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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 -...

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...

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...

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...

Medieval costume, miracles and mysteries

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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...Medieval costume is very suitable for the miracle plays of the Middle Ages and can also be used for nativity plays and for some Shakespeare productions. Early missals and psalters are full of delightful illustrations drawn with humour...

How To Take On Different Critical Styles

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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...What do you think you are doing? The three questions we take from Alessandro Manzoni – what were the theatremakers trying to do, how well did they do it and was it worth it? – should ensure a respectful, creative and fruitful...

Fabrics, plain and patterned

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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...The selection of fabrics available in the shops changes constantly according to current fashion trends, and of course also to the seasons. Remnants and ends of lines are therefore useful. Choosing the right fabric for the job...

Underwear and nightwear

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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...As I have already shown, certain under-garments are often necessary to give costumes the correct shape. The clothes on the next two pages are not, however, ‘foundation’ garments but are included because they may be helpful for bedroom...

Pantomimes

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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...In England, winter usually brings a rush of theatrical activity with all manner of entertainments planned for the Christmas season and New Year, a number of them lighthearted with dancing and music, for the whole family to enjoy together...

From 1895 to the First World War

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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...During this period the lounge suit gradually supersedes the frock coat for men, except for formal occasions when morning coats are worn. Black jacket and striped trousers are almost a uniform for the city business man. Spongebag trousers...