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Complete Brecht Toolkit, The
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Complete Brecht Toolkit, The

Stephen Unwin
 

A practical, hands-on guide - for actors, directors, teachers and students - to Brecht's theory and practice of theatre, with a full set of exercises to help put theory into practice.

The Complete Brecht Toolkit examines, one by one, Brecht's many, sometimes contradictory ideas about theatre - and how he put them into practice. Here are explanations of all the famous key terms, such as Alienation Effect, Epic Theatre and Gestus, as well as many others which go to make up what we think of as 'Brechtian theatre'.

The book also explores the practical application of these theories in Acting, Language, Music, Design and Direction.

Also included are fifty exercises contributed by Julian Jones, to help student actors investigate Brecht's ideas for themselves, becoming thoroughly familiar with the tools in the Brecht toolkit.

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-85459-550-8 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only  | PB
Master Builder, The
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Master Builder, The

Henrik Ibsen (Adapted by David Edgar)
 
An enthralling new version of an unforgettable Ibsen classic.

Part psychological thriller, part Gothic tragedy, Ibsen’s late masterwork is a compelling portrait of one man's obsessive determination, and what might lie on the darker side of ambition.

Halvard Solness, the leading architect of his age, is at the end of his career. A single-minded man of angry pride, trapped in a frozen marriage to Aline, he is terrified of being eclipsed by the younger generation snapping at his heels.

A decade after their first meeting, the charismatic and bewitching young Hilde Wangel comes back into his life and inspires him to even greater heights. But will his last towering achievement renew him or destroy him?

Review
A taut new version by David Edgar, smartly underscored in ways that heighten the supernatural mood  -  Telegraph


Cast : 4M, 3F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-106-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Peer Gynt
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Peer Gynt

Henrik Ibsen (Adapted by David Edgar)
 
Peer Gynt is a dreamer, a liar and a serial womaniser. Cast out from his hometown, Peer embarks on a wild and astonishing journey in search of fame and fortune that takes him from Norway to Africa and eventually back home again. An exhilarating tale of a life lived on the edge.

This radical new co-production promises a mix of trolls, madmen, dancing girls and live music. Under the direction of Dominic Hill in a colourful new version from the writer of the Rep’s recent hit show Monkey, Peer Gynt finally brings together two of Scotland’s most acclaimed theatre companies.

Be prepared for a theatrical roller-coaster ride through one of the greatest works of modern literature.

Review
A brilliant reinvention that's both irreverent and profound . -  The Herald, Glasgow



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-806-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Second Mrs Tanqueray, The
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Second Mrs Tanqueray, The

Introduced by Stephen Unwin

Arthur Wing Pinero
 
When Aubrey Tanqueray marries for the second time, he knows that his new wife, Paula, is a ‘woman with a past’. But he has no idea how that past will catch up with him in the end.

More probing than Oscar Wilde, more accessible than Ibsen, Pinero’s The Second Mrs Tanqueray (1893) is one of the masterpieces of the Victorian theatre: sexy, dramatic, funny and very moving.

Review

'Pinero's play about "a woman with a past" changed British theatre forever.' Daily Telegraph

 
Cast : 5M, 5F (doubling possible)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-392-1 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
So You Want to Be a Theatre Director?
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So You Want to Be a Theatre Director?

Stephen Unwin
 
Stephen Unwin, Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre, is an extremely experienced, award-winning director – especially of the classics - and has worked with hundreds of different actors in a multiplicity of venues. As he says: ‘Directing plays is difficult’ and the aim of this book is to lay out what skills are needed, and to give some sense of how they might be developed. The emphasis is on the professional theatre, but the book is useful for directors in other contexts - amateur dramatics, university drama, school plays and so on. ‘Directing is directing, wherever you do it.’

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' So You Want to be a Theatre Director does exactly what it says on the cover. It is aimed primarily at the young would-be professional theatre director, though much of it will also be of interest to those working in the amateur sphere. The writing is clear and direct; the chapters are divided into conveniently headed sections... His [Unwin's] book is filled with wise insights. Any budding director who reads it will learn much about the pitfalls and challenges he or she is likely to face but will also, I'm sure, catch some of Unwin's enthusiasm for what he describes as being, at times, 'the best job you can imagine.' Around the Globe



Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-779-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Well Read Play, The
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Well Read Play, The

Stephen Unwin
 

The Well Read Play is structured to teach the reader how to identify context, structure, significance and character. Its principle aim is to help the reader develop abilities to understand and enjoy reading plays, whether it be for study, staging, or simply leisure, by teaching him or her to ask certain key questions of the text.

This unique and very readable guide is written by one of England's most experienced and respected directors.

Review
An overview of contemporary theatrical thinking, distilling into a single volume a lifetime of Unwin’s own wisdom.. Aspiring directors, actors and quite possibly critics will certainly derive much from  The Well Read Play ... essential reading -  British Theatre Guide


Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84002-770-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB