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  • 100 ACTING EXERCISES FOR 8 - 18 YEAR OLDS
    100 ACTING EXERCISES FOR 8 - 18 YEAR OLDS
    MARSDEN SAMANTHA
    ISBN: 9781350049949
    Title: 100 ACTING EXERCISES FOR 8 - 18 YEAR OLDS
    Author: MARSDEN SAMANTHA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book offers a comprehensive guide to teaching acting exercises that will unleash the inner creativity of students aged 8-18.

    Theories and techniques of some of the greatest theatre practitioners including Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg and Uta Hage provide a basis for Samantha Marsden 's original exercises for students between these ages. You won 't find Duck, Duck, Goose, Zap, Zap, Boing or any other traditional drama games in this book- instead, the craft of acting technique takes the limelight.

    These exercises have been tried and tested in the author 's own classroom, and are guaranteed to inspire, ignite imagination and encourage heartfelt performances. Focus points used in leading drama schools such as voice, movement, relaxation, character development and understanding text are recreated for a younger student. They are easy to follow and will be fun, challenging and immensely rewarding for teachers and students alike.

    The book features a foreword by Paul Roseby, CEO and Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 1599 : A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
    1599 : A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571214815
    Title: 1599 : A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An intimate life of Shakespeare and his age, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature


    How did Shakespeare go from being a talented writer of comedies and histories to become one of the greatest writers of tragedies who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw and who he worked with as he rebuilds the Globe theatre and writes four of his most famous plays - Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and, most remarkably, Hamlet.

    James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare's staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599: sending off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathering an Armada threat from Spain, gambling in a fledgling East India Company, and waiting to see who would succeed their ageing and childless Queen.

    This book brings the news, intrigue and flavour of the times together with wonderful detail about how Shakespeare worked as a showman, businessman and playwright, to create an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of a fascinating and inspiring moment in history.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 1606 : Shakespeare and the Year of Lear
    1606 : Shakespeare and the Year of Lear
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571235797
    Title: 1606 : Shakespeare and the Year of Lear
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The sequel to James Shapiro's multi-award winning bestseller 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare.

    1606 traces Shakespeare's life and work from the autumn of 1605, when he came upon an old and anonymous play - The True Chronicle History of King Leir - in one of the bookstalls near his Silver Street lodgings. From there, he traces the story's shocking and brilliant transformation into King Lear as we know it - and then to Macbeth, written in a white heat in the tumultuous spring of 1606.

    For most authors, writing and revising Lear, then rapidly composing Macbeth, would have been a lifetime's accomplishment. But Shapiro's new book goes on to explore how, with the theatres closed indefinitely in autumn 1606 because of the plague, and with time on his hands, Shakespeare began a third great tragedy, Antony and Cleopatra.

    Never before, and never again, would Shakespeare's plays explore so relentlessly the problems of aging, of losing authority, and of mortality.

    Following the biographical style of 1599, a way of thinking and writing that Shapiro has made his own, 1606 promises to be one of the most significant and accessible new works on Shakespeare in the decade to come.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ABOUT OCASEY : THE PLAYWRIGHT AND THE WORK
    ABOUT OCASEY : THE PLAYWRIGHT AND THE WORK
    STEWART VICTORIA
    ISBN: 9780571230068
    Title: ABOUT OCASEY : THE PLAYWRIGHT AND THE WORK
    Author: STEWART VICTORIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In About O'Casey Dr Victoria Stewart explores the life and work of Sean O'Casey, whose writing career spanned some of the most tumultuous times in Ireland's history, tracing the path which led him to an association with Dublin's Abbey Theatre in the early 1920s, and the turns his career took after he made the decision to leave Ireland for good. The book includes interviews with O'Casey, and the theatre practitioners who have put his work on stage, including Paul Kerryson, John Crowley, Dearbhla Molloy, Andy Arnold and Shivaun O Casey. A clear and stimulating collection of material on one of Ireland's major writers.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • ACTING : The Basics
    ACTING : The Basics
    MERLIN BELLA
    ISBN: 9780415461016
    Title: ACTING : The Basics
    Author: MERLIN BELLA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A practical and theoretical guide to the world of the professional actor, skilfully combining ideas from a range of practitioners and linking the academy to the industry. It covers key areas such as: the development of modern drama and acting processes over the years the approach and legacy of acting pioneers and practitioners from around the world acting techniques and practicalities, including training, auditioning, rehearsing and performing both for stage and camera Complete with a glossary of terms and useful website suggestions, this is the ideal introduction for anyone wanting to learn more about the practice of acting and the people who have advanced its evolution.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ACTING AND REACTING : Tools for the Modern Actor
    ACTING AND REACTING : Tools for the Modern Actor
    MOSELEY NICK
    ISBN: 9781854598035
    Title: ACTING AND REACTING : Tools for the Modern Actor
    Author: MOSELEY NICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An inspiring new approach to acting from a respected drama teacher - concise, succinct and full of practical exercises.

