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Acting and Reacting: Tools for the Modern Actor
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Acting and Reacting: Tools for the Modern Actor

Nick Moseley

As Head of Acting at a major drama school, Nick Moseley has developed a system that is based on the individual's need to find truth in everything they do, to be 'in the moment' and to react instinctively to the other people on stage. In this book, he takes the best of Stanislavski, David Mamet and Sanford Meisner to fuel his own intensely practical approach.

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-803-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Acting Shakespeare's Language
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Acting Shakespeare's Language

Andy Hinds

In this inspirational new manual, Andy Hinds shares what he has learnt over thirty years of teaching, the speaking and acting of Shakespeare’s texts. In simple steps he brings the reader to a full understanding of how Shakespeare’s language ‘works’, lucidly outlines a number of practical guidelines, and provides simple, test-proven exercises to put each guideline into practice.

Key points include:

  • Acting Solo Speeches
  • Pronunciation
  • Imagery and imagistic language
  • Acting Shakespeare’s Verse
  • Acting Shakespeare’s Prose
  • Breathing

The essential guide for all actors, students, teachers or directors tackling Shakespeare’s plays or speeches and wishing to release the full dramatic power of his words.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-008-9 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Acting: Cut the Crap, Cue the Truth
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Acting: Cut the Crap, Cue the Truth

Living the Life and Doing the Job

Natalie Burt

Acting: Cut the Crap, Cue the Truth fills a gap in the drama school curriculum, tackling many areas which are unaddressed during training and discussing issues that are more often than not hushed up afterwards. Starting from the vital final stages of training, and on to life as a professional, Natalie Burt – a young, jobbing actress – moves systematically through the challenges that every actor faces; from making strategic career decisions, to the logistics of TV and film sets and voice over work, to more personal matters such as renting and flat-sharing, finance and well-being when out of work. Rejecting gimmicks and quick fixes, she encourages motivational thinking and entrepreneurialism using an informal, unapologetic and humorous tone whilst sharing information that is current, relevant and from the frontline.

Or, as Natalie puts it, ‘a thorough, constructive and ball-achingly honest chat about the industry, written by someone who still has all their own teeth.’

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-479-9 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
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and How to Do It

Nick Moseley

Actioning – and How to Do It is the indispensable companion to a vital component in every actor’s toolkit.

Actioning is one of the most widely used rehearsal techniques for actors. It helps bring clarity to every moment or thought in the text, energising rehearsals and bringing performances to life.

Actioning will enable you to discover and unlock newfound energy, range, variety and clarity of body and voice, by:

  • Interrogating the text and making initial action verb choices
  • Playing your chosen actions, both verbally and physically
  • Maintaining an imaginative and emotional connection with each moment
  • Signposting each thought to your scene partner

From the publishers of the internationally successful Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus, this is the first in-depth exploration of Actioning for student actors, those who train them, and professionals working in the industry, whether they’re brand new to the technique or have been practising it for years.

This step-by-step guide draws on concepts from Stanislavsky, using sample scenes from classic plays such as The Seagull and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as contemporary pieces, and is filled with exercises to demonstrate the technique at work.

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-423-4 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Actions: The Actor’s Thesaurus
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Actions: The Actor’s Thesaurus

Caldarone & Lloyd Williams

A vital companion for actors in rehearsal – a thesaurus of action-words to revitalise performance. It is a thesaurus of active verbs, with which the actor can refine the action-word until s/he hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive.

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-674-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Active Text, The
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Active Text, The

Unlocking Plays through Physical Theatre

Dymphna Callery

Many theatre practitioners think of physical theatre as one thing and text-based theatre as another. In this book, Dymphna Callery, author of  Through the Body: A Practical Guide to Physical Theatre shows how exercises and rehearsal techniques associated with physical and devised theatre can be applied to scripted plays. Working ‘through the body’ enables performers to discover what really makes a play work.

Drawing on key practitioners, including Jacques Lecoq, Joan Littlewood, Peter Brook and Simon McBurney, The Active Text offers a complete approach to working with a scripted play, leading the reader through a process of active exploration and experimentation that includes:

  • Uncovering a play’s internal dynamics
  • Using improvisation and theatre games
  • Exploiting the languages of the body
  • Getting inside the words that are spoken (as well as those that aren’t!)
  • Discovering image structures
  • Understanding the impact on the audience

Throughout the book, the author draws on a core selection of well-known texts (from Sophocles and Shakespeare to Brecht, Arthur Miller, Steven Berkoff and Sarah Kane), showing how an active approach to text can challenge assumptions about even the most familiar of plays.

Packed with theatre games, improvisation exercises and rehearsal techniques, The Active Text is an inspirational guide for performers, directors, students and teachers. It will revitalise work in the rehearsal room, workshop or classroom – anywhere that dramatic text needs to be brought to life.

Nick Hern Book, Uk | 978-1-84842-127-1 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Actor and the Target, The
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Actor and the Target, The

Declan Donnellan

A revised and updated edition of Declan Donnellan's bestselling book, a fresh and radical approach to acting.

The Actor and the Target takes a scalpel to the heart of persistent fears from 'I don't know what I'm doing!' through 'I don't know who I am!' to 'I don't know what I'm playing!'

Practically and modestly written, Declan Donnellan's book helps actors to release their talent and to be free on stage. However, Donnellan's path leads to wider perspectives; his book is rooted in modern theatre, modern psychology and, above all, modern reality. Written with wit and elegance, The Actor and the Target will be thoroughly enjoyed not only by the actors of a new millennium, but also by those of us who see the stage from the dark auditorium -  Izvestia

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-838-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Actor’s Audition Manual: Volume 1
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Actor’s Audition Manual: Volume 1

Dean Carey
The first edition of The Actor’s Audition Manual quickly became known as the ‘red audition bible’, making it the essential guide. Now revised, it brings together a wealth of practical advice and a fresh range of speeches from Australian plays that will help make any audition powerful and effective.
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-516-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Advice from the Players
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Advice from the Players

Laura Barnett

Essential tips and advice from stars of stage and screen.

Actors know the best source of advice on the profession is other actors. Nothing compares with the wisdom and practical know-how acquired through years of working in the business.

Advice from the Players features a host of tips and guidance on every aspect of the actor’s craft, direct from some of the best-known stars of stage and screen, including Julie Walters, Lenny Henry, Harriet Walter, Simon Callow, Mark Gatiss, David Harewood, Jo Brand, Simon Russell Beale, Lesley Manville, Zawe Ashton and Mathew Horne, amongst many others.

Drawing directly on their own personal experience, they offer essential advice on topics including:

  • Applying to drama school
  • Getting an agent
  • Auditions
  • The dos and don’ts of rehearsal
  • Acting for camera
  • Acting comedy
  • Coping with stage fright
  • Surviving the tough times
  • Staying inspired, and much more…

Candid, passionate, sometimes contradictory, often very funny – Advice from the Players is a book to turn to whenever you’re in need of guidance or inspiration, whether you’re a working actor, at drama school, or involved in amateur theatre. It is also an invaluable introduction for those considering a career in the performing arts, and a fascinating read for anyone who wants to know what it’s really like to be a working actor.

Nick Hern Book, Uk | 978-1-84842-358-9 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
All’s Well That Ends Well
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All’s Well That Ends Well

Shakespeare Folios

Shakespeare (Edited by Nick de Somogyi)

Another title in the pioneering Shakespeare Folios series—offering the absolute authenticity of the First Folio in a totally accessible form.

This brand new edition accurately reproduces the First Folio of the plays of William Shakespeare (1623), but does so in modern type. At a stroke, the dust of ages is blown away and what Shakespeare actually intended is revealed to modern readers. Now Shakespeareans everywhere — students, actors, directors — can see for themselves what the Folio really says.

As a further aid to understanding, on each opposite page, the same text appears but this time in a fully modernised version. This modern edition offers a useful safety net whenever the Folio becomes problematic.

Each volume also contains two introductions — one to the series, one to the particular play — textual notes, an appendix giving variant versions from the Quarto where appropriate, and a facsimile page from the First Folio.

'A quite wonderful idea... So blindingly obvious, I can’t understand why nobody had thought of it before. I will certainly use the texts myself.' Peter Hall

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-719-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB