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Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch
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Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch

Translated by Penny Black

Raimund Hoghe
 

Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch is a new translation of Raimund Hoghe’s original rehearsal diary that documented the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal’s work on Bandoneon (1980), illustrated with photos of the production by Ulli Weiss, and personal images and notes from the dancers.

This unique book records the method Pina Bausch developed and used, as seen by one of her close collaborators, Raimund Hoghe, who worked as dramaturg for the company for a decade (1979–1989).

It follows the work from the first day in rehearsals to its premiere, chronicling the process with artistic sensibility–Bausch’s famous questions, the dancers’ responses and Hoghe’s own reflections as the piece develops.

This important document sees its first English language publication, and is succinctly translated from the German by Penny Black. The diary is accompanied by an Introduction and A Portrait by Katalin Trencsényi, following Hoghe’s journey from being a journalist to becoming an internationally acknowledged dancer-choreographer.

Bandoneon: Working with Pina Bausch is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the work of Pina Bausch and Raimund Hoghe.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-327-1 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Behind the Curtain
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Behind the Curtain

Peter Bowles
 
If you have ever set foot in a theatre you will enjoy this book. Leading actor, Peter Bowles, invites us backstage in the West End and on tour to witness the job of acting as it really is.

Behind The Curtain is based on his own career as a leading stage and TV actor for over 55 years. With wit and style he recounts his personal views on rehearsals, touring, drama school, working with directors and other actors, and audiences. He has trod some of the most famous boards in the business, from Shakespeare on Broadway in 1956, to Sheridan’s The Rivals at London's Haymarket in 2011. Among his many varied roles, Peter has been critically acclaimed for his masterful performances; including his deeply moving portrayal of Crocker Harris in Peter Hall’s recent production of Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version, his West End success in Moliere’s  The School for Wives, and his terrifying portrayal of an East End gangster in Gangster No. 1. Peter also became nationally famous for his part as businessman Richard DeVere in the TV series To the Manor Born.

With tales of some biggest personalities in the historyof showbiz such as Michael Gambon, Noel Coward, Rex Harrison, Laurence Olivier & John Gielgud, this is a book that captures the acting profession in all its eccentric glory.




Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-215-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Clown Manifesto, The
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Clown Manifesto, The

P.Nalle Laanela/Stacey Sacks
 
Part clown manual, part storytelling and part rant – The Clown Manifesto covers the experiences, philosophies and methods of the clown performer/director/teacher Nalleslavski.

A book for clowns, physical comedians, actors, musicians, jugglers, puppeteers, magicians, street performers and dancers. Whatever form your clowning takes – theatre, street theatre, comedy, burlesque, magic, circus – the mischievously named Nalleslavski Method gives you practical tools to create comedy material that works universally, across cultural and language barriers.
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-119-2 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Dramatic Critic: Selected Reviews (1922-1939)
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Dramatic Critic: Selected Reviews (1922-1939)

Charles Morgan
 

Charles Morgan was the dramatic critic of The Times for most of the years between 1922 and 1939. The reviews for this small selection are taken from thousands written for The Times and from his weekly articles for the New York Times on the London theatre.

Morgan was widely regarded as the most influential critic of his day. His fellow critic, James Agate, wrote 'When Morgan is on form he has us all beat.' Though most were written over­night for the following day’s paper, they were given space allowed to no modern critic. Beautifully written, they bring to life many of the great actors and actresses and the dramatists, old and new, as the theatre moved from the frivolous Twenties into the shadow of another war and towards the modern theatre of today.

As they mirror the development of English theatrical taste in the inter-war years, they are as much a delight to read, both witty and erudite, as they are an important historical record.



Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-135-4 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Dramatic Writing Masterclass
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Dramatic Writing Masterclass

Key Advice from the Industry Masters

Jennifer Tuckett (Editor)
 

Brings together the advice of the professionals who have led the way in dramatic writing training in the UK. Suitable for writers, students, teachers, the industry and anyone with an interest in dramatic writing, the book offers key advice on writing for theatre, film, television, radio and digital media.

Contributors:

  • Ola Animashawun: Ola Animashawun founded the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme, one of the UK’s most influential training programmes for young writers, and is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre and Creative Director of Euphoric Ink.
  • Stephen Jeffreys: Stephen Jeffreys was Literary Associate at the Royal Court Theatre for eleven years and is the creator of Masterclasses which have led the way in Playwriting teaching in the UK.
  • Caroline Jester:Caroline Jester has been Dramaturg at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, co author of Playwriting Across the Curriculum and has pioneered collaborative and digital playwriting programmes worldwide.
  • Fin Kennedy: Fin Kennedy is the winner of the first Fringe First ever awarded for a schools production and Artistic Director of Tamasha Theatre Company.
  • Kate Rowland: Kate Rowland is the founder of BBC Writersroom, the BBC’s new writing department, and was the Creative Director of New Writing at the BBC.
  • Philip Shelley: Philip Shelley runs the Channel Four screenwriting course, one of the UK’s leading screenwriting training programmes.
  • Nina Steiger: Nina Steiger is Associate Director at the Soho Theatre and has been a Clore Fellow and led the way in teaching writing for digital media as well as playwriting.
  • Jennifer Tuckett: Jennifer Tuckett is Course Leader for Drama Centre London and Central Saint Martin’s new MA Dramatic Writing and previously founded the UK’s first formally industry partnered MA in Playwriting with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Octagon Theatre Bolton and ran industry partnered pilot projects on training writers for radio drama and digital media with the BBC and this year is a finalist for the Women of the Future Arts and Culture Award.
  • Steve Winter: Steve Winter is Executive Director of the Kevin Spacey Foundation and co-creator of the Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays and TS Eliot US/UK Exchange.
  • John Yorke: John Yorke is the creator of the BBC Writers Academy and was Managing Director of Company Pictures, Head of Channel Four Drama and Controller of BBC Drama Production.
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-324-0 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Gielgoodies!
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Gielgoodies!