    Nick Moseley's Acting and Reacting: Tools for the Modern Actor establishes a new, intensely practical actor-training system incorporating the best of Stanislavsky, David Mamet and Sanford Meisner.

    Starting with the technique of Transactional Improvisation, it covers topics such as:

    ** The World of the Play
    ** Inhabiting the Space
    ** Learning to Trust Your Body
    ** Approaches to Text

    The result is a punchy and empowering book intended to shake up ideas about acting. Each theory is tested and reinforced with games and exercises that stretch and challenge the student actor at each stage.

    Acting and Reacting is a must for drama teachers and drama students alike

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ACTING BOOK
    ACTING BOOK
    ABBOTT JOHN
    ISBN: 9781848421448
    Title: ACTING BOOK
    Author: ABBOTT JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The third of John Abbott's essential guides to acting introduces young actors to the best performance techniques, old and new. What more can any aspiring actor want than a three-year course presented in just one volume? "The Acting Book" is an essential tool for aspiring actors, professionals, and educators.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ACTING STANISLAVASKI : A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO STAISLAVSKIS APPROACH AND LEGACY
    ACTING STANISLAVASKI : A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO STAISLAVSKIS APPROACH AND LEGACY
    GILLETT JOHN
    ISBN: 9781408184981
    Title: ACTING STANISLAVASKI : A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO STAISLAVSKIS APPROACH AND LEGACY
    Author: GILLETT JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Stanislavski was the first to outline a systematic approach for using our experience, imagination and observation to create truthful acting. 150 years after his birth, his approach is more widely embraced and taught throughout the world – but is still often rejected, misunderstood and misapplied.

    In Acting Stanislavski, John Gillett offers a clear, accessible and comprehensive account of the Stanislavski approach, from the actor's training to final performance, exploring:

    • ease and focus
    • the nature of action, interaction and objectives
    • the imaginary reality, senses and feeling
    • active analysis of text
    • physical and vocal expression of character
    • the actor in the context of training and the industry.

    Drawing on Stanislavski's major books, in both English translations, and on records of his directing process and final studio classes, Acting Stanislavski demystifies terms and concepts. It is for actors from an actor's point of view, and offers many practical exercises and examples as an integrated part of each subject.

    Acting Stanislavski also creates an up-to-date overview of the Stanislavski approach, connecting his legacy with the work of his successors, from Michael Chekhov to Meisner, Adler and Strasberg.

    A new, extended and fully updated edition of Acting on Impulse: Reclaiming the Stanislavski Approach (Methuen Drama, 2007), Acting Stanislavski now includes new exercises and biographies, a further chapter on The Character, and an expanded glossary along with many other additions to the previous chapters. It is an essential practical and educational resource for any acting student, professional or teacher.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ACTIONS : The Actors Thesaurus
    ACTIONS : The Actors Thesaurus
    CALDRONE M / WILLIAMS M
    ISBN: 9781854596741
    Title: ACTIONS : The Actors Thesaurus
    Author: CALDRONE M / WILLIAMS M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    A vital companion for actors in rehearsal a thesaurus of action-words to revitalise performance.It is a thesaurus of active verbs, with which the actor can refine the action-word until s/he hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • ACTOR AND THE TARGET
    ACTOR AND THE TARGET
    DONNELLAN DECLAN
    ISBN: 9781854598387
    Title: ACTOR AND THE TARGET
    Author: DONNELLAN DECLAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Written by the founding director of the new Royal Shakespeare Company Academy, this book outlines the eight 'blocks' an actor is likely to encounter, offering instructions on how to overcome them.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ACTOR IN COSTUME
    ACTOR IN COSTUME
    MONKS AOIFFE
    ISBN: 9780230217003
    Title: ACTOR IN COSTUME
    Author: MONKS AOIFFE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How do audiences look at an actor in costume onstage? Monks explores this question, engaging with the main theoretical approaches to the study of actors in performance. The book considers costume's power to shape identity and form bodies drawing on examples from Modernist performance to nudity and stage ghosts.

    Imprint: PALGRAVE
    RRP: $54.00

    Price: $54.00
  • ACTORS AUDITION MANUAL
    ACTORS AUDITION MANUAL
    CAREY DEAN
    ISBN: 9780868195162
    Title: ACTORS AUDITION MANUAL
    Author: CAREY DEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first edition of The Actor's Audition Manual quickly became known as the 'red audition manual', denoting its status as the essential guide. Now revised and extended, it once more brings together a wealth of practical advice and a fresh, diverse range of speeches for both men and women that will help to make your audition powerful and effective.

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALL THE SONNETS OF SHAKESPEARE
    ALL THE SONNETS OF SHAKESPEARE
    WELLS STANLEY / EDMONDSON PAUL
    ISBN: 9781108490399
    Title: ALL THE SONNETS OF SHAKESPEARE
    Author: WELLS STANLEY / EDMONDSON PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How can we look afresh at Shakespeare as a writer of sonnets? What new light might they shed on his career, personality, and sexuality? Shakespeare wrote sonnets for at least thirty years, not only for himself, for professional reasons, and for those he loved, but also in his plays, as prologues, as epilogues, and as part of their poetic texture. This ground-breaking book assembles all of Shakespeare's sonnets in their probable order of composition. An inspiring introduction debunks long-established biographical myths about Shakespeare's sonnets and proposes new insights about how and why he wrote them. Explanatory notes and modern English paraphrases of every poem and dramatic extract illuminate the meaning of these sometimes challenging but always deeply rewarding witnesses to Shakespeare's inner life and professional expertise. Beautifully printed and elegantly presented, this volume will be treasured by students, scholars, and every Shakespeare enthusiast.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL   -   Arden Shakespeare
    ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL - Arden Shakespeare
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271208
    Title: ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL - Arden Shakespeare
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In All's Well That Ends Well, Helen, a lowly ward, risks her life to satisfy her boundless love for Bertram, a count and ward to the King of France. Following him to Paris, she concocts an endangering plan to win the King of France 's favour and induce Bertram 's hand in marriage.
    In the comprehensive introduction to this new, fully-illustrated Arden edition, Suzanne Gossett takes a transformative look at the play 's critical and performance history by offering fresh perspectives on the conundrum of genre, sexuality and moral dilemmas with masculinity and the structures of family. The authoritative play text is amply annotated to clarify its language and allusions, and two appendices debate the play 's authorship and review its casting. Offering students and scholars alike a wealth of insight and new research, this edition maintains the rigorous standards of the Arden Shakespeare.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AN ACTOR PREPARES
    AN ACTOR PREPARES
    STANISLAVSKI CONSTANTIN
    ISBN: 9781780938431
    Title: AN ACTOR PREPARES
    Author: STANISLAVSKI CONSTANTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    An Actor Prepares is the most famous acting training book ever to have been written and the work of Stanislavski has inspired generations of actors and trainers.

    This translation was the first to introduce Stanislavski's 'system' to the English speaking world and has stood the test of time in acting classes to this day. Stanislavski here deals with the inward preparation an actor must undergo in order to explore a role to the full. He introduces the concepts of the 'magic of' units and objectives, of emotion memory, of the super-objective and many more now famous rehearsal aids.

    Now available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series to mark the 150th anniversary of Stanislavski's birth, this is an essential read for actors, directors and anyone interested in the art of drama.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271017
    Title: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    John Wilders - literary advisor to the BBC TV Shakespeare series - brings thorough scholarship and a practical understanding of performance needs to this new edition. Clarity, accessibility and rigour are the hallmarks of an edition which will provide invaluable guidance for all its readers. "This edition has a very helpful introduction and good clear text, as well as the exceptionally excellent and detailed notes." Dr Michael Herbert, St Andrews University "a useful treatment of a complex play'Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico, Shakespeare Quarterly

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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