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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...
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...With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware how tenuous his position is, and the price to be paid if he falters. As his father...

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...
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...Take an unforgettable ride with the classic sketches that helped make this America’s foremost comedy troupe. The Second City lampoons every aspect of modern American life, with brilliant improvised sketches on subjects ranging from salad...

About the Author

Bill Britten

Bill Britten is a senior lecturer in Screen Acting and Directing at the Drama Centre, London. He regularly runs classes for professional actors at the Actors Centre and coaches performers from other disciplines wanting to move into acting. He also works extensively internationally as a business communications coach. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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From Stage to Screen : A Theatre Actor's Guide to Working on Camera

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...Bill Britten studied psychology at Oxford University, then trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He worked as an actor in theatre and television before moving on to direct many films and episodes...

Act Without Words I

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Samuel Beckett

~playauthor~Written by~ Samuel Beckett

Faber and Faber, 2009

Faber Drama

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...A mime for one player, Act Without Words I was written in French in 1956, as Acte sans paroles I, with music by John Beckett, the author’s cousin...

Action, Memory and Meaning: Embodied Cognition and the Actor’s Fictional Present

Performing the Remembered Present : The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...As an embodied art, theatre requires actors to engage in most, if not all, of the cognitive processes that humans conduct in daily life. Actors display expertise in eliciting and regulating features of behaviour that most people simply...

Actor Movement

Vanessa Ewan

Vanessa Ewan is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Movement at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, having joined the school in 1989. She is a graduate of the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance and has worked previously as Head of Movement at E15, as well as having taught at Webber Douglas, Guildhall and RADA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Debbie Green

Debbie Green trained at the Rambert School of Ballet, London, before a career both as a dancer (at the Stadttheater, Kiel, Germany) and a choreographer for theatre, film and television. Other formal study of dance and movement practices have included Odissi and T'ai-Chi Chuan. She completed her postgraduate studies at Laban prior to and whilst working as a movement teacher at The Actors' Institute; Arts Educational; RADA; Drama Studio; Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin; and LAMDA, joining Central School of Speech and Drama's Acting course as a teacher in 1989. There she was responsible for co-designing the unique movement curriculum and co-creating the first ever MA in movement for actors. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Actor Movement: Expression of the Physical Being : A Movement Handbook for Actors

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...The actor comes to acting with a personal physical history which includes skills gained through life. It is likely that some of these will be as a result of different sports or dance activities. Recognizing what is of value to him...

Adapting a hat

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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...Hats protect against the elements, can be indicative of certain trades, express character and status in life – and at the top of the market are high fashion features. Yet in creating costumes, if a hat is to be worn it is likely...