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Category: Books and CDs

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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, July 02, 2017 - 04:03 PM
Routledge
ACTING IN MUSICAL THEATRE: Joe Deer and Rocco Dal Vera
Published in a new version by Routledge
Publication 2017
5*****


ISBN: 9 780415 713246
www.routledge.com

Review: Rod Dungate, 02 July 2017

@Rod_Dungate

@ReviewsGate

Good sense, compete sense, remarkable comprehensive

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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 03:05 PM
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Balancing Acts
By Nicholas Hytner
5Star*****

Jonathan Cape £20

Review: William Russell, 12 May 2017

This is a really good read.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, April 08, 2017 - 03:57 PM
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Feldenkrais for Actors: How to Do Less and Discover More by Victoria Worsley
Nick Hern Books (NHB)
4Star ****


ISBN: 9781848424173
Price: £12.99

Review: Samuel James Crawford, 05/04/2017


A breath of fresh air
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 12:45 PM
STAGE COMBAT, UNARMED: Roger Bartlett
Nick Hern Books (NHB)
5Star*****


ISBN: 978-1-84842-470-8
www.nickhernbooks.co.uk

Price £14.99

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 22 09 16

Characters often do terrible things; here's how to make them more terrible, and have safe fun.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, June 07, 2016 - 08:41 PM
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FACING THE FEAR: An Actor's Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright
Bella Merlin
Nick Hern Books (NHB)

ISBN: 9 781848 423138
www.nickhernbooks.co.uk

Price £12.99

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 07 06 16

A special book, invaluable contribution to acting.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, April 18, 2016 - 03:12 PM
ACTIONING: AND HOW TO DO IT. Nick Moseley
Nick Hern Books (NHB)

ISBN: 9 781848 424234
www.nickhernbooks.co.uk

Price £10.99

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 18 04 19

A much needed and much welcome book
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 03:19 PM
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101 GREATEST PLAYS: Michael Billington

Guardian Faber
ISBN: 978 1 78335 030 8
September 2015

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 20 10 15

A splendid book.
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Posted by : TimothyRamsden on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 02:07 PM
BRICUSSE’S (auto) BIOGRAPHY.
Pure Imagination, a sorta-biography by Leslie Bricusse
Faber Music £25.

Review: William Russell

Reading this so-called “sorta-biography” is a bit like being force fed a diet of pavlova and panna cotta washed down with something excessively bubbly and just possibly pink.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, August 09, 2015 - 03:01 PM
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SO YOU WANT TO BE A THEATHRE DESIGNER? Michael Pavelka
NHB

ISBBN 9.781848 423541
RP: £12.99
Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 09 08 15

Practical, informative, philosophical; an impressive book.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, July 27, 2015 - 10:08 AM
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SECRETS OF STAGE SUCCESS: Louse Dearman, Mark Evans
NHB

ISBN: 9 781 848 423756
RP: 8.99

Review: 26 07 15, Alexander Ray Edser

It’s all real – real answers to real questions about work in Musical Theatre.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 02:47 PM
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DRAMA MENU: Glyn Trefor-Jones
NHB

ISBN: 9 781848 422858
Rec Price: 12.99

Review: Alexander Ray Edser

A great companion

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Posted by : TimothyRamsden on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 04:18 AM
London.

ANIMALS
by Emma Adams.

Theatre 503 above The Latchmere 503 Battersea Park Road SW11 3BW To 2 May 2015.
Tue-Sat 7.45pm Sun 5pm. (Pay what you can Sun.)
Runs 2hr 30min One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7978 7040.
www.theatre503.com
Review: William Russell 13 April.

