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Introduction: Return, Rewrite, Repeat: The Theatricality of Adaptation

Margherita Laera

Margherita Laera is a lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent, Canterbury. She specialises in contemporary European theatre, translation and transnational performance, and is also a professional arts journalist and theatre translator. Her publications include Reaching Athens: Community, Democracy and Other Mythologies in Adaptations of Greek Tragedy (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theatre and Adaptation: Return, Rewrite, Repeat

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...Theatre returns, it always does. It returns to places where it has already been before and to times in which it has already appeared. And while it does so, it sends us too, the spectators, to those places and times, performance after...

Life as a Playwright: A Survival Guide

Jon Klein

Jon Klein is the head of the MFA Playwriting Program at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and author of over 30 produced plays, performed Off-Broadway and at many prestigious regional theatres. He has also written several adaptations and his stage version of Stendhal’s classic novel The Red and the Black was produced at ACT Theatre, Seattle. He adapted T Bone N Weasel for a Turner Network film, starring Gregory Hines and Christopher Lloyd and for which received both the HBO Playwrights USA award and the Midwest Author’s award. His other plays include Losing It, Chance and Necessity and Dimly Perceived Threats to the System. He has been a Playwright-in-Residence at the American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, and the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta and he has taught playwriting and screenwriting at UCLA, the University of Texas, the University of Washington, Ohio University, and Hollins University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Methuen Drama, 2018

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...Addressing the questions central to any playwright's career and identity, Jon Klein offers you a glimpse into a career writing for the theatre. As well as an account of the day-to-day life of a writer, he also discusses what an aspiring...

Can We Be the (New) Third World?

Performance Studies in Motion : International Perspectives and Practices in the Twenty-First Century

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...I sit here this morning (does it really matter which morning?) trying to be optimistic. I want to write how performance studies and the performing arts can save the world, or at least help to save the world. I am typing while rockets...
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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 -...

Section 3: The body

Paul Elsam

Paul Elsam trained as an actor at the former Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre, UK, and has worked widely as a performer in theatre, radio, film and television, including in BAFTA and Olivier-nominated productions on stage and screen. He has directed professional actors and students in both the UK and the USA, often working ‘in the round’. He has held teaching posts at the universities of Hull and Teesside, and at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. He maintains a strong research interest in post-war theatre historiography, and in the praxis of actor training. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Acting Characters : 20 essential steps from rehearsal to performance

Methuen Drama, 2011

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...In this Section we will be concentrating on how actors, and indeed people in everyday life, use their bodies to communi cate things to others. You will be introduced to five new Tools which allow you to change the way you express yourself...

Section 5: Speech

Paul Elsam

Paul Elsam trained as an actor at the former Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre, UK, and has worked widely as a performer in theatre, radio, film and television, including in BAFTA and Olivier-nominated productions on stage and screen. He has directed professional actors and students in both the UK and the USA, often working ‘in the round’. He has held teaching posts at the universities of Hull and Teesside, and at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. He maintains a strong research interest in post-war theatre historiography, and in the praxis of actor training. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Acting Characters : 20 essential steps from rehearsal to performance

Methuen Drama, 2011

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...Voice then is the sound that you make. Speech is how you control the sound, converting it into words. Speech in theatre generally carries much of the important infor mation required by an audience. As such it is absolutely central...

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...

The Economies of Applied Theatre

Michael Balfour

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Sheila Preston

Sheila Preston is Head of Performing Arts at the University of East London, UK. Previously she was a senior lecturer in Applied Theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She co-edited with Tim Prentki The Applied Theatre Reader (Routledge, 2009). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Applied Theatre: Economies

Methuen Drama, 2018

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...Applied Theatre Consultants Ltd (ATCo) is a limited liability company, owned and run by Company Directors Peter and Briar O’Connor. In 2012, they employed a part-time National Programmes Manager and had a small team on contracts to run...