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Acting for the Silent Screen - Film Actors and Aspiration between the Wars (Hardcover): Chris O'Rourke Acting for the Silent Screen - Film Actors and Aspiration between the Wars (Hardcover)
Chris O'Rourke
R2,157 Discovery Miles 21 570 Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

A shop girl wins a newspaper competition and is transformed overnight into a transatlantic celebrity. An aristocrat swaps high society for the film studio when she 'consents' to perform in a series of films, thus legitimising acting for what some might have considered a 'low' art. Stories like these were the stuff of newspaper headlines in 1920s and reflected a 'craze' for the cinema. They also demonstrated radical changes in attitudes and values within society in the wake of World War I.Chris O'Rourke investigates the myths and material practices that grew up around film actors during the silent era. The book sheds light on issues such as the social and cultural reception of cinema, the participatory film culture expressed through fan magazines, instructional booklets and movie star competitions, and the working conditions encountered by actors behind-the-scenes of silent films. Drawing on extensive research and a wealth of archival materials, O'Rourke examines how dreams of stardom were fuelled and exploited in the interwar period, and reconstructs the personal narratives and experiences of the first generation to imagine making a living on screen.In doing so, he reveals a missing - and much sought after - piece of cinematic history to bring to life the developing industries, social attitudes and norms of a period of enormous change.

Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique (DVD-ROM): The Michael Chekhov Association, MICHA Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique (DVD-ROM)
The Michael Chekhov Association, MICHA
R2,636 R2,117 Discovery Miles 21 170 Save R519 (20%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

A set of three DVDs professionally produced to a high broadcast quality presents an unprecedented level of access to the practice of the Chekhov technique. This collection provides six hours of filmed workshops by world-renowned Chekhov experts demonstrating his approach to actor-training, including: exercises in body awareness 'the four brothers' - Ease, Form, Beauty, and sense of the whole qualities of movement - molding, floating, flying and radiating psychological gestures imagining a different physical body of a character. The DVD's bring to life all the essential elements of the Michael Chekhov technique in a way which is clear, engaging, practical and dynamic. It is a unique and essential training tool for all teachers, students, actors and directors and a copy should be in every library in every institution. Produced by the Michael Chekhov Association, the classes feature many of the world's leading practitioners and teachers of the Michael Chekhov Technique, including teachers Ragnar Freidank, Joanna Merlin, Lenard Petit, Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan with actors Dawn Arnold, Bethany Caputo, Jessica Cerullo, John Capalbo, Anne Gottleib, Hugh O'Gorman and Mel Shrawder. The classes are followed by a panel discussion with Jack Colvin, Joanna Merlin and Mala Powers.

Nicshelle A. Farrow M.A.Ed Acting Coach of Journey To Stardom Productions (Paperback): Nicshelle a Farrow M a Ed Nicshelle A. Farrow M.A.Ed Acting Coach of Journey To Stardom Productions (Paperback)
Nicshelle a Farrow M a Ed
R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 16 working days
Pirate Robot Ninja - An Improv Fable (Paperback): Will Hines, Billy Merritt Pirate Robot Ninja - An Improv Fable (Paperback)
Will Hines, Billy Merritt
R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 16 working days
Performing the Remembered Present - The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music (Hardcover): Pil Hansen, Bettina Blasing Performing the Remembered Present - The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music (Hardcover)
Pil Hansen, Bettina Blasing; Series edited by John Lutterbie, Nicola Shaughnessy
R1,755 R1,580 Discovery Miles 15 800 Save R175 (10%) 16 working days

This international collection brings together scientists, scholars and artist-researchers to explore the cognition of memory through the performing arts and examine artistic strategies that target cognitive processes of memory. The strongly embodied and highly trained memory systems of performing artists render artistic practice a rich context for understanding how memory is formed, utilized and adapted through interaction with others, instruments and environments. Using experimental, interpretive and Practice-as-Research methods that bridge disciplines, the authors provide overview chapters and case studies of subjects such as: * collectively and environmentally distributed memory in the performing arts; * autobiographical memory triggers in performance creation and reception; * the journey from learning to memory in performance training; * the relationship between memory, awareness and creative spontaneity, and * memorization and embodied or structural analysis of scores and scripts. This volume provides an unprecedented resource for scientists, scholars, artists, teachers and students looking for insight into the cognition of memory in the arts, strategies of learning and performance, and interdisciplinary research methodology.

