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  • FREEING THE NATURAL VOICE : REVISED AND EXPANDED
    FREEING THE NATURAL VOICE : REVISED AND EXPANDED
    LINKLATER KRISTIN
    ISBN: 9781854599711
    Title: FREEING THE NATURAL VOICE : REVISED AND EXPANDED
    Author: LINKLATER KRISTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the best-known ?voice? books in the world, by a doyenne of the RSC and the New York theatre? now published in a revised and expanded edition. Freeing the Natural Voice offers a logical progression of exercises designed for professional and student actors, teachers of acting and voice, and everyone interested in vocal expression. The emphasis is on the removal of the physical and psychological blocks that inhibit the human voice; its objective is that the voice is brought into direct contact with the emotions, shaped by the intellect but not restricted by it.


    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • GAMES FOR ACTORS AND NON-ACTORS
    GAMES FOR ACTORS AND NON-ACTORS
    BOAL AUGUSTO
    ISBN: 9780415267083
    Title: GAMES FOR ACTORS AND NON-ACTORS
    Author: BOAL AUGUSTO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Games for Actors and Non-Actors is the classic and best selling book by the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, Augusto Boal. It sets out the principles and practice of Boal's revolutionary Method, showing how theatre can be used to transform and liberate everyone – actors and non-actors alike!

    This thoroughly updated and substantially revised second edition includes:

    * two new essays by Boal on major recent projects in Brazil
    * Boal's description of his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company
    * a revised introduction and translator's preface
    * a collection of photographs taken during Boal's workshops, commissioned for this edition
    * new reflections on Forum Theatre.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • HAMLET - GLOBE TO GLOBE : Taking Shakespeare to Every Country in the World
    HAMLET - GLOBE TO GLOBE : Taking Shakespeare to Every Country in the World
    DROMGOOLE DOMINIC
    ISBN: 9781782116929
    Title: HAMLET - GLOBE TO GLOBE : Taking Shakespeare to Every Country in the World
    Author: DROMGOOLE DOMINIC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hamlet Globe to Globe takes readers across all seven continents on a fascinating journey into the world of Shakespeare, Hamlet and the stage. From Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of The Globe Theatre

    Over two full years, Dromgoole, the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and the Globe players toured all seven continents, and almost 200 countries, performing the Bard's most famous play. They set their stage in sprawling refugee camps, grand Baltic palaces and heaving marketplaces - despite food poisoning in Mexico, an Ebola epidemic in West Africa and political upheaval in Ukraine.

    Hamlet: Globe to Globe tells the story of this unprecedented theatrical adventure, in which Dromgoole shows us the world through the prism of Shakespeare's universal drama, and asks how a 400-year-old tragedy can bring the world closer together.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • HOW PLAYS WORK
    HOW PLAYS WORK
    EDGAR DAVID
    ISBN: 9781854593719
    Title: HOW PLAYS WORK
    Author: EDGAR DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A guide to the anatomy of drama. It examines the mechanisms and techniques which dramatists throughout the ages have employed to structure their plays and to express their meaning. It starts with the building blocks of whole plays - plot, character creation, genre and structure - and moves on to scenes and devices.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • IBSEN IN PRACTICE
    IBSEN IN PRACTICE
    HELLAND FRODE
    ISBN: 9781472513694
    Title: IBSEN IN PRACTICE
    Author: HELLAND FRODE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Second only to Shakespeare in terms of performances, Ibsen is performed in almost every culture.

    Since Ibsen wrote his plays about bourgeois family life in Northern Europe, they have become part of local theatre traditions in cultures as different as the Chinese and the Zimbabwean, the Indian and the Iranian. The result is that today there are incredibly many and different 'Ibsens' around the world. A play like Peer Gynt can be staged on the same continent and in the same year as a politically progressive piece of theatre for development in one place, and as a nationalistic and orientalistic piece of elite spectacle in another.

    This book charts differences across cultures and political boundaries, and attempts to understand them through an in-depth analysis of their relation to political, social, ideological and economic forces within and outside of the performances themselves.

