So You Want to be a Theatre Director?

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Nick Hern Books, 2004 - Drama - 248 pages

As artistic director of English Touring Theatre (“the company of the moment”—Daily Mail), Stephen Unwin has worked with hundreds of different actors in a multiplicity of venues. In this book, he takes readers step-by-step through choosing the play, casting, design, rehearsal, running the play, putting it on stage and on to opening night.

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Contents

What it takes
3
What is a Theatre Director?
10
Starting out
16
Contexts and Colleagues
23
Choice of Play
31
Preparation
44
Casting
60
Design 1 Creative
78
Rehearsals 4 Language
124
Rehearsals 5 Character
135
Rehearsals 6 Blocking and Movement
164
Rehearsals 7 Specialists
190
Rehearsals 8 Manners
198
Rehearsals 9 Running it
205
Putting it onto the Stage
210
Opening
225

Design 2 Practical
95
Rehearsals 1 Starting out
103
Rehearsals 2 Establishing Facts
112
Rehearsals 3 Warmups Improvisation Games and Exercises
117
Hamlet Konstantin and the Radical Young Director
233
Endnotes
237
Index
246
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Stephen Unwin founded the English Touring Theatre in 1993.

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