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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!'

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
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
Art of the Dramatist, The
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Art of the Dramatist, The

And Other Writings on the Theatre

J B Priestley

‘Why do we go to the theatre? What is it we enjoy there? If we go to follow the fortunes of imaginary characters, why do we trouble ourselves about the actors? If we go to enjoy the actors, why should the quality of the play worry us?’

So begins J.B. Priestley’s landmark Old Vic lecture, The Art of the Dramatist, which examines and celebrates the playwright’s craft. He shows how a theatrical experience relies on the ‘delicate balance between belief and disbelief’ and addresses the tools with which a dramatist shapes a play.

These passionate and witty essays distil Priestley’s experience as a playwright, producer, director and—just once—actor. Published as a companion volume to Priestley's plays, this new collection is part defence of theatre, part incisive criticism. The anthology is introduced by Tom Priestley, the playwright’s son.

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-294-0 | 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
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.

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.


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
DANCERS: Behind the Scenes with the Royal Ballet
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DANCERS: Behind the Scenes with the Royal Ballet

Andrej Uspenski

This beautifully produced new book by Royal Ballet dancer Andrej Uspenski is a collection of exclusive photographs which shines the spotlight on ballet, the most beautiful of art forms.

These exquisite photographs feature some of the finest dancers onstage today, bringing the reader into the magical world of ballet. As a Royal Ballet dancer himself, Andrej Uspenski has a unique perspective on photographic composition of dance imagery, as well as unrivalled access not only to the Royal Ballet’s productions, but also to the dancers who perform in them. This gives the reader an exclusive insight in to the Royal Ballet’s work.

Dancers includes exclusive, backstage photographs, as well as a number of breathtaking images taken from the wings during live stage performances, making this a unique photographic record, perfect for all ballet fans.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-388-4 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | HB
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