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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
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
Drama for Early Childhood
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Drama for Early Childhood

Katherine Zachest
 

Drama for Early Childhood contains forty simple, easy to follow lesson plans appropriate for children between the ages of 3-8 years old.

Including over 200 individual activities, vocal activities and character work, as well as activities involving costume, puppet making and script work, this book is a practical and invaluable resource for teachers and early childhood educators wishing to provide a vibrant, innovative and engaging drama experience. 

"This book is written for both beginning teachers looking to incorporate some drama into their curriculum and for experienced drama educators in need of some extra material for lessons. It is designed to be a practical resource and to become a teaching tool.”   Katherine Zachest


Currency Press | 978-1-92500-531-8 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Drama Games for Classrooms and Workshops
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Drama Games for Classrooms and Workshops

Jessica Swale
 

A lively collection of one hundred drama games for the teacher/youth leader to play with kids ranging from six upwards. Using a distinctive slimline format, the book offers a new game on each page with instructions on How to Play, notes on the Aim of the Game and advice on age range and number of players. A drama teacher’s dream!

This book is the first in a projected series offering a wealth of drama games for people of all ages and abilities. Their aim is to ensure that the drama leader never runs out of fresh ideas.


Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-010-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Drama Games for Devising
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Drama Games for Devising

Jessica Swale
 

As part of the ever-growing, increasingly popular Drama Games series, Jessica Swale returns with another dip-in, flick-through,quick-fire resource book, packed with dozens of drama games that can be used in the process of devising theatre.

The games will be invaluable to directors and theatre companies at all levels who are creating new pieces of theatre from scratch and need lively, dynamic games to fire the imagination. They will particularly appeal to school, youth theatre and community groups where devising is a growing trend – and a core element of the drama curriculum.

Written with clear instructions on How to Play, notes on the Aim of the Game, and illuminating examples from professional productions,the games cover every aspect of the devising process and develop all the skills required: generating ideas, creating characters and scenarios, using stimuli, structuring the piece, and creating an ensemble.

Mike Leigh, the most dedicated and celebrated creator of devised work, hails the book in his foreword as ‘highly original and massively useful’.

‘A remarkable compendium of games and exercises… a lively starting point for rich invention.’ - Mike Leigh, from his Foreword.


Nick Hern Books UK | 978-1-84842-037-3 | Sales rights: Australia & NZ | PB
Drama Games For Those Who Like To Say No
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Drama Games For Those Who Like To Say No

Chris Johnston
 

A dip-in, flick-through, quick-fire resource book in the Drama Games series, this title is for teachers and workshop leaders working with difficult or reluctant students, youth groups, young offenders, and all those who seem intent on saying ‘no’ to whatever is offered them.

For these groups, drama games and activities need to be robust and engaging, and the dozens that appear in this book have been devised with this in mind - and then tested by their target players. Each page features clear instructions on How to Play, notes on the Benefits of the Game, and advice on age range, number of players and timing.

Following the ninety games and exercises aimed at developing core skills, the book offers scenarios for a series of improvisational challenges that test participants' abilities in mediation, communication, negotiation, assertiveness and managing emotions. Also included is a collection of games aimed at preparing teachers and workshop leaders for facilitating challenging sessions.

The ultimate aim is to encourage reluctant participants to engage, collaborate and develop not just skills for drama but skills for life.


Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-049-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Finding Your Voice
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Finding Your Voice

A Complete Voice Training Manual For Actors

Barbara Houseman
 
A simple, step-by-step manual, written by an RSC voice coach, which offers everything that an actor needs to work on their voice. Suitable for actors at all levels, from students and young professionals to established and experienced actors. Drama teachers in schools and committed amateur actors who want to increase their vocal skills and understanding will also find it invaluable.
 
Review
'Barbara's work is simple and practical, encouraging each actor to be free and fluid with their own voice... Very inspiring.'  Emily Watson


Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-659-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Freeing Shakespeare's Voice
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Freeing Shakespeare's Voice

The actor's guide to talking the text (new edition)

Kristin Linklater
 

A practical approach to breaking through the barriers of restraint and incomprehension when faced with Shakespeare.

Taking many of the techniques explored in her international bestseller Freeing The Natural Voice, in this companion volume Kristin Linklater shows how to apply them to the exploration and speaking of Shakespeare’s language.

Beginning with exercises designed to break long-held habits and allow an emotional rather than intellectual relationship to Elizabethan language, she analyses Shakespeare's strategies for creating character, story and meaning through figures of speech, iambic pentameter, rhyme and the alternation of verse and prose. Using copious examples from the plays, Linklater offers her readers the tools to increase understanding and make Shakespeare's words their own.



Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-083-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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