The Director's Craft: A Handbook for the Theatre

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-10-03
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The Director "s Craftis a unique and completely indispensable step-by-step guide to directing for the stage. Written by one of the most adventurous and respected directors working today, this book will be an essential item in every student and practitioner "s kitbag. It provides detailed assistance with each aspect of the varied challenges facing all theatre directors, and does so with startling clarity. It will inspire everyone, from the beginner just starting out to the experienced practitioner looking to reinvigorate their practice. Katie Mitchell shares and explains the key practical tools she uses to approach her work with both actors, production teams, and the text itself. She addresses topics such as: the ideas that underpin a play "s text preparing improvizations Twelve Golden Rules for working with actors managing the transition from rehearsal room to theatre analyzing your work after a run has ended. Each chapter concludes with a summary of its critical points, making this an ideal reference work for both directors and actors at any stage of their development.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Preparing for Rehearsalsp. 7
Organising your early responses to the textp. 11
Organising information about each scenep. 31
Investigating the big ideas of the playp. 44
Analysing the action of the playp. 53
Deepening work on characterp. 68
Building relationships with your production teamp. 75
Selecting actors and testing starting points for rehearsalsp. 99
Preparing the rehearsal environmentp. 106
Rehearsalsp. 113
The initial few days of rehearsalp. 117
Building the world of the playp. 141
Working on the scenes of the playp. 169
Getting Into the Theatre and the Public Performancesp. 195
Technical and dress rehearsalsp. 199
The public performancesp. 213
Context and Sourcesp. 223
How I learnt the skills the book describesp. 225
Glossaryp. 233
Indexp. 237
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