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...Age recommendation: 15+ (contains mature themes and references to racism) This production is an archival recording captured in 2016. An African country teeters on the edge of civil war. A society prepares to drive out its colonial present...
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...The year is 2076, the nation’s Tricentennial. Guns are outlawed, but the last seven surviving weapons are in captivity and on display in your city zoo. Billy the Kid’s colt .45, Andrew Jackson’s dueling pistol, a retired military rifle...

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Clare Finburgh

Clare Finburgh is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Kent, UK. As well as writing on British theatre and war, she specializes in French critical theory and theatre. She has co-written Jean Genet (with David Bradby, 2011) and co-edited Genet Politics and Performance (2006), Contemporary French Theatre and Performance (2011) and Rethinking Absurdist Theatre: Ecology, the Environment and the Greening of the Modern Stage (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Watching War on the Twenty-First Century Stage : Spectacles of Conflict

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The television presenter took his position stage right, and grinned. He announced the day’s guests, on the Arabic-language chat show: ‘We welcome his excellency Richard of Gloucester, the Mayor, and Mr Catesby, sorry Sheikh Catesby...
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...The smash hit of Shakespeare's early career, Titus Andronicus is one of the Bard's most experimental works, a revenge tale of the utmost brutality that centres around the honoured Roman general who fatally refuses to show mercy...

Stage Combat Arts and Voice

Christopher DuVal

Christopher DuVal teaches Acting, Stage Combat, and Voice in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah, USA. He has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for over fifteen years, co-teaching stage combat skills test classes, acting and fight directing 40 productions. He has also acted, taught, and fight-directed at regional theatres and universities across the United States. He received his MFA from the University of California, where he studied acting with Dr. Robert Cohen. Christopher is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, a Senior Level Instructor of Theatrical Combat with Dueling Arts International, an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and holds a second-degree black belt in Aikido. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Stage Combat Arts : An Integrated Approach to Acting, Voice and Text Work + Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Framework (The work of Catherine Fitzmaurice has significantly informed this chapter. In addition, I have been inspired by the excellent articles written by Bonnie Rafael. Refer to the Bibliography...

Mashing it Up

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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...The excessive nature of Jacobean Tragedy is what makes it fun. It is always violent, graphic and bloody, and always in some dark way deeply entertaining. The excess exceeds our expectation and often our limits of what is bearable...

The Acedian Pirates  

Written by

Jay Taylor

~playauthor~Written by~ Jay Taylor

Nick Hern Books, 2016

NHB Modern Plays

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 12, Roles: Total (6), Female (1), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...Jay Taylor's play The Acedian Pirates is a drama inspired by Greek mythology, exploring military occupation and the morality of war. It was first performed at Theatre503, London, on 26 October 2016, produced by Tara Finney Productions...

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Christopher DuVal

Christopher DuVal teaches Acting, Stage Combat, and Voice in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah, USA. He has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for over fifteen years, co-teaching stage combat skills test classes, acting and fight directing 40 productions. He has also acted, taught, and fight-directed at regional theatres and universities across the United States. He received his MFA from the University of California, where he studied acting with Dr. Robert Cohen. Christopher is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, a Senior Level Instructor of Theatrical Combat with Dueling Arts International, an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and holds a second-degree black belt in Aikido. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Stage Combat Arts : An Integrated Approach to Acting, Voice and Text Work + Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Framework The art of armed and unarmed stage combat thrills actors and audiences alike. The cut-and-thrust athleticism of fights in movies, stage productions, and in television can be tremendously appealing. While the specific techniques...

Acting the Fight

Christopher DuVal

Christopher DuVal teaches Acting, Stage Combat, and Voice in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah, USA. He has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for over fifteen years, co-teaching stage combat skills test classes, acting and fight directing 40 productions. He has also acted, taught, and fight-directed at regional theatres and universities across the United States. He received his MFA from the University of California, where he studied acting with Dr. Robert Cohen. Christopher is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, a Senior Level Instructor of Theatrical Combat with Dueling Arts International, an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and holds a second-degree black belt in Aikido. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Stage Combat Arts : An Integrated Approach to Acting, Voice and Text Work + Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Framework The challenge is to explore the specific ways in which the acting of heightened reality can be both full and at the control of your artistry. Safety, specificity, clarity of choice, and the artistic arrangement...

Bluebeard’s Friends  

Written by

Caryl Churchill

~playauthor~Written by~ Caryl Churchill

Nick Hern Books, 2019

NHB Modern Plays

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...Caryl Churchill's Bluebeard’s Friends is a short play about society’s responses to atrocity. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, London, on 18 September 2019 as part of Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp., a programme...