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So You Want To Be A Theatre Director - Stephen Unwin

So You Want To Be A Theatre Director


Published: 30th January 2004
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A hands on, step by step guide to directing plays by one of Britain's leading theatre directors.

Stephen Unwin has worked with hundreds of different actors in a multiplicity of different venues. He is the ideal author of a 'how to' guide to directing.

As Unwin himself says: 'Directing plays is difficult. The aim of this book is to lay out what skills are needed, and to give some sense of how you might develop them. The emphasis is on the professional theatre, but the book is useful for directors in other contexts amateur dramatics, university drama, school plays and so on. Directing is directing, wherever you do it.'

Starting at the very beginning, Unwin takes us step by step through: * Choosing the play * Casting * Design * Rehearsal Establishing Facts, Improvisation, Language, Character, Blocking, Using Specialists and so on * Running the Play * Putting it on the Stage * Opening Night

'So You Want to be a Theatre Director does exactly what it says on the cover. It is aimed primarily at the young would be professional theatre director, though much of it will also be of interest to those working in the amateur sphere. The writing is clear and direct; the chapters are divided into conveniently headed sections... His [Unwin's] book is filled with wise insights. Any budding director who reads it will learn much about the pitfalls and challenges he or she is likely to face but will also, I'm sure, catch some of Unwin's enthusiasm for what he describes as being, at times, 'the best job you can imagine'' Around the Globe

What it takesp. 3
What is a theatre director?p. 10
Starting outp. 16
Contexts and colleaguesp. 23
Choice of playp. 31
Preparationp. 44
Castingp. 60
Design 1 : creativep. 78
Design 2 : practicalp. 95
Rehearsals 1 : starting outp. 103
Rehearsals 2 : establishing factsp. 112
Rehearsals 3 : warm-ups, improvisation, games and exercisesp. 117
Rehearsals 4 : languagep. 124
Rehearsals 5 : characterp. 135
Rehearsals 6 : blocking and movementp. 164
Rehearsals 7 : specialistsp. 190
Rehearsals 8 : mannersp. 198
Rehearsals 9 : running itp. 205
Putting it onto the stagep. 210
Openingp. 225
Hamlet, Konstantin and the radical young directorp. 233
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ISBN: 9781854597793
ISBN-10: 1854597795
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 30th January 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 1.9  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.45