Performing the Remembered Present - The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music (Paperback): Pil Hansen, Bettina Blasing Performing the Remembered Present - The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music (Paperback)
Pil Hansen, Bettina Blasing
R765 Discovery Miles 7 650 16 working days

This international collection brings together scientists, scholars and artist-researchers to explore the cognition of memory through the performing arts and examine artistic strategies that target cognitive processes of memory. The strongly embodied and highly trained memory systems of performing artists render artistic practice a rich context for understanding how memory is formed, utilized and adapted through interaction with others, instruments and environments. Using experimental, interpretive and Practice-as-Research methods that bridge disciplines, the authors provide overview chapters and case studies of subjects such as: * collectively and environmentally distributed memory in the performing arts; * autobiographical memory triggers in performance creation and reception; * the journey from learning to memory in performance training; * the relationship between memory, awareness and creative spontaneity, and * memorization and embodied or structural analysis of scores and scripts. This volume provides an unprecedented resource for scientists, scholars, artists, teachers and students looking for insight into the cognition of memory in the arts, strategies of learning and performance, and interdisciplinary research methodology.

6 Radio Plays (Paperback): Frank Gordon 6 Radio Plays (Paperback)
Frank Gordon
R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 16 working days
We Are All of Us Stars, and We Deserve to Twinkle. Marilyn Monroe - 7x10 Inspirational Quote Notebook with Dot Grid Pages!... We Are All of Us Stars, and We Deserve to Twinkle. Marilyn Monroe - 7x10 Inspirational Quote Notebook with Dot Grid Pages! (Paperback)
Marilyn Said
R148 Discovery Miles 1 480 16 working days
The Actor And The Text (Paperback, New edition): Cicely Berry The Actor And The Text (Paperback, New edition)
Cicely Berry
R371 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R91 (25%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

'The Actor & the Text' brings together the elements of articulation and verbal clarity in a practical way. Building on specific exercises, it relates the practicality of voice production to the challenge of a difficult text.

Meisner in Practice - A Guide for Actors, Directors and Teachers (Paperback): Nick Moseley Meisner in Practice - A Guide for Actors, Directors and Teachers (Paperback)
Nick Moseley
R319 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R75 (24%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

A step-by-step introduction to the key features of the Meisner Technique, including a full set of practical exercises. The Meisner Technique is at the forefront of actor training today: with its radical simplicity it has the power to reconnect actors with their bodies and emotions. Developed by the teacher and actor Sanford Meisner, the technique places emphasis on truthful interaction between actors. The aim is for the actor 'to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances' to remain truly 'in the moment'. In Meisner in Practice, Nick Moseley offers actors a step-by-step introduction to the salient features of the technique, and puts these to the test through a succession of increasingly challenging practical exercises. He also addresses certain pitfalls and problems that he has encountered over many years of teaching Meisner in drama schools. This book will be of immense value to students, teachers and practitioners in exploring a technique that is becoming increasingly recognized as a core element of actor training.

Advice from the Players (Paperback): Laura Barnett Advice from the Players (Paperback)
Laura Barnett
R244 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R55 (23%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

A host of leading actors offer tips and advice learned from their many combined years of experience working in the performing arts. An insightful and wonderfully personal take on how to make it, and survive, in the world of showbusiness, the book offers advice on such topics as: - to train, or not to train - getting an agent - and how to find work without one - the do's and don'ts of rehearsals - acting for camera - acting in comedies - stage fright and how to survive it Frank and informative, Advice from the Players is a must-read for amateurs, drama students and anyone starting out on a career in theatre, film or television, as well as the many fans of some of the biggest names working in the entertainment industry today.

