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Dramaturgy and Performance (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2016): Cathy Turner, Synne Behrndt Dramaturgy and Performance (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2016)
Cathy Turner, Synne Behrndt
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Outlining different perspectives, this classic and field-defining text introduces 'dramaturgy' as a critical concept and a practical process in an accessible and engaging style. The revised edition includes a new introduction and afterword which provides insight into contemporary developments and future directions of scholarship.

100 Great Monologs - A Versatile Collection of Monologs, Duologs & Triologs for Student Actors (Paperback): Rebecca Young 100 Great Monologs - A Versatile Collection of Monologs, Duologs & Triologs for Student Actors (Paperback)
Rebecca Young
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This collection of performance scripts runs the entire gamut of teenage joys, insecurities and tragic difficulties. They challenge both the performer and the audience with situations that require thinking to resolve. They are superb for classroom use, contest competitions, discussion-starters or audition scripts. The book is divided into three sections: TRIOLOGUES - separate monologues for three performers speaking viewpoints on a single theme; DUOLOGUES - monologues for two performers on a theme; MONOLOGUES - one-person commentaries on a wide variety of subjects, happy and sad. All of the monologues are non-theatrical in style - they speak as teenagers live and move.

Stagecraft for Nonprofessionals (Paperback, Fourth Edition): Stagecraft for Nonprofessionals (Paperback, Fourth Edition)
R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

As the nonprofessional theatre continues to grow in popularity, its technology expands at a dizzying rate, presenting exciting new opportunities and challenges for all nonprofessional theatre craftsmen. This new edition of a stage manager's old friend takes into account many aspects of the new theatre technology, insuring the book's lasting place in college, high school, and community theatres everywhere. It is a book more likely to be found backstage on a stepladder than on a library shelf, and this is exactly what the author has intended. The emphasis is on simplicity, economy, and practicability. It is a book that can help now to put any play into production.

Acting & Stage Movement (Paperback, 2r.e.): White Acting & Stage Movement (Paperback, 2r.e.)
White
R288 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R53 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In one handy volume, a concise course on all phases of acting and stage movement. Speech control, interpretation of a character style--all the essentials of good acting are fully reviewed. Every phase of acting and motion is included: sitting, walking, standing, hand and arm coordination and opposition, the eyes, the head, body movement, exits and entrances, mechanics of emotional range and relaxation and tension. A fully illustrated book. Sample chapters include: The Actor's Dilemma: Need for Technique; "Speak the Speech, I Pray You"; Sult the Action to the Work; Interpretation of Character; The Play's the Thing; Style; Feet When Sitting, Standing and Walking; Hands When Sitting, Standing and Walking; The Mechanics of Relaxation and Tension; The Mechanics of Pause; The Emotional Range--Mental and Vocal; Coordination of Speech with Movement.

Roadblocks in Acting (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Rob Roznowski Roadblocks in Acting (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Rob Roznowski
R1,618 R1,453 Discovery Miles 14 530 Save R165 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This original, incisive book examines questions relating to the self-imposed barriers - or roadblocks - that actors place on their work. Rob Roznowski demonstrates how roadblocks often limit and constrain actors from accessing the emotional availability required in their unique craft. He then offers a systematic approach for achieving peak performance in order to defeat the self-doubt that can hinder actors. He also offers guidance for educators and directors to compassionately assist actors toward gaining freedom. Incorporating perspectives from psychological consultants, the book book co-mingles psychology and acting theory in a unique way, presenting practical strategies for dealing with a range of roadblock issues that actors face daily, including anxiety, intimacy, self-esteem and trust. This is an ideal resource for practitioners, instructors, and students of Acting, Theatre and Performance at any level.

