By Bella Merlin
Routledge – 2003 – 184 pages
This compact, well-illustrated and clearly written book offers an essential guide to the complex and contradictory nature of this master of theatre.
Routledge Performance Practitioners are a series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century. Each volume explains the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth and twenty-first century performance.
These compact, well-illustrated and clearly written books unravel the contribution of modern theatre's most charismatic innovators, through:
*explanation of key writings
*description of significant productions
*reproduction of practical exercises.
As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.
'[A] fascinating book [and] examplary exposition.' - Aleks Sierz, THES
1. Biography in Social and Artistic Context 2. Summary and Analysis of An Actor Prepares 3. Description and Analysis of The Seagull 4. Practical Exercises 5. Conclusion 6. A Brief Glossary of Terms 7. Bibliography
Bella Merlin is a professional actor and a lecturer in Drama and Theatre Arts at Birmingham University.