Most popular Theatre: technical & background skills books
The most popular Theatre: technical & background skills books currently available. Updated weekly.
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 is the classic and best selling book by the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, Augusto Boal, including new discussions, a new introduction and a collection of images.
After an initially guarded response from the critics, the work was rapidly reevaluated and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play the following year. Set in London and Venice the play has an innovative chronology that opens at the end of an affair and works its way backwards over nine years, from 1977 to 1968.
This text provides step-by-step guidelines for achieving a wide variety of grotesque and outlandish effects, including bullet holes, body fluids and burns. In addition, there is a chapter on specialised character make-up, ranging from Dracula to the Terminator.
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.
Foreword by Richard Attenborough
Go behind the scenes of the National Theatre's production of War Horse.
Using personal experience, the author introduces the concept of art and design for performance. Each chapter contains a concise text, informative illustrations and practical exercises to stimulate exploration in both two and three dimensions. Examples illustrate the methods adopted and practised in theatre schools and companies.
"Making Stage Props" is a title for anyone involved in prop-making who wishes to explore the wealth of materials and techniques open to them.
Covers the history, theory and - above all - practice of lighting design. This work contains 450 black and white half tones, 60 colour photos and diagrams and lighting plots. It is arranged in four sections: Design; History; Life; and Mechanics.
Expands on the author's holistic analysis of scenography as comprising space, text, research, art, performers, directors and spectators, to examine the changing nature of scenography in the twenty-first century. This book includes a 'world view' of scenography, with definitions from some of the world's most famous and influential scenographers.
Topics covered include:Introducing the tools and equipment used by the designerDeveloping confidence in freehand sketchingDrawing to aid the creative thought process, communicate design ideas and help with the construction processScenic elements and the related terminologyThe architecture of the theatre - and how to draw it
Offers a personal, in-depth insight into the exciting work of media make-up. Written for all media make-up students, in particular those studying a VRQ at Levels 2 and 3, this edition has been updated in accordance with the new NOS.
Previous edition: London: Methuen Drama, 2011.
Make/Believe is a full colour, fully illustrated celebration of the diversity in design for performance by over 150 UK designers between 2011-2015; an invaluable and accessible pictorial and conceptual resource for students, teachers and anyone interested in design for contemporary performance.
This book showcases a lesser-known aspect of Maurice Sendak's oeuvre-his set designs for opera and ballets.
An examination of the challenges inherent in making theatre. Focusing on the courage required to create "art with great presence", each chapter tackles one of the seven major areas identified with art-making: violence; memory; terror; eroticism; stereotype; embarrassment; and resistance.
This collection interrogates the interaction between new technologies and performance practice, linking the sensuous contact that must exist between the physical and virtual, together with the resultant corporeal transformation. It features writings from international contributors who specialize in digital art and performance practices.
A 'how to' book for actors who want to develop a 'can do' attitude to their profession in the face of rejection and intense competition.
A New Corpus Christi presents 25 short plays and skits with one or two scripts for each of 21 events in the church year-festival days such as Christmas and Easter and less frequently observed occasions such as the Baptism of the Lord and Christ the King Sunday.
Focuses on the technical elements of voice and speech, including breathing, resonance, and diction, as well as providing an introduction to verse speaking and scansion and to Shakespeare's rhetorical devices, such as antithesis, alliteration, onomatopoeia, irony, and metaphor. These topics are annotated with examples from Shakespeare's plays.
A unique resource for actors and students from Grotowski's long-time collaborator - the first available statement of the current working practices and theoretical positions of one of the greats of 20th century theatre.
A hands-on guide to directing plays. Stephen Unwin takes a step-by-step approach, covering: choosing the play; casting; design; rehearsal (establishing facts, improvisation, language, character, blocking, using specialists); running the play; putting it on the stage; and finally, opening night!