Shakespeare Monologues for Men (Paperback): Luke Dixon Shakespeare Monologues for Men (Paperback)
Luke Dixon
R239 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R56 (23%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

These are the two new volumes in NHB's successful series of "Good Audition Guides".It is full of fresh speeches from Shakespeare's plays. It is ideal for actors of all ages and experience. It features uniquely formatted potted intros to each piece.Actors at every level - from school exam to professional casting - are called upon to perform one or more audition pieces, often one from Shakespeare's plays. A great deal will depend on their coming up with something fresh that is exactly suited both to the role they are auditioning for and to their particular performing skills. This is where "The Good Audition Guides" come in.Drawing on his experience as an acting and audition coach, Luke Dixon has selected fifty monologues for men and another fifty for women drawn from across the Shakespeare canon. Each is prefaced with an easy-to-use guide to Who is speaking, Where, When and To Whom, What has just happened in the play and What are the character's objectives. In fact, everything the actor needs to know before embarking on the audition!

Shakespeare Monologues for Women (Paperback): Luke Dixon Shakespeare Monologues for Women (Paperback)
Luke Dixon
R263 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R63 (24%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

These are the two new volumes in NHB's successful series of "Good Audition Guides".It is full of fresh speeches from Shakespeare's plays. It is ideal for actors of all ages and experience. It features uniquely formatted potted intros to each piece.Actors at every level - from school exam to professional casting - are called upon to perform one or more audition pieces, often one from Shakespeare's plays. A great deal will depend on their coming up with something fresh that is exactly suited both to the role they are auditioning for and to their particular performing skills. This is where "The Good Audition Guides" come in.Drawing on his experience as an acting and audition coach, Luke Dixon has selected fifty monologues for men and another fifty for women drawn from across the Shakespeare canon. Each is prefaced with an easy-to-use guide to Who is speaking, Where, When and To Whom, What has just happened in the play and What are the character's objectives. In fact, everything the actor needs to know before embarking on the audition!

A Screen Acting Workshop (with DVD) (Paperback): Mel Churcher A Screen Acting Workshop (with DVD) (Paperback)
Mel Churcher
R370 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R88 (24%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

How does film acting differ from acting on stage and TV? What's it like working with hardly any script and where your closest relationship is with a camera lens? How do you act with your eyes and the smallest of gestures? How do you use your breathing and body to find and show truth and subtext? How can you use knowledge of the techniques of filming to enhance your performance? A Screen Acting Workshop provides answers to all of these questions and more, helping film actors to realize screen actor Herbert Lom's words of wisdom 'understand where you're coming from and where you're going to.'

Facing the Fear - An Actor's Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright (Paperback): Bella Merlin Facing the Fear - An Actor's Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright (Paperback)
Bella Merlin
R322 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R74 (23%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

Stage fright has the power to drive actors away from the stage for months, years, and even a lifetime. It is a monster that can affect any actor at any time - but it is also a challenge that can be met. In Facing the Fear - the first book of its kind written specifically for actors - performer, author and teacher Bella Merlin draws on her own and other actors' personal experiences to examine: the internal and external roots of stage fright, and how it manifests itself both psychologically and physiologically; the complex relationship between the actor and the audience, and how it contributes to stage fright; the cognitive processes of learning, storing and retrieving lines, and practical strategies to help; the essential principles for building a healthy, fear-free rehearsal environment; the techniques that actors can employ to develop their own practices, from tips on physical wellbeing to performance strategies. Insightful, empowering and always reassuring, Facing the Fear is a book for any actor: for those who are experiencing or have previously suffered from stage fright, as well as for those who want to be fully prepared in case that day ever comes.It provides all the tools actors need to understand, confront and ultimately overcome stage fright and its effects, thereby regaining control over their lives and careers. (And it might just save a fortune in psychotherapist's fees!) It's also valuable reading for any teacher, director or stage manager working closely with actors, and a fascinating insight for anyone interested in what actors go through. 'An utterly engrossing book about confronting one of the most fundamental aspects of being an actor - fear.' Antony Sher