A glorious Grimm black comedy.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 11:44 AM
WHAT DO I KNOW? Richard Eyre
Pub: NHB Autumn 2014

ISBN: 9 781848 424180

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 06 December 2014

Intelligent, informative, insightful
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 11:38 AM
ADVICE FROM THE PLAYERS: Laura Barnett
Pub: NHB, September 2014

ISBN: 9 781848 423589

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 04 12 14

What a gorgeous little book.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 09:14 PM
THE ACTOR AND THE CAMERA: Denis Lawson
NHB

Published: 2014

ISBN: 9 781848 423459

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 17 11 14

One of the most important new books on camera acting for the young actor
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 01:59 PM
MONTY PYTHON AT WORK: extracts from the diaries of Michael Palin
Edited by Geoffrey Strachan

NHB – Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 978 1 84842 360 2
Pub: 2014

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 20 07 14

An up-close look at an endlessly fascinating creative team.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 10:28 AM
SONG OF SPIDER-MAN: Glen Berger
Pub: Simon & Schuster

November 2013
ISBN: 9 781451 684568

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 15 07 14

Remarkable, painful, fascinating, funny.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - 04:53 PM
CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUES FOR MEN
CONTEMPORARY MONOLOGUES FOR WOMEN
Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 978 1 85459 563 8
978 1 85459 564 5

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 05 03 14

A very useful something for everyone.


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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 11:45 AM
JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR: Max Stafford-Clark
Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 9 781848 421790

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 25 01 14

Unsentimental accounts of financial and other nightmares.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 02:22 PM
ETYMOLOGICON: ISBN 9781848314535
HOROLOGICON: ISBN 9781848315983
Mark Forsyth
Icon Books

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 19 01 14

Books of erudition for sheer delight
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, December 13, 2013 - 09:48 AM
100 GREAT PLAYS FOR WOMEN: Lucy Kerbel
Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 978 1 84842 185 1
Rec Price: 10.99

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 12 12 13

A book much bigger than the sum of its parts.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, December 01, 2013 - 08:40 PM
SALAD DAYS: Julian Slade, Dorothy Reynolds
Tete a Tete Recording
Mountview Records
Information: www.tete-a-tete.org.uk

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 01 12 13

Looking back or forwards, it’s good to feel good
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, November 25, 2013 - 04:00 PM
THE ELEMENTS OF ELOQUENCE: Mark Forsyth
Icon Books
www.iconbooks.net
Published: November 2013

Hardback: 978 1848 316218 (RP 12.99)
eBook: 978 1848 316225 (RP 7.99)

Review: 25 11 13, Alexander Ray Edser

Better than a box of chocolates
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, November 02, 2013 - 05:50 PM
MY FIRST PLAY: An Anthology of Theatrical Beginnings
Nick Hern Books
Published 2013
ISBN: 978-1-84842-339-8
RRP: 9.99 gbp

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 02 11 13

Fascinating glimpses.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 04:39 PM
OLIVIER: Philip Ziegler
MacLehose Press, Quecus Books

ISBN: 978 0 85705 119 6
RRP: 25 gbp

Review: Alex Taylor, 25 09 13

Always readable, frequently brilliantly insightful.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 10:23 AM
SPEAKING THE SPEECH: An Actor’s Guide to Shakespeare
Giles Block: Foreword by Mark Rylance
Nick Hern Books

ISBN 978 1 84842 191 2
RRP: 14.99

Review: Alex Taylor

Tools not Rules
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, September 09, 2013 - 09:51 AM
THE EXCELLENT AUDITION GUIDE: Andy Johnson
Nick Hern Books
RRP: £9.99
ISBN 978 1 84842 297 1

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 09 09 13

This EXCELLENT AUDITION GUIDE is excellent

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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 06:03 PM
ACTING THROUGH SONG: Paul Harvard
NHB (Nick Hern Books)
www.nickhernbooks.co.uk

Pub: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 84842 229 2
Review: Alexander Ray Edser

A significant book for performing in music-theatre.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, July 22, 2013 - 04:26 PM
THE CONFESSION ROOM: A concept CD of a new Musical
SIMG Records
Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 22 07 13

Lively and unusual.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 08:43 AM
In Two Minds, a biography of Jonathan Miller
Published: Oberon Books Ltd
Also available online.
ISBN: 978 1 84943 451 5

Review: Carole Woddis

Never at peace, but many revelations.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 04:30 PM
THE QUALITY OF MERCY: Reflections on Shakespeare. Peter Brook
Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 978 1 84842 261 2

