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  • REBEL VOICES : Monologues for Women by Women
    REBEL VOICES : Monologues for Women by Women
    MCBRINN ROISIN / MOONEY LAURA
    ISBN: 9781350097506
    Title: REBEL VOICES : Monologues for Women by Women
    Author: MCBRINN ROISIN / MOONEY LAURA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Drawn together from over 40 years of writing from Clean Break theatre company, this collection features the unheard voices in the criminal justice system. Offering a diverse set of monologues representing a range of characters in age, ethnicity and lived experience, Monologues for Women by Women is just that- an opportunity for female performers to celebrate the opportunities inherent in allowing women to represent themselves.
    The themes of the body of work itself are by necessity diverse, but are united by the stories of women in the justice system which inevitably bringing themes of poverty, family, love, motherhood, friendship, money, reproductive labour and freedom to the fore. Readers will encounter the trafficked woman who dreams of taking her daughter to Brighton Beach; the policewoman who cannot move past her own teenage transgressions; the rigid Nigerian mother who refuses to understand her daughter's history of addiction or the abuse it stems from. By turns moving, funny and darkly self-aware, these monologues will humanise and dramatise the real women caught up in the justice system, who are all too often misunderstood and silenced.
    The monologues include both published and unpublished works and feature writers such as- Chloe Moss, Theresa Ikoko, Alice Birch, Winsome Pinnock, Tanika Gupta, Lucy Kirkwood and many more. Whether you are an auditioning actor, a student with an interest in the history of alternative and women's theatre or a fan of the best new writing the UK has to offer, this book is a gateway to Clean Break's remarkable back catalogue and a celebration of the real voices of women affected by the criminal justice system, still so often unheard.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • RELATIONSHIP IS THE PROJECT : WORKING WITH COMMUNITIES
    RELATIONSHIP IS THE PROJECT : WORKING WITH COMMUNITIES
    LILLIE JADE
    ISBN: 9781925704198
    Title: RELATIONSHIP IS THE PROJECT : WORKING WITH COMMUNITIES
    Author: LILLIE JADE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: February 2020 New Release

    A new ‘right now’ resource to help artists, cultural workers and organisations better engage with community-based projects There is increasing demand on artists, institutions and organisations to work well in community-engaged contexts, but few resources or training opportunities are currently available to develop the sector's capacity in this area. The breadth of the advice shared in this non-academic, practitioner-led book includes insights into the ethics and logistics of working in community contexts – from collaboration and leadership to platforming and duty of care. Contributors include Genevieve Grieves about working in

    First Nations contexts; Caroline Bowditch on access and disability; Dianne Jones, Odette Kelada and Lilly Brown on racial literacy; Ruth De Souza and Robyn Higgins on cultural safety in the arts; as well as Esther Anatolitis, Adolfo Aranjuez, Paschal Berry, Lenine Bourke, Tania Cañas, Rosie Dennis, Alia Gabres, Eleanor Jackson, Samuel Kanaan-Oringo, Fotis Kapetopoulos, Kate Larsen, Lia Pa’apa’a, Anna Reece, Daniel Santangeli, and Jade Lillie herself.

    Imprint: BROW BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • REMEMBERED PRESENCES
    REMEMBERED PRESENCES
    CROGGON ALISON
    ISBN: 9781760622121
    Title: REMEMBERED PRESENCES
    Author: CROGGON ALISON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2010, the Guardian named Melbourne critic Alison Croggon as a ‘must read’ critic. She was the first online critic to be awarded the Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year, in 2009. Her blog Theatre Notes was the first theatre blog in Australia and, over its eight years of existence, made Croggon the most influential critical voice in Australian performance, with a wide international readership.

    This long-awaited collection of 25 years of Croggon’s writing shows why. Ranging from early reviews to wide-focus essays of cultural criticism, from playful meditations on the critical form to searching interrogations of the role of the critic in the volatile digital age, Theatre Notes demonstrates the evolution of a crucial critical voice. It includes the best of the essays and reviews published in a variety of daily papers and literary magazines, but at its centre is an eye witness account of the 2004-2012 Australian theatre renaissance, written as it occurred. Searching, challenging and always entertaining, Croggon grapples with the contradictions and delights of writing about performance, an ephemeral artform central to our cultural memory.