Speaking Shakespeare (Paperback): Patsy Rodenburg Speaking Shakespeare (Paperback)
Patsy Rodenburg
R453 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R94 (21%) 16 working days

In "Speaking Shakespeare," Patsy Rodenburg tackles one of the most difficult acting jobs: speaking Shakespeare's words both as they were meant to be spoken and in an understandable and dramatic way. Rodenburg calls this "a simple manual to start the journey into the heart of Shakespeare," and that is what she gives us. With the same insight she displayed in "The Actor Speaks," Rodenburg tackles the playing of all Shakespeare's characters. She uses dramatic resonance, breathing, and placement to show how an actor can bring Hamlet, Rosalind, Puck and other characters to life. This is one book every working actor must have.

Speak to My Soul - A Montage of Voices: A Collection of Poems Inspired by the Black Experience (Paperback): Nicholas Johnson Speak to My Soul - A Montage of Voices: A Collection of Poems Inspired by the Black Experience (Paperback)
Nicholas Johnson; Evita Colon
R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 16 working days
Guitar Tablature Plain Music Paper - Compose and Enjoy Your Own Music! (Paperback): Harmonium Publishers Guitar Tablature Plain Music Paper - Compose and Enjoy Your Own Music! (Paperback)
Harmonium Publishers
R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 16 working days
Blocking and Theatre Notes - Modern 6 X 9 Notebook for Actors and Directors to Use for Show Notes, Blocking, Planning, and More... Blocking and Theatre Notes - Modern 6 X 9 Notebook for Actors and Directors to Use for Show Notes, Blocking, Planning, and More During Musicals and Plays (Paperback)
August Pomegranate Journals
R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 16 working days
The Art of Acting (Hardcover): Frank Findley MacKay The Art of Acting (Hardcover)
Frank Findley MacKay
R625 Discovery Miles 6 250 16 working days
Talent Agency Guide (Paperback): Elani Kay, Emmanuel King Talent Agency Guide (Paperback)
Elani Kay, Emmanuel King
R919 R857 Discovery Miles 8 570 Save R62 (7%) 16 working days
Carver's Advice to the Players - Acting Techniques to Use at the Theatre Tonight (Paperback): James Carver Carver's Advice to the Players - Acting Techniques to Use at the Theatre Tonight (Paperback)
James Carver
R205 R166 Discovery Miles 1 660 Save R39 (19%) 16 working days
The Art of Acting (Paperback): Frank Findley MacKay The Art of Acting (Paperback)
Frank Findley MacKay
R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 16 working days
The Tale of the Quarry Ghost (Paperback): Eric R. Hill The Tale of the Quarry Ghost (Paperback)
Eric R. Hill
R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 16 working days
How to Stop Acting (Paperback, 1st ed): Harold Guskin How to Stop Acting (Paperback, 1st ed)
Harold Guskin; Introduction by Kevin Kline
R318 R257 Discovery Miles 2 570 Save R61 (19%) 16 working days

In How to Stop Acting, Harold Guskin reveals the insights and techniques that have worked wonders for the dozens of stage and screen actors he has coached, beginners and stars alike. Instead of yet another "method," Guskind offers a strategy based on a radically simple and refreshing idea: that the actor's work is not to "create a character" but rather to be continually, personally responsive to the text, wherever his impulse takes him, from first read-through to final performance. Drawing examples from his clients' work and his own, Guskin presents acting as a constantly evolving exploration rather than as a progression toward a fixed goal. He offers sound and original advice on auditioning, developing a role and keeping it fresh, adapting to the demands of film and television, playing difficult emotional scenes, tackling the Shakespearean and other great roles, and more.

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