Review: Alexander Ray Edser

A book you’ll not get tired of.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 04:52 PM
BECOMING AN ACTOR Thomasina Unsworth
NHB, Pub 2012 (www.nickhernbooks.co.uk
ISBN: 978 84842 156 1
Rec Price: 10.99

Review: Alexander Ray Edser

Invaluable for Drama students present and future, and much for everyone else.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, September 10, 2012 - 11:58 AM
THE ACTING BOOK: John Abbott
NHB, Nick Hern Books

Pub: Aug 2012
ISBN: 9 781848 421448

Review: Alexander Ray, 10 09 12

If you’re involved in acting, you can’t afford to be without this book.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, September 01, 2012 - 09:52 AM
THE GOLDEN RULES OF ACTING that nobody ever tells you: Andy Nyman
NHB: pub 2012
Info: www.nickhernbooks.co.uk
Rec Price: 5.99
ISBN: 9 781848 422537

Review: Alexander Ray, 01 09 12

A complete joy, unique, a book for all seasons.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, August 31, 2012 - 10:27 AM
HOW MUSICALS WORK (and how you can write your own): Julian Woolford
Nick Hern Books
www.nickhernbooks.co.uk

Pub: 2012
Rec Price: £12.99

Review: Alexander Ray, 30 08 12

Informative in its theory, practical in its information. A seminal examination.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - 02:30 PM
SHAKESPEARE ON THEATRE: On Theatre Series
Ed: Nick de Somogyi
Nick Hern Books
Pub: 2012. ISBN: 978 1 84842 079
Cover price: 10.99

www.nickhernbooks.co.uk

Review: Rod Dungate, 06 06 12

It’s size is bigger than the sum of its parts.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, March 02, 2012 - 05:41 PM
SWEET WILLIAM (TWENTY THOUSAND HOURS WITH SHAKESPEARE):
Michael Pennington
Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 9 781854 595683

Shakespeare’s in Pennington's blood as well as his brain.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 12:59 PM
SHAKESPEARE’S LOST PLAY: IN SEARCH OF CARDENIO
Gregory Doran
NHB
ISBN: 9 781848 422087

Review: Rod Dungate 11 01 12

Magical mystery tour.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 10:04 PM
SO YOU WANT TO DO A SOLO SHOW? Gareth Armstrong
Nick Hern Books
Published: 2011, ISBN 978 1 84842 084 7
Part of the ‘So You Want To’ series – see www.nickhernbooks.co.uk
Review: Rod Dungate 24 10 11


What a handy little book this is!
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 05:44 PM
AN ATTITUDE FOR ACTING (How to Survive and Thrive as an Actor)
Andrew Tidmarsh: Dr Tara Swart
Nick Hern Books
First published 2011: RRP 12.99

Review: Rod Dungate, 16 September 2011

There’s not an actor who wouldn’t find this useful.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, June 05, 2011 - 08:23 PM
Ken Campbell: The Great Caper
Michael Coveney
Nick Hern Books
Pub: 2011
ISBN: 9 781848 420762
Recommended Price: 14.99

Review: Rod Dungate

A great read about a unique man

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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 10:01 AM
Mike Bradwell's THE RELUCTANT ESCAPOLOGIST: ADVENTURES IN ALTERNATIVE THEATRE, has won the Theatre Book of the Year, it was announced yesterday. When we reviewed it, we said: ‘Detailed, witty, a first-hand experience account of long involvement in alternative theatre.’

Receiving the award, Bradwell, characteristically remarked: ‘Theatre is too important to be left to the grown-ups.’ And he concluded, even more characteristically: ‘So please, be sure not to grow up.’

Link to the ReviewsGate review: http://www.reviewsgate.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=5195.

Rod Dungate
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, April 07, 2011 - 12:53 PM
LUCKY BREAK: Esther Freud
Pub: Bloomsbury, 04 04 11
RRP: 11.99 gbp
Review: Rod Dungate 07 04 11

(A link to the book on Amazon is below.)

