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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
Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit, The
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Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit, The

Bella Merlin
 
A revised and updated edition of Bella Merlin's essential guide to Stanislavsky.

The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit collects together for the first time the terms and ideas developed by Stanislavsky throughout his career.

It is organised into three sections: Actor-Training, Rehearsal Processes and Performance Practices. Key terms are explained and defined as they naturally occur in this process. They are illustrated with examples from both his own work and that of other practitioners.

Each stage of the process is explored with sequences of practical exercises designed to help today's actors and students become thoroughly familiar with the tools in Stanislavsky's toolkit.

‘Bella Merlin magically converts her extensive knowledge into real-world practice and on-the-floor technique. This new edition is a necessary and lively resource for any theatre practitioner.’  David Chambers, Professor of Directing, Yale School of Drama

‘One of the essential books about acting for both professionals and students… brings new clarity to unlocking what Stanislavsky means for actors today.’  Michael Earley, Principal, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance


Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-406-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Facing the Fear
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Facing the Fear

Bella Merlin
 

Stage fright has the power to drive actors away from the stage for months, years, and even a lifetime. It is a monster that can affect any actor at any time – but it is also a challenge that can be met.

In Facing the Fear – the first book of its kind written specifically for actors – performer, author and teacher Bella Merlin draws on her own and other actors’ personal experiences to examine:

  • The internal and external roots of stage fright, and how it manifests itself both psychologically and physiologically
  • The complex relationship between the actor and the audience, and how it contributes to stage fright
  • The cognitive processes of learning, storing and retrieving lines, and practical strategies to help
  • The essential principles for building a healthy, fear-free rehearsal environment
  • The techniques that actors can employ to develop their own practices, from tips on physical well-being to performance strategies.

Insightful, empowering and always reassuring , Facing the Fear is a book for any actor: for those who are experiencing or have previously suffered from stage fright, as well as for those who want to be fully prepared in case that day ever comes. It provides all the tools actors need to understand, confront and ultimately overcome stage fright and its effects, thereby regaining control over their lives and careers. (And it might just save a fortune in psychotherapist’s fees!)

It’s also valuable reading for any teacher, director or stage manager working closely with actors, and a fascinating insight for anyone interested in what actors go through.

‘An utterly engrossing book about confronting one of the most fundamental aspects of being an actor – fear.’   Antony Sher

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-313-8 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
With The Rogue's Company
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With The Rogue's Company

Henry IV at the National Theatre

Bella Merlin
 

The National Theatre had never before staged Shakespeare’s two most admired history plays; it was ten years since Michael Gambon had last appeared there, and five since director Nicholas Hytner had started talking to him about playing Falstaff. The plan was for Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 – which Kenneth Tynan called ‘great public plays in which a whole nation is under scrutiny and trial’ – to open the 2005 Travelex £10 season. 

Bella Merlin follows the production from pre-rehearsal planning to opening night, charting the processes that make up two major productions in the Olivier Theatre, and provides a unique insight into the staging of two great Shakespeare plays.


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-560-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB