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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
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
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!'

Review
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
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 Change Please
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All Change Please

A Practical Guide to Achieving Gender Equality in Theatre

Lucy Kerbel
 

''We are the industry. If things will shift it is down to us, all of us, to make that happen. We all need to reflect on how we work, how we think, and how we make choices. That's what will drive the greatest change.'

Theatre needs to change. Everywhere – in its boardrooms, on its stages, throughout its repertoires – it could be so much more successful at reflecting the gender balance of the world it seeks to represent.

This is a book about why change matters, its benefits – artistic, commercial, ethical and social – and how, with everyone's help, we can actually achieve it. From small shifts, such as how you run your meetings, or what's on the shelves of your school library, to rethinking concepts as huge as the art we inherit, how we attribute excellence, and the constraints we unwittingly pass on to the next generation, there are things we can all do to bring about change.

In this book, you'll find provocations to help you consider your current practices and their effects, challenge unconscious biases and identify opportunities for change, plus strategies and tools to help you decide where best to focus your efforts, to convince others why change matters, and to achieve meaningful, lasting success.

Eye-opening, empowering and inspiring, All Change Please is a book for anyone who loves theatre. Whether you make it, teach it, watch it or study it, everyone has their own unique part to play in helping refresh, reshape and re-imagine the industry as truly diverse, equal and inclusive.

'Lucy Kerbel's work has become increasingly pivotal in helping the entire industry raise its game... this illuminating book answers the cynic, informs the impartial, converts the supporter into an activist and equips them all; not in a rallying cry of anger-fuelled idealism, but in a calm, pragmatic and clear-eyed way.' Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, from his Foreword

Since 2011, Lucy Kerbel and her organisation Tonic Theatre have been working with companies and individuals across the theatre industry to support them in achieving greater gender equality in their work and workforces. Her first book, 100 Great Plays for Women, is also published by Nick Hern Books.

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-658-0 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Articulate Body, The
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Articulate Body, The

The Physical Training of the Actor

Anne Dennis
 

This inspirational and instructive book shows how actors can use their body to be as expressive and 'articulate' as they are with their voices. It attempts to rethink and analyse the actor's physical needs, offering a graded series of exercises aimed at realising those needs and making the body fully articulate as a medium of expression.

The book is useful not just for actors, but also for teachers, directors, movement directors and choreographers.

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-683-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Attitude for Acting, An
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Attitude for Acting, An

Andrew Tidmarsh & Tara Swart
 

At any point in their career, actors can be overwhelmed with a sense of not being good enough, and of resentment at watching others succeed. The resulting feeling of worthlessness is, if unchecked, likely to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

An Attitude for Acting provides strategies for escaping this self-destructive cycle. This intensely ‘hands on’ book enables actors to view themselves as autonomous individuals who are valuable and employable - and infused with a self-confident, ‘can do’ mentality.



Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-112-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Becoming An Actor
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Becoming An Actor

Thomasina Unsworth
 

Are you thinking of applying to drama school? Do you have a place already and want to get the most out of your training? Are you seeking to make the best possible start in your acting career? If so Becoming an Actor is the book for you. Taking you step by step through everything you can expect to encouter on this journey, Becoming an Actor is stuffed with exercises and full of practical advice and information, making it the ideal handbook to accompany your training.

Written by a senior lecturer at Rose Bruford College, one of the UK’s leading Drama Schools, Becoming an Actor is a unique inside account of what it is like to train as an actor and what it takes to be an actor. In this compelling new book Thomasina Unsworth reveals what acting classes at an accredited drama school really entail, and offers unbeatable guidance and support through what is a critical time in any actors career. Becoming an Actor is also the ideal resource for drama teachers and anyone wishing to refresh their training.
 


Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-156-1 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Beside Myself
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Beside Myself

An Actor's Life

Antony Sher
 

A remarkably candid autobiography, utterly involving and often startlingly revelatory, Beside Myself is an inspiration to young actors and a treat for seasoned theatregoers.

'I wish I'd read this book when I was starting out. Not only is Antony Sher one of the all-time greats of classical theatre, he also manages to be a writer of enormous skill and insight' David Tennant

Actor, author, artist Antony Sher grew up in the Old South Africa with a profound sense of being an outsider. Small, Jewish and secretly gay, he found refuge in theatre and escaped to London aged just nineteen.

In Beside Myself, Sher takes us to the heart of what it is to be an actor today, describing the journeys he undertakes in order to inhabit the roles for which he is famous - including The History Man (his TV breakthrough), Macbeth, Tamburlaine, Cyrano, Stanley Spencer and Richard III.

This edition, published to mark the author's 60th birthday, includes a new foreword and epilogue.

Review
'The most unsparingly honest actor's autobiography I have ever read.' - Michael Billington, Guardian



Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-035-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Beyond Stanislavsky
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Beyond Stanislavsky

Bella Merlin
 

A guide to Psycho-Physical Acting, complete with games and exercises.

When Stanislavsky died, he was working on a new system, Psycho-Physical Acting. Previously he had taught that truthful performance can only spring from the actor's imagination (the Method). Late in life, Stanislavsky realised that physical actions can induce emotions just as much as the other way round.

Though well-known - and much taught - in Russia, Psycho-Physical Acting is in its infancy in the West. Bella Merlin has studied under three of the best teachers in Russia; this book is the fruit of her time there.

Review
'This is a book which is vital both to practitioners and to all serious students of the theatre.'  Max Stafford-Clark



Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-613-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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