A tale of drama, with humour and a welcome lack of gloss.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 09:41 PM
WORDS INTO ACTION: William Gaskill
Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 9 781848 421004
Review: Rod Dungate 22.10.10

Opens so many doors to discovering the power of words
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, August 06, 2010 - 09:50 AM
SO YOU WANT TO BE A THEATRE PRODUCER
James Seabright

NHB
Rec Price: 12.99
ISBN: 9 781854 595379

Review: Rod Dungate 06 08 10

(Some useful links appear below.)

An excellent addition to the SO YOU WANT TO BE series
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 10:09 AM
THE RELUCTANT ESCAPOLOGIST: Mike Bradwell
Nick Hern Books: 9 781854 595386
Pub: 2010

Review: Rod Dungate, 29 07 10

Detailed, witty, a first-hand experience account of long involvement in alternative theatre

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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 10:22 AM
STAGE MANAGEMENT: Gail Pallin
Nick Hern Books (New Edition)
Recommended Price: 14.99
ISBN: 9 781848 420144
Review: Rod Dungate, 23 June 2010

Simple, Marvellous, Simply marvellous.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, April 05, 2010 - 05:42 PM
NOTES ON DIRECTING: Frank Hauser, Russell Reich
Published: Methuen Drama, in the UK, February 2010
RRP: 9.99 gbp
ISBN: 9 781408 125205
Review: Rod Elongate, 5 April 2010
Here's a link to methun: www.acblack.com/drama/Books/details.aspx?isbn=9781408125205&title=+Notes+on+Directing

I’ve just read it and I’m grinning with pleasure.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, April 02, 2010 - 06:04 PM
SO YOU WANT TO GO TO DRAMA SCHOOL? Helen Freeman
Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 9 781848 420168
Published: 2010
(Part of the So You Want To . . . series.)
RRP 9.99 gbp

Review: Rod Dungate 02 04 10

So here’s a neat little book.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 04:33 PM
TALKING THEATRE: Interviews with Theatre People, Richard Eyre
Nick Hern Books
Recommended Price 20.00

Review: Rod Dungate, 27.12.09

Like Dr Who’s Tardis - bigger on the inside than on the outside.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, October 12, 2009 - 09:57 AM
SECRETS FROM THE CASTING COUCH
Camera Strategies for Actors from a Casting Director
Nancy Bishop
Methuen Drama: 2009: http://www.methuendrama.com/
ISBN: 9 781408 113271

(A link to the book on Amazon is below).

Every actor who want to work on screen needs to read this.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, September 25, 2009 - 11:09 AM
IMPROVISATION IN REHEARSAL
John Aboott
Nick Hern Books
Info on the book at NHB:
http://www.nickhernbooks.co.uk/index.cfm?nid=home&isbn=9781854595232&sr
ISBN: 978 1 85459 523 2
Cover Price: 10.99
Review: Rod Dungate 25.09.09

Clear, precise, tightly focused and a mine of good practice.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, September 06, 2009 - 01:01 PM
HOW PLAYS WORK: David Edgar
Nick Hern Books

RRP: 10.99
Review: Rod Dungate, 6 September 2009

Intriguing and extremely informative.

Here’s a link to the NHB website, a link to the book on Amazon is attached at the end of the review.
www.nickhernbooks.co.uk/

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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, August 17, 2009 - 12:31 PM
SHAKESPEARE MONOLOGUES FOR MEN
SHAKESPEARE MONOLOGUES FOR WOMEN
Nick Hern Books
RRP: 8.99 each
ISBN: 9781848420052 / 9781848420078
Review: Rod Dungate 17 August, 2009

For info and purchase: www.nickhernbooks.co.uk

A duo of dual purpose books.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 05:33 PM
Noel Coward: In His Own Words
Methuen Drama
ISBN: 9 781408 107584
RRP 7.99 (Paperback)

Review: Rod Dungate, 28 07 09
Info: www.acblack.com

(A link to the book on Amazon is below).


A great pleasure to read.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, July 03, 2009 - 10:38 AM
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INSIDE STORY: THE POWER OF THE TRANFORMATIONAL ARC: Dara Marks

ISBN: 978-1-4081-0942-7

Review: Ian Spiby, 2 July 2009
RRP: 14.99.

(A link to Amazon to the book is below)

A fascinating exploration of the art of writing film scripts.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, July 01, 2009 - 03:58 PM
BESIDE MYSELF: AN ACTOR’S LIFE, Antony Sher
Nick Hern Books - Reprint of 2001 book, with additional notes
ISBN: 9781848420359
A link to buy the book is below.

A man with an existential headache.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 07:42 PM
Methuen Books: both RRP 19.99.
(Make-up) ISBN: 9 781408 110430.
(Hairstyles) ISBN: 9 781408 109885.

All you need to know from Prehistoric Man to Bollywood and Grunge.

Links to the books on Amazon are below - sorry no images.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, April 24, 2009 - 11:04 AM
DRAMA GAMES: Jessica Swale.
NHB: Nick Hern Books.
RRP 8.99 gbp.
Review: Rod Dungate 24 April 2009

Simple, amazing, how do you live without it?.

(A link to the book follows the review.)

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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, January 05, 2009 - 01:14 PM
PRIESTLEY’S WARS: Edited by Neil Hanson.
Great Northern Books.
RRP: 18.99

No doubt about it - this is a great book about a great writer and thinker.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 04:40 PM
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STAGE DIRECTIONS - Michael Frayn writing on theatre 1970 - 2008
.
faber and faber, hardback: RRP 20 gbp.
ISBN: 9 780571 240555.
Review: Rod Dungate, 26 October 2008.

Stuffed full of valuable insights.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, October 08, 2008 - 10:44 AM
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About Churchill: the playwright and the work by Phillip Roberts.
Published by Faber.

ISBN: 978-0-571-22962-8.
Review: Ben Whitehouse, 8 October 2008.

(A link to the book on Amazon follows).

Accessible and multi-faceted.

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Posted by : bryce54 on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 08:15 AM
Reader's Comment

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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 08:05 PM
KENNETH TYNAN: Theatre Writings Selected and Edited by Dominic Shellard.
First Paperback Version published in the UK by NICK HERN BOOKS, 2008.
Foreword by Tom Stoppard.
ISBN: 978 1 85459 543 0
RRP: 9.99.

Review: Kim Durham, 8 September 2008.

A link to the book on Amazon is below:

Razor-sharp observations of the post-war British theatre scene.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 07:49 PM
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TACKLING TEXT [AND SUBTEXT]; A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR ACTORS.

Barbara Houseman.
Pub: Nick Hern Books.
ISBN: 978-1-85459-799-1.

Review: Ian Spiby, 24 September 2008.
RRP: 12.99.

(A link to Amazon to the book is below.)


An eminently practical manual on the art of acting.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, September 08, 2008 - 10:01 PM
STAGE LIGHTING DESIGN: THE ART, THE CRAFT, THE LIFE: Richard Pilbrow.
First Paperback Version published in the UK by NICK HERN BOOKS, 2008.
ISBN: 978 185459 996 4.
RRP: 19.99.

Review: Rod Dungate, 8 September 2008.
A link to the book on Amazon is at the end of the review.

A comprehensive, readable and inspiring book.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, September 05, 2008 - 05:05 PM
HANDBOOK OF ACTING TECHNIQUES: Edited by Arthur Bartow.
Paperback Publication by Nick Hern Books. ISBN: 978 1 85459 542 3
RRP: 12.99p.
Review: Rod Dungate, 5 September 2008.

A link to the book on Amazon appears below.

A must for the shelf of anyone seriously interested in acting.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 04:30 PM
WRITING DIALOGUE FOR SCRIPTS: Rib Davis.
Methuen drama: RRP 12.99.

ISBN: 9 781408 101346.
Review: Rod Dungate, 12 August 2008.

Invaluable book for scriptwriting students.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 09:13 PM
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DIFFERENT EVERY NIGHT: FREEING THE ACTOR: Mike Alfreds.
Pub: Nick Hern Books.
ISBN: 978-1-85459-967-4.