Acting (Re)Considered - A Theoretical and Practical Guide (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Phillip B Zarrilli Acting (Re)Considered - A Theoretical and Practical Guide (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Phillip B Zarrilli
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Contents:
List of illustrations Contributors Preface Acknowledgements 1. General Introduction: Between theory and practice Phillip B. Zarrilli Part I Theories and Meditations on Acting 2. Introduction Phillip B. Zarrilli 3. The Actor's Presence: Three phenomenal modes Bert O. States 4. On Acting and Not-Acting Michael Kirby 5. "Just Be Your Self": Logocentrism and difference in performance theory Philip Auslander 6. The Actor's Emotions Reconsidered: A psychological task-based perspective Elly Konijn Part II (Re)Considering the Body and Training 7. Introduction Phillip B. Zarrilli 8. An Amulet Made of Memory: The significance of exercises in the actor's dramaturgy Eugenio Barba 9. Meyerhold's Biomechanics Mel Gordon 10. Etienne Decroux's Promethean Mime Deidre Sklar 11. Actor Training in the Neutral Mask Sears A. Eldredge and Hollis W. Huston 12. Bali and Grotowski: Some parallels in the training process I. Wayan Lendra 13. Culture is the Body Tadashi Suzuki 14. My Bodies: The performer in West Java Kathy Foley 15. "On the edge of a breath, looking": Cultivating the actor's bodymind through Asian martial/meditation arts Phillip B. Zarrilli 16. The Gardzenice Theatre Association of Poland Paul Allain 17. Effector Patterns of Basic Emotions: A psychophysiological method for training actors Susana Bloch, Pedro Orthous and Guy Santibaņez-H Part III (Re)Considering the Actor in Performance 18. Introduction Phillip B. Zarrilli 19. Brecht and the Contradictory Actor John Rouse 20. Dario Fo: The roar of the clown Ron Jenkins 21. Forum Theatre Augusto Boal 22. Resisting the "Organic": A feminist actor's approach Lauren Love 23. Rachel Rosenthal Creating Her Selves Eelka Lampe 24. Task and Vision: Willem Dafoe in LSD Philip Auslander 25. David Warrilow: Creating symbol and cipher Laurie Lassiter 26. Robert Wilson and the Actor: Performing in Danton's Death Ellen Halperin-Royer 27. Anna Deavere Smith: Part I: the World Becomes You: and interview with Carol Martin; Part II: Acting as Incorporation . Richard Schechner Notes Bibliography and References Cited Bibliographical Note: Actors speaking on acting Index

Through The Body - A Practical Guide to Physical Theatre (Paperback): Dymphna Callery Through The Body - A Practical Guide to Physical Theatre (Paperback)
Dymphna Callery
R303 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R79 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A step-by-step guide to physical theatre in both theory and practice. The book is full of detailed exercises and inspiring ideas. There is also a bibliography and a contact list of training courses in the UK and abroad. Structured on a foundation learned from 12 years of teaching, Dymphna Callery's book introduces the reader to the principles behind the work of certain key 20th-century theatre practitioners (Artuad, Grotowski, Meyerhold, Brook and Lecoq, among others) and offers exercises by which their theories can be turned into practice and their principles explored in action. The book takes the form of a series of workshops starting with the preparation of the body through awareness, articulation, energy and neutrality. A section on mask-work is followed by further work on the body, investigating presence, complicite, play, audience, rhythm, sound and e-motion. The book culminates in sections on devising and on the physical text.

Drama Games & Improvs - Games for the Classroom & Beyond (Paperback): Justine Jones, Mary Ann Kelley Drama Games & Improvs - Games for the Classroom & Beyond (Paperback)
Justine Jones, Mary Ann Kelley
R543 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R171 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A semester-long curriculum guide using improv games to teach basic drama skills. If used with Improv Ideas by the same authors, there are enough games and ideas to provide for more than a year's work. Select from more than 134 games! It's adaptable to all age groups - from beginners to experts. The lessons are structured sequentially with emphasis on group building. It's designed to teach holistically. Students are unaware they are being taught many new skills with every lesson. This curriculum is the culmination of many years of evolution and testing.

The Training of Noh Actors and The Dove (Hardcover, Reissue): David Griffiths The Training of Noh Actors and The Dove (Hardcover, Reissue)
David Griffiths; Illustrated by David Griffiths
R1,891 Discovery Miles 18 910 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In the second volume of his "Mask: A Release of Acting Resources" David Griffiths provides a detailed and sensitive view of the Japanese Noh theatre: historically, philosophically (with an evaluation of Zeami's treatises) and in respect of the rigorous practicalities of Noh training. The latter is given particular authority and insight because of the access Griffiths had to Noh actors in training and performance. Greatly enhanced by the author's illustrations, this volume gives one of the most accessible introductions to Noh that is available in English. Appended to the descriptive and analytic material is a short play, "The Dove," written by Griffiths (and subsequently professionally performed) described as 'unashamedly' acknowledging its Noh influence. This one woman piece is a sensitive and evocative drama with subtle references to its cultural source. Its potential as an exercise in mask work is excellent.

From Acting to Performance - Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism (Hardcover): Philip Auslander From Acting to Performance - Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism (Hardcover)
Philip Auslander
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"From Acting to Performance" collects for the first time major essays by performance theorist and critic Philip Auslander.
Spanning over a decade, the essays survey the changes in acting and performance that occurred during the transition from the ecstatic theatre of the Vietnam era to the postmodern irony of the 1980s. Starting with the modern acting theories that inspired theatrical experimentalists of the 1960s such as Jerzy Grotowski and Jacques Copeau and ranging to 1990s performance artists and stand-up comics such as Kate Bornstein and Rosanne Barr, "From Acting to Performance" provides critical analyses of modernist acting theories. Auslander argues that traditional theatre and contemporary performance studies are united by shared concerns and critical approaches.

Directing Screen Performances (Paperback): Robert Klenner Directing Screen Performances (Paperback)
Robert Klenner 1
R603 R544 Discovery Miles 5 440 Save R59 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The core goal of Directing Screen Performances is to teach aspiring directors how to prepare and work with actors. Through a practical exploration of the major approaches to contemporary screen acting, you will learn how to formulate your own effective modes of communication to craft compelling performances. Directing performances for the screen starts well before the actor is cast and finishes well after the last slate is shot. In this book you will learn how to analyze a script, brief the casting director, rehearse the actors, decide on the visual treatment that enriches their performances, direct effectively on set and finesse the character in the edit. The director's process is clearly defined and augmented with illustrations, photographs and graphics, and each chapter concludes with practical exercises to consolidate the new knowledge.

Women in Russian Theatre - The Actress in the Silver Age (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Catherine Schuler Women in Russian Theatre - The Actress in the Silver Age (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Catherine Schuler
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Women in Russian Theatre is a fascinating feminist counterpoint to the established area of Russian theatre populated by male artists such as Stanislavsky, Chekov and Meyerhold. With unprecedented access to newly-opened files in Russia, Catherine Schuler brings to light the actresses who had an impact upon Russian modernist theatre.
Schuler brings to light the extradordinary lives and work of eight Russian actresses who flourished on the stage between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

How to Do Standard English Accents (Paperback): Jan Haydn Rowles, Edda Sharpe How to Do Standard English Accents (Paperback)
Jan Haydn Rowles, Edda Sharpe
R452 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R107 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Click here to download the MP3 resourcepack Mac users: click here to download the MP3 resourcepack Theessential handbook for every actor Inevery drama school, in every English-speaking country, students from all overthe world have to learn a Standard English Accent, and voice and drama tutorshave to teach it. But what exactly is it? How many varieties are there? Andwhich one should they use when? Followingon from How To Do Accents, this book provides a long awaited,up-to-date answer to these important questions andoffers a complete course in how to do ANeutral Standard English Accent & Upperand Upper-Middle Class Varieties Part One: contains all the tools you need to learn a current Neutral Standard English Accent; neutral in terms of class, race, age, gender, occupation and social background Part Two: introduces you to the following most useful Upper and Upper-Middle Class varieties of Standard English Accent

Sci-Fi Scenes & Monster Dreams - 16 Comedy Scenes for Student Actors (Paperback): Jan Peterson Ewen Sci-Fi Scenes & Monster Dreams - 16 Comedy Scenes for Student Actors (Paperback)
Jan Peterson Ewen
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Let Me Play the Lion Too - How to be an Actor (Paperback, Main): Michael Pennington Let Me Play the Lion Too - How to be an Actor (Paperback, Main)
Michael Pennington
R428 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R107 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How do you prepare for your first day on the set? Why might a bad audition lead to a good job offer? How should you research? What's the effect of a long tour on your love-life? Can you have a glass of wine before a matinee? What's the difference between transitive and intransitive corpsing? What is stage fright? In Michael Pennington's highly personal guide and memoir there are sections on rehearsals, on television then and now, on who does what on a film set, on the disciplines and rewards of musical theatre, and five directors discuss why the scenery is better on radio. Disability and racial bias in the theatre are discussed and we sometimes hear from other, younger voices who are following parallel paths. Infectiously enthusiastic, both conversational and profound, Let Me Play the Lion Too draws on the author's fifty years of experience to celebrate the deadly serious, sometimes hilarious, often misunderstood but infinitely enriching life of a professional actor.

