An accessible and engaging second workbook on musical theatre, presenting students with the next steps for practising, developing and honing their performance skills. Packed with activities and examples, and offering expanded coverage of acting and dance, this text gives students the skills, rigour and independence to excel in this dynamic form.
This is the essential guide for anyone interested in pursuing an acting career. Praised for its honesty, broad coverage and wise advice from working professionals, the new edition is fully updated to reflect the acting industry today and is filled with advice and warnings to help you succeed.
How have theatre and performance research methods and methodologies engaged the expanding diversity of performing arts practices? How can students best combine performance/theatre research approaches in their projects? This book's 29 contributors provide hands-on answers to such questions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 history of theatre is worldwide in scope, ranging from its ancient origins to the variety of forms which it has taken in our own age. The book covers acting, direction, stagecraft, theatre architecture and design, and the evolution of dramatic literature.
This handbook for professional and amateur actors and directors is designed to train your imagination and body to quickly and effectively call up emotion, develop characters, and strengthen awareness. It includes new material on one of Chekhov's techniques, "psychological gesture".
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
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.