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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...

‘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...

Articism (Art + Criticism) and the Live Birds of Passionate Response

Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...I Criticism is a form of agon. It deals with the interpretative dissent of the performance observers, as well as with the social dissent built into the performance by its makers. In my case, it is also a durational...

Section 1: Skills for the job

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 considering the range and type of skills an actor needs to operate effectively. This Skills Inventory offers you the chance to see how you measure up for the job of acting, and makes suggestions on where to seek...

Section 2: Planning to act

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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...This Section looks at the planning stage of acting. Actors need to plan for acting so that they can set to work rehearsing with confidence, knowing that they understand the story and the context of the play, the likely personality...

Section 4: The voice

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 is quite simply the sound you make when the edges of your vocal cords vibrate. Speech builds on this sound: it is the use of (mainly) lips and tongue to manipulate that sound into words. In this Section we’re concerned mainly...

How To Write About Your Bias

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 moral majority? The unnamed critic who reviewed the 1757 Covent Garden revival of Aphra Behn’s The Rover for The London Chronicle made it sound a hoot. They described with a ribald wit the reaction of the audience to an actor...

How To Write About The Audience

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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...Theatre as a social event In 1709, we find writer and publisher Sir Richard Steele in the first issue of the Tatler describing a performance of William Congreve’s comedy Love for Love. His first concern was not the play but who...

Exploring actor training for television

Exploring Television Acting

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018

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...I have run the BA (Hons) Acting programme at Guildford School of Acting (GSA) since 2012. GSA was founded in 1936 to provide vocational training for professional actors. In 2012, GSA merged formally with the University of Surrey, where we...

Creating Spaces: Conversations with Judith Adams and Karen Christopher

Eilon Morris

Eilon Morris is a core member of DUENDE and OBRA Theatre Co, in which he works as a performer, composer and trainer. A percussionist and theatre practitioner, Eilon completed a PhD at Huddersfield University in 2013 examining the role of rhythm in psychophysical actor training and has contributed to the book Encountering Ensemble (2013) as well as having work published and presented in Stanislavski Studies, Total Theatre Magazine and at various international conferences. Eilon performs and teachers throughout Europe, presenting workshops and masterclasses at universities and other training centres. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rhythm in Acting and Performance : Embodied Approaches and Understandings

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Judith Adams Talking with the playwright Judith Adams about her approaches to writing a script she explains: I like to be working with a group of people...