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  • BELONGING : AUSTRALIAN PLAYWRITING IN THE 20TH CENTURY
    BELONGING : AUSTRALIAN PLAYWRITING IN THE 20TH CENTURY
    MCCALLUM JOHN
    ISBN: 9780868196589
    Title: BELONGING : AUSTRALIAN PLAYWRITING IN THE 20TH CENTURY
    Author: MCCALLUM JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    John McCallums new history explores the relationship between 20th century Australian drama and a developing concept of nation. The book focuses on the creative tension sparked by dueling impulses between nationalism and cosmopolitanism; and between artistic seriousness and larrikin populism.

    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BIRTHDAY PARTY
    BIRTHDAY PARTY
    PINTER HAROLD
    ISBN: 9780571160785
    Title: BIRTHDAY PARTY
    Author: PINTER HAROLD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • BOWERBIRD : The Art of Making Theatre from Life
    BOWERBIRD : The Art of Making Theatre from Life
    VALENTINE ALANA
    ISBN: 9781925005677
    Title: BOWERBIRD : The Art of Making Theatre from Life
    Author: VALENTINE ALANA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Mostly it feels like you don’t know—like you’re reaching for something that you can’t quite grab. Some writers talk about their fear of the blank page, but the playwright who draws work from life can have the opposite problem. Spoilt for choice. Presented with myriad possibilities and competing ideas of how to condense the source material or arrange it in a theatrically dynamic, original and compelling way. Lost in a sea of options, yet perversely obsessed with the interview not done, the perspective not transcribed, the final piece of the jigsaw forever elusive. And it’s not about a lack of confidence, although that can hum away in the background for longer than you might expect. It’s about not trying to have clarity. It’s about waiting until you do.’ So begins Bowerbird, a journey through the life and plays of Alana Valentine, as well as the creative process behind the plays. One of Australia’s most inventive playwrights, Alana shows the power of bringing new audiences into our theatres to share the space with traditional audiences, detailing how to gather and transform lived experience into compelling drama. In Bowerbird she reveals the motor of her artistry by combining stories from her life with observations from her experience. ‘Bowerbird is written with all the humanity, wisdom, humour and generosity that we recognise and love in Alana Valentine’s work. This is much more than a guide for aspiring writers: this is a book for anyone who loves theatre, its power and its people.’ — Neil Armfield AO

    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BRECHT ON THEATRE
    BRECHT ON THEATRE
    BRECHT BERTOLT / SILBERMAN MARC / GILES
    ISBN: 9781350068902
    Title: BRECHT ON THEATRE
    Author: BRECHT BERTOLT / SILBERMAN MARC / GILES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    Brecht on Theatre is a seminal work that has remained the classic text for readers and students wanting a rich appreciation of the development of Brecht's thinking on theatre and aesthetics. First published in 1964 and on reading lists ever since, Brecht's writings are presented in this definitive edition featuring the wholly revised, re-edited and expanded text produced for the 50th anniversary of the first English publication. With additional texts, illustrations and editorial material, and with almost half the material newly translated, this edition provides a far fuller and more accurate account of the development of Brecht's work and writings.

