A Gentle Art, 2nd Edition
By Daniel Bond
Routledge – 1998 – 160 pages
This popular book describes in detail a stage manager's job. It provides those just starting out in the profession with a solid grounding in theatre stage management practices and procedures. The disciplines of lighting, set design and sound are discussed but the main focus is the management of these elements and the processes and scheduling that go together to provide effective results.
Chronologically following the production of a play, the book starts with pre-production planning and progresses to opening night. With easy reference checklists and a full glossary, it is the essential guide to stage management.
"It is superbly illustrated with script schedules, diagrams and check-sheets, and covers everything from props to `being on the book. . . . This is a practical handbook which can be used for day to day reference by all of us concerned with the staging of productions and I unhesitatingly recommend it, not only to all those who practise this gentle art but to every student in every drama school." -- Charles Vance, Amateur Stage
Daniel Bond has worked in theatre stage management for over fourteen years. he has taught at the Central School of Speech and Drama