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Encountering Ensemble

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...I believe that I was an ensemble actor from the very beginning, by instinct, not philosophy. At the age of 12 how could it be otherwise, I had never heard the term. What I discovered in my first play with grown-ups was that I loved...
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...Columbia University Professor Simon Schama argues that it is impossible to understand how Shakespeare came to belong ‘to all time’ without understanding just how much he was of his time. Schama explores how, in his history plays...
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...Shakespeare was in love with Italy. A third of his plays are set in the country. For the Elizabethan playwright, it was the stage on which to explore his greatest themes - love and war, fidelity and betrayal, and above all, politics -...

Drama – the apparently incomplete text

Michelene Wandor

Michelene Wandor is a playwright who in 1987 was the first woman playwright to have a drama on one of the National Theatre’s main stages – ‘The Wandering Jew’. Her prolific radio drama includes original radio plays and dramatisations, many nominated for awards. Her books on contemporary theatre include Postwar British Drama: Looking Back in Gender. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Art of Writing Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2008

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...There is, wrote Raymond Williams, a ‘confusion, both theoretical and practical, in our contemporary understanding of the relation between a dramatic text and a dramatic performance . . .’...

How To Write About Acting

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. With over 25 years’ experience, he is the Scottish theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List and a freelance contributor to Variety, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (“A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) and the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays published by Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How To Write About Theatre : A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...The art of precision Writing about actors comes less easily to many critics than writing about plays. That’s partly to do with literary training. From a young age, most of us have been taught how to analyse character, language...

How To Write About Culture, Society And Politics

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. With over 25 years’ experience, he is the Scottish theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List and a freelance contributor to Variety, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (“A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) and the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays published by Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How To Write About Theatre : A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Finding shared reference points The West End opening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2013 was accompanied by much fanfare. Director Sam Mendes was fresh from the James Bond movie Skyfall. Round the corner at the Cambridge...

Some simple methods for accessories

Sheila Jackson

Sheila Jackson, a designer in television for many years, was responsible for the costumes of the now classic series Upstairs, Downstairs. A former teacher she was ideally placed to offer advice on the costume problems which arise in all kinds of production, advice she shared in Costumes for the Stage (1978, 2001) and More Costumes for the Stage (1998). She lived in Camden Town, London, her garden providing the inspiration for her 1994 book Blooming Small: A City Dweller’s Garden. She died in 2011, one month shy of her 89th birthday. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Costumes for the Stage : A complete handbook for every kind of play

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2001

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...For the kind of work described in this section the most useful tools will be: a ruler with a metal edge, for cutting against as well as for measuring; a set square; a Stanley (matt) knife and blades; scissors, large and small; pointed-nose...

From Action to Form

Christina Gutekunst

Christina Gutekunst has been coaching and teaching voice for over twelve years, both in Germany and England. She is Head of Voice at East 15 Acting School at the University of Essex. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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John Gillett

John Gillett trained in one of the first Stanislavski-based schools in London, the Actors Workshop. He has worked as an actor for thirty-four years, and as an acting teacher and director for over twenty-five of those. As a director and teacher, Gillett has worked for the Actors Centre, East 15, Mountview, Rose Bruford College, Italia Conti, and Arts Educational. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Voice Into Acting : Integrating voice and the Stanislavski approach

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...We now address the form of language, an understanding of which is vital if the content is to be richly and clearly expressed, and we’ll explore mainly the Othello scene.Some practitioners focusing on acting classical text start...

Song Selection for Singing Actors Part II

Stephen Purdy

Stephen Purdy has coached hundreds of singing actors and his clients have been cast in many major musicals of the last decade including Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Legally Blonde, Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, Memphis, Hairspray, and more. He is presently on the voice faculty of Marymount Manhattan College, New York City, and has taught and given masterclasses at universities and theatre festivals throughout the United States and internationally. He has worked extensively both on and off-Broadway, toured the US with multiple shows, and spent nearly five years playing and conducting musical theatre throughout Europe. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hunter Foster

Hunter Foster

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Musical Theatre Song : A Comprehensive Course in Selection, Preparation, and Presentation for the Modern Performer

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...The feeling’s the thing With all the hoopla that goes with song selection, it seems that at times the most fundamental and elementary questions are not given much thought. Sometimes, when we’re choosing song material, particularly...

Afterword: What is it?

John Britton

John Britton is Artistic Director of DUENDE, an international performance group dedicated to ensemble-based, interdisciplinary new work. Between 2004 and 2011 he was Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, where for a number of years he ran an innovative practice-based MA in Ensemble Physical Theatre. He still retains a research affiliation to the University of Huddersfield and is one of the only academic-pracitioners in the UK with a specific research focus and practice in the training and directing of ensemble theatre. Britton has a continuing international practice as a trainer and director of ensembles. Recent workshops have taken place in Mexico, Slovenia, France, Germany, Greece, Sweden, China, Portugal, Australia as well as the UK. Britton has extensive experience as a director, performer and writer of physical, interdisciplinary and text-based work. In 2013 he will teach, perform and direct in India for two months, as well as continuing to run DUENDE's programme of workshops and intensive, rural, residential training events. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Encountering Ensemble

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...This book has aimed at complexity. I have not tried to define ensemble for, as I wrote at the beginning, and as you will have seen, there are many competing perspectives, and little value in trying to force them to agree.I have...