    Through the discussion of productions of Ibsen plays on three continents, this book explores.how Ibsen is created through practice and.his work and reputation maintained as a classics central to the theatrical repertoire.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • IMPRO
    IMPRO
    JOHNSTONE KEITH
    ISBN: 9781350069039
    Title: IMPRO
    Author: JOHNSTONE KEITH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this landmark work Keith Johnstone provides a revelatory guide to rediscovering and unlocking the imagination. Admired for its clarity and zest, Impro lays bare the techniques and exercises used to foster spontaneity and narrative skill for actors. These techniques and exercises were evolved in the actors' studio, when he was Associate Director of the Royal Court and then in demonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the founding of a company of performers called The Theatre Machine.
    Divided into four sections, 'Status', 'Spontaneity', 'Narrative Skills' and 'Masks and Trance', arranged more or less in the order a group might approach them, the book sets out the specific approaches which Johnstone has himself found most useful and most stimulating. The result is a fascinating exploration of the nature of spontaneous creativity.
    'If teachers were honoured in the British theatre along-side directors, designers and playwrights, Keith Johnstone would be as familiar a name as are those of . . . Jocelyn Herbert, Edward Bond and other young talents who were drawn to the great lodestone of the Royal Court Theatre in the late 1950s. As head of the script department, Johnstone played a crucial part in the development of the 'writers' theatre.' Irving Wardle

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • IMPRO : IMPROVISATION AND THE THEATRE
    IMPRO : IMPROVISATION AND THE THEATRE
    JOHNSTONE KEITH
    ISBN: 9780713687019
    Title: IMPRO : IMPROVISATION AND THE THEATRE
    Author: JOHNSTONE KEITH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A leading figure in the theatre, Keith Johnstone lays bare his techniques and exercises to foster spontaneity and narrative skill for actors. These techniques and exercises were evolved in the actors' studio, when he was Associate Director of the Royal Court and then in demonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the founding of a company of performers called The Theatre Machine.Divided into four sections, Status, Spontaneity, Narrative Skills and Masks and Trance, arranged more or less in the order a group might approach them, the book sets out the specific approaches which Johnstone has himself found most useful and most stimulating. The result is a fascinating exploration of the nature of spontaneous creativity.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.99
  • INTENT TO LIVE : ACHIEVING YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL AS AN ACTOR
    INTENT TO LIVE : ACHIEVING YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL AS AN ACTOR
    MOSS LARRY
    ISBN: 9780553381207
    Title: INTENT TO LIVE : ACHIEVING YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL AS AN ACTOR
    Author: MOSS LARRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Oscar-winning actors Helen Hunt and Hilary Swank accepted their Academy Awards, each credited Larry Moss's guidance as key to their career-making performances. There is a two-year waiting list for his advanced acting classes. But now everyone-professionals and amateurs alike-can discover Moss's passionate, in-depth teaching.
    Inviting you to join him in the classroom and onstage, Moss shares the techniques he has developed over thirty years to help actors set their emotions, imagination, and behavior on fire, showing how the hard work of preparation pays off in performances that are spontaneous, fresh, and authentic.
    From the foundations of script analysis to the nuances of physicalization and sensory work, here are the case studies, exercises, and insights that enable you to connect personally with a script, develop your character from the inside out, overcome fear and inhibition, and master the technical skills required for success in the theater, television, and movies.
    Far more than a handbook, The Intent to Live is the personal credo of a master teacher. Moss's respect for actors and love of the actor's craft enliven every page, together with examples from a wealth of plays and films, both current and classic, and vivid appreciations of great performances. Whether you act for a living or simply want a deeper understanding of acting greatness, The Intent to Live will move, instruct, and inspire you.

    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • INVISIBLE ACTOR
    INVISIBLE ACTOR
    OIDA YOSHI
    ISBN: 9780413696106
    Title: INVISIBLE ACTOR
    Author: OIDA YOSHI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'Yoshi Oida is completely unique. A Japanese actor and director who has worked mainly in the West as a member of Peter Brook's theatre company in Paris, he blends the oriental tradition of supreme and studied control with the Western performer's need to characterise and expose depths of emotion. In this practical and captivating study of the actor's art written with Lorna Marshall, Yoshi Oida explains that once the audience becomes openly aware of the actor's method and becomes too conscious of the actor's artistry, the wonder of performance dies. The audience must never see the actor but only his or her performance. Throughout Lorna Marshall provides a running commentary on Yoshi Oida's work and methods which help you understand the achievement of this singular theatrical artist.'

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • IPHGENIA QUARTET
    IPHGENIA QUARTET
    BIRD CAROLINE
    ISBN: 9781783193202
    Title: IPHGENIA QUARTET
    Author: BIRD CAROLINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Euripides’ story of a father moved to murder his daughter, Iphigenia at Aulis, is one that has been reinvented and retold anew throughout history.

    The Iphigenia Quartet sees four of the UK’s most exciting and radical playwrights - Caroline Bird, Suhayla El-Bushra, Lulu Raczka, and Chris Thorpe – create explosive responses to this classical tragedy. Each play is a reimagining of this story of familial catastrophe from the differing perspectives of the key characters in the play: Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia and the Chorus.

    Imprint: OBERON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • JOY RIDE : LIVES OF THE THEATRICALS
    JOY RIDE : LIVES OF THE THEATRICALS
    LAHR JOHN
    ISBN: 9781408868652
    Title: JOY RIDE : LIVES OF THE THEATRICALS
    Author: LAHR JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A dazzling celebration of theatre, its workings and its most compelling playwrights by the New York's senior drama critic emeritus and the author of Tennessee Williams

    'John Lahr manages to write better about the theatre than anybody in the English language,' says Richard Eyre.

    Joy Ride, which includes the best of his New Yorker profiles and reviews, makes his expertise and his exhilaration palpable. From modern greats, like Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, Tony Kushner and August Wilson, through the work of directors like Nicholas Hytner and Ingmar Bergman, to Shakespeare himself, the depth of Lahr's understanding is plain to see and extraordinary to read. He brings the reader up close and personal to the artists and their art. Whether you are a regular theatre-goer, or just starting out, Lahr's book delights as both a celebration and a guide.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • JULIE
    JULIE
    STRINDBERG AUGUST
    ISBN: 9780571349593
    Title: JULIE
    Author: STRINDBERG AUGUST
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean. It descends into a savage fight for survival.

    Polly Stenham reimagines August Strindberg's Miss Julie in contemporary London.

    Julie premiered at the National Theatre, London, in May 2018.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • KEITH JOHNSTONE : A CRITICAL BIOGRAPHY
    KEITH JOHNSTONE : A CRITICAL BIOGRAPHY
    DUDECK THERESA ROBBINS
    ISBN: 9781408183274
    Title: KEITH JOHNSTONE : A CRITICAL BIOGRAPHY
    Author: DUDECK THERESA ROBBINS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Keith Johnstone entered the Royal Court Theatre as a new playwright in 1956: a decade later he emerged as a groundbreaking director and teacher of improvisation. His decisive book Impro (1979), described Johnstone's unique system of training: weaving together theories and techniques to encourage spontaneous, collaborative creation using the intuition and imagination of the actors. Johnstone has since become world-renowned, inspiring theatre greats and beginners alike; and his work continues to influence practice within and beyond the traditional theatre.Theresa Robbins Dudeck is the first author to rigorously examine Johnstone's life and career using a combination of archival documents - many from Johnstone's personal collection - participant observation, and interviews with Johnstone, his colleagues and former students.Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography is a fascinating journey through the physical spaces that have served as Johnstone's transformative classrooms, and into the conceptual spaces which inform his radical pedagogy and approach to artistic work.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • KEY CONCEPTS IN DRAMA AND PERFORMANCE
    KEY CONCEPTS IN DRAMA AND PERFORMANCE
    PICKERING KENNETH
    ISBN: 9780230241473
    Title: KEY CONCEPTS IN DRAMA AND PERFORMANCE
    Author: PICKERING KENNETH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: PALGRAVE
    RRP: $43.99
    Price: $43.99
  • LABAN FOR ACTORS AND DANCERS
    LABAN FOR ACTORS AND DANCERS
    NEWLOVE JEAN
    ISBN: 9781854591609
    Title: LABAN FOR ACTORS AND DANCERS
    Author: NEWLOVE JEAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A handbook complete with graded exercises for teachers and students wanting a practical introduction to Laban's famous system of movement. Rudolf Laban is to movement what Stanislavski is to acting. He devised the first wholly successful system for recording human movement, a system which is increasingly influential in the training of actors and dancers.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • LABAN FOR ALL
    LABAN FOR ALL
    NEWLOVE JEAN / DALBY JOHN
    ISBN: 9781854597250
    Title: LABAN FOR ALL
    Author: NEWLOVE JEAN / DALBY JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Each new term is accompanied by very specific illustrated exercises, designed to strengthen and deepen our understanding. When we have grasped - and practised - the basic vocabulary, we move on to its expressive possibilities in drama and dance.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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