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Adaptations
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Adaptations

A Guide to Adapting Literature to Film

Denise Faithfull with Brian Hannant
 

Turning a 250-page novel or a two-and-a-half-hour stage play into a 90-minute film means leaving out much of the original and changing most of what’s left. So why does it remain recognisably the same story? What is the slippery essence that transfers, unaltered, from page to screen?

In Adaptations, Denise Faithfull comprehensively and systematically addresses the thorny issues of choosing your source and type of adaptation, whether a liberal appropriation, a free-flowing intersection, a variation or a faithful translation. She illuminates questions of structure, character, dialogue and visualisation, and includes a checklist for the adaptor. Brian Hannant’s introductory chapter discusses the history of Australian film, the basic principles of filmmaking and screenwriting, and a guide to correct screenplay layout.

Drawing from dozens of Australian films including Così, Lantana, Hotel Sorrento, The Boys, Dead Heart, Death in Brunswick and Head On, Adaptations navigates the treacherous waters of the adaptation process, showing us what works … and what doesn’t.

For anyone who’s ever read a novel, seen a play or heard an incredible true story and thought, ‘Now, that would make a great film’, Adaptations is the ultimate on how to make it happen.


Review
Click here for a review by Nick Sidoryn, Marden Senior College, as published in the SAETA Newsletter.


Currency Press | 978-0-86819-792-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Bowerbird
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Bowerbird

The art of making theatre drawn from life

Alana Valentine
 
‘Mostly it feels like you don’t know—like you’re reaching for something that you can’t quite grab. Some writers talk about their fear of the blank page, but the playwright who draws work from life can have the opposite problem. Spoilt for choice. Presented with myriad possibilities and competing ideas of how to condense the source material or arrange it in a theatrically dynamic, original and compelling way. Lost in a sea of options, yet perversely obsessed with the interview not done, the perspective not transcribed, the final piece of the jigsaw forever elusive. And it’s not about a lack of confidence, although that can hum away in the background for longer than you might expect. It’s about not trying to have clarity. It’s about waiting until you do.’

So begins Bowerbird, a journey through the life and plays of Alana Valentine, as well as the creative process behind the plays. One of Australia’s most inventive playwrights, Alana shows the power of bringing new audiences into our theatres to share the space with traditional audiences, detailing how to gather and transform lived experience into compelling drama. In Bowerbird she reveals the motor of her artistry by combining stories from her life with observations from her experience.

‘Bowerbird is written with all the humanity, wisdom, humour and generosity that we recognise and love in Alana Valentine’s work. This is much more than a guide for aspiring writers: this is a book for anyone who loves theatre, its power and its people.’  Neil Armfield AO

Currency Press | 978-1-92500-567-7 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Cheeky Monkey, The
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Cheeky Monkey, The

Writing Narrative Comedy

Tim Ferguson
 
From one of Australia's most successful comedians comes The Cheeky Monkey, a practitioner's guide to the art of comedy writing. Both insightful and practical, The Cheeky Monkey explains the principles of sitcom writing and guides the reader in how to apply them. Seeded with exercises to aid the developing comedy writer, this book will help you to:
  • Write jokes
  • Create funny stories
  • Build comic characters
  • Develop a sitcom
  • Sell your sitcom to producers and TV networks
Many of Tim's techniques can also be applied to film, stage, stand-up or indeed any form of comedy. You'll make 'em laugh before you know it.


Resources
  • Watch Tim talk about the controversy his book caused
  • Listen to Tim defend himself from the castigation of his peers
  • Visit Tim's website, and immerse yourself in the world of the Cheeky Monkey.
  • Read about Tim's first comedy experience

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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-861-3 | 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
Comedy Bible, The
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Comedy Bible, The

Judy Carter
 

This is the definitive guide to making a career out of making people laugh. If you’ve got a sense of humour, you can learn to make a career out of comedy, says Judy Carter. Whether it’s creating a killer stand-up act, writing a spec sitcom, or providing jokes for radio or one-liners for greeting cards, Carter provides step-by-step instructions in The Comedy Bible. She helps readers first determine which genre of comedy writing or performing suits them best and then directs them in developing, refining, and selling their work.

Review
The Comedy Bible is proof God does have a sense of humour... Until comedians can enrol in a comedy 101 humourversity course at the school of hard knock-knocks, this is the next best thing. - Wil Anderson


Currency Press | 978-0-86819-741-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Conversations with Pinter
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Conversations with Pinter

Mel Gussow
 

Detailed interviews with the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, conducted over twenty years from 1971–1993 by the Drama Critic of the New York Times.

An invaluable insight to Pinter's life and work. 

Review
'A vital companion to his work.' The Times


Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-206-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Critical Studies Collection: Patricia Cornelius
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Critical Studies Collection: Patricia Cornelius

Currency Press
 
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Patricia Cornelius is one of Australia’s most awarded and celebrated playwrights. She is known for her confronting plays that often deal with people living on the margins of society, struggling with poverty and prejudice. The Sydney Festival 2017 showcased three of Patricia’s plays, as well as a discussion with Festival Director Wesley Enoch.

This collection contains seven pieces of criticism on Cornelius’ plays SHIT, Who’s Afraid of the Working Class?, Do Not Go Gentle, The Berry Man and LOVE, written by Julian Meyrick, Hilary Glow, Tom Holloway, Susie Dee and Cornelius herself. Read Cornelius through her eyes, and through the eyes of her peers in theatremaking.

This is the first title in the Critical Studies Collection by Currency Press. Each title in the collection showcases an Australian playwright or a theatrical theme, through written criticism and audiovisual material. The sources range from recent publications through to rare books that are currently out of print. Complete with source listings and recommended further reading, this series is the ideal guide for students and teachers of theatre from the HSC to tertiary study.
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-126-1 | ebook only
Evoking (and Forgetting) Shakespeare
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Evoking (and Forgetting) Shakespeare

Peter Brook
 

The text of a talk given by Brook in Berlin in 1998, addressing some essential questions about performing Shakespeare today. Brook invites us to consider the actual conditions of the Elizabethan theatre and the actual qualities of Shakespeare's language.

Published as part of the Dramatic Contexts series: important statements on the theatre by major figures in the theatre. Other titles available in this series are The Necessary Theatre by Peter Hall, Poetics by Aristotle and The Ground on Which I Stand by August Wilson.


Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-712-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
How Plays Work
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How Plays Work

David Edgar
 

A masterclass in the art of playwriting by an accomplished and successful practitioner . How Plays Work has grown out of Edgar’s teaching the University of Birmingham’s MA course in Playwriting Studies. The book analyses the basic elements of dramatic structure – action, plot, character, dialogue, genre – through historical and modern examples. By looking at existing plays and drawing lessons from them, it builds a unique toolkit of theatrical devices for use by other playwrights – as well as by other theatre practitioners and students of drama.

Review
'Lucid, deeply intelligent... combines theoretical acumen with the assured know-how of a working dramatist.'  Terry Eagleton,  TLS



Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-85459-371-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Naked Thoughts That Roam About
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Naked Thoughts That Roam About

Reflections on Theatre

John McGrath, edited by Nadine Holdsworth
 

A lifetime of polemical writing about the theatre from the socialist playwright, director, producer and founder of 7:84 edited by Nadine Holdsworth.

Naked Thoughts That Roam About is McGrath's own selection from a long lifetime of writing about and campaigning for a theatre that is both truly popular and politically responsible.

Review
' Committed to the idea of art as popular, relevant and politically engaged, McGrath devoted his life to that cause... His prose-style, like the man himself, is ebullient, provocative and, above all, life-enhancing.'  Michael Billington



Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-239-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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