Jerry Blunt (ed)
129 of the greatest speeches by the greatest playwrights
from every theatrical period and genre: farce, tragedy,
classical Greek, Renaissance, modern drama. The volume aslo
contains cultural background information on each period -
providing the actor with all the material needed for a
This book is ideal for both teachers and students,
providing a collection of monologues and scenes for up to
five pepole, each one chosen to give every actor the
opportunity to display his or her skill. The volume also
contains notes on preparing and performing scenes.
A further selection of scenes including classic English
and European drama, contemporary comedy, farce and fantasy.
A successful audition is the key to any actor's career.
Whether you are auditioning for school, college or
professional productions this book covers all you need to
know to be prepared. CVs, interviews, the audition itself
and callbacks are all discussed with detailed commentary
from many theatre professionals including Harold Prince,
Richard Dreyfuss and Stephen Sondheim.
This book, with its tapes, is the definitive work in its
field and has been used by professional actors and
directors, by schools and colleges throughout the world.
Eleven of the most used dialects in theatre (including
Brooklyn, Irish, German and Italian) are broken down into
key sounds. Primary source voices on the tape accompany the
text for listening and practice, enabling every actor to
develop a perfect ear for accents.
Created as a companion to Stage Dialects, this
volume, with tapes, offers students 56 dialects heard in the
voices of 88 inhabitants from 37 countries. Examples of
dialects inlcude Jamaican, Australian, Jewish, Chinese,
Indian, Welsh and many others.
With more than 500 brief, practical suggestions for actor
and director, this book has become required reading on many
drama courses. It contains simple charts and notes which
cover every practicality from collecting props through to
planning stage movements. This clear and comprehensive
volume has won praise from professionals and beginners
If you want to make a 1500 set for 150 this is the
handbook that tells you how. It is a practical guide on how
to design a set, organise backstage, make costumes and light
the production. The step-by-step guidelines simplify the
whole process of producing a play.
Arthur Miller, Neil Simon, John Osborne and many other
great playwrights give insights into theatre and literature
from their own experience and expertise. Each playwright
also talks about how they got started in the theatre and
they give invaluable advice for any prospective writers.
Pulitzer prize-winning drama critic Walter Kerr offers an
amusing and informative guide to the art of playwriting.
Using a collection of anecdotes and reflections, Kerr
captures the imagination and leads the reader along the
right path towards writing a successful play.
A unique collection of plays and sketches that allow
senior actors to display their skills as performers. Each
play is a powerful drama which, through its plot and
characters, presents a positive image of the aging
experience. This anthology is ideal for individuals and
groups who in later life want to put their creative energy
into acting. New Ploys for Mature Actors is printed in large
This anthology offers cutting-edge plays by leading
playwrights written for and about mature characters. The
plays vary from serious drama through to comedy and centre
upon both entertaining and complex characters.
Mime is a physical art which is accessible to everyone.
As an exercise, mime can be used with students to develop
their movement, communication, characterisation and
imagination. As a performance, mime provides a powerful
universal language that can reach all ages and cultures.
This book includes a comprehensive introduction to the art
of mime and 101 scenes which vary from thirty seconds to
half an hour and use casts of one up to twenty silent
Classic melodramas are universal 'crowd-pleasers' and
this book offers everything you will need to produce a show
that brings the house down. The authors have created a
unique guide which provides historical backgrounds,
invaluable source material for the musical director,
suggested advertising and marketing strategies, rehearsal
techniques and advice on the actual performance.
Divided into four periods covering Medieval morality
plays through to Victorian drama, this book is a vital
resource for anyone producing classical theatre. For each
period Lyn Oxenford, a Professor at the Guildhall School of
Music and Drama, describes practical acting and movement
exercises and presentation techniques. There is also full
background detail for each period including descriptions of
the theatres of the day, the costumes, music and styles of
acting. The aim is to enable any group producing a period
play to capture the spirit of the age.
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