This engaging text explores the role of the writer and the text in collaborative practice through the work of contemporary writers and companies working in Britain, offering students and aspiring writers and directors effective practical strategies for collaborative work.
A guide to finding just the right piece for various auditions. It is suitable for acting teachers who want their students to understand each monologue in context. It describes the characters, action, and mood for more than 1,000 scenes in over 300 plays.
This quide for artists in a variety of media covers aspects of starting up a company, funding, multimedia tools, documentation marketing, a Yellow Pages section with contact information (funding, venues, publications, festivals, equipment hire, software support) and interviews from artists.
Best known as an acclaimed novelist, Beryl Bainbridge is also a former actor. This is a collection of Beryl Bainbridge's writing about the theatre. It contains insights into the work of such contemporaries as Alan Bennett, Alan Rickman and Ronald Harwood, alongside sketches of the actors Bainbridge worked with in her early years.
The way in which degree subjects are taught is far removed from A level courses in schools. "Questions & Answers Degree Subject Guides" is a series that prepares students for the rigours and discipline required to study effectively at university.
In this work the author proposes that one should consider Greek tragedy of the 5th-century BC as performance-based, with a visual emphasis. He does not consider language as the most important feature of Greek drama.
This title is an accessible and authoritative A-Z offering strong coverage of actors, playwrights, directors, and designers, as well as the styles, organizations, and movements within the world of live performance. Containing 2,400 up-to-date entries, it is an essential companion for anyone involved with the theatre.
This is an extended study of the touring practices and performances of Elizabethan and Jacobean travelling players. It examines the lively, competitive world of professional touring theatre through to its decline in the 1620s.
Stanislavski's 'system' or interpretations of it - has become the central force determining almost every performance we see on stage or screen. His classic texts An Actor Prepares, Building a Character and Creating a Role have stood the test of time as inspirational guides for actors all over the world.
This is a lively, readable and accurate verse translation of the six best plays by one of the most influential of all classical Latin writers. The volume includes Phaedra, Oedipus, Medea, Trojan Women, Hercules Furens, and Thyestes, together with an invaluable introduction and notes.
Great Shakespeare Actors provides a series of well-informed, well-written, illuminating, and entertaining accounts of many of the most famous stage performers of Shakespeare in both England and America, offering a concise, actor-centred history of Shakespeare on the stage.
A provocative overview of the questions raised by theatrical encounters between performers and audiences, drawing on examples that have sought to generate active audience involvement from Brecht's epic theatre to The Blue Man Group. It argues for more audience-responsive approaches to what theatre does for those who witness, watch or participate.
The Sunday Times BestsellerThis is the inside story of twelve years at the helm of Britain's greatest theatre. of opening the doors of the National Theatre to a broader audience than ever before, and changing the public's perception of what theatre is for.
A collection of Arthur Miller's thoughts on theatre, politics and society spanning some 25 years. It includes 23 interviews which illustrate Miller's developing view on the theatre, the nature of tragedy, what makes plays endure and the theatre in Britain, Russia and the USA.
What makes film acting different from acting on stage or TV? This book is a guide designed for actors already working in film, for those who want to, as well as for directors, teachers and anyone interested in film acting.
This title offers a survey into the place and purpose of theatre in Ancient Greece. It provides an author-by-author examination of the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and Menander plus how and where the plays were performed, who acted them out and who watched them.
Cicely Berry, Voice Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is world-famous for her voice teaching. The Actor and the Text is her classic book, distilled from years of working with actors of the highest calibre.
The Oxford Guide to Plays provides information on 1000 of the most important plays in world theatre. Each entry contains essential information including title, author, dates of composition and first performance, genre, composition of the cast, a synopsis of the plot, and a brief commentary.
In The Shifting Point, his first book since The Empty Space, Brook 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.
This study of Brecht's theatre, first published in 1959, traces his stylistic development as a playwright and stage director through each of his major plays and explains his evolving notion of epic theatre within the political and social climate of the 1920s, Marxism, Nazism and post-war Communism.
An invaluable companion which enables the reader to acquire and understand a vocabulary for discussion and critical thinking on all aspects of the subject. The clear explanations of the concepts support students in their practical and theoretical explorations of the subjects and offer insights for research and reflective writing.
Provides information on 1000 of the popular and important plays of world theatre. Each entry of this work contains information including title, author, dates of composition and first performance, genre, composition of the cast, a synopsis of the plot, and a brief commentary.
Explores the issues facing theatrical performances. This work describes important developments in theatre from the last century, as well as smaller scale events, from productions by Stanislavsky to the rise of Method Acting. It also shows how theatre defies rules, builds and shatters illusions and creates lasting memories for its audiences.
Playwright, screenwriter, poet and essayist David Mamet explains the necessity, purpose and demands of drama. In these three essays, he describes the ties that bind art to life, language to power, imagination to survival, and shows the power of the theatre to keep us whole and human.
This guide takes the reader through a practical training programme relevant to the modern singing actor and dancer. A variety of contemporary voice qualities, including belting and twang are explained, with exercises for each topic.
Shows how to read a play-text and to see and hear its potential for performance. This work engages its readers in the realities of the theatre. It provides practical advice for understanding how theatre works and how plays come alive in performance. It also includes suggestions for student essays and class discussions.
Intended for students, graduates and various aspirants to stage management, amateur or professional, whether the production is on a large or small scale, this title offers the basics of stage management. Featuring charts and helpful checklists, it takes the reader through a typical production week by week.
This is a selection of speeches for men drawn from the great landmark plays of the 20th century. An appreciation of each speech is enhanced by the editor's introductions and commentaries, which set the plays and individual speeches in their dramatic and performance context
Now in its third edition, this guide outlines the techniques needed to achieve success in getting acting work. It covers all aspects of casting, including gaining a place on a drama course, landing a part in a film, TV commercials or theatre, and becoming a radio or TV presenter.
Auditioners often complain of seeing the same speeches over and over again. This book brings together 50 speeches for men from Shakespeare plays frequently ignored such as Titus Andronicus", "Pericles" and "Love's Labours Lost"."
This volume contains speeches suitable for performance at auditions, individual acting classes, competitions, festivals and examination The pieces are varied in content, tone and style and are equipped with an introduction which sets the context for each piece.
The world of a play is created by its language; the imagary, rhythm and speech structures all contribute to its representation of reality. With techniques that can be applied to a wide range of work, the author sets out language work to uncover different layers of meaning within the text.
Social media has become an increasingly prevalent aspect of our lives, used daily by many people. In this timely study, Patrick Lonergan examines the relationship between social media and theatre. He argues that social media is itself a performance space, analysing how it's used by both theatres and audiences and also in connection with each other.
Between 1935 and 1938, Stanislavski did his final work in Moscow with a group of 11 young actors and directors trained in his special "system". This volume contains a full translation of verbatim transcriptions of Stanislavski's notes and practical exercises from these sessions.