Review: Ian Spiby, 9 January 2008.
RRP: 14.99.

(A link to Amazon to the book is below).

A friendly and accessible guide to acting and directing

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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, January 01, 2008 - 09:14 PM
SO YOU WANT TO BE A PLAYWRIGHT?: Tim Fountain.
Nick Hern Books.

Pub: 2007 ISBN: 978 1 85459 716 8.
RRP: 9.99p.

(A link to the book on Amazon is attached below.)

An easy read, a valuable read.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 08:12 PM
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AT THE SHARP END: Peter Billingham.
Pub. Methuen Drama
ISBN: 978-0-7136-8507-7.

Review: Ian Spiby, 25 November 2007.
RRP: 16.99.

(A link to Amazon to the book is below)

A user-friendly guide to cutting edge British drama: ‘Is our contemporary theatre at the sharp end?’. This book provides and answer.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, October 01, 2007 - 10:04 PM
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VOICE AND SPEECH IN THE THEATRE: J.Clifford Turner.
Sixth edition: 2006. Edited by Jane Boston.
ISBN : 978-0-7136-8188-8.

Review: Annette Engelbrecht, September 2007.
(A link to Amazon for the book follows the review.)

Friendly, detailed, a must.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, October 01, 2007 - 09:47 PM
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THE IMPROVISATION BOOK: John Abbott.
Pub: Nick Hern Books.
ISBN: 978-1-85459-961-2.

Review: Ian Spiby, 30 September 2007.
RRP: 10.99.

(A link to Amazon to the book is below).

An excellent, practical, hands-on guide to teaching improvisation.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 10:49 AM
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THE WORST IT CAN BE IS A DISASTER: Braham Murray.
Pub: Methuen Drama.
ISBN: 978-0-7136-8490-2.

Review: Rod Dungate, 25 September 2007.
RRP: 16.99

(A link to Amazon to the book is below)

A detailed, painful, honest account of a life dedicated to creating theatre.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 05:44 PM
IMPRO: IMPROVISATION AND THE Theatre: Keith Johnstone.
Methuen Drama.
Republished 2007: RRP 9.99.
ISBN: 978-0-7136-8701-9: 9 780713 687019.
Review: Rod Dungate, August 2007.

(A link to the book in Amazon is at the end of the review.)

If you don’t have this book – get it quick.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, August 01, 2007 - 12:58 PM
THREE USES OF THE KNIFE: David Mamet
Methuen Drama
Published in paperback: 2007: RRP 9.99
ISBN: 978-0-7136-8558-9
Review: Rod Dungate

(A link to the book in Amazon is given below.)

A stimulating contribution to an important debate
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, July 06, 2007 - 12:09 PM
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THE COMPLETE STANISLAVKSY TOOLKIT: Bella Merlin
Nick Hern Books
www.nickhernbooks.co.uk
First Published: 2007
ISBN: 978 – 1 – 85459 – 793 – 9 / 9 781854 597939
RRP: 10.99p

Review: Rod Dungate: July 2007
A link to buy a copy of this book from Amazon is at the end of the review

I’ll go back to this time and time again

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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, May 03, 2007 - 05:45 PM
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PERFORMING SHAKESPEARE: Oliver Ford Davies
Nick Hern Books
Published 2007-05-0 RRP 10.99
ISBN: 978 1 85459 781 6
Review: Rod Dungate, 4 May 2007

So Guildenstern and Rosencrantz go toot
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, March 05, 2007 - 07:33 PM
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TAKING STOCK: The Theatre of Max Stafford-Clark. Philip Roberts and Max Stafford-Clark
Pub – Nick Hern Books 2007
RRP: 14.99
ISBN: 13 978 1 85459 840 0
Review: Kim Durham February 2007

Detailed, in-depth; a portrait of a career of more than 50 years
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 08:12 PM
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KENNETH TYNAN: THEATRE WRITINGS
Selected and Edited by Dominic Shellard
Nick Hern Books, pub 2007
ISBN: 978 – 1 – 85459 – 050 – 3/ 9 781854 590503
RRP £20.00
Review: Rod Dungate: 19 February 2007

Glorious: crammed with jewels
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 06:43 PM
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Kenneth Tynan PROFILES
Collected and Edited by Kathleen Tynan and Ernie Eban
Nick Hern Books, published in 2007 as a paperback original
ISBN: 978 – 1 – 85459 – 943 – 8 / 9 781854 599438
RRP: £14.99
Review: Rod Dungate, 3 February 2007
(links to Nick Hern Books and Amazon below)

(A companion book, KENNETH TYNAN THEATRE WRITINGS, will be reviewed on the site shortly)

Read it, relish it, and return to it often
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 06:05 PM
LOVE IS WHERE IT FALLS: Simon Callow
Nick Hern Books
First published in paperback, 2007
RRP: £8.99
ISBN: 1 – 85459 – 976 – 3 / 9 781854 599766
Review: Rod Dungate 20 January 2007

A marvellous read, revealing all round
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, January 09, 2007 - 05:33 PM
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WHY IS THAT SO FUNNY? A Practical Exploration of Physical Comedy : John Wright
Pub: Nick Hern Books, 2006
ISBN: 1 – 85459 – 782 – 5 / 9 – 781854 597823
RRP: 12.99 (UK)
Review: Rod Dungate, January 2007

The work of a leader in the field – clear, comprehensive, absorbing
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 02:09 PM
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THE IMPROVISATION GAME, DISCOVERING THE SECRETS OF SPONTANEOUS PERFORMANCE: Chris Johnston
Pub: Nick Hern Books, 2006
ISBN: 1-85459-668-3 / 9 781854 596680
UK RRP £12.00
Review: Rod Dungate, December 2006

Detailed, absorbing, the power to make you rethink what you are doing
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, December 23, 2006 - 03:31 PM
CD

Archive Recordings from Classics for Pleasure of
The School for Scandal: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The Importance of Being Earnest: Oscar Wilde
And 18th Century Album: Way of the World, Congreve; Beaux’ Stratagem, Farquhar; School for Scandal, Sheridan
Review: Rod Dungate

Style v Meaning – the struggle for supremacy is worked through

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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 12:39 PM
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HAMPTON ON HAMPTON: A series of interviews edited by Alistair Owen
Published by Faber and Faber 2005
ISBN: 0–571-21418-5 / 9 780571 214181
UK RRP £14.99
Review: Rod Dungate

Absorbing, detailed, important insights – and a deal of good humour

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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 11:35 PM
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LOOKING BACK: PLAYWRIGHTS AT THE ROYAL COURT 1956 – 2006 A collection of interviews by Harriet Devine
Published by Faber and Faber 2006
ISBN: 0-571-23013-X (9 780571 230136)
UK RRP: £14.99
Review: Rod Dungate, 17 December 2006

Interesting for all, essential for some

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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, December 04, 2006 - 04:14 PM
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OBEDIENCE, STRUGGLE AND REVOLT: David Hare
Published by Faber and Faber, in paperback (January 2007)
ISBN: 978-0-571-23219-2 (9-780571-232192)
UK RRP 9.99
Review: Rod Dungate, 4 December 2006

Passion, passionate views, not to be missed if you are concerned with society today
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 11:21 AM
CD
Archive Recordings of
The Entertainer: John Osbourne
The Caretaker: Harold Pinter
Murder in the Cathedral: T S Eliot

Recording Label: Classics for Pleasure

Far more than interesting - absorbing, valuable
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, October 30, 2005 - 02:38 PM
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THE ESSENTIAL SHAKESPEARE - LIVE
A 2CD set of extracts from live RSC performances
Produced from the British Library Sound Archive in association with RSC
Available from shops and RSC website (www. rsc. org, uk)

A joy, a complete joy.
Note: CDs comprise 20 extracts.
A handy booklet is included with photographs and the texts of extracts.
Recommended Price 15,95 gbp, bookshops and www.rsc.org.uk
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