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The Stage Manager as Manager

Peter Maccoy

Peter Maccoy has been a professional theatre practitioner for over 25 years. He has worked as a stage manager for many theatre companies including The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, The National Theatre, the Chichester Festival, the Peter Hall Company, the Almeida and MuLan Theatre Company. He has taught at Central School of Speech and Drama since 1993. His Essentials of Stage Management was published by Methuen Drama in 2004. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Essentials of Stage Management

A & C Black Ltd, 2004

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...Manager! There is a word that strikes fear into the heart of stage managers everywhere, yet it forms 50% of the job title. Of course that is exactly what stage managers are – managers: managers of people, managers of places, managers...

Contemporary Practice

Peter Maccoy

Peter Maccoy has been a professional theatre practitioner for over 25 years. He has worked as a stage manager for many theatre companies including The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, The National Theatre, the Chichester Festival, the Peter Hall Company, the Almeida and MuLan Theatre Company. He has taught at Central School of Speech and Drama since 1993. His Essentials of Stage Management was published by Methuen Drama in 2004. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Essentials of Stage Management

A & C Black Ltd, 2004

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...The core job of the stage manager has not changed radically over the last 60 or so years. The stage manager today must still be a motivated, well-organised and creative individual, able to communicate effectively with everyone involved...

The Journey

Alex Clifton

Alex Clifton has worked as an assistant director at the Royal National Theatre; resident director at English National Opera; and freelance theatre and opera director. He is now an Acting Tutor at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), specialising in teaching Stanislavski’s technique. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Higher Education and a trustee of the International Schools’ Theatre Association. Alex is co-founder and Artistic Director of The Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, the UK’s leading open air theatre outside London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Actor’s Workbook : A Practical Guide to Training, Rehearsing and Devising + Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Learn to truthfully inhabit and play a role within a scene with dynamic freedom. Framework The exercises in this chapter are not intended to form the basis of a rehearsal process; they are exercises for you to work...

The Production Period

Peter Maccoy

Peter Maccoy has been a professional theatre practitioner for over 25 years. He has worked as a stage manager for many theatre companies including The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, The National Theatre, the Chichester Festival, the Peter Hall Company, the Almeida and MuLan Theatre Company. He has taught at Central School of Speech and Drama since 1993. His Essentials of Stage Management was published by Methuen Drama in 2004. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Essentials of Stage Management

A & C Black Ltd, 2004

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...The production period starts with the ‘get-in’ (‘load-in’ in the US) and ‘fit-up’ and continues until the opening night. The level of involvement of stage management in the early stages will depend on the scale of the production...

Preparing for Rehearsals

Peter Maccoy

Peter Maccoy has been a professional theatre practitioner for over 25 years. He has worked as a stage manager for many theatre companies including The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, The National Theatre, the Chichester Festival, the Peter Hall Company, the Almeida and MuLan Theatre Company. He has taught at Central School of Speech and Drama since 1993. His Essentials of Stage Management was published by Methuen Drama in 2004. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Essentials of Stage Management

A & C Black Ltd, 2004

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...It is important to get off to a good start; the initial impression that a stage manager makes is likely to stay with them until the end. Set off on the wrong foot and it will be much harder to win the trust of the creative and production...

Stage Properties

Peter Maccoy

Peter Maccoy has been a professional theatre practitioner for over 25 years. He has worked as a stage manager for many theatre companies including The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, The National Theatre, the Chichester Festival, the Peter Hall Company, the Almeida and MuLan Theatre Company. He has taught at Central School of Speech and Drama since 1993. His Essentials of Stage Management was published by Methuen Drama in 2004. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Essentials of Stage Management

A & C Black Ltd, 2004

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...Stage management are traditionally responsible for acquiring and managing stage properties (props) and furniture. This acquisition of props is referred to as ‘propping’. The level of this responsibility will vary according to several...

On Reflection

Alex Clifton

Alex Clifton has worked as an assistant director at the Royal National Theatre; resident director at English National Opera; and freelance theatre and opera director. He is now an Acting Tutor at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), specialising in teaching Stanislavski’s technique. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Higher Education and a trustee of the International Schools’ Theatre Association. Alex is co-founder and Artistic Director of The Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, the UK’s leading open air theatre outside London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Actor’s Workbook : A Practical Guide to Training, Rehearsing and Devising + Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...As you work, keep a journal. Get a book and write, draw, stick stuff into it. You might write reminders to your future self – notes you think you might need in time to come. You might write to yourself as you are now – noting your tensions,...

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...

Safe Practice

Peter Maccoy

Peter Maccoy has been a professional theatre practitioner for over 25 years. He has worked as a stage manager for many theatre companies including The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, The National Theatre, the Chichester Festival, the Peter Hall Company, the Almeida and MuLan Theatre Company. He has taught at Central School of Speech and Drama since 1993. His Essentials of Stage Management was published by Methuen Drama in 2004. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Essentials of Stage Management

A & C Black Ltd, 2004

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...In the United Kingdom and European Union all employees have both rights and obligations under health and safety legislation. Stage management rarely have overall responsibility for Health and Safety on a production, but are nevertheless...

Design

Alex Clifton

Alex Clifton has worked as an assistant director at the Royal National Theatre; resident director at English National Opera; and freelance theatre and opera director. He is now an Acting Tutor at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), specialising in teaching Stanislavski’s technique. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Higher Education and a trustee of the International Schools’ Theatre Association. Alex is co-founder and Artistic Director of The Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, the UK’s leading open air theatre outside London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Actor’s Workbook : A Practical Guide to Training, Rehearsing and Devising + Video

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Learn to deconstruct a story and understand its form, structure and content. Framework To devise original theatre, you must respect and understand the craft of storytelling. This chapter offers exercises which will help...