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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
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
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
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
Chekhov on Theatre
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Chekhov on Theatre

Anton Chekhov (Translated by Stephen Mulrine)
 
Chekhov started writing about theatre—in newspaper articles and in his own letters—even before he began writing plays. Later he wrote in detail about these to his wife and leading actress, Olga Knipper, and to the two directors of the Moscow Art Theatre, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko.

Collected here for the first time in Stephen Mulrine’s vivid translations, these writings reveal Chekhov’s many and varied insights into the way theatre works—and how best to realise his own intentions as a theatre writer. 

Compiled by Jutta Hercher and Peter Urban, translated by Stephen Mulrine.

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-075-5 | Sales rights: Australia & NZ | PB
Children in Theatre: From the audition to working in professional theatre
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Children in Theatre: From the audition to working in professional theatre

A guide for children and their parents.

Jo Hawes
 

Performing children have a very special, and to some extent privileged, existence which sometimes sets them apart from their peers. Parents are often excluded from this world but are expected to support them all the way. Many don’t know how and while there is no shortage of advice and lessons in how to sing, dance and act there is very little authoritative advice on how to audition which is the first, most basic hurdle through which all performers have to jump.

This book will help children and their parents navigate their way through all of this: to advise, guide, inform and demystify the wonderful world of live theatre. It is packed full of practical advice and information on all aspects of the life of a child actor.

Review
Makes a splendid job of debunking many of the mysteries in what, for many parents and children, is a very strange, unknown world… it’s evidently written from the heart … excellent –  The Stage



Oberon Books | 978-1-84943-127-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Classic Voice
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Classic Voice

Catherine Weate
 

Drawing on Catherine Weate's extensive experience as a voice coach, Classic Voice provides a comprehensive preparation for the vocal demands within classical texts. It includes warm-up ideas, exercises to experiment with sound, word and rhythm and detailed workshop plans using specially selected extracts from classic plays.

Greek Tragedy, Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama and Restoration Comedy, three theatrical styles in western theatre history which challenge actors vocally, are given a particular focus.

Always practical, this book will supply directors, lecturers, teachers, trainers and coaches with the tools they need to easily integrate vocal work into their rehearsals, classes or seminars.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-827-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Commedia Oz
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Commedia Oz

Playing Commedia in Contemporary Australia

Steven Gration and Nicky Peelgrane
 

Commedia Oz is designed to assist the interpretation and playing of Commedia in an Australian context and is a training manual for teachers, students, actors and directors.

Chapters cover the history and influence of Commedia; suggestions for modern interpretations; activities and exercises; the role of the director and the actor’s journal; training actors; an interview with Jacques Lecoq (the French Commedia actor/trainer); a professional script; and ideas for units of work and assessment. There is also a glossary and a reference section for further reading.

The authors became collaborators after Nicky was cast in Steven’s play, Stardust (the script of which is published in the book) which toured schools in Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-820-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Commedia Plays
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Commedia Plays

Scenarios, Scripts, Lazzi

Barry Grantham
 

A unique collection of performance pieces and improvisation exercises in the Commedia style by the UK's leading practioner. A sequel to the best-selling Playing Commedia .

Commedia Plays contains eight plays each with a detailed introduction, illustrating the different periods and styles of Commedia dell'Arte. Suitable for performance on stage, the plays can also be used in the classroom and workshop as the basis for improvisation.

Also included is a compilation of 'Lazzi' - the pieces of 'business' that form the basis of Commedia's comic action. These range from the Double Takes and The Surprise Embrace to whole scenes such as Cross Dressing and The Unwanted Proposal.

The book as a whole serves as a practical illustration of the development of Commedia over some four hundred years.


Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-871-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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