The Wit and Wisdom (and Gaffes) of John Gielgud

Jonathan Croall
 

John Gielgud was not just a great actor: he was also a formidable wit, a brilliant raconteur–and a very naughty boy.

This delicious feast of ‘Gielgoodies’, compiled by Gielgud’s biographer, reveals a less well-known side to this celebrated man of the theatre: his lightning wit, his love of scandal and gossip, his wicked delight in putting down his fellow-artists, his relish of bawdy humour. Full of startling new material, drawn from many unpublished letters and Jonathan Croall’s extensive interviews, the book also celebrates the man who dropped a thousand bricks.

Gielgud’s excruciating gaffes were legendary, and here are both the famous and the unknown, collected in all their glory. Whether committed backstage, in the wings or in rehearsals, on film sets or in television studios, they bring this merry and much-loved man vividly to life.

This hardback edition is out of print and is now available in paperback.
 


Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-448-5 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | HB
Gielgoodies!
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Gielgoodies!

The Wit and Wisdom of John Gielgud

Jonathan Croall
 

This delicious feast of ‘Gielgoodies’, compiled by Gielgud’s biographer, reveals a less well known side to this celebrated man of the theatre: his lightning wit, his love of scandal and gossip, his wicked delight in putting down his fellow- artists, his relish of bawdy humour.

Full of startling new material, drawn from many unpublished letters and Jonathan Croall’s extensive interviews, the book also celebrates the man who dropped a thousand bricks. Gielgud’s excruciating gaffes were legendary, and here are both the famous and the unknown, collected in all their glory. Whether committed backstage, in the wings or in rehearsals, on film sets or in television studios, they bring this merry and much-loved man vividly to life.




Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-007-2 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Great Moments in the Theatre
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Great Moments in the Theatre

Benedict Nightingale
 

Starting with the first performance of Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex on an Athenian hillside in 429 BC, ending with the premiere of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem in London of 2009 AD, Benedict Nightingale collects in one volume what he believes to be the greatest moments in theatre.

Each informative and entertaining entry is between 650 and 850 words in length, covering a remarkable diversity of theatrical openings and events, many of historical interest and importance, and many more witnessed by Nightingale himself during his 50-year reviewing career.

The plays and shows that Nightingale crisply, authoritatively and readably brings alive range from Sheridan’s School for Scandal to Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, from Gogol’s The Government Inspector to Ian McKellen's Macbeth, from Synge’s Playboy of the Western World, which provoked serious riots in the Dublin of 1907, to Lionel Bart’s Twang!! in 1965, possibly the most disastrous musical ever.

Throughout the book Nightingale celebrates leading dramatists and performers, directors and composers. Everywhere he shares the fulfilment and fun he has found in the art-form he loves. 



 

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-233-7 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
How To Enjoy Opera
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How To Enjoy Opera

John Snelson
 

From Glyndebourne to the King’s Head, in the flesh and streamed online: opera is reaching a broader audience than ever before. With over 400 years of history, and a beguiling mix of musical motifs, costumes, storytelling and song, opera has fascinated and enthralled audiences for centuries. However it can also cast the impression of an intimidating high-art form, inaccessible to the uninitiated.

How to Enjoy Opera is an engaging, illuminating primer which will demystify the world of opera. John Snelson, who has worked at London’s world-famous Royal Opera House in Covent Garden for over 15 years, gives his expert insight into how to absorb an opera and understand its inner workings.

Aimed at newcomers to the art form as well as long-time fans, this book will help the reader to absorb and understand any opera: with examples drawn from more than 45 composers and just over 100 operas included. There are references to some of the most famous of all opera moments, sometimes from less familiar perspectives, but also to lesser-known works.

This book decodes many of the elements that opera composers and librettists put into their operas that give enjoyment to audiences, in the hope that readers can gain greater enjoyment from their future viewing and listening too. 

Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78319-823-8 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
In Two Minds: A Biography of Jonathan Miller
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In Two Minds: A Biography of Jonathan Miller

Kate Bassett
 

In Two Minds is the first comprehensive biography of Jonathan Miller – the story of one of post-war Britain’s most intriguing polymaths. Descended from immigrants who fled Tsarist anti-Semitism to become shopkeepers in Ireland and London’s East End, Miller was born into an intellectual milieu, between Bloomsbury and Harley Street – the son of a novelist and a leading child psychiatrist. Miller trained as a doctor but then forged a career as a stellar comedian and as a world-renowned theatre and opera director.

He is a controversial humorist, public intellectual and TV personality. As a star in the groundbreaking satirical revue Beyond the Fringe, he shot to fame alongside Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett. His expertise and interests encompass many areas, from medicine (he wrote and presented the hugely acclaimed BBC documentary series The Body in Question) to the history of art, Mozart, atheism and the nature of laughter.

Jonathan Miller is one of the most multi-talented Britons of his generation, celebrated for his dazzling intelligence and anti-establishmentarian wit. Drawing on in-depth interviews, this is an entertaining and illuminating portrait of a fascinatingly, complex man.




Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-451-5 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | HB
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