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by National Theatre

Described by Benedict Cumberbatch as “a brilliant introduction to theatre”, this fascinating book by the National Theatre shows how plays like War Horse and many others are made. The book is packed with interviews with famous directors and actors, like Lenny Henry, Meera Syal, Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw, and productions like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and One Man, Two Guvnors. Hear from experts at the world-famous National Theatre about every aspect of stagecraft, including prop-making, set building and lighting design, and discover, from first idea to final curtain, how plays are made.

by Duška Radosavljevic (Author)

Theatre-Making explores modes of authorship in contemporary theatre seeking to transcend the heritage of binaries from the Twentieth century such as text-based vs. devised theatre, East vs. West, theatre vs. performance – with reference to genealogies though which these categories have been constructed in the English-speaking world.

by Seda Ilter (Author)

This study combines theatre and media theory through the innovative concept of ‘mediatized dramaturgy’ and offers conceptual reflections on the ways in which a playtext negotiates the new reality of contemporary culture. Offering a pioneering intervention that expands discussions about the mediatization of theatre, and new playwriting, Mediatized Dramaturgy proposes areas for discussion that appeal to researchers, audiences and practitioners with an interest in the sub-field of media and performance.

by Jess Thorpe (Author) and Tashi Gore (Author).

How do we begin to make theatre using our own ideas, our own perspective, our own stories? A Beginners Guide to Devising Theatre  is aimed at those new to devising or wanting to further develop their skills. It explores creative ways to create original theatre from a contemporary stimulus. It offers a structure within which to approach the creative process, including ideas on finding a starting point, generating material, composition and design; it offers practical ideas for use in rehearsal; and it presents grounding in terminology that will support a confident and informed approach to production.

by M. Taylor (Author), D. Symonds (Contributor).

This lively textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the history, theory and practice of this popular theatre form. Bringing critical theory and musical theatre together, it explores the musical stage from a broad range of theoretical perspectives. This book is the ideal accompaniment to any study of musical theatre internationally: an essential tool for students of all levels, lecturers, practitioners and enthusiasts alike.

by Margherita Laera (Author).

This timely new title in the Theatre And series explores theatre and translation’s interconnectedness in representing the stories of others. Laera argues that the two practices share fundamental ethical questions which lie at the core of our multicultural societies and can teach us to practice the skills we need to empathise with perspectives and world views distant from our own.

by Margherita Laera (Author).

Contemporary theatrical productions demonstrate a recurring fascination with adapting existing works by other artists, writers, filmmakers and stage practitioners. Featuring interviews with internationally-renowned theatre artists, Theatre and Adaptation provides an exceptionally rich study of the variety of work developed in recent years in stage adaptation, from playwriting to directing, Javanese puppetry to British children’s theatre, and feminist performance to Japanese Noh.

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