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Most popular Theatre: technical & background skills books

The most popular Theatre: technical & background skills books currently available. Updated weekly.
Practical Guide to Wig Making and Wig Dressing
Making Site-Specific Theatre and Performance: A Handbook
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.
Stays and Corsets: Historical Patterns Translated for the Modern Body
Games for Actors and Non-Actors
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.
Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-Up Artistry: Learner Journal
Beyond Scenography
Prosthetic Make-Up Artistry for Film and Television
Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre & Film
Special Effects Make-up: For Film and Theatre
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.
How Plays Work
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.
Stage Lighting Design: Second Edition
Foreword by Richard Attenborough
Stagecraft Fundamentals: A Guide and Reference for Theatrical Production
Theatrical Scenic Art
All Quiet on the West End Front
Go behind the scenes of the National Theatre's production of War Horse.
Stage Design: a Practical Guide
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.
Makeup Artist Handbook: Techniques for Film, Television, Photography, and Theatre
Making Stage Props: a Practical Guide
"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.
Stage Lighting Design: The Art, The Craft, The Life
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.
Art of Light on Stage: Lighting in Contemporary Theatre
What is Scenography?
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.
Technical Drawing for Stage Design
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
Complete Make-Up Artist
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.
Stage Lighting: The Technicians' Guide: An On-the-job Reference Tool with Online Video Resources - 2nd Edition
Previous edition: London: Methuen Drama, 2011.
Make/believe: UK Design for Performance 2011- 015
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.
Period Reproduction Buckram Hats: The Costumer's Guide
Automated Lighting Programmer's Handbook
Prop Effects Guidebook: Lights, Motion, Sound, and Magic
Sewing Techniques for Theatre: An Essential Guide for Beginners
Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet
This book showcases a lesser-known aspect of Maurice Sendak's oeuvre-his set designs for opera and ballets.
Basics - A Beginner's Guide to Stage Lighting
Introduction to Rigging in the Entertainment Industry
Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre
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.
Rigging for Entertainment: Regulations and Practice
Performance and Technology: Practices of Virtual Embodiment and Interactivity
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.
Attitude for Acting: How to Survive (and Thrive) as an Actor
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.
Practical Guide to Stage Lighting
Stage Combat Arts: An Integrated Approach to Acting, Voice and Text Work + Video
Foam Patterning and Construction Techniques: Turning 2D Designs into 3D Shapes
Performance Lighting Design: How to Light for the Stage, Concerts and Live Events
Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen: Making and Applying Prosthetics
New Corpus Christi: Plays for Churches
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.
Speaking in Shakespeare's Voice: A Guide for American Actors
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.
Costume Craftwork on a Budget: Clothing, 3-D Makeup, Wigs, Millinery & Accessories
Sound Design for the Stage
Theory for Theatre Studies: Sound
Historical Wig Styling: Victorian to the Present
At Work with Grotowski on Physical Actions
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.
So You Want To Be A Theatre Director
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!
Stella Adler On Ibsen Strindberg