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  • 1599 : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    1599 : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571214815
    Title: 1599 : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An intimate life of Shakespeare and his age, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature


    How did Shakespeare go from being a talented writer of comedies and histories to become one of the greatest writers of tragedies who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw and who he worked with as he rebuilds the Globe theatre and writes four of his most famous plays - Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and, most remarkably, Hamlet.

    James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare's staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599: sending off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathering an Armada threat from Spain, gambling in a fledgling East India Company, and waiting to see who would succeed their ageing and childless Queen.

    This book brings the news, intrigue and flavour of the times together with wonderful detail about how Shakespeare worked as a showman, businessman and playwright, to create an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of a fascinating and inspiring moment in history.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ABOUT OCASEY : THE PLAYWRIGHT AND THE WORK
    ABOUT OCASEY : THE PLAYWRIGHT AND THE WORK
    STEWART VICTORIA
    ISBN: 9780571230068
    Title: ABOUT OCASEY : THE PLAYWRIGHT AND THE WORK
    Author: STEWART VICTORIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In About O'Casey Dr Victoria Stewart explores the life and work of Sean O'Casey, whose writing career spanned some of the most tumultuous times in Ireland's history, tracing the path which led him to an association with Dublin's Abbey Theatre in the early 1920s, and the turns his career took after he made the decision to leave Ireland for good. The book includes interviews with O'Casey, and the theatre practitioners who have put his work on stage, including Paul Kerryson, John Crowley, Dearbhla Molloy, Andy Arnold and Shivaun O Casey. A clear and stimulating collection of material on one of Ireland's major writers.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.95

    Price: $24.95
  • ACTING (RE) CONSIDERED : A THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL GUIDE
    ACTING (RE) CONSIDERED : A THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL GUIDE
    CARRILLI PHILLIP
    ISBN: 9780415263009
    Title: ACTING (RE) CONSIDERED : A THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL GUIDE
    Author: CARRILLI PHILLIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Acting (Re)Considered is an exceptionally wide-ranging collection of theories on acting, ideas about body and training, and statements about the actor in performance. This second edition includes five new essays and has been fully revised and updated, with discussions by or about major figures who have shaped theories and practices of acting and performance from the late nineteenth century to the present.The essays - by directors, historians, actor trainers and actors - bridge the gap between theories and practices of acting, and between East and West. No other book provides such a wealth of primary and secondary sources, bibliographic material, and diversity of approaches.

    It includes discussions of such key topics as:* how we think and talk about acting* acting and emotion* the actor's psychophysical process* the body and training* the actor in performance* non-Western and cross-cultural paradigms of the body, training and acting.Acting (Re)Considered is vital reading for all those interested in performance.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $70.99

    Price: $70.99
  • ACTING : THE BASICS
    ACTING : THE BASICS
    MERLIN BELLA
    ISBN: 9780415461016
    Title: ACTING : THE BASICS
    Author: MERLIN BELLA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A practical and theoretical guide to the world of the professional actor, skilfully combining ideas from a range of practitioners and linking the academy to the industry. It covers key areas such as: the development of modern drama and acting processes over the years the approach and legacy of acting pioneers and practitioners from around the world acting techniques and practicalities, including training, auditioning, rehearsing and performing both for stage and camera Complete with a glossary of terms and useful website suggestions, this is the ideal introduction for anyone wanting to learn more about the practice of acting and the people who have advanced its evolution.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ACTING BOOK
    ACTING BOOK
    ABBOTT JOHN
    ISBN: 9781848421448
    Title: ACTING BOOK
    Author: ABBOTT JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The third of John Abbott's essential guides to acting introduces young actors to the best performance techniques, old and new. What more can any aspiring actor want than a three-year course presented in just one volume? "The Acting Book" is an essential tool for aspiring actors, professionals, and educators.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ACTING SKILLS  -  3RD EDITION
    ACTING SKILLS - 3RD EDITION
    MORRISON HUGH
    ISBN: 9780713664232
    Title: ACTING SKILLS - 3RD EDITION
    Author: MORRISON HUGH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: A AND C BLACK
    RRP: $39.95
    Price: $39.95
  • ACTING STANISLAVASKI : A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO STAISLAVSKIS APPROACH AND LEGACY
    ACTING STANISLAVASKI : A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO STAISLAVSKIS APPROACH AND LEGACY
    GILLETT JOHN
    ISBN: 9781408184981
    Title: ACTING STANISLAVASKI : A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO STAISLAVSKIS APPROACH AND LEGACY
    Author: GILLETT JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Stanislavski was the first to outline a systematic approach for using our experience, imagination and observation to create truthful acting. 150 years after his birth, his approach is more widely embraced and taught throughout the world – but is still often rejected, misunderstood and misapplied.

    In Acting Stanislavski, John Gillett offers a clear, accessible and comprehensive account of the Stanislavski approach, from the actor's training to final performance, exploring:

    • ease and focus
    • the nature of action, interaction and objectives
    • the imaginary reality, senses and feeling
    • active analysis of text
    • physical and vocal expression of character
    • the actor in the context of training and the industry.

    Drawing on Stanislavski's major books, in both English translations, and on records of his directing process and final studio classes, Acting Stanislavski demystifies terms and concepts. It is for actors from an actor's point of view, and offers many practical exercises and examples as an integrated part of each subject.

    Acting Stanislavski also creates an up-to-date overview of the Stanislavski approach, connecting his legacy with the work of his successors, from Michael Chekhov to Meisner, Adler and Strasberg.

    A new, extended and fully updated edition of Acting on Impulse: Reclaiming the Stanislavski Approach (Methuen Drama, 2007), Acting Stanislavski now includes new exercises and biographies, a further chapter on The Character, and an expanded glossary along with many other additions to the previous chapters. It is an essential practical and educational resource for any acting student, professional or teacher.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $33.99

    Price: $33.99
  • ACTING WITH ADLER
    ACTING WITH ADLER
    ROTTE JOANNA
    ISBN: 9780879102982
    Title: ACTING WITH ADLER
    Author: ROTTE JOANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The figure of Stella Adler towers high among the memorable acting teachers in American theatre. Her methods of training, her principles of acting and character interpretation, her analyses of the seminal plays of the modern theatre comprise a legacy for everyone who followed her. In this book, that legacy gains the special immediacy and authenticity of her own spoken words.

    Over three years in the 1970s, Joanna Rotte worked with Adler as a student and as an actress under her direction, all the white taking the copious notes that have become the heart of this book. Throughout, Adler speaks about her principles in a tough minded and demanding way, inspired by her overriding conviction that as a person an actor 'becomes bigger through working'.

    This book provides an opportunity to sit in on the classes of this remarkable woman of whom her student Marlon Brando said, "My debt and gratitude to her are enormous. As a teacher of acting, she has few peers. As a human being, few equals."

    Imprint: LIMELIGHT
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ACTIONS : THE ACTORS THESAURUS
    ACTIONS : THE ACTORS THESAURUS
    CALDRONE M / WILLIAMS M
    ISBN: 9781854596741
    Title: ACTIONS : THE ACTORS THESAURUS
    Author: CALDRONE M / WILLIAMS M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A vital companion for actors in rehearsal a thesaurus of action-words to revitalise performance.It is a thesaurus of active verbs, with which the actor can refine the action-word until s/he hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • ACTOR AND THE TARGET
    ACTOR AND THE TARGET
    DONNELLAN DECLAN
    ISBN: 9781854598387
    Title: ACTOR AND THE TARGET
    Author: DONNELLAN DECLAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Written by the founding director of the new Royal Shakespeare Company Academy, this book outlines the eight 'blocks' an actor is likely to encounter, offering instructions on how to overcome them.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $28.99

    Price: $28.99
  • ACTOR IN COSTUME
    ACTOR IN COSTUME
    MONKS AOIFFE
    ISBN: 9780230217003
    Title: ACTOR IN COSTUME
    Author: MONKS AOIFFE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How do audiences look at an actor in costume onstage? Monks explores this question, engaging with the main theoretical approaches to the study of actors in performance. The book considers costume's power to shape identity and form bodies drawing on examples from Modernist performance to nudity and stage ghosts.

    Imprint: PALGRAVE
    RRP: $54.00

    Price: $54.00
  • ACTOR SPEAKS
    ACTOR SPEAKS
    RODENBURG PATSY
    ISBN: 9780413700308
    Title: ACTOR SPEAKS
    Author: RODENBURG PATSY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'Beginning with what every first-year acting student faces in class and ending with what leading professional actors must achieve every night on the three stages of the Royal National Theatre, Patsy Rodenburg's celebrated work as one of the world's foremost voice and acting coaches is fully revealed in this thoughtful and inspirational book about the process of acting.

