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‘The organic and the technical’: A psychophysical approach to television acting

Tom Cantrell

Dr Tom Cantrell is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York, UK. He has published on modern British drama on stage and screen, documentary theatre and acting processes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Exploring Television Acting

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018

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...Introduction Jason Watkins is a familiar face on British television and has been particularly associated with his comic roles...
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...The onscreen pairing of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz is at the heart of one of the most popular TV shows in history. Who would have thought that to get on the air, they had to battle both a network and a sponsor who thought the show couldn't...

Nota

Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...This text was first published in Contemporary Theatre Review (online), February 2015 ( http://www.contemporarytheatrereview.org/2015/nota/ ). The selection of notes is published here for the first time...
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...In the mid-1950’s, the House Un-American Activities Committee began investigating the communist influence in the entertainment industry. This searing docudrama from actual transcripts of the hearings reveals how decent people were persuaded...
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...In 1947, witty, outspoken, irascible Dalton Trumbo - the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Roman Holiday and Spartacus - went to prison for defying the House Committee on Un-American Activities and became one of the framed Hollywood...
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...In three short months, Oscar Wilde, the most celebrated playwright and wit of Victorian England, was toppled from the apex of British society into humiliation and ruin. Drawing from trial documents, newspaper accounts, and writings...
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...In April of 2010, British Petroleum gave orders to speed up production on its colossal drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon. Despite the objections of many on the rig, safety measures were ignored or overlooked. On April 20th, the Deepwater...
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...Reality is stranger than fiction when seven 1960’s radicals refuse to behave in Judge Julius Hoffman’s courtroom. Based on actual trial transcripts and starring a cast of top Chicago actors, this play centers on events following...

Layla's Room

Written by

Sabrina Mahfouz

~playauthor~Written by~ Sabrina Mahfouz

Methuen Drama, 2016

Modern Plays

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (6), Female (3), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...For Layla, every day is a battleground. The pay gap, the thigh gap, over-sexed pop and selfies that are photoshopped – they’re just part of the world she lives in. But that world is about to change...

Blackbirds

Written by

Simon Startin

~playauthor~Written by~ Simon Startin

Aurora Metro Books, 2011

Aurora Metro Books

Playtext

Roles: Total (41), Female (19), Male (18), Unassigned (4)

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...Blackbirds is the play that emerged from the London Bubble Theatre's research and interviews of South Londoners who lived through the Blitz between 1940 and 1941. Using personal testimony, physical theatre and the combined skills of a cast...