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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Presents an overview of modern British theatre. This book includes a fresh and challenging look at the vast upheavals that have taken place in British society, and the theatre which documents and challenges it, in the course of sixty turbulent years. It also looks at post-war Britain from a theatrical perspective.
From helpful hints on writing to tips on directing (working with actors and technicians, when to listen to the experts, how to cope with rehearsals), this book provides a complete primer to the art of playwriting.
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
This classic study is both an introduction to, and an overview of, the relationship between feminism and theatre. The reissued edition features a new Foreword by Elaine Aston who examines the context in which Case's book was written, the influence it has had, subsequent developments in the field and the continued importance of the work.
You start with a vision, and you deliver a compromise. You want a play to be challenging, ambitious, nuanced and complicated. You also want it to sell tickets. You want to make art, and you know you're in show business. These are some of the balancing acts that the National Theatre. This is an exploration of the art and alchemy of making theatre.
Actors need actions. They cannot "act" adjectives, they need verbs; they need an aim to achieve, an action to perform. This is a thesaurus of active verbs with which the actor can refine the action-word until she or her hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive.
Offering a personal selection of the 101 plays ranging from the Greeks to the present-day, the author poses an infinite number of questions. What makes a great play? Does the definition change with time and circumstance? Or are certain common factors visible down the ages?
In this invitation to reflect on the power of performance, Diana Taylor explores the multiple and overlapping meanings of performance, showing how it can convey everything from artistic, economic, and sexual performance, to providing ways of understanding how race, gender, identity, and power are performed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Presents over thirty extracts from the plays for radio and stage. Designed as a resource for actors working in radio, theatre or television, this collection of extracts is helpful for audition and performance work. Each extract is accompanied by a brief introduction and features an essay on the challenges, skills and rewards of radio acting.
Examining the development of avant garde theatre from the 1890s up to the present day, this book exposes a central paradox of modern theatre; that the motivating force of theatrical experimentation is primitivism. This is central to understanding political and aesthetic aspects of modern theatre.