    Through a seven-step process, she takes the actor through an intensive voice and speech workshop tackling the vexing problems faced in rehearsal and on stage: breathing and relaxation; vocal range and power, communication with other actors and the audience; integrating movement, singing and speaking; deciphering and animating a text; adjusting voice to different size stages and auditoria; working in mediums beyond the stage; sustaining a performance through an entire evening and a long run and identifying and overcoming the countless potential problems that face every performer who works in front of an audience.

    ''The Actor Speaks is a stimulating read and an invaluable reference for all actors. . .a landmark book'' (The Stage)'

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ACTORS ART AND CRAFT : WILLIAM ESPER TEACHES THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE
    ACTORS ART AND CRAFT : WILLIAM ESPER TEACHES THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE
    ESPER WILLIAM / DIMARCO DAMON
    ISBN: 9780307279262
    Title: ACTORS ART AND CRAFT : WILLIAM ESPER TEACHES THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE
    Author: ESPER WILLIAM / DIMARCO DAMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor. Esper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor's training. The result is a rigorous system of exercises that builds a solid foundation of acting skills from the ground up, and that is flexible enough to be applied to any challenge an actor faces, from soap operas to Shakespeare. Co-writer Damon DiMarco, a former student of Esper's, spent over a year observing his mentor teaching first-year acting students. In this book he recreates that experience for us, allowing us to see how the progression of exercises works in practice.

    The Actor's Art and Craft vividly demonstrates that good training does not constrain actors' instincts--it frees them to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.

    Imprint: ANCHOR DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • ACTORS AUDITION MANUAL
    ACTORS AUDITION MANUAL
    CAREY DEAN
    ISBN: 9780868195162
    Title: ACTORS AUDITION MANUAL
    Author: CAREY DEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The first edition of The Actor's Audition Manual quickly became known as the 'red audition manual', denoting its status as the essential guide. Now revised and extended, it once more brings together a wealth of practical advice and a fresh, diverse range of speeches for both men and women that will help to make your audition powerful and effective.

    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ACTORS GUIDE TO PLAYING A CHARACTER : WILLIAM ESPER TEACHES THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE
    ACTORS GUIDE TO PLAYING A CHARACTER : WILLIAM ESPER TEACHES THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE
    ESPER WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780345805683
    Title: ACTORS GUIDE TO PLAYING A CHARACTER : WILLIAM ESPER TEACHES THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE
    Author: ESPER WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    William Esper, one of the most celebrated acting teachers of our time, takes us through his step-by-step approach to the central challenge of advanced acting work: creating and playing a character. Esper's first book, The Actor's Art and Craft, earned praise for describing the basics taught in his famous first-year acting class. The Actor's Guide to Creating a Character continues the journey. In these pages, co-author Damon DiMarco vividly re-creates Esper's second-year course, again through the experiences of a fictional class. Esper's training builds on Sanford Meisner's legendary exercises, a world-renowned technique that Esper further developed through his long association with Meisner and the decades he has spent training a host of distinguished actors. His approach is flexible enough to apply to any role, helping actors to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.

    Imprint: ANCHOR DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ACTORS SURVIVAL HANDBOOK
    ACTORS SURVIVAL HANDBOOK
    TUCKER PATRICK / OZANNE CHRISTINE
    ISBN: 9780878301751
    Title: ACTORS SURVIVAL HANDBOOK
    Author: TUCKER PATRICK / OZANNE CHRISTINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Worried about short rehearsal time? Think that fluffing your lines will be the end of your career? Are you afraid you'll be typecast? Is there such a thing as acting too much? How should a stage actor adjust performance for a camera? And how should an actor behave backstage?

    The Actor's Survival Handbook gives you answers to all these questions and many more. Written with verve and humor, this utterly essential tool speaks to every actor's deepest concerns. Drawing upon their years of experience on stage, backstage, and with the camera, Patrick Tucker and Christine Ozanne offer forthright advice on topics from breathing to props, commitment to learning lines, audience response to simply landing the job in the first place. The book is rich with examples - both technical and inspirational. And because a director and an actor won't always agree, the two writers sometimes even offer alternative responses to a dilemma, giving the reader both an actor's take and a director's take on a particular point.

    Like Patrick Tucker's Secrets of Screen Acting, this new book is written with wit and passion, conveying the authors' powerful conviction that success is within every actor's grasp.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
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