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Most popular Theatre: technical & background skills books

The most popular Theatre: technical & background skills books currently available. Updated weekly.
Prosthetic Make-Up Artistry for Film and Television
Beyond Scenography
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.
Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre & Film
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.
Practical Guide to Wig Making and Wig Dressing
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.
Theatrical Scenic Art
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.
Scenography Expanded: An Introduction to Contemporary Performance Design
Fake Food Cookbook: Props You Can't Eat for Theatre, Film, and TV
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.
All Quiet on the West End Front
Go behind the scenes of the National Theatre's production of War Horse.
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.
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: The Technicians' Guide: An On-the-job Reference Tool with Online Video Resources - 2nd Edition
Previous edition: London: Methuen Drama, 2011.
Stage Lighting Design: Second Edition
Foreword by Richard Attenborough
Introduction to Rigging in the Entertainment Industry
Costume in Performance: Materiality, Culture, and the Body
Practical Guide to Stage Lighting
Makeup Artist Handbook: Techniques for Film, Television, Photography, and Theatre
Performance Lighting Design: How to Light for the Stage, Concerts and Live Events
Collaborating Backstage: Breaking Barriers for the Creative Network
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.
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.
Stage Combat Arts: An Integrated Approach to Acting, Voice and Text Work + Video
Performing Grand-Guignol: Playing the Theatre of Horror
From the authors of the successful Grand-Guignol and London's Grand Guignol - also published by UEP - this book includes translations of a further eleven plays, adding significantly to the repertoire of Grand-Guignol plays available in the English language.
Foam Patterning and Construction Techniques: Turning 2D Designs into 3D Shapes
Scenic Construction for the Stage: Key Skills for Carpenters
Susan Benson: Art, Design and Craft on Stage
An illustrated exploration of the career of one of international theatre's outstanding stage and costume designers.
Stagecraft Fundamentals: A Guide and Reference for Theatrical Production
Sewing Techniques for Theatre: An Essential Guide for Beginners
Theatre and Performance Design: A Reader in Scenography
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.
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.
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.
Designer Drafting and Visualizing for the Entertainment World
Offers glimpse into the world of designing for mainstream entertainment including theatre, film, tv, and corporate events. This book provides you with the basic tools and principles of scenic drafting and rendering, beginning with pencil drafting and culminating with the information on CAD drafting, digital 3D modelling, and more.
Theatre, Performance and Technology: The Development and Transformation of Scenography
Chris Baugh explores how developments and changes in technology have been reflected in scenography throughout history. Taking into account the latest research, his new edition examines moving light technologies, the internet as a platform of performance, urban scenography and how scenography has developed as a collaborative practice.
Performance Lighting Design: How to Light for the Stage, Concerts and Live Events
Sound and Music for the Theatre: The Art & Technique of Design
Titanic and the Making of James Cameron
The first film to gross over $1 billion worldwide, winner of eleven Academy Awards, "Titanic" has been the subject of continuous media coverage. This title tells the whole story behind the movie. It also offers behind-the-scenes detail - including excerpts from Cameron's journals.
Teaching Introduction to Theatrical Design: A Process Based Syllabus in Costumes, Scenery, and Lighting
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.
Stage Lighting: Design Applications and More
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.
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.
Basics - A Beginner's Guide to Stage Lighting
Electrical Safety for Live Events
Pantomime: a Practical Guide
This is a practical guide for people who find themselves involved in putting a pantomime on stage, particularly for those working on limited budgets in smaller venues. Readers can learn to understand your audience and their reactions, control the chaos backstage, find out the secret of pantomime magic and much more.