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Drama – the apparently incomplete text

Michelene Wandor

Michelene Wandor is a playwright who in 1987 was the first woman playwright to have a drama on one of the National Theatre’s main stages – ‘The Wandering Jew’. Her prolific radio drama includes original radio plays and dramatisations, many nominated for awards. Her books on contemporary theatre include Postwar British Drama: Looking Back in Gender. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Art of Writing Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2008

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...There is, wrote Raymond Williams, a ‘confusion, both theoretical and practical, in our contemporary understanding of the relation between a dramatic text and a dramatic performance . . .’...

Success stories: Actors who live and work internationally

Nancy Bishop

Emmy-award nominated Casting Director, Nancy Bishop, C.S.A, has cast supporting talent on over fifty major projects. Her credits include major studio pictures such as Wanted (Universal), Alien Vs. Predator (Fox), Hellboy(Revolution), Eurotrip (Dreamworks), and Prince Caspian (Disney), as well as TV series such as Revelations (NBC), Charles II (BBC), and Anne Frank. She has worked with such major directors as Roman Polanski, and Joel Schumacher, and legendary producers such as Stephen Spielberg, and Jackie Chan. Her Secrets from the Casting Couch was published in 2009 by Methuen Drama Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Auditioning for Film and Television : Secrets from a Casting Director

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...In this section I’ve created a patchwork of stories by actors who work across borders. Just to reiterate the fact that there is no recipe for success and our career paths in the entertainment industry are often meandering, I asked some...

Where to live as an actor and other conundrums

Nancy Bishop

Emmy-award nominated Casting Director, Nancy Bishop, C.S.A, has cast supporting talent on over fifty major projects. Her credits include major studio pictures such as Wanted (Universal), Alien Vs. Predator (Fox), Hellboy(Revolution), Eurotrip (Dreamworks), and Prince Caspian (Disney), as well as TV series such as Revelations (NBC), Charles II (BBC), and Anne Frank. She has worked with such major directors as Roman Polanski, and Joel Schumacher, and legendary producers such as Stephen Spielberg, and Jackie Chan. Her Secrets from the Casting Couch was published in 2009 by Methuen Drama Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Auditioning for Film and Television : Secrets from a Casting Director

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Some actors are plagued with the question about where they should live in order to get the most work. There was a time when actors who wanted to work in film automatically moved to Hollywood. In today’s world, where the Internet brings us...

Basic Joke Writing

John Byrne

John Byrne has over 20 years of experience as a writer, cartoonist, broadcaster and performer for TV, radio, theatre and print, as well as working as a personal advisor to many top performers and entertainers, both one-to-one and via his popular weekly advice column in The Stage. He regularly lectures on arts careers for events such as Actors Expo, the Edinburgh Festival and institutions such as The Guildhall, BIMM and The Brits School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing Handbooks : Writing Comedy

Bloomsbury Publishing, 1999

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...Probably the most common question asked of professional humorists is ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ I know it’s the most common question I get asked – in fact I’m usually the one asking it, whenever I’m staring at a blank screen...

The Building Blocks of Narrative

Andrew Tidmarsh

Andrew Tidmarsh is theatre and film director, writer and teacher. He has taught this practical approach to genre to writers, directors and actors at RADA, Goldsmiths, and Drama Centre at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has directed in UK, Germany, Canada and Philippines, and is the director of an annual new writing festival at the Soho Theatre in London. He regularly teaches in Canada and Dubai. His book An Attitude for Acting will be published by Nick Hern books in 2011. Andrew Tidmarsh is a theatre director, film-maker and teacher. He has taught at leading drama schools and currently runs the Foundation course at RADA. He has directed work at Soho Theatre, Wimbledon Studio, Shakespeare's Globe and Jermyn Street Theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Genre : A Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...It seems strange perhaps that this field of enquiry has come about – whether in an academic context or in a more informal ‘how to’ context. Surely storytelling is a primary impulse, something that requires no analysis. It either works...

Your camera and you

Nancy Bishop

Emmy-award nominated Casting Director, Nancy Bishop, C.S.A, has cast supporting talent on over fifty major projects. Her credits include major studio pictures such as Wanted (Universal), Alien Vs. Predator (Fox), Hellboy(Revolution), Eurotrip (Dreamworks), and Prince Caspian (Disney), as well as TV series such as Revelations (NBC), Charles II (BBC), and Anne Frank. She has worked with such major directors as Roman Polanski, and Joel Schumacher, and legendary producers such as Stephen Spielberg, and Jackie Chan. Her Secrets from the Casting Couch was published in 2009 by Methuen Drama Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Auditioning for Film and Television : Secrets from a Casting Director

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...A camera is a necessary investment for anyone interested in screen acting. For those who were taught the inside-out method of acting, watching the performance from the outside can be off-putting and painful. In An Actor Prepares...

Loving the Camera

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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...Many professional actors are frightened of the camera but you must learn to love it if it is to love you. Practise this. Loving the camera Lots of professional actors are, in their hearts, frightened of the camera. It sits there on its...

Commit to the scene

Nancy Bishop

Emmy-award nominated Casting Director, Nancy Bishop, C.S.A, has cast supporting talent on over fifty major projects. Her credits include major studio pictures such as Wanted (Universal), Alien Vs. Predator (Fox), Hellboy(Revolution), Eurotrip (Dreamworks), and Prince Caspian (Disney), as well as TV series such as Revelations (NBC), Charles II (BBC), and Anne Frank. She has worked with such major directors as Roman Polanski, and Joel Schumacher, and legendary producers such as Stephen Spielberg, and Jackie Chan. Her Secrets from the Casting Couch was published in 2009 by Methuen Drama Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Auditioning for Film and Television : Secrets from a Casting Director

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Actors who get cast are actors who commit to the scene, not the lines in the scene.What happens in the scene?What does the character want?It is more important to nail what happens in the scene, than to perform a perfectly memorized line...

Commitment

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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...Unreserved commitment to the fictional reality, from the moment you hear ‘action’, is vital for screen actors. You can train yourself to commit in your life as well as your work. It's essential to banish embarrassment. Creating...

Who’s Who in the Crew

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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...The people in the crew with whom you will work most are the camera operator, boom operator, 1st AD and 3rd AD, art director, stand-by prop master, make-up artists and wardrobe assistants. Try to establish good relationships with them...