    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ROMEO AND JULIET   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    ROMEO AND JULIET - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436912
    Title: ROMEO AND JULIET - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A major new edition of Shakespeare's tragedy arguing that the play is ultimately Juliet's. The illustrated introduction discusses the play's stage and screen history, its language and the many critical issues surrounding it.It gives a comprehensive, penetrating introduction to the play.

    On-page notes to deepen understanding.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SAMUEL BECKETT
    SAMUEL BECKETT
    GIBSON ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781861895172
    Title: SAMUEL BECKETT
    Author: GIBSON ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Samuel Beckett (19061989) presented a world of abject misery, failure, and the absurd in his theatre pieces, novels, stories and poetry. Yet the despair in his work is never absolute, leavened as it is with bleak humour and an indomitable will to survive; this is perhaps best embodied by his most famous characters Vladimir and Estragon, in the play Waiting for Godot. An original and provocative historical interpretation of Beckett and his art,
    Samuel Beckett is not just a life and times, but also an anti-life of a figure who, like many of the very greatest writers, was profoundly repelled by his age.

    Imprint: REAKTION BOOKS
    RRP: $32.95
    Price: $32.95
  • SANFORD MEISNER ON ACTING
    SANFORD MEISNER ON ACTING
    MEISNER SANFORD / LONGWELL DENNIS
    ISBN: 9780394750590
    Title: SANFORD MEISNER ON ACTING
    Author: MEISNER SANFORD / LONGWELL DENNIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • SCIENCE OF ACTING
    SCIENCE OF ACTING
    KOGAN SAM
    ISBN: 9780415488129
    Title: SCIENCE OF ACTING
    Author: KOGAN SAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $63.99
    Price: $63.99
  • SCREEN ACTING SKILLS : A Practical Handbook for Students and Tutors
    SCREEN ACTING SKILLS : A Practical Handbook for Students and Tutors
    WOOSTER ROGER AND CONWAY PAUL
    ISBN: 9781350093034
    Title: SCREEN ACTING SKILLS : A Practical Handbook for Students and Tutors
    Author: WOOSTER ROGER AND CONWAY PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: January 2020 New Release

    Screen Acting Skills offers up advice and practical screen acting exercises aimed at students seeking clear, practical exercises to aid them in their study. The book addresses the fact that many screen actors beginning their careers lack the necessary pre-shoot preparation and knowledge of studio protocols that are required of them, and aims to augment existing theoretical and academic studies by offering practical, focussed exercises that can be explored in low-tech workshop situations.
    Written in an informal, accessible, jargon-free and often humorous style, Screen Acting Skills enables creativity on the studio or workshop floor, allowing young actors to access their own talent, and to discover and hone their skills in preparation for future training and a career. Through the exercises and the overall approach, the reader is offered a fresh, low-tech and yet highly relevant professional approach to early screen acting training and studio work.
    The book is published alongside online videos of workshops with screen acting students.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • SHAKESPEARE AND ME : GREAT WRITERS ACTORS AND DIRECTORS ON WHAT THE BARD MEANS TO THEM AND US
    SHAKESPEARE AND ME : GREAT WRITERS ACTORS AND DIRECTORS ON WHAT THE BARD MEANS TO THEM AND US
    CARSON SUSANNAH
    ISBN: 9781780748474
    Title: SHAKESPEARE AND ME : GREAT WRITERS ACTORS AND DIRECTORS ON WHAT THE BARD MEANS TO THEM AND US
    Author: CARSON SUSANNAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Leading lights of the theatre and literary world - including Ralph Fiennes, James Franco, Margaret Drabble, Isabel Allende, Sir Ben Kingsley - reflect on why we can't get enough of the Bard


    Why Shakespeare? What explains our continued fascination with his poems and plays?

