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.
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.
British theatre from the first half of the twentieth century is undergoing a critical reevaluation, with many high-profile theatre revivals of plays from the period in recent years. This book explains why by an examination of the variety of work from this period and how it shaped what followed.
Discusses the various aspects of a drama, from the plot and character to dialogue, thought and enactment. In addition, Eric Bentley describes different types of plays such as melodrama, farce, tragedy, comedy and tragi-comedy.
"Applied Theatre: Research is the first book to consolidate thinking about applied theatre as research through a thorough investigation of ATAR as a research methodology. It will be an indispensable resource for teachers and researchers in the area. The first section of the book details the history of the relationship between applied theatre and research, especially in the area of evaluation and impact assessment, and offering an examination of the literature surrounding applied theatre and research. The book then explores how applied theatre as research (ATAR) works as a democratic and pro-social adjunct to community based research and explains its complex relationship to arts informed inquiry, Indigenous research methods and other research epistemologies. The book provides a rationale for this approach focusing on its capacity for reciprocity within communities. The second part of the book provides a series of international case studies of effective practice which detail some of the key approaches in the method and based on work conducted in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the South Pacific. The case studies provide a range of cultural contexts for the playing out of various forms of ATAR, and a concluding chapter considers the tensions and the possibilities inherent in ATAR. This is a groundbreaking book for all researchers who are working with communities who require a method that moves beyond current research practice"--
The author isn't sure, even though he's been one himself for over thirty years. Join him backstage as he examines that business called showbusiness, from am dram to Hollywood, and from Shakespeare to ads for flatulence pills. This title shares his hard-won wisdom.
Helen Nicholson examines the ways in which drama and theatre have been applied to different community and educational contexts. This new edition provides vivid examples of contemporary practice and explores how practitioners confront questions of community, citizenship and globalisation in theatre that is orientated towards social change.
An investigation of the interface between theatre, performance and digital arts, this text not only allows for a reinterpretation of what is possible in the world of performance practice, but also demonstrates how "virtuality" has come to represent a major parameter for our understanding and experience of contemporary art and life.
Covers theatre in educational settings; prison theatre; community performance; theatre in conflict resolution and reconciliation; interventionist theatre; and, theatre for development. This book presents a collection of critical thought and practice.
Dr Hartley, who works internationally in applied theatre, presents the practice with passion and intellectual clarity, showing how it can be used by practitioners in and outside the world of theatre. She dispels the mystique around applied theatre and argues for it to develop with each project, so it never becomes stagnant.
Rudolf Laban is a theorist and practitioner of movement, and this basic "how-to" manual offers a simplified version of his system of movement. It introduces the terms and vocabulary, then moves on to its expressive possibilities in drama and dance. Specific illustrated exercises are included.
Throughout the history of the nation-state, theatre has contributed to the construction and reappraisal of the nation and national identities. This book argues that ideas of the nation are constantly in flux and explores the way theatre engages with such changes according to different geographical, political, economic, social and cultural climates.
As human traffic between nations increases and as hybridity becomes more characteristic of cultural production, it becomes imperative to critically re-examine the way cultural exchange is performed. Theatre & Interculturalism surveys established approaches to the topic and proposes new ways of thinking about theatrical flow across cultures.
Theatre & Feminism tells the story of the movement known as feminist performance theory. It explores key debates from its 40-year history, engages with the work of groundbreaking thinkers including Elin Diamond, Jill Dolan, Peggy Phelan and Elaine Aston, and includes case studies of recent performances by established and emerging feminist artists.
This book, now in paperback, interrogates the interaction between new technologies and performance practice, linking the sensuous contact that exists between the physical and virtual, along with the resultant corporeal transformation. It features writings from international contributors specializing in digital art and performance practices.
Brown explores relationships between sound and theatre, focusing on sound's interdependence and interaction with human performance and drama. Suggesting different ways in which sound may be interpreted to create meaning, it includes key writings on sound design, as well as perspectives from beyond the discipline.
Combining a wide-ranging historical overview with liberal quotation from classic and rare texts, Palmer traces the evolution of theatrical lighting design, its equipment, techniques and dramaturgy. His book shows the variety of light's uses and effects and demonstrates its key role in making aesthetic, intellectual and emotional impact.
A comprehensive overview of the development, theory and characteristics of multimedia performance, that introduces key artists, practice and debates. The book describes new and emergent forms, presenting an up-to-date account of the evolving relationship between technology and aesthetics in contemporary performance culture.
A follow-on from Actors' Audition Speeches" this title includes speeches from plays written and produced in the 1990s, with extracts from West End productions ("Art" and "Cressida"), and films ("Pulp Fiction"). Comments from directors, casting directors, actors and teachers are included."
Uses the writings of 16th and 17th century women to construct a feminist perspective on drama by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton, Ford, and their contemporaries. This book includes plays such as: "Doctor Faustus", "Measure for Measure", "The Spanish Tragedy", "The Revenger's Tragedy" and "The Maid's Tragedy".
In this guide, Peter Maccoy examines the qualities and skills necessary for effective stage management, stressing the importance of understanding both the creative and the technical processes involved in theatre. The advice featured covers such topics as contracts, rehearsals and performance.
Features over 200 full colour illustrations of 82 of the most effective dance, movement and performance exercises. This title depicts the relationship between muscle development and aesthetic movements. It helps you learn how to modify exercises to target specific areas enhancing flexibility and reducing muscle tension.
Performing Chekhov is a unique guide to Chekhov's plays in performance. It will be indispensable to students, teachers and theatre practitioners interested not only in Chekhov but in the history of the modern stage.
A collection of both serious and comic monologues from the last three decades of contemporary playwriting, this title features pieces from Caryl Churchill, Michael Frayn, Martin McDonagh and Sarah Kane. It should be a useful resource for auditions, acting class and rehearsal
This collection of stage monologues brings together a selection from plays by major playwrights produced by British and American theatre Including monologues of all types, it aims to provide a varied, dramatic challenge for any actor: professional, student or amateur.
About Acting - formerly titled The Complete About Acting - has become indispensable classic for students and professional actors alike. It is a simple, clear and inspiring guide to the difficult art and craft of performing on stage, film, television and radio.