Acting Scenes & Monologs for Young Women (Paperback, 1st ed): Maya Levy Acting Scenes & Monologs for Young Women (Paperback, 1st ed)
Maya Levy
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Gender specific! Not just another book of scenes but a wide variety of topics and situations fine-tuned to recreate the day-to-day experiences of young women. This wonderfully diversified collection of monologs, dialogs, trios and quartets deals with subjects of self-discovery, survival in the real world, and daunting decisions both tragic and trivial. These sixty characterizations will make both performers and audience laugh, cry and know themselves better. Excellent for speech contests, acting exercises or auditions. Lengths vary from two minutes to six minutes each. A superbbook for any drama library. Sample titles: Mom or Me. Winners, Losers, First Date, Hurricane Force. He Promised Never Again, Bestest Dog, Nowheresville, Cyber Romance, The Last Kiss of Summer.

Acting: Cut the Crap, Cue the Truth - Living the Life and Doing the Job (Paperback): Natalie Burt Acting: Cut the Crap, Cue the Truth - Living the Life and Doing the Job (Paperback)
Natalie Burt
R355 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R78 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This new resource for both budding and existing actors fills a gap in the drama school curriculum by boldly posing questions and suggesting answers about life in the industry that before now have been neglected, avoided or ignored. Starting from the 3rd year of drama school, and on to life as a working actor, this book offers information that is current, relevant and from the frontline. Using an informal, unapologetic and at times humorous tone it highlights the most productive and constructive ways to succeed whilst mapping out and commenting on the perks and pitfalls that an actor must face. Devoid of gimmicks and quick-fixes, it offers professional advice for those about to graduate, continuing right through the career of a working actor. Chapters concentrate on working in the theatre, on screen and in voiceovers whilst also addressing more practical, day to day issues such as finance, auditions, getting/keeping an agent, as well as how to function when out of work - something no one mentions at drama school! Without claiming to be a book of answers or a ticket to success, it is an honest account of what the life and business of being an actor is actually about, with no other intention than to motivate, encourage and prolong the careers of the actors of tomorrow. Written by a young, tenacious actor herself, this is advice from the horse's mouth, from a person who has been through it and is still doing it. This book also features conversations with up-and-coming professionals in the industry, including directors, agents, casting directors and other working actors. A book not only to assist actors in earning their title, but one that is designed to ensure that they keep it.

Thirty Short Comedy Plays for Teens - Plays For a Variety of Cast Sizes (Paperback): Laurie Allen Thirty Short Comedy Plays for Teens - Plays For a Variety of Cast Sizes (Paperback)
Laurie Allen
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Real life teen dilemmas written as comedy. These thirty short plays give teenage performers a chance to portray the drama of their everyday lives. They may act crazy, push boundaries and discover themselves as the plays permit them to show off their talents. The actors can create outrageous characters in the context of situations they know so well. Sample titles include: "The Kissing Booth", "Four Boyfriends", "Last Free Summer" and "The Babysitter". Inexperienced actors will come alive as performers because they playlets offer natural dialog and believable situations. The plays are for two to six actors. It is excellent for contest use.

Playing Contemporary Scenes - Thirty-One Famous Scenes & How to Play Them (Paperback, 1st ed): Gerald Lee Ratliff Playing Contemporary Scenes - Thirty-One Famous Scenes & How to Play Them (Paperback, 1st ed)
Gerald Lee Ratliff
R577 R389 Discovery Miles 3 890 Save R188 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A collection of scenes from plays by contemporary playwrights, divided into several age groups and accompanied by performance hints and exercises.

Acting is Believing (Hardcover, 12th edition): Charles McGaw, Larry Clark Acting is Believing (Hardcover, 12th edition)
Charles McGaw, Larry Clark
R675 R577 Discovery Miles 5 770 Save R98 (15%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Did you know that "an actor must believe to make his audience believe?" This is the key concept behind ACTING IS BELIEVING. Authors Charles McGaw and Larry D. Clark have influenced thousands of actors, and this Twelfth Edition has been completely updated by Kenneth Stilson to inspire today's future acting professionals. New exercises keep the content current and relevant. You'll learn the Stanislavski System and how to perfect using it, and benefit from hundreds of other tips that help you become the flawless actor you are meant to be. The final chapter, "Getting the Job," will help you find a job in the acting industry by discussing the latest approaches to auditioning and marketing.

Different Every Night - Freeing the Actor (Paperback): Mike Alfreds Different Every Night - Freeing the Actor (Paperback)
Mike Alfreds
R362 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R89 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Different Every Night" is the culmination of a lifetime of work in the theatre, the most complete rehearsal methodology in print since Stanislavsky. It offers a vital masterclass for actors and directors, full of sound practical advice and guidance, and is packed with techniques for bringing the text to life and keeping it alive - both in rehearsal and performance.

Audition Monologs For Student Actors - Selections From Contemporary Plays (Paperback, 1st ed): Roger Ellis Audition Monologs For Student Actors - Selections From Contemporary Plays (Paperback, 1st ed)
Roger Ellis; Roger Ellis
R301 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R58 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The monologs in this new text are highly original works not found in other published versions. All are from very recently produced plays from both established and emerging new writers. The fifty selections are specifically suited to auditioning. The monologs in this collection are for actors 15 to 30 years of age, suitable for competitive auditioning, class or studio work, or general reading. About two-thirds of the selections are for women, and about one-third are specifically for minority actors. These monologs address the major trends and conflicts of today, through revealing glimpses of society as we know it. Includes the work of forty-seven contemporary American playwrights. A must for any auditioning actor or theatre student. Featuring monologs from: Retro and Sea of Forms by Megan Terry, Voice of the Prairie by John Olive, Night Luster by Laura Harrington, Stuck by Adele Edling Shank, Punk Girls by Elizabeth Wong, Sunday Sermon by David Henry Hwang, Abingdon Square by Maria Irene Formes, Les Trois Dumas by Charles Smith, Prodigal Kiss by Caridad Svich, Rough Stock by Ric Averill and many more.

The Improv Book - Improvisation for Theatre, Comedy, Education and Life (Paperback): Alison Goldie The Improv Book - Improvisation for Theatre, Comedy, Education and Life (Paperback)
Alison Goldie
R308 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R67 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Improv Book is a smart, witty and accessible manual guiding you through the rewarding and joyful practice of improvisation. * Classic improv games and variations* Improv scenarios * How improv can be used for making theatre and comedy, from monologues to full-scale productionsThe book will be an asset to students and teachers of improvisation in schools, drama schools, higher education and theatre groups, both professional and amateur. It will also benefit organisations and individual readers who want to discover how improv could stimulate creativity and confidence in all areas of life. Improv can be practised at any level, and used for multiple purposes, from bonding together students or co-workers, to working up a speech, to discovering the underlying meanings of a play-text, to devising a full-blown song and dance show. The Improv Book opens up this exciting discipline to a wider audience.

Creating a Character - A Physical Approach to Acting (Paperback, Reprint): Moni Yakim Creating a Character - A Physical Approach to Acting (Paperback, Reprint)
Moni Yakim
R476 R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Save R99 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

For over 20 years, Moni Yakim has taught his unique blend of physical training and emotional exploration to a generation of American actors that include Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, and Kevin Kline. Now, for the first time, his acting process is available to every actor and theater professional.

The Clown Manifesto (Paperback): P. Nalle Laanela, Stacey Sacks The Clown Manifesto (Paperback)
P. Nalle Laanela, Stacey Sacks
R294 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R69 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Part clown manual, part storytelling and part rant - The Clown Manifesto covers the experiences, philosophies and methods of the clown performer/director/teacher Nalleslavski.A book for clowns, physical comedians, actors, musicians, jugglers, puppeteers, magicians, street performers and dancers. Whatever form your clowning takes - theatre, street theatre, comedy, burlesque, magic, circus - the mischievously named Nalleslavski Method gives you practical tools to create comedy material that works universally, across cultural and language barriers.

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