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.
Foreword by Richard Attenborough
Go behind the scenes of the National Theatre's production of War Horse.
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.
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
This book showcases a lesser-known aspect of Maurice Sendak's oeuvre-his set designs for opera and ballets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Previous edition: London: Methuen Drama, 2011.
An illustrated exploration of the career of one of international theatre's outstanding stage and costume designers.
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 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 resource for those interested in the visual composition of performance and related scenographic practices. It is organised thematically in five sections: Looking, the experience of seeing; Space and place; The designer: the scenographic; Bodies in space; and, Making meaning.
Wearing a mask - putting on another face - embodies a fundamental human fantasy of inhabiting other bodies and experiencing other lives. This book explores how the creation of transformational makeup for theatre, movies, and television fulfills this fantasy of self-transformation and satisfies the human desire to become "the other".
A guide to making costumes for dancers. It looks at different styles, cuts and materials; shows how costume sketches can be used; and demonstrates how costume sketches can be translated into actual garments to suit the dancers' needs.
An examination of the role of sound in twentieth-century arts.