORM PAPER 60 : CAPTURING THE VANISHING : A CHOREOGRAPHER AND FILM
    HEALEY SUE
    ISBN: 9780648426530
    Title: PLATFORM PAPER 60 : CAPTURING THE VANISHING : A CHOREOGRAPHER AND FILM
    Author: HEALEY SUE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • PLATFORM PAPERS 61 : CRITICISM PERFORMANCE AND THE NEED FOR CONVERSATION
    PLATFORM PAPERS 61 : CRITICISM PERFORMANCE AND THE NEED FOR CONVERSATION
    CROGGON ALISON
    ISBN: 9780648426547
    Title: PLATFORM PAPERS 61 : CRITICISM PERFORMANCE AND THE NEED FOR CONVERSATION
    Author: CROGGON ALISON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this paper Alison Croggon, one of Australia's most insightful cultural critics, looks back from the days when the daily broadsheet newspapers were unrivalled in authority, to the collapse of the print media and opening of a free market for digital public opinion. The dramatic downsizing of the Fairfax empire's Sydney Morning Herald and The Age hit arts journalism badly and coincided with the rise of arts oriented websites across Australia. Croggon sees the demise of the old criticism as a loss of power and received wisdom but also an opportunity to engage artists, critics and audiences in conversations of global collaboration and reference. With this breakdown of institutional criticism, which, she says, had latterly focussed on art as a commodity, came the opportunity rethink our assumptions about what critical responses to art might be. It has offered a chance to open the door to new ways of thinking, a way of enriching both the communities around art and the process of making art itself.

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • PLAYING BY EAR : Reflections on Sound and Music
    PLAYING BY EAR : Reflections on Sound and Music
    BROOK PETER
    ISBN: 9781848428317
    Title: PLAYING BY EAR : Reflections on Sound and Music
    Author: BROOK PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘Listen!’

    In this collection of new essays, the world-renowned director Peter Brook offers unique and personal insights into sound and music – from the surprising impact of Broadway musicals on his famous Midsummer Night's Dream, to the allure of applause, and on to the ultimate empty space: silence.

    It is studded throughout with episodes from the author's own life and career in opera, theatre and film – including working on many of his most notable productions, and intimate first-hand accounts of collaborating with leading figures including Truman Capote, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh – and ranges across musical styles and cultures from around the world.

    Playing by Ear is full of Brook's shafts of insight and perception, and written with his customary wit and wisdom. It is a rich companion to his earlier reflections on Shakespeare in The Quality of Mercy and on language and meaning in Tip of the Tongue.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • PLAYING COMMEDIA : A TRAINING GUIDE TO COMMEDIA TECHNIQUES
    PLAYING COMMEDIA : A TRAINING GUIDE TO COMMEDIA TECHNIQUES
    GRANTHAM BARRY
    ISBN: 9781854594662
    Title: PLAYING COMMEDIA : A TRAINING GUIDE TO COMMEDIA TECHNIQUES
    Author: GRANTHAM BARRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Graded exercises introduce the reader to the history and techniques of commedia, originating in mid-16th century Italy. Topics covered include: the commedia masks; mime and movement games; using face masks; and creating the roles. Illustrations demonstrate posture, gesture, costume and masks.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • PLAYING THE MASK
    PLAYING THE MASK
    WRIGHT JOHN
    ISBN: 9781854595805
    Title: PLAYING THE MASK
    Author: WRIGHT JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $28.99

    Price: $28.99
  • POSTDRAMATIC THEATRE
    POSTDRAMATIC THEATRE
    LEHMANN HANS-THIES
    ISBN: 9780415268134
    Title: POSTDRAMATIC THEATRE
    Author: LEHMANN HANS-THIES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $60.00
    Price: $60.00
  • POWER OF THE ACTOR : THE CHUBBUCK TECHNIQUE
    POWER OF THE ACTOR : THE CHUBBUCK TECHNIQUE
    CHUBBUCK IVANA
    ISBN: 9780868197791
    Title: POWER OF THE ACTOR : THE CHUBBUCK TECHNIQUE
    Author: CHUBBUCK IVANA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first book from the leading instructor to the stars, whose client list includes Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Shue, Jim Carrey, Kate Hudson, David Duchovny, and Halle Berry who famously thanked Chubbuck in her Oscar acceptance speech for Monster's Ball. It describes in detail Ivana Chubbuck's acting technique. Based acting methods of great masters such as Stanislavski, Hagen and Meisner, Ivana Chubbuck's technique incorporates psychology and behavioural science.

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • PRACTICAL GUIDE TO STAGE LIGHTING - 2ND EDITION
    PRACTICAL GUIDE TO STAGE LIGHTING - 2ND EDITION
    SHELLEY STEVEN LOUIS
    ISBN: 9780240811413
    Title: PRACTICAL GUIDE TO STAGE LIGHTING - 2ND EDITION
    Author: SHELLEY STEVEN LOUIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: FOCAL PRESS
    RRP: $78.95
    Price: $78.95
  • PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR THE ACTOR
    PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR THE ACTOR
    BRUDER MELISSA ET AL
    ISBN: 9780394744124
    Title: PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR THE ACTOR
    Author: BRUDER MELISSA ET AL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • PRIDE
    PRIDE
    CAMPBELL
    ISBN: 9781848420199
    Title: PRIDE
    Author: CAMPBELL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A hilarious and heart-felt landmark play about courage, compassion and the fear of loneliness in life's journey towards self-discovery. Philip, Oliver and Sylvia exist in a complex love triangle which spans over half a century, living and loving simultaneously in 1958 and the present against a background of changing attitudes towards homosexuality. Past and present worlds grind together and melt apart, yet the future and its promise of sexual liberation remains ever elusive, as societal repression gives way to self-deception. First staged at the Royal Court in 2008, where it received critical acclaim and received numerous awards, this new edition is published alongside The Pride's revival at Trafalgar Studios, West End in 2013.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • QUALITY OF MERCY : REFLECTIONS ON SHAKESPEARE
    QUALITY OF MERCY : REFLECTIONS ON SHAKESPEARE
    BROOK PETER
    ISBN: 9781848424104
    Title: QUALITY OF MERCY : REFLECTIONS ON SHAKESPEARE
    Author: BROOK PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this collection of essays and speeches, Peter Brook debates such questions as who was the man who wrote Shakespeares plays, why Shakespeare is never out of date, how to approach Shakespeares verse and why actors should forget Shakespeare when performing his plays. He also revisits some of the plays which he has directed with notable brilliance, such as King Lear, Titus Andronicus and, of course, A Midsummer Nights Dream.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • RAINBOW OF DESIRE : BOAL METHOD OF THEATRE AND THERAPY
    RAINBOW OF DESIRE : BOAL METHOD OF THEATRE AND THERAPY
    BOAL AUGUSTO
    ISBN: 9780415103497
    Title: RAINBOW OF DESIRE : BOAL METHOD OF THEATRE AND THERAPY
    Author: BOAL AUGUSTO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Rainbow of Desire is a handbook of exercises with a difference. It is Augusto Boal's bold and brilliant statement about the therapeutic ability of theatre to liberate individuals and change lives. Now translated into English and comprehensively updated from the French, Rainbow of Desire sets out the techniques which help us `see' for the first time the oppressions we have internalised.
    Boal, a Brazilian theatre director, writer and politician, has been confronting oppression in various forms for over thirty years. His belief that theatre is a means to create the future has inspired hundreds of groups all over the world to use his techniques in a multitude of settings. This, his latest work, includes such exercises as:
    * The Cops in the Head and their anti-bodies
    * The screen image
    * The image of the future we are afraid of
    * Image and counter-image
    ....and many more.
    Rainbow of Desire will make fascinating reading for those already familiar with Boal's work and is also completely accessible to anyone new to Theatre of the Oppressed techniques.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $79.99
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