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An Actor's Work

Paperback, 22/09/2016, £19.99

Practical Guide to Ensemble Devising

Paperback, 01/06/2015, £20.99
This comprehensive handbook introduces techniques and exercises for devising theatre as an ensemble. Its clear style makes it an ideal book for students new to devising, while its wide scope provides fresh ideas for more experienced actors.

Modern Romance

Paperback, 27/01/2016, £8.99
Investigates love in the age of technology. This book enlists some of the world's leading social scientists, conducted hundreds of interviews, analyzed the behavioural data, and researched dating cultures from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to New York City.

American Musical and the Formation of National Identity

Paperback, 27/03/2006, £25.00
The American musical has achieved and maintained relevance to more people in America than any other performance-based art. This history of the genre, intended for readers of all stripes, offers discussions of how American musicals, especially through their musical numbers, advance themes related to American national identity.

Age and Dancing: Older People and Community Dance Practice

Paperback, 07/12/2012, £28.99
This highly readable introduction to dance with older people combines key debates and issues in the field with practical guidance, as well as a resources section including numerous 'toolkit materials'. Diane Amans, leading practitioner in Community Dance, provides the ideal beginners' guide for students, practitioners and dance artists alike.

Theatre and Race

Paperback, 24/05/2013, £6.99
The theatre has always been a place where conceptions of race and racism have been staged, shared and perpetuated. Harvey Young introduces key ideas about race, before tracing its relationship with theatre and performance - from Ancient Athens to the present day.

New Media Dramaturgy: Performance, Media and New-Materialism

Hardback, 08/05/2017, £89.99
This book illuminates the shift in approaches to the uses of theatre and performance technology in the past twenty-five years and develops an account of new media dramaturgy (NMD), an approach to theatre informed by what the technology itself seems to want to say.

Performance Studies: Key Words, Concepts and Theories

Paperback, 28/11/2014, £25.99
The field of performance studies analyses the production and impact of on-stage performance, such as in a theatre or circus, and off-stage performance, such as cultural rituals and political protests.


Paperback, 02/08/2018, £25.99

Art of Living: An Oral History of Performance Art

Paperback, 31/07/2015, £24.99
Across a series of twelve in-depth interviews with a diverse range of major artists, Dominic Johnson presents a new oral history of performance art. Each interview is preceded by an overview of the artist's work, and the volume itself is introduced by a thoughtful critical essay on performance art and oral history.

Interdisciplinary Performance: Reformatting Reality

Paperback, 13/04/2016, £24.99
Spanning a hundred years (1910 - 2010) and three geographical locations - Europe, Japan and North America - this unique book examines the capacity of performance to recode reality.

Improvisation in Drama, Theatre and Performance: History, Practice, Theory

Paperback, 27/10/2015, £26.99
Improvisation is a tool for many things: performance training, rehearsal practice, playwriting, therapeutic interaction and somatic discovery.


Paperback, 25/08/2016, £26.99
This diverse book brings together theoretical and practical viewpoints on objects in performance, how they can be part of theatre scenery, equal partners in performance, or autonomous things.

Acting in British Television

Paperback, 20/08/2017, £24.99

Making Solo Performance: Six Practitioner Interviews

Paperback, 07/06/2018, £22.99
In interviews with Misri Dey, six recognised solo performers working across a range of performance genres - including theatre, dance, live and performance art, site-specific performance, music video and film - provide insightful and practical strategies for creative making and performing processes.

Cultural Performance: Ethnographic Approaches to Performance Studies

Paperback, 08/08/2017, £24.99
This engaging text introduces the burgeoning and interdisciplinary field of cultural performance, offering ethnographic approaches to performance as well as looking at the aesthetics of experience and performance theory.

Approaches to Actor Training: International Perspectives

Paperback, 10/04/2020, £25.99
This insightful and practically-focused collection brings together different approaches to actor training from professionals based at universities and conservatoires in the UK, the US and Australia.

Drama Menu: Theatre Games in Three Courses

Paperback, 23/04/2015, £12.99
A brand new concept for planning and delivering dynamic, progressive drama lessons and workshops. Packed with over 150 tried-and-tested theatre games, exercises and improvisation ideas, it's an essential resource for any drama teacher or workshop leader - guaranteed to deliver delicious drama sessions every time.

Character Breakdown

Hardback, 04/04/2019, £16.99
Cult heroine Zawe Ashton brings us a unique look at life, work and the absurdities of contemporary lifeZawe Ashton has been acting since she was six. In it, she encounters glamour, horror, absurdity and questions like: is a life spent more on performance than reality any life at all?

Performance, Movement and the Body

Paperback, 15/01/2019, £19.99
Investigating a range of influential movement training practices, this ambitious book considers the significance of professional training to performers and their bodies.

Theatre & Environment

Paperback, 07/06/2019, £6.99
This exciting new title in the Theatre And series explores how theatre and the environment have informed and continue to inform each other, considering both what theatre can do for the environment and what the environment can do for theatre.

Making Site-Specific Theatre and Performance: A Handbook

Paperback, 25/10/2018, £23.99
This practical, accessible and far-reaching guide to making site-specific theatre and performance emphasises the diversity of approaches to the practice, and explores key principles of space and site.

Narrative in Performance

Paperback, 28/11/2018, £24.99
A far-reaching and engaging overview of the role of narrative in dance and theatre performance, bringing together chapters written by an international range of scholars and subsequently creating a critical dialogue for approaching this fundamental topic within performance studies.

Reframing the Musical: Race, Culture and Identity

Paperback, 13/03/2019, £23.99
This critical and inclusive edited collection offers an overview of the musical in relation to issues of race, culture and identity. Bringing together contributions from Cultural, American and Theatre Studies for the first time, the chapters offer fresh perspectives on musical theatre history, calling for a radical and inclusive new approach.

Theatre and Christianity

Paperback, 22/03/2019, £6.99
This critical new title in the Theatre & series explores the fluctuating relationship between theatre and Christianity by focusing on key points of intersection - the challenge of realism and the real, the treatment of women and the role of amateur performance.

Theatre and Judaism

Paperback, 22/03/2019, £6.99
This new title in the Theatre & series explores the intersections between theatre and Judaism, offering a uniquely nuanced approach as a counterpart to the more common discourse surrounding Jewish theatre.

Theatre & Community

Paperback, 07/06/2019, £6.99
This important contribution to the Theatre And series explores what the possibilities and limits of `community' contribute to our understanding of theatre, and what theatrical practice and representation reveal about the tensions inherent in community settings.

Theatre and Cancer

Paperback, 17/06/2019, £6.99
This incisive and thoughtful new title in the Theatre And series confronts the difficult relationship between theatre and cancer. Challenging conventional narratives which rely on the binary of tragedy versus survival, Brian Lobel argues for an alternative approach to understanding cancer in relation to theatre.

Theatre and Death

Paperback, 07/06/2019, £6.99
This new title in the Theatre And series confronts the complex relationship between theatre and death.

Golden Rules of Acting

Paperback, 25/07/2012, £6.99
A treasure trove of advice, support and encouragement that no performer should be without. Honest, witty and direct, The Golden Rules of Acting is every actor's best friend - in handy paperback form.

More Golden Rules of Acting

Paperback, 03/10/2019, £7.99
Andy Nyman's first book, The Golden Rules of Acting, has become a bestseller in the acting world. Now he returns to bring you more priceless nuggets gleaned from more than thirty years in the acting business. Written with the same candid wit as his first book, More Golden Rules of Acting is every actor's new best friend in handy paperback form.

More Myself: A Journey

Hardback, 02/04/2020, £20.00
An intimate, revealing look at one artist's journey from self-censorship to full expression

Theatre and the Body

Paperback, 04/12/2009, £6.99
Bodies are active and dynamic elements of theatre production and spectatorship. They are important concepts as well as objects within theatre. This book examines the rich and complex relationships between the uses of bodies in theatre and the ways in which bodies are culturally imagined and understood in theatre.

Director's Craft: A Handbook for the Theatre

Paperback, 12/08/2008, £26.99
A step-by-step guide to directing for the stage. It provides assistance with various aspects of the varied challenges facing all theatre directors. It addresses topics such as: the ideas that underpin a play's text; preparing improvisations; twelve Golden Rules for working with actors; and, analysing your work after a run has ended.

Performance Studies: An Introduction 3ed

Paperback, 08/02/2013, £48.99
"With integrated companion website"--Cover.

Dance Composition: A Practical Guide to Creative Success in Dance Making 6ed

Paperback, 04/06/2010, £27.99
Dance composition is an important part of dance education because it is the discipline that translates ideas into dances. Revised, redesigned and expanded, and now with a new DVD, this seminal book explores essential guidelines and thus contributes to a greater understanding of dance composition as a discipline.

Phenomenology of Dance

Paperback, 12/06/2015, £23.99
Reprint of the ed. published by University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, 1966.

Blue Touch Paper: A Memoir

Paperback, 06/10/2016, £9.99
When, in 2000, the National Theatre published its poll of the hundred best plays of the 20th century, David Hare had written five of them. In this memoir, ending as Margaret Thatcher comes to power in 1979, he describes his childhood, and his painful apprenticeship to the trade of dramatist.

Content Provider: Selected Short Prose Pieces, 2011-2016

Paperback, 01/06/2017, £8.99
Over the years, the comedian Stewart Lee has been attempting to understand modern Britain, and his own place in it, in a series of irregular newspaper columns. This book includes his columns: Will Scotland become the Promised Land of the Left? Is it possible to live a life without crisps? Who was Grant Shapps? And more.

Let Me Play the Lion Too: How to be an Actor

Hardback, 15/01/2015, £17.99
How do you prepare for your first day on the set? Why might a bad audition lead to a good job offer? How should you research? What's the effect of a long tour on your love-life? Can you have a glass of wine before a matinee? What's the difference between transitive and intransitive corpsing? This book deals with these questions.

Different Every Night: Freeing the Actor

Paperback, 11/10/2007, £14.99
Containing rehearsal methodology, this book offers practical advice and guidance as well as different useful techniques for actors and directors.
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