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Drama Menu is a brand new concept for planning and delivering dynamic, progressive drama lessons and workshops. Packed with over 150 tried-and-tested theatre games, exercises and improvisation ideas, it's an essential resource for any drama teacher or workshop leader - guaranteed to deliver delicious drama sessions every time. Simply make a selection from each of the three courses, and your whole drama session will come to life with new-found energy and focus: Appetisers are fast-paced warm-up exercises to energise and enthuse the group; Starters are the intermediary course to challenge the players and encourage creativity; Main Courses provide the central part of the session, culminating in a final performance piece; And a few Desserts are also provided, if you have some space at the end of your session for something sweet. Drama Menu is the recipe book that will relieve the stress of planning lessons and workshops. Now you can get on with what you do best: delivering creative drama sessions that will have your groups hungry for more. Join the online Drama Menu community, browse and share other recommended menus, and download a comprehensive Resource Pack and selection of sound effects, providing everything you need to start playing straight away. www.DramaMenu.com
Celebrate the incredible journey of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's outrageously funny, blazingly forthright Fleabag, from fringe theatre hit to international cultural phenomenon, in this special edition - featuring the original playscript, never-before-seen colour photos, and exclusive bonus content.
Drama Menu at a Distance - created specifically to help anyone teaching drama during the COVID-19 pandemic - brings you 80 games and exercises, all of which are safe and secure to play in this new era of socially distanced teaching and online learning.
This straightforward and accessible book discusses the opportunities and pitfalls of life as a playwright. Whether you're an aspiring writer wondering how to break into the industry, or a working playwright looking to land bigger commissions, this is your insider road map to navigating the world of professional theatre.
Actors need actions. They cannot "act" adjectives, they need verbs; they need an aim to achieve, an action to perform. This is a thesaurus of active verbs with which the actor can refine the action-word until she or her hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive.
When Bernarda's husband dies, she locks all the doors and windows. She tells her grown-up daughters to sew and be silent. But locks can't hold back the growing tide of desire. This play by Lorca, the last he wrote before his assassination, explores the darkness at the heart of repression.
A revised and updated edition of Bella Merlin's essential guide to Stanislavsky. The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit collects together for the first time the terms and ideas developed by Stanislavsky throughout his career. It is organised into three sections: Actor-Training, Rehearsal Processes and Performance Practices. Key terms are explained and defined as they naturally occur in this process. They are illustrated with examples from both his own work and that of other practitioners. Each stage of the process is explored with sequences of practical exercises designed to help today's actors and students become thoroughly familiar with the tools in Stanislavsky's toolkit. 'Bella Merlin magically converts her extensive knowledge into real-world practice and on-the-floor technique. This new edition is a necessary and lively resource for any theatre practitioner.' David Chambers, Professor of Directing, Yale School of Drama. 'One of the essential books about acting for both professionals and students' brings new clarity to unlocking what Stanislavsky means for actors today.' Michael Earley, Principal, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.
A top-ranking director sets out his rehearsal techniques in this invaluable handbook for actors and directors. Different Every Night is the culmination of a lifetime of work in the theatre, the most complete rehearsal methodology in print since Stanislavsky. It offers a vital masterclass for actors and directors, full of sound practical advice and guidance, and is packed with techniques for bringing the text to life and keeping it alive - both in rehearsal and performance. 'Most of what I am as an actress I owe to Mike Alfreds. He gave me the language and the tools I needed for my craft' Pam Ferris, from her Foreword 'If I was allowed to train again to be an actor, but I was only allowed one teacher, it would have to be Mike Alfreds. To me he is a genius when it comes to acting and storytelling' Mark Rylance 'an illuminating and inspiring book... based in rich experience and acute observation of actors at work (and play)... essential reading for actors and directors' Rogues & Vagabonds
America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.
A subtle and renowned trilogy of plays that focus on the human stories behind the history of war.
The course of teenage love rarely runs smooth, but it is a white-water adventure if you are a gay boy in an all-male school in 1970s Melbourne. Still, despite the odds, Tim and John become close and for fifteen years their relationship survives everything life throws at it - until the only problem that love can't solve turns up to part them.
"Angels in America" contains both part one and part two.
Spanning a whole decade and embracing a huge range of style and subject matter, this fourth volume of collected plays confirms the author's standing as the best English language female playwright. It also includes an introduction by Churchill, who rarely writes about her work and refuses to give interviews.
Offers exercises for professional and student actors, teachers of acting and voice, and those interested in vocal expression. This title places emphasis on the removal of the physical and psychological blocks that inhibit the human voice; and is dedicated to 'freeing' the voice we were naturally born with.
An unflinching look at race in the twenty-first century.Thirty-somethings Leo, Misha, Ralph and Dawn have been inseparable since college. Their connection with each other is stronger than anything else - until Leo is assaulted by the police in a racially motivated incident, and he brings to the group an extreme proposition...
A tie-in edition of the smash-hit stage adaptation - with a twist - of the Jane Austen classic. Published alongside the West End production at the Criterion Theatre.
Summer, 1827. In a red barn in Suffolk, Maria Marten awaits her lover. A year later, hidden in a grain sack under the floor of the barn, Maria's body is found, barely identifiable - and the manhunt begins. First performed by an all-female cast, Beth Flintoff's thrilling play rediscovers Maria's story, bringing it back to vivid, urgent life.
Politics and the planet collide in Marek Horn's fiercely original new play Yellowfin, a bitingly funny exploration of the limits of science, the power of myths, and the things we can't control.
The Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation - in the breeze, in the cotton fields... and in the crack of the whip. Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems. Jeremy O. Harris's Slave Play rips apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender and sexuality in twenty-first-century America.
1943. Four months into the Nazi occupation of Tunisia. You're imprisoned in a labour camp. You're buried up to your neck in earth. You're dying of thirst, you miss your wife. How could things possibly get any worse? A brutally comic play about home and identity, marriage and survival, blood and feathers.
Lori is a professional chef. Bex waits tables to make ends meet. One night together in a walk-in fridge and the rest is history. Hungry is a new play about food, love, class and grief in a world where there's little left to savour.
A historical romp with real bite, Stephen Jeffreys's The Libertine has received several major stage productions and was filmed with Johnny Depp and John Malkovich. This edition is published alongside the major West End revival starring Dominic Cooper.
A personal and strikingly honest look at the people and events that have made their mark on one of UK theatre and film's most successful creative artists.
The definitive guide to designing for theatre - by an award-winning designer with over 160 productions to his name.
An invaluable guide to directors and actors, to dramatists working in the field of adaptation, and to any theatregoer who has been moved by the power of an unfolding story to ask: 'Then what happens?'