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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
Actors Speaking
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Actors Speaking

Lyn Haill (ed)
 

In 1986, Peter Gill, the then director of the National Theatre Studio, sent a group of young actors to interview their seniors about speaking on stage. The transcripts provide fascinating insights into the theatre of the past, but they also show how little has changed: the actor’s primary tools are still the body and voice. Actors interviewed include Harry Andrews, Alec Guinness, Rex Harrison, Robert Stephens and Margaret Tyzack, with notes from John Gielgud. Peter Gill provides an introduction.
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-776-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Adaptations
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Adaptations

A Guide to Adapting Literature to Film

Denise Faithfull with Brian Hannant
 

Turning a 250-page novel or a two-and-a-half-hour stage play into a 90-minute film means leaving out much of the original and changing most of what’s left. So why does it remain recognisably the same story? What is the slippery essence that transfers, unaltered, from page to screen?

In Adaptations, Denise Faithfull comprehensively and systematically addresses the thorny issues of choosing your source and type of adaptation, whether a liberal appropriation, a free-flowing intersection, a variation or a faithful translation. She illuminates questions of structure, character, dialogue and visualisation, and includes a checklist for the adaptor. Brian Hannant’s introductory chapter discusses the history of Australian film, the basic principles of filmmaking and screenwriting, and a guide to correct screenplay layout.

Drawing from dozens of Australian films including Così, Lantana, Hotel Sorrento, The Boys, Dead Heart, Death in Brunswick and Head On, Adaptations navigates the treacherous waters of the adaptation process, showing us what works … and what doesn’t.

For anyone who’s ever read a novel, seen a play or heard an incredible true story and thought, ‘Now, that would make a great film’, Adaptations is the ultimate on how to make it happen.


Review
Click here for a review by Nick Sidoryn, Marden Senior College, as published in the SAETA Newsletter.


Currency Press | 978-0-86819-792-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Against all Gods
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Against all Gods

Six Polemics on Religion and an Essay on Kindness

A. C. Grayling
 

Do religions have an inherent right to be respected? Is atheism itself a form of religion, and can there be such a thing as a ‘fundamentalist atheist’? Are we witnessing a global revival in religious zeal, or do the signs point instead to religion’s ultimate decline?

In a series of bold, unsparing polemics, world renowned philosopher A. C. Grayling tackles these questions head on, exposing the dangerous unreason he sees at the heart of religious faith and highlighting the urgent need we have to reject it in all its forms, without compromise. In its place, he argues for a set of values based on reason, reflection and sympathy, taking his cue from the great ethical tradition of western philosophy.

Against All Gods is part of Oberon's Masters Series of good-value and attractively presented hardbacks on key themes within the theatre written by leading lights in each subject.
 


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-727-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
Alvin Purple
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Alvin Purple

Australian Screen Classics

Catharine Lumby
 
One of the seminal films of the 1970s, Alvin Purple depicts Alvin’s struggles with his irresistibility to women—from his school days and time as a waterbed salesman to his short-lived career as a sex therapist. The ‘definitive ocker comedy’, Alvin Purple survived a critical mauling and went on to become the most commercially successful Australian film of the 1970s.

Catharine Lumby takes a fresh look at the film, the social and political era in which it was made and the forces that fuelled its success. She revisits claims that the movie is little more than an exercise in sexploitation and argues that the film is far more complex than its detractors have allowed.

 

Alvin Purple is the 9th title in the Australian Screen Classics Series co-published with the National Film and Sound Archive. 

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  • A wonderful read: I feel like I've been excavated and carbon dated  . -  Graeme Blundell  
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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-844-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
An Untidy Career
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An Untidy Career

Conversations with George Hall

Lolly Susi
 

Lolly Susi’s interviews with performer and teacher George Hall are a unique insight into the mind of a great all-round theatre practitioner.

George Hall trained at Old Vic Theatre School and worked as an actor at the Old Vic, in regional theatre, on radio, television and film. He has worked in cabaret, as writer, composer, performer and director. He has composed scores for the Old Vic, RSC, and plays for film and television. George was director of the Acting Course at Central School of Speech and Drama for many years. He is currently on the staff of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Including photographs from George Hall’s time teaching and on stage, An Untidy Career is full of revealing thoughts regarding the theatre and acting industries.

An Untidy Career is part of the  Oberon's Masters Series of good-value and attractively presented hardbacks on key themes within the theatre written by leading lights in each subject.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-989-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Are You There, Crocodile? Inventing Anton Chekhov
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Are You There, Crocodile? Inventing Anton Chekhov

Michael Pennington
 

Michael Pennington’s solo show about Anton Chekhov has taken London’s ‘Russian Actor’ from the Trans-Siberian Railway to Soviet and post-Soviet Moscow, into the repertoires of the National Theatre and the Old Vic, and across Europe.

Are You There, Crocodile? also includes accounts of his work on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Tolstoy’s Strider among other Russian projects, as well as searching essays on how Chekhov’s four masterpieces actually work in the theatre. This book is a study of the great writer, a partial autobiography, and, centrally, an actor’s search for identification with the elusive Anton Chekhov himself.

Review
It is fortunate that so remarkable a man and writer has attracted so remarkable an actor -  Sunday Telegraph (UK)



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-192-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
Art of Darkness, The:
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Art of Darkness, The:

Staging The Philip Pullman Trilogy

Robert Butler
 

Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials is an ambitious and magical theatrical event. In The Art of Darkness: Staging the Philip Pullman Trilogy, Robert Butler tells the story of this theatrical epic, from its first rehearsal to opening night, taking the reader on a backstage journey of a production unrivalled in its narrative scope and staging. His Dark Materials involves technologies old and new and The Art of Darkness presents a unique inside account of how the magic of Philip Pullman’s world is created on stage. This book will make you feel involved in the play, whether you saw it produced or not.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-414-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Art of the Dramatist, The
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Art of the Dramatist, The

And Other Writings on the Theatre

J B Priestley
 

‘Why do we go to the theatre? What is it we enjoy there? If we go to follow the fortunes of imaginary characters, why do we trouble ourselves about the actors? If we go to enjoy the actors, why should the quality of the play worry us?’

So begins J.B. Priestley’s landmark Old Vic lecture, The Art of the Dramatist, which examines and celebrates the playwright’s craft. He shows how a theatrical experience relies on the ‘delicate balance between belief and disbelief’ and addresses the tools with which a dramatist shapes a play.

These passionate and witty essays distil Priestley’s experience as a playwright, producer, director and—just once—actor. Published as a companion volume to Priestley's plays, this new collection is part defence of theatre, part incisive criticism. The anthology is introduced by Tom Priestley, the playwright’s son.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-294-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Art of the Theatre Workshop, The
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Art of the Theatre Workshop, The

Murray Melvin (Editor)
 

The publication of this title coincides with a major exhibition at the National Theatre in London. This is a photographic record of the work of Joan Littlewood's famous Theatre Workshop, based at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East.

In the 1950's and 60's the company was responsible for some of the most famous and influential work of modern British theatre such as The Quare Fellow and The Hostage both by Brendan Behan; A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney; Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be by Frank Norman, music by Lionel Bart; and the massive success of Oh, What a Lovely War.

Joan Littlewood, considered ‘one of the great creative forces of British theatre in the 1950s and 1960s and one of the great figures of political theatre in this country [UK]’, left an enduring legacy which is celebrated in this volume.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-691-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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