    In Shakespeare and Me, Susannah Carson invites forty actors, directors, scholars, and writers to reflect on why his work is still such a vital part of our culture. We hear from James Earl Jones on reclaiming Othello as a tragic hero, Sir Ben Kingsley on communicating Shakespeare's ideas through performance, Julie Taymor on turning Prospero into Prospera, Brian Cox on social conflict in his time and ours, Germaine Greer on the playwright's home life, Dame Harriet Walter on the complexity of his heroines, and Sir Antony Sher on feeling at home in Shakespeare's language. Together they provide a fresh appreciation of Shakespeare's works as a living legacy to be read, seen, performed, adapted, revised, wrestled with, and embraced.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • SHAKESPEARES KINGS
    SHAKESPEARES KINGS
    NORWICH JOHN JULIUS
    ISBN: 9780571340255
    Title: SHAKESPEARES KINGS
    Author: NORWICH JOHN JULIUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new edition of the fascinating exploration of the people and events that inspired Shakespeare's history plays, previously published in Faber Finds.

    In a sparkling, fast-paced narrative, Shakespeare's Kings chronicles the turbulent events that inspired Shakespeare's history plays, from Edward III to Richard III. In a time of uncertainty and incessant warfare - when the crown was constantly contested, alliances were made and broken, and the people rose up in revolt - this was the raw material that inspired Shakespeare's dramas. But what really happened between 1337 and 1485? Where did history stop and drama begin? John Julius Norwich establishes just how real Shakespeare's characters and events are and what liberties he took with the facts to entertain his audience.

    Shakespeare's Kings is an illuminating companion to history and to the richness of Shakespeare's imagination, with a body of work which still shapes our view of the past today.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SHAKESPEARES LOST PLAY : IN SEARCH OF CARDENIO
    SHAKESPEARES LOST PLAY : IN SEARCH OF CARDENIO
    DORAN GREGORY
    ISBN: 9781848422087
    Title: SHAKESPEARES LOST PLAY : IN SEARCH OF CARDENIO
    Author: DORAN GREGORY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A woman seduced and a friend betrayed; desire, deceit and disguise in the heat and dust of Andalucia. RSC Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran spent years investigating the mystery of Shakespeare's lost play. This is his story, a quest to discover and stage a missing masterpiece.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $28.99

    Price: $28.99
  • SHIFTING POINT
    SHIFTING POINT
    BROOK PETER
    ISBN: 9781350069428
    Title: SHIFTING POINT
    Author: BROOK PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hailed as 'the theatrical event of this century' (Sunday Times), Peter Brook's unique dramatization of India's great epic poem, The Mahabharata played to ecstatic audiences worldwide. In The Shifting Point, one of theatre's great visionaries assesses the lessons of his pioneering work from his brilliant debut at Stratford and the West End in the 1960s to the triumphant success of The Mahabharata. With the bravura and insight of a great practitioner and explorer he reveals some of the inspiration behind his extraordinary career.
    Published in Bloomsbury's Revelations series, Brook's account covers many of the groundbreaking productions that cemented his reputation as 'one of the artistic geniuses of our time' (San Franciso Herald)- his controversial productions of King Lear and Romeo and Juliet; the three-month period in Africa which culminated in The Conference of the Birds; Marat/Sade; filming King Lear and Lord of the Flies, and the epic The Mahabharata. With Brooks's reflections on the problems of Shakespeare and opera, and on a range of modern theatre artists including Grotowski, Gordon Craig and Samuel Beckkett, The Shifting Point provides a uniquely revealing account of 4 decades of artistic exploration.
    'The great thing about Brook is that, in a medium where others provide answers, he keeps asking questions. This sage and stimulating book shows that, inside a sophisticated adult mind, lurks the intemperate curiosity of a child; which is the mark of genius.'(Michael Billington, Listener)

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $41.99

    Price: $41.99
  • SHORT PLAYS OF HAROLD PINTER
    SHORT PLAYS OF HAROLD PINTER
    PINTER HAROLD
    ISBN: 9780571349913
    Title: SHORT PLAYS OF HAROLD PINTER
    Author: PINTER HAROLD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Includes: The Room, The Dumb Waiter, A Slight Ache, A Night Out, Night School, The Collection, The Dwarfs, The Lover, Tea Party, The Basement, Landscape, Silence, Monologue, Family Voices, A Kind of Alaska, Victoria Station, One for the Road, Mountain Language, The New World Order, Party Time, Moonlight, Ashes to Ashes, Celebration

    The book commemorates the tenth anniversary of the playwright's death and coincides with Pinter at the Pinter, a celebratory season staging twenty of his one-act plays at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London, 2018.

    With a foreword by Antonia Fraser.

    'The foremost representative of British drama in the second half of the twentieth century.' - Swedish Academy citation on awarding Harold Pinter the Nobel Prize in Literature, 2005

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SO YOU WANT TO ACT ON SCREEN?
    SO YOU WANT TO ACT ON SCREEN?
    BRAY MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781848420717
    Title: SO YOU WANT TO ACT ON SCREEN?
    Author: BRAY MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An essential handbook for anyone who wants to act on television and film ' by a leading teacher of screen acting.

    For any aspiring screen actor, the challenge is to combine all the components of your craft with an ability to handle the technical demands of acting for the camera within the often bewildering environment of a film set.

    Michael Bray takes you step by step through all the challenges you'll face, demystifying the processes you'll encounter, and helping you develop the necessary skills, including:

    How to approach the script and prepare your character

    How to maintain your concentration and learn to relax on set

    How to deliver your lines and improve your vocal range

    How to master continuity, eye lines, and hitting your marks

    How to tackle auditions to ensure your best chance of getting the job

    Full of invaluable advice, extracts from screenplays, numerous illustrations and practical exercises ' which can be undertaken on your own, using the camera on your phone ' this book is an accessible and authoritative guide to developing a successful career as a screen actor.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • So You Want To Be An Actor
    So You Want To Be An Actor
    WEST, TIMOTHY
    ISBN: 9781854598790
    Title: So You Want To Be An Actor
    Author: WEST, TIMOTHY
    Format: PAPER COVER

    A handbook for aspiring actors by two of the best known names in British theatre and television.



    So You Want To Be An Actor by Timothy West and Prunella Scales offers practical advice and do's and don'ts to anyone thinking of taking up acting. The authors are passionate about actor training, know the profession inside out and have more than a hundred years' experience between them...



    Writing alternately throughout the book and sometimes offering radically different opinions they cover over sixty topics including:



    * Drama school

    * Auditions and interviews

    * Agents

    * Financial Security

    * Learning the lines

    * Working in television/radio

    * Touring

    * Media attention



    Charmingly informal but full of sound advice, So You Want To Be An Actor is essential reading for anyone with their eye on a career in acting.





    'One of the most valuable books for young and aspiring actors that I have read in recent years... a book to keep with you from debut to death'
    - Rogues and Vagabonds Theatre Website

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $21.99
    Price: $21.99
  • So You Want To Go To Drama School
    So You Want To Go To Drama School
    FREEMAN, HELEN
    ISBN: 9781848420168
    Title: So You Want To Go To Drama School
    Author: FREEMAN, HELEN
    Format: PAPER COVER

    The essential guide to getting into drama school.



    Packed with sound advice and essential information for young people who want to train as actors and performers (including musical theatre), this clear and honest guide is written by a teacher and audition panellist with a lifetime's experience of the audition process. It will help all aspiring actors develop the self confidence, motivation and skills required to get into the drama school of their choice.



    Topics include:



    * Researching and selecting the appropriate drama school

    * Making yourself the best prepared candidate

    * Choosing and preparing your speeches and songs

    * Developing your working process and your self awareness

    * Coping with the audition day itself

    * Considering your next steps if you do (or don't) get in.



    Also includes suggestions of speeches and songs to look at (as well as those you should avoid), information about the major UK drama schools, how to obtain funding, suggested further reading, and an introduction to the theatrical terms and genres that every prospective student should know.





    'provides precisely the information and advice aspirant actors need... if you are a potential drama student, or the parent of one, buy this book'
    - The Stage

    'full of useful information... there's not a page in this book that doesn't contain something useful and important'
    - ReviewsGate.com

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
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