    This edition features-
    * Clearer layout and organisation of the text
    * New translations of many of the Brechtian texts featured
    * Over 40 new, previously untranslated essays
    * Essay titles now correspond to the German originals
    * A revised selection of illustrations
    This selection of Bertolt Brecht's critical writing charts the development of his thinking on theatre and aesthetics over four decades. The volume demonstrates how the theories of Epic Theatre and Verfremdung evolved, and contains notes and essays on the staging of The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, Mother Courage, Puntila, Galileoand many others of his plays. Also included is 'Short Organon for the Theatre', Brecht's most complete statement of his revolutionary philosophy of the theatre.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $43.99
    Price: $43.99
  • BUILDING A CHARACTER
    BUILDING A CHARACTER
    STANISLAVSKI CONSTANTIN
    ISBN: 9781780935676
    Title: BUILDING A CHARACTER
    Author: STANISLAVSKI CONSTANTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this follow up to his most famous book, An Actor Prepares, Stanislavski develop his influential 'system' of acting by exploring the imaginative processes at the heart of the actor's craft. Building a Character deals with the physical realisation of character on the stage through such tools as expressions, movement and speech. It is a book in which every theory is inextricably bound up with practice - a perfect handbook to the physical art of acting. The work of Stanislavski has inspired generations of actors and trainers and - available now in the Bloomsbury Revelations series to mark the 150th anniversary of Stanislavski's birth - it remains an essential read for actors and directors at all stages of their careers.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • BURLESQUE AND THE ART OF THE TEESE
    BURLESQUE AND THE ART OF THE TEESE
    VON TEESE DITA
    ISBN: 9780060591670
    Title: BURLESQUE AND THE ART OF THE TEESE
    Author: VON TEESE DITA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this stunning Los Angeles Times bestseller, BURLESQUE AND THE ART OF THE TEESE, reinvents the world of pin-ups, stripteases, Betty Page, and bondage fetishes in this beautifully designed and illustrated modernization of classic American sexuality Today's resurgence of the art of burlesque has crowned a queen: Dita Von Teese. Following in the tradition of legends like Lili St. Cyr and Gypsy Rose Lee, Dita has led the burlesque aesthetic of the 40's and 50's back into the sexual consciousness of Americans and is the most visible figure in the rediscovered art of burlesque dancing. In addition to her expertise as a classically styled burlesque performer, Dita is also steeped in the history of fetish in American sexual culture. This gorgeous book combines her interest in burlesque and fetish in an exciting rediscovery of American sexual history. From one side, The Art of the Teese is a big book of burlesque, full of history and culture as well as Dita's provocative tips on everything from powder puffs and silk-seamed stockings to the best way to tease a man. Open the book from the other side and it's a playfully naughty look into the world of whips, corsets, and spike-heeled patent leather boots. Full of beautiful photos of a provocatively clad Dita, this book will turn readers onto burlesque and fetish in new and satisfying ways.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • CAMBRIDGE INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE HISTORIOGRAPHY
    CAMBRIDGE INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE HISTORIOGRAPHY
    POSTLEWAIT THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780521499170
    Title: CAMBRIDGE INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE HISTORIOGRAPHY
    Author: POSTLEWAIT THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $49.95
    Price: $49.95
  • CHALLANGE FOR THE ACTOR
    CHALLANGE FOR THE ACTOR
    HAGEN UTA
    ISBN: 9780684190402
    Title: CHALLANGE FOR THE ACTOR
    Author: HAGEN UTA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • CLEOPATRA : I Am Fire and Air
    CLEOPATRA : I Am Fire and Air
    BLOOM HAROLD
    ISBN: 9781501164163
    Title: CLEOPATRA : I Am Fire and Air
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Harold Bloom, one of the greatest Shakespeare scholars of our time, comes an intimate, wise, deeply compelling portrait of Cleopatra—one of the Bard’s most riveting and memorable female characters.

    Cleopatra is one of the most famous women in history—and thanks to Shakespeare, one of the most intriguing personalities in literature. She is lover of Marc Antony, defender of Egypt, and, perhaps most enduringly, a champion of life. Cleopatra is supremely vexing, tragic, and complex. She has fascinated readers and audiences for centuries and has been played by the greatest actresses of their time, from Elizabeth Taylor to Vivien Leigh to Janet Suzman to Judi Dench.

    Award-winning writer and beloved professor Harold Bloom writes about Cleopatra with wisdom, joy, exuberance, and compassion. He also explores his own personal relationship to the character: Just as we encounter one Anna Karenina or Jay Gatsby when we are in high school and college and another when we are adults, Bloom explains his shifting understanding of Cleopatra over the course of his own lifetime. The book becomes an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our own humanity.

    Bloom is mesmerizing in the classroom, wrestling with the often tragic choices Shakespeare’s characters make. With Cleopatra, he delivers exhilarating clarity and invites us to look at this character as a flawed human who might be living in our world. The result is an invaluable resource from our greatest literary critic.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CLOWN ACT OMNIBUS
    CLOWN ACT OMNIBUS
    MCVICAR WES
    ISBN: 9780916260415
    Title: CLOWN ACT OMNIBUS
    Author: MCVICAR WES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: MERIWETHER
    RRP: $32.00
    Price: $32.00
  • COLLABORATIVE THEATRE : THE THEATRE DU SOLEIL SOURCEBOOK
    COLLABORATIVE THEATRE : THE THEATRE DU SOLEIL SOURCEBOOK
    WILLIAMS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780415086066
    Title: COLLABORATIVE THEATRE : THE THEATRE DU SOLEIL SOURCEBOOK
    Author: WILLIAMS DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $74.00
    Price: $74.00
  • COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE : A HANDBOOK FOR TROUPES
    COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE : A HANDBOOK FOR TROUPES
    RUDLIN JOHN / CRICK OLLY
    ISBN: 9780415204095
    Title: COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE : A HANDBOOK FOR TROUPES
    Author: RUDLIN JOHN / CRICK OLLY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $62.99
    Price: $62.99
  • COMMEDIA OZ : PLAYING COMMEDIA IN CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIA
    COMMEDIA OZ : PLAYING COMMEDIA IN CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIA
    GRATION S / PEELGRANE N
    ISBN: 9780868198200
    Title: COMMEDIA OZ : PLAYING COMMEDIA IN CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIA
    Author: GRATION S / PEELGRANE N
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Designed to assist the interpretation and playing of Commedia in an Australian context Commedia Oz is a training manual for teachers, students, actors and directors. Chapters cover the history and influence of Commedia; suggestions for modern interpretations; activities and exercises; the role of the director and the actors journal; training actors; an interview with Jacques Lecoq (the French Commedia actor/trainer); a professional script; and ideas for units of work and assessment. There is also a glossary and a reference section for further reading.

    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COMMEDIA PLAYS : SCENARIOS SCRIPTS LAZZI
    COMMEDIA PLAYS : SCENARIOS SCRIPTS LAZZI
    GRANTHAM BARRY
    ISBN: 9781854598714
    Title: COMMEDIA PLAYS : SCENARIOS SCRIPTS LAZZI
    Author: GRANTHAM BARRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUES FOR MEN
    CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUES FOR MEN
    JAMES TRILBY
    ISBN: 9781854595638
    Title: CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUES FOR MEN
    Author: JAMES TRILBY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    50 monologues from some of the greatest writers working today, each prefaced with a summary of the vital information you need to place the piece in context and perform it to the best of your ability.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $23.99
    Price: $23.99
  • CONTEMPORARY SCENES FOR TWENTYSOMETHINGS
    CONTEMPORARY SCENES FOR TWENTYSOMETHINGS
    BASHLINE JESSICA [ED]
    ISBN: 9781495065446
    Title: CONTEMPORARY SCENES FOR TWENTYSOMETHINGS
    Author: BASHLINE JESSICA [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The theater of the 21st century, in many ways, is expanding to require new muscles of its actors, and so should their monologue choices. Contemporary Monologues for Twentysomethings is a compilation of monologues for actors ages 15 to 30, incorporating characters from a variety of backgrounds with different stories to tell, giving you the chance to explore those who are close to you and those who may come from someplace else. These monologues are compiled in order of length, with the shortest coming in a little under a minute and the longer pieces running closer to four minutes. All from plays written between 2000 and 2016, the monologues in this book are useful both for exploration in a classroom setting as well as for auditions. Jessica Bashline, adjunct professor of acting at New York University, has assembled a comprehensive collection, featuring work written by Neil LaBute, Sarah Ruhl, Zach Braff, Naomi Iizuka, and many more. Every playwright in this book is currently writing. Some of these plays have been produced on Broadway and some in tiny theaters in New York, Minneapolis, San Diego, or other cities around the country. This book offers a chance for emerging actors to explore work by playwrights, both emerging and established, that is truly contemporary.

    Imprint: APPLAUSE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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