Most popular Theatre studies books
The most popular Theatre studies books currently available. Updated weekly.
The official behind-the-scenes book of the record-breaking award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Acting in Musical Theatre remains the only complete course in approaching a role in a musical. It covers fundamental skills for novice actors, practical insights for professionals, and even tips to help veteran musical performers refine their craft. Updates in this expanded and revised second edition include: * A brand new companion website for students and teachers, including Powerpoint lecture slides, sample syllabi, and checklists for projects and exercises., * Learning outcomes for each chapter to guide teachers and students through the book's core ideas and lessons * New style overviews for pop and jukebox musicals * Extensive updated professional insights from field testing with students, young professionals, and industry showcases * Full-colour production images, bringing each chapter to life Acting in Musical Theatre's chapters divide into easy-to-reference units, each containing group and solo exercises, making it the definitive textbook for students and practitioners alike.
'Robert Cohen's book, Acting Power, follows the tradition of his other book, Acting One, and has been the veritable bible for acting teachers for the last quarter century.' - David Krasner, Emerson College 'This book, above all else, is an attempt to explore the qualities of acting power...to suggest to you, the actor, an approach toward not merely good acting but powerful acting. Great actors display the power to frighten - and the power to seduce - and can shift between the one and the other like a violinist can her notes.' - From the Preface The first edition of Acting Power was a groundbreaking work of acting theory which applied sociological and psychological principles to actor training. The book went on to influence a generation of theatre and performance studies students and academics, and was translated into five languages., This carefully revised 21st Century Edition (re)considers, in the context of today's field: * questions such as 'should actors act from the inside or the outside?' and 'should the actor live the role or present the role?'; * contemporary research into communication theory, cybernetics, and cognitive science; * brilliantly illuminating and witty exercises for solo study and classroom use, and a through-line of useful references to classic plays; * penetrating observations about the actor's art by more than 75 distinguished professional actors and directors. Cohen's elegant and rigorous updates emphasise the continuing relevance of his uniquely integrated and life-affirming approach to this field. The new edition draws on his extraordinarily rich career as teacher, scholar, director, translator and dramaturg., It is a recipe for thrilling theatre in any genre.
Actor. Director. Activist. The fascinating life of Sam Wanamaker is explored for the first time in this biography by Diana Devlin, who worked closely with him for his last twenty years.
'Pattern is as crucial to Beckett's eye as to his ear', writes Gontarski, 'and that patterning dominates his theatrical notes: motion is repeated to echo other motion, posture to echo other posture, gestures to echo other gestures, sounds to echo other sounds.
13: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
An essential analysis of cinema from one of the great figures of French philosophy.
The untold story of the army of men and women who kept British theatre alive during the First World War, and how the theatre aided the war effort
An inspiring, hands-on guide to narrative improvisation, by the co-creator and director of the Olivier Award-winning improv show Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.
This new title in the Theatre And series confronts the complex relationship between theatre and death.
Arden Performance Editions are ideal for anyone engaging with a Shakespeare play in performance. With clear facing-page notes giving definitions of words, easily accessible information about key textual variants, lineation, metrical ambiguities and pronunciation, each edition has been developed to open the play's possibilities and meanings to actors and students. Designed to be used and to be useful, each edition has plenty of space for personal annotations and the well-spaced text is easy to read and to navigate.
This illustrated collection documents Quarantine's large scale performance work, Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring., together with a collection of writings from many different disciplines and perspectives on its various themes, specifically regarding the human life cycle and human relationships to time. -- .
The new Edexcel AS And A Level Drama Study Guide. A definitive study guide for the new AS/A Level syllabus. Written by experts, this comprehensive guide: covers in detail all three components of both the AS and A Level gives details of the lives and methodology of ten key practitioners works through rehearsal processes for both devising and text-work, including sample stimuli and texts contains detailed coverage of all set texts, with sample questions and answers for the exams covers design as well as performing routes through the course introduces the terminology and techniques that Edexcel expects students to know. Endorsed by Edexcel
An Actor Prepares is the most famous acting training book ever to have been written and the work of Stanislavski has inspired generations of actors and trainers. This translation was the first to introduce Stanislavski's 'system' to the English speaking world and has stood the test of time in acting classes to this day. Stanislavski here deals with the inward preparation an actor must undergo in order to explore a role to the full., He introduces the concepts of the 'magic if' units and objectives, of emotion memory, of the super-objective and many more now famous rehearsal aids. Now available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series to mark the 150th anniversary of Stanislavski's birth, this is an essential read for actors, directors and anyone interested in the art of drama.
Hollywood Dogs showcases a fine selection of photographs from the famous John Kobal Foundation. Taken between 1920 and 1960 during the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Explores the issues facing theatrical performances. This work describes important developments in theatre from the last century, as well as smaller scale events, from productions by Stanislavsky to the rise of Method Acting. It also shows how theatre defies rules, builds and shatters illusions and creates lasting memories for its audiences.
`This is a close companion to Frantic Assembly's practice and one that is written with an open and engaging, even disarming, tone ... A rich, rewarding and compelling text.' Stuart Andrews, University of Surrey As Frantic Assembly move into their twentieth year of producing innovative and adventurous theatre, this new edition of their well-loved book demystifies the process of devising theatre in an unusually candid way. Artistic directors Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett offer an intimate and invaluable insight into their evolution and success, in the hope that sharing their experiences of devising theatre will encourage and inspire students and fellow practitioners. The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre is a uniquely personal account of the history and practice of this remarkable company, and includes:* practical exercises* essays on devising, writing and choreography* suggestions for scene development* a 16-page colour section, and illustrations throughout* a companion website featuring clips of rehearsals and performances., This is an accessible, educational and indispensable introduction to the working processes of Frantic Assembly, whose playful, intelligent and dynamic productions continue to be acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.
This revised edition offers the theories and practices Hooks has developed in his workshops, with expanded coverage of acting in video games, story structure, and the work on emotion in the human face being done by Paul Ekman.
This book opens up innovative ways of reading philosophy 'theatrically', contributing to a new articulation of theatre and its relation to critical thought. -- .
This practical, accessible and far-reaching guide to making site-specific theatre and performance emphasises the diversity of approaches to the practice, and explores key principles of space and site.
This incisive and thoughtful new title in the Theatre And series confronts the difficult relationship between theatre and cancer. Challenging conventional narratives which rely on the binary of tragedy versus survival, Brian Lobel argues for an alternative approach to understanding cancer in relation to theatre.
Marching Song is a play written by Orson Welles and Roger Hill about the abolitionist, John Brown. Welles and Hill collaborated on the play when Welles was seventeen and attending the Todd School for Boys, where Hill was the head schoolmaster.
A detailed account of the performance history of As You Like It through the modern period, focusing on landmark stage and film productions. -- .
In 1934, a group of Ashington miners and a dental mechanic hired a professor from Newcastle University to teach an Art Appreciation evening class. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends, their work was taken for prestigious collections and they were celebrated throughout the British art world;
Edexcel's own resources for the GCE 2008 specifications.
Twenty major German cities have a total of twenty-four theatres specializing, at a high level of sophistication, in presenting light comedy. They have their own typical ambience, principles of artistic management and casting.