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Introduction

Simon Palfrey

Simon Palfrey is Fellow in English, Braesnose College, Oxford University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Doing Shakespeare

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2011

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... To some degree, this form will be like a cast, moulding the words into definitive shape. At the same time, the fact that the words are written to be spoken, and come partly out of an oral culture whose forms are not set in stone, means...

The casting point: interviewing and auditioning

Simon Dunmore

Simon Dunmore is a freelance theatre director, writer and acting teacher with over 30 years’ experience of employing actors. He has been a director in both the drama school sector and the professional arena, having been involved with Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and Mountview Theatre School, along with many of the UK’s other leading drama schools. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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An Actor’s Guide to Getting Work

Methuen Drama, 2012

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... have your response so well rehearsed that it trots out without any passion. It’s your life you are talking about. Don’t respond with ‘It’s on my CV’ – that will kill the conversation stone dead, and it’s difficult to get it going again....

Prose, Verse, Rhyme

Simon Palfrey

Simon Palfrey is Fellow in English, Braesnose College, Oxford University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Doing Shakespeare

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2011

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... will see the beginnings of something different: Ay, let her rot and perish and be damned tonight, for she shall not live. No, my heart is turned to stone: I strike it, and it hurts my hand. O, the world hath not a sweeter creature: she might...

Difficulty

Simon Palfrey

Simon Palfrey is Fellow in English, Braesnose College, Oxford University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Doing Shakespeare

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2011

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... it was set in an ornamental garden, surrounded by neat paving? Or might she mean that the fountain itself was ‘paved’, its flowing waters so sheer and smooth as to suggest stone? The ‘rushy brook’ is similarly suspended between flow and arrest, dry...

The Seagull

Written by

Simon Stephens

~playauthor~Written by~ Simon Stephens

Methuen Drama, 2017

Modern Plays

Playtext

Acts: 4, Roles: Total (11), Female (4), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...Chekhov’s celebrated masterpiece is given vibrant new life in this dynamic new version by Olivier award-winning playwright Simon Stephens. Switching effortlessly between the ridiculous and the profound The Seagull...

Rails  

Written by

Simon Longman

~playauthor~Written by~ Simon Longman

Methuen Drama, 2018

Modern Plays

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Scenes: 5, Roles: Total (4), Female (2), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...I think I can feel the world turning a little. It feels like it's just grinding to a halt. Mike is a 16-year-old with a bully of a brother and a mum who doesn't speak. Sarah is a weed-smoking teen...

Three Kingdoms

Written by

Simon Stephens

~playauthor~Written by~ Simon Stephens

Methuen Drama, 2012

Modern Plays

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Scenes: 26, Roles: Total (5), Female (2), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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... and contradictory, the play provocatively unbalances convictions of truth, ethical codes, violence and justice. This edition also includes a preface with contributions from playwright Simon Stephens, German director Sebastian Nübling...

Eclipse

Written by

Simon Armitage

~playauthor~Written by~ Simon Armitage

Faber and Faber, 2000

Faber Drama

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Scenes: 12, Roles: Total (7), Female (4), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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... Shelley who likes Adie. Relationships are strained as they 'sort out what they can put up with, and what they can't', under the shadow of a soldier on a Great War memorial. Eclipse by Simon Armitage...
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... Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Billie Piper won an Evening Standard Best Actress award for her performance in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful...