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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
Actor’s Audition Manual: Volume 1
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Actor’s Audition Manual: Volume 1

Dean Carey
 
The first edition of The Actor’s Audition Manual quickly became known as the ‘red audition bible’, making it the essential guide. Now revised, it brings together a wealth of practical advice and a fresh range of speeches from Australian plays that will help make any audition powerful and effective.
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-516-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Actors Speaking
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Actors Speaking

Lyn Haill (ed)
 

In 1986, Peter Gill, the then director of the National Theatre Studio, sent a group of young actors to interview their seniors about speaking on stage. The transcripts provide fascinating insights into the theatre of the past, but they also show how little has changed: the actor’s primary tools are still the body and voice. Actors interviewed include Harry Andrews, Alec Guinness, Rex Harrison, Robert Stephens and Margaret Tyzack, with notes from John Gielgud. Peter Gill provides an introduction.
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-776-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Against all Gods
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Against all Gods

Six Polemics on Religion and an Essay on Kindness

A. C. Grayling
 

Do religions have an inherent right to be respected? Is atheism itself a form of religion, and can there be such a thing as a ‘fundamentalist atheist’? Are we witnessing a global revival in religious zeal, or do the signs point instead to religion’s ultimate decline?

In a series of bold, unsparing polemics, world renowned philosopher A. C. Grayling tackles these questions head on, exposing the dangerous unreason he sees at the heart of religious faith and highlighting the urgent need we have to reject it in all its forms, without compromise. In its place, he argues for a set of values based on reason, reflection and sympathy, taking his cue from the great ethical tradition of western philosophy.

Against All Gods is part of Oberon's Masters Series of good-value and attractively presented hardbacks on key themes within the theatre written by leading lights in each subject.
 


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-727-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
All’s Well That Ends Well
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All’s Well That Ends Well

Shakespeare Folios

Shakespeare (Edited by Nick de Somogyi)
 

Another title in the pioneering Shakespeare Folios series—offering the absolute authenticity of the First Folio in a totally accessible form.

This brand new edition accurately reproduces the First Folio of the plays of William Shakespeare (1623), but does so in modern type. At a stroke, the dust of ages is blown away and what Shakespeare actually intended is revealed to modern readers. Now Shakespeareans everywhere — students, actors, directors — can see for themselves what the Folio really says.

As a further aid to understanding, on each opposite page, the same text appears but this time in a fully modernised version. This modern edition offers a useful safety net whenever the Folio becomes problematic.

Each volume also contains two introductions — one to the series, one to the particular play — textual notes, an appendix giving variant versions from the Quarto where appropriate, and a facsimile page from the First Folio.

Review
'A quite wonderful idea... So blindingly obvious, I can’t understand why nobody had thought of it before. I will certainly use the texts myself.' Peter Hall



Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-719-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
An English Ballet
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An English Ballet

Ninette de Valois

David Gayle (Ed)
 

Ninette de Valois was an extraordinary woman. Not only did she create The Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet School and the company that has become Birmingham Royal Ballet – in themselves great achievements – but she was a gifted choreographer, dancer, teacher, administrator, speaker and writer. She also identified and developed so many of the talented dancers, choreographers and teachers who went onto make Britain a world leader in ballet and dance.

During the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of The Royal Ballet in 1981, Ninette de Valois accepted an invitation to speak to the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars. In that illuminating talk, printed here for the first time, she focuses on what 'English Ballet’ is. Combined with her 1955 article, Some Problems of Ballet Today, and Sir Peter Wright’s fascinating Madam’s Memorial Address, this volume raises questions as meaningful today as they were when de Valois first addressed them. 

In an increasingly connected dance world, what does it mean to have a national style? Why is a national style important? How might a national style be identified, developed and nurtured? This volume provides thought-provoking and fascinating reading for all lovers of ballet, dance and art.


Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-107-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
An Untidy Career
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An Untidy Career

Conversations with George Hall

Lolly Susi
 

Lolly Susi’s interviews with performer and teacher George Hall are a unique insight into the mind of a great all-round theatre practitioner.

George Hall trained at Old Vic Theatre School and worked as an actor at the Old Vic, in regional theatre, on radio, television and film. He has worked in cabaret, as writer, composer, performer and director. He has composed scores for the Old Vic, RSC, and plays for film and television. George was director of the Acting Course at Central School of Speech and Drama for many years. He is currently on the staff of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Including photographs from George Hall’s time teaching and on stage, An Untidy Career is full of revealing thoughts regarding the theatre and acting industries.

An Untidy Career is part of the  Oberon's Masters Series of good-value and attractively presented hardbacks on key themes within the theatre written by leading lights in each subject.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-989-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Apprenticeship
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Apprenticeship

Peter Gill
 

Apprenticeship is Peter Gill’s potent recollection of the changing theatrical landscape of the 1960s and his journey from being a young actor to becoming a world-renowned director and playwright. Using his recently re-discovered 1962 diary, he recalls being in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, as part of the first RSC London season, and how this experience began to develop his own ideas of what theatre might be.
   
Gill explores his reaction to that apprenticeship in the context of young directors training today. An experience the diary shows to have been at times "baffling and exhilarating and sometimes frankly awful", it nevertheless produces an evocative portrait of post war British theatre and the profound impact of the work of Brecht and the Berliner Ensemble on theatre and on Gill's own subsequent work.
   
Apprenticeship is also, in part, the story of a young actor trying to understand what the theatre is and, in the process, moving towards becoming a director.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-871-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
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