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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
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 English Ballet
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An English Ballet

Ninette de Valois

David Gayle (Ed)
 

Ninette de Valois was an extraordinary woman. Not only did she create The Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet School and the company that has become Birmingham Royal Ballet – in themselves great achievements – but she was a gifted choreographer, dancer, teacher, administrator, speaker and writer. She also identified and developed so many of the talented dancers, choreographers and teachers who went onto make Britain a world leader in ballet and dance.

During the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of The Royal Ballet in 1981, Ninette de Valois accepted an invitation to speak to the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars. In that illuminating talk, printed here for the first time, she focuses on what 'English Ballet’ is. Combined with her 1955 article, Some Problems of Ballet Today, and Sir Peter Wright’s fascinating Madam’s Memorial Address, this volume raises questions as meaningful today as they were when de Valois first addressed them. 

In an increasingly connected dance world, what does it mean to have a national style? Why is a national style important? How might a national style be identified, developed and nurtured? This volume provides thought-provoking and fascinating reading for all lovers of ballet, dance and art.


Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-107-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
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
Apprenticeship
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Apprenticeship

Peter Gill
 

Apprenticeship is Peter Gill’s potent recollection of the changing theatrical landscape of the 1960s and his journey from being a young actor to becoming a world-renowned director and playwright. Using his recently re-discovered 1962 diary, he recalls being in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, as part of the first RSC London season, and how this experience began to develop his own ideas of what theatre might be.
   
Gill explores his reaction to that apprenticeship in the context of young directors training today. An experience the diary shows to have been at times "baffling and exhilarating and sometimes frankly awful", it nevertheless produces an evocative portrait of post war British theatre and the profound impact of the work of Brecht and the Berliner Ensemble on theatre and on Gill's own subsequent work.
   
Apprenticeship is also, in part, the story of a young actor trying to understand what the theatre is and, in the process, moving towards becoming a director.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-871-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
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 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
Athol Fugard
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Athol Fugard

His Plays, People and Politics

Alan Shelley
 

A playwright whose work is appreciated on a global scale, Athol Fugard’s plays have done more to document and provide a cultural commentary on Apartheid-era South Africa than any other writer in the last century. Using mostly migrant workers and township dwellers, and staging guerrilla-raid productions in black areas, Fugard frequently came into conflict with the government, forcing him to take his work overseas. Consequently, powerful plays such as The Blood Knot, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, and Master Harold... and the boys came to broadcast the inequities of the Apartheid-era to the world. Fugard’s work retains an insistent influence, and is studied and performed the world over.
   
Alan Shelley’s study is an accessible but profound analysis of the man, his work and its influence, the social injustices that drive him, and the lives of those who people his remarkable plays.


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-821-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Back of Beyond, The
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Back of Beyond, The

Australian Screen Classics

Sylvia Lawson
 
The Back of Beyond celebrates the life and times of Australia’s best known outback mail man Tom Kruse MBE. Every fortnight he battled isolation, heat, sand dunes and floods to deliver mail and supplies to the families along the 517 kilometre Birdsville Track in central Australia.

Representing the complex interrelations of the multicultural community and their environs, the film is considered by many to be one of Australia’s premier films, and is an exemplary representation of 1950s Australian transformational culture.

The Back of Beyond is the 15th title in the Australian Screen Classics series, co-published with the National Film and Sound Archive.




Currency Press | 978-0-86819-975-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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