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Edexcel AS and A Level Drama and Theatre Study Guide (Paperback): Rhianna Elsden, Alicia Pope, David Porter, Lucy Ellen Rix Edexcel AS and A Level Drama and Theatre Study Guide (Paperback)
Rhianna Elsden, Alicia Pope, David Porter, Lucy Ellen Rix
R674 R560 Discovery Miles 5 600 Save R114 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Burlesque (Hardcover): Christopher Logan Burlesque (Hardcover)
Christopher Logan 1
R776 R628 Discovery Miles 6 280 Save R148 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

BURLESQUE is the second book in our Performance Series. Our first, dr.a.g. (for dressed as girl), showcased men at their glamorous best.This book focuses on the women.Beginning as a variety show with ribald humour and satirical political skits, burlesque branched out to become an empowering artful expression as well as a nostalgic nod to our past, both socially and politically. If you've ever been to a burlesque show, you've felt that charge in the air.Burlesque is experiencing a revival. Shows and festivals have been popping up everywhere and boasting record attendance levels.There are hundreds of magazines that cater to and focus on the Burlesque scene, crossing over into the Pin Up, Tattoo and Vintage fashion crowds as well.Just Google any performer in this book and you'll find thousands of fans on Facebook, and tens of thousands of followers on Twitter and Instagram. In the case of some of our most celebrated stars, UK queen of burlesque Immodesty Blaize and cross-over icon Dita VonTeese, those numbers are in the hundred thousands of followers.Sexy sells, but these performers also are bonafide celebrities in their own right, with huge followings and fan bases; a great place to start from to bring a wide audience to the table.

Royal Court: International (Hardcover): Easton, Mark O'Thomas Royal Court: International (Hardcover)
Easton, Mark O'Thomas
R1,990 Discovery Miles 19 900 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The first ever full-length study of the Royal Court Theatre's International Department, covering the theatre's unique programming of international plays and seasons, its London-based residences for writers from overseas, and the legacies of workshops conducted in more than 30 countries.

Royal Court: International (Paperback): Easton, Mark O'Thomas Royal Court: International (Paperback)
Easton, Mark O'Thomas
R1,447 Discovery Miles 14 470 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The first ever full-length study of the Royal Court Theatre's International Department, covering the theatre's unique programming of international plays and seasons, its London-based residences for writers from overseas, and the legacies of workshops conducted in more than 30 countries.

Bristol Hippodrome - A Century of Shows (Hardcover): Jonathan Shorney Bristol Hippodrome - A Century of Shows (Hardcover)
Jonathan Shorney
R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Edexcel A level Drama and Theatre Student Book and ActiveBook (Paperback): John Davey, Phil Cleaves, John Johnson Edexcel A level Drama and Theatre Student Book and ActiveBook (Paperback)
John Davey, Phil Cleaves, John Johnson
R670 Discovery Miles 6 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Inspiring Creativity and Confidence

Theatre and Politics (Paperback): Joe Kelleher Theatre and Politics (Paperback)
Joe Kelleher
R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What happens to politics when it takes the form of theatre? How has theatre both exploited and undermined politics both in society and on the stage? Theatre& Politics explores the complex relationship between theatre and politics, questioning some of the assumptions that often arise when they are brought together. Challenging ideas about 'entertainment' and 'communication', the book draws on a broad range of key writing from Plato to Ranciere, and theatrical examples from Shakespeare and his adaptors through Peter Handke to debbie tucker green.

The Broadway Musical Quiz Book (Paperback): Laura Frankos The Broadway Musical Quiz Book (Paperback)
Laura Frankos
R417 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R75 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Broadway Musical Quiz Book includes nearly 80 quizzes on every aspect of the Broadway musical, including sections devoted to the careers of major Broadway stars, songwriters, directors, and producers, ranging from Ethel Merman to Stephen Sondheim. It also features thematic quizzes - such as musicals set in France, adaptations from literature, food and drink, British shows, references to sports, biographical shows, and jukebox musicals - and quizzes covering each decade from 1900 to the present. With over 700 shows mentioned, and over 1200 questions, The Broadway Musical Quiz Book is detailed and thorough: the answer section doesn't merely list the answers, it provides further information on the quizzes' subjects (and often on wrong answers, too!). The Broadway Musical Quiz Book is more than just a compendium of trivia; it's a anecdotal history of musical theatre, with something for everyone who loves The Great White Way!

A History & Celebration of The Playhouse Theatre - Weston-super-Mare (Paperback): Samantha Ball A History & Celebration of The Playhouse Theatre - Weston-super-Mare (Paperback)
Samantha Ball
R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Carnival - Culture in Action - The Trinidad Experience (Hardcover): Milla Cozart Riggio Carnival - Culture in Action - The Trinidad Experience (Hardcover)
Milla Cozart Riggio
R2,576 Discovery Miles 25 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Traditional carnival theory, based mainly on the work of Mikhail Bakhtin and Victor Turner, has long defined carnival as inversive or subversive. The essays in this groundbreaking anthology collectively reverse that trend, offering a re-definition of 'carnival' that is focused not on the hierarchy it temporarily displaces or negates, but one that is rooted in the actuality of the festival event. Carnival details its new theory in terms of a carnival that is at once representative and distinctive: The Carnival of Trinidad-the most copied yet least studied major carnival in the world.
Editor Milla Cozart Riggio has compiled a body of work that takes the reader on a fascinating journey exploring the various aspects of carnival - its traditions, its history, its music, its politics - and prefaces each section with an illuminating essay. This beautifully illustrated volume features work by leading writers and experts on carnival from around the world, and includes two stunning photo essays by acclaimed photographers Pablo Delano and Jeffrey Chock.

Theater and Spectacle in the Art of the Roman Empire (Paperback): Katherine M. D. Dunbabin Theater and Spectacle in the Art of the Roman Empire (Paperback)
Katherine M. D. Dunbabin
R998 R852 Discovery Miles 8 520 Save R146 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Theater, spectacle, and performance played significant roles in the political and social structure of the Roman Empire, which was diverse in population and language. A wide and varied range of entertainment was available to a Roman audience: the traditional festivals with their athletic contests and dramatic performances, pantomime and mime, the chariot races of the circus, and the gladiatorial shows and wild beast hunts of the arena. In Theater and Spectacle in the Art of the Roman Empire, which is richly illustrated in color throughout, Katherine M. D. Dunbabin emphasizes the visual evidence for these events.Images of spectacle appear in a wide range of artistic media, from the mosaics and paintings that decorated wealthy private houses to the sculpture of tomb monuments, and from luxury objects such as silver tableware to more humble ceramic lamps and pottery vessels. Dunbabin places the information derived from this visual material into the wider context provided by the written sources, both literary and epigraphic. This allows us to understand the functions that these images served in the social rituals of public and domestic life. By explicating both the social and cultural role of the spectacles themselves and the nature of their representation in art, Dunbabin provides a comprehensive portrait of the popular culture of the period.

50/50 Monologues for Student Actors II - 100 More Monologues for Guys & Girls (Paperback, New): Mary Depner 50/50 Monologues for Student Actors II - 100 More Monologues for Guys & Girls (Paperback, New)
Mary Depner
R342 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R65 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A collection of comedic and dramatic monologues with 50 monologues for boys and 50 monologues for girls.

The Cambridge Companion to Gilbert and Sullivan (Paperback): David Eden, Meinhard Saremba The Cambridge Companion to Gilbert and Sullivan (Paperback)
David Eden, Meinhard Saremba
R612 Discovery Miles 6 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Memorable melodies and fanciful worlds - the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan remain as popular today as when they were first performed. This Companion provides a timely guide to the history and development of the collaboration between the two men, including a fresh examination of the many myths and half-truths surrounding their relationship. Written by an international team of specialists, the volume features a personal account from film director Mike Leigh on his connection with the Savoy Operas and the creation of his film Topsy-Turvy. Starting with the early history of the operatic stage in Britain, the Companion places the operas in their theatrical and musical context, investigating the amateur performing tradition, providing new perspectives on the famous patter songs and analysing their dramatic and operatic potential. Perfect for enthusiasts, performers and students of Gilbert and Sullivan's enduring work, the book examines their legacy and looks forward to the future.

Prop Master - A Guidebook for Successful Theatrical Prop Management (Paperback): Amy Mussman Prop Master - A Guidebook for Successful Theatrical Prop Management (Paperback)
Amy Mussman
R401 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R77 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Whether you are a professional, volunteer or student prop master for a play production, this book reviews what a demanding theatre tech position this is. There is a lot more to propping a show than many theatre people realise. The twelve chapters of this book provide clear definitions of the job in action. They tell how to build a props department, how to create props and how to work with the technical crew, designers, supervisors and performers. Until now there has been no comprehensive manual or guidebook like this to lead a prop master through the entire process. No prop master should work without this guide as a ready reference to solve many unexpected problems. The book is divided into twelve chapters: What Are Props?; The Prop Master; Interacting with Other People; A Successful Work Environment; The Prop Shop; Collections and Files; The First Steps of the Building Process; Start "Propping"; Rehearsals and Performances; Safety; Timeless Tips and Techniques; Basic Theatre Terminology. Amy Mussman has over ten years of experience working as prop master for professional theatre companies.

South Pacific - The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical The Applause Libretto Library (Paperback): Richard... South Pacific - The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical The Applause Libretto Library (Paperback)
Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein
R346 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R65 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

(Applause Libretto Library). Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony for Best Musical, South Pacific flourished as the golden musical of Broadway's post-WWII golden era. Nearly 60 years after its 1949 premiere, South Pacific returned to Broadway in Lincoln Center Theater's glorious Tony-winning production, setting box-office records and bringing this timely and timeless musical to new generations. With a score by Rodgers & Hammerstein and a libretto by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan, based on James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Tales of the South Pacific, this landmark musical combines compassionate love stories with the saga of a world at war. Richly developed characters are faced with life-changing moments in a complex world, their thoughts and yearnings powerfully expressed in the lyrics to such songs as "This Nearly Was Mine," "Younger Than Springtime," and "Some Enchanted Evening."

Popular Theatre - A Sourcebook (Hardcover): Joel Schechter Popular Theatre - A Sourcebook (Hardcover)
Joel Schechter
R2,691 Discovery Miles 26 910 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


Bertolt Brecht turned to cabaret; Ariane Mnouchkine went to the circus; Joan Littlewood wanted to open a palace of fun. These were a few of the directors who turned to popular theatre forms in the last century, and this sourcebook accounts for their attraction.
Popular theatre forms introduced in this sourcebook include cabaret, circus, puppetry, vaudeville, Indian jatra, political satire, and physical comedy. These entertainments are highly visual, itinerant, and readily understood by audiences. Popular Theatre: A Sourcebook follows them around the world, from the bunraku puppetry of Japan to the masked topeng theatre of Bali to South African political satire, the San Francisco Mime Troupe's comic melodramas, and a 'Fun Palace' proposed for London.
The book features essays from the archives of The Drama Review and other research. Contributions by Roland Barthes, Hovey Burgess, Marvin Carlson, John Emigh, Dario Fo, Ron Jenkins, Joan Littlewood, Brooks McNamara, Richard Schechner, and others, offer some of the most important, informative, and lively writing available on popular theatre. Introducing both Western and non-Western popular theatre practices, the sourcebook provides access to theatrical forms which have delighted audiences and attracted stage artists around the world.

1986 Annual Progress In Child Psychiatry (Hardcover): Stella Chess, Alexander Thomas 1986 Annual Progress In Child Psychiatry (Hardcover)
Stella Chess, Alexander Thomas
R2,665 R1,525 Discovery Miles 15 250 Save R1,140 (43%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

YoungGiftedandFat - An Autoethnography of Size, Sexuality, and Privilege (Hardcover): Sharrell D. Luckett YoungGiftedandFat - An Autoethnography of Size, Sexuality, and Privilege (Hardcover)
Sharrell D. Luckett
R3,046 Discovery Miles 30 460 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

YoungGiftedandFat is a critical autoethnography of "performing thin"- on the stage and in life. Sharrell D. Luckett's story of weight loss and gain and playing the (beautiful, desirable, thin) leading lady showcases an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to issues of weight and self-esteem, performance, race, and gender. Sharrell structures her project with creative text, interviews, testimony, journal entries, dialogues, monologues, and deep theorizing through and about the abundance of flesh. She explores the politics of Black culture, and particularly the intersections of her lived and embodied experiences. Her body and body transformation becomes a critical praxis to evidence fat as a feminist issue, fat as a Black-girl-woman issue, and fat as an ideological construct that is as much on the brain as it is on the body. YoungGiftedandFat is useful to any area of research or course offering taking up questions of size politics at the intersections of race and sexuality.

Getting By on the Minimum - The Lives of Working-Class Women (Paperback): Jennifer Johnson Getting By on the Minimum - The Lives of Working-Class Women (Paperback)
Jennifer Johnson
R988 Discovery Miles 9 880 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


Jennifer Johnson profiles the real-life stories if more than sixty women who have no college education, are married with kids, and ears an average of $16,000 per year, giving us an important window into a large, poorly understood segment of US society. Through the words of these women, Johnson captures the essence of women's working-class experience: from job stagnation, low self-esteem, and social isolation to camaraderie among co-workers, loyalty to one's roots, and even prise in a job well done. This compassionately told book offers a captivating an emotional study of the difference class makes in women's lives, as well as the problems, restrictions, and rewards to all women.

Theatre and Governance in Britain, 1500-1900 - Democracy, Disorder and the State (Hardcover): Tony Fisher Theatre and Governance in Britain, 1500-1900 - Democracy, Disorder and the State (Hardcover)
Tony Fisher
R1,951 Discovery Miles 19 510 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book begins with a simple observation - that just as the theatre resurfaced during the late Renaissance, so too government as we understand it today also began to appear. Their mutually entwining history was to have a profound influence on the development of the modern British stage. This volume proposes a new reading of theatre's relation to the public sphere. Employing a series of historical case studies drawn from the London theatre, Tony Fisher shows why the stage was of such great concern to government by offering close readings of well-known religious, moral, political, economic and legal disputes over the role, purpose and function of the stage in the 'well-ordered society'. In framing these disputes in relation to what Michel Foucault called the emerging 'art of government', this book draws out - for the first time - a full genealogy of the governmental 'discourse on the theatre'.

The Art of Theatre - A Concise Introduction (Paperback, 3rd edition): Wright, Erik Ramsey, William Downs The Art of Theatre - A Concise Introduction (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Wright, Erik Ramsey, William Downs
R1,158 R976 Discovery Miles 9 760 Save R182 (16%) Ships in 15 - 25 working days

THE ART OF THEATRE: A CONCISE INTRODUCTION, Third Edition, explores issues of cultural diversity and creativity, presents a full day-in-the-life of theatre, and offers briefer coverage of theatre history. The authors make timely and relevant connections between theatre and the familiar world of television and film to help students understand how the living art of theatre relates to and influences today's screen entertainment.

Staging Chinese Revolution - Theater, Film, and the Afterlives of Propaganda (Hardcover): Xiaomei Chen Staging Chinese Revolution - Theater, Film, and the Afterlives of Propaganda (Hardcover)
Xiaomei Chen
R1,278 R1,098 Discovery Miles 10 980 Save R180 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Staging Chinese Revolution surveys fifty years of theatrical propaganda performances in China, revealing a dynamic, commercial capacity in works often dismissed as artifacts of censorship. Spanning the 1960s through the 2010s, Xiaomei Chen reads films, plays, operas, and television shows from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, demonstrating how, in a socialist state with "capitalist characteristics," propaganda performance turns biographies, memoirs, and war stories into mainstream ideological commodities, legitimizing the state and its right to rule. Analyzing propaganda performance also brings contradictions and inconsistencies to light that throw common understandings about propaganda's purpose into question. Chen focuses on revisionist histories that stage the lives of the "founding fathers" of the Communist Party, such as Chen Duxiu, Mao Zedong, and Deng Xiaoping, and the engaging mix of elite and ordinary characters that animate official propaganda in the private and public sphere. Taking the form of "personal" memories and representing star and youth culture and cyberspace, contemporary Chinese propaganda appeals through multiple perspectives, complicating relations among self, subject, agent, state building, and national identity. Chen treats Chinese performance as an extended form of political theater confronting critical issues of commemoration, nostalgia, state rituals, and contested history. It is through these reenactments that three generations of revolutionary leaders loom in extraordinary ways over Chinese politics and culture.

History of European Drama and Theatre (Hardcover): Erika Fischer-Lichte History of European Drama and Theatre (Hardcover)
Erika Fischer-Lichte
R2,577 Discovery Miles 25 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


Knightstone: The Story of Weston-Super-Mare's 'Island' Theatre (Paperback): Jonathan Shorney Knightstone: The Story of Weston-Super-Mare's 'Island' Theatre (Paperback)
Jonathan Shorney
R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
What Is a Western? - Region, Genre, Imagination (Paperback): Josh Garrett-Davis What Is a Western? - Region, Genre, Imagination (Paperback)
Josh Garrett-Davis; Foreword by Patricia Nelson Limerick
R647 Discovery Miles 6 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

There's "western", and then there's "Western" - and where history becomes myth is an evocative question, one of several questions posed by Josh Garrett-Davis in What Is a Western? Region, Genre, Imagination. Part cultural criticism, part history, and wholly entertaining, this series of essays on specific films, books, music, and other cultural texts brings a fresh perspective to long-studied topics. Under Garrett-Davis's careful observation, cultural objects such as films and literature, art and artifacts, and icons and oddities occupy the terrain of where the West as region meets the Western genre. One crucial through line in the collection is the relationship of regional "western" works to genre "Western" works, and the ways those two categories cannot be cleanly distinguished - most work about the West is tinted by the Western genre, and Westerns depend on the region for their status and power. Garrett-Davis also seeks to answer the question "What is a Western now?" To do so, he brings the Western into dialogue with other frameworks of the "imagined West" such as Indigenous perspectives, the borderlands, and environmental thinking. The book's mosaic of subject matter includes new perspectives on the classic musical film Oklahoma!, a consideration of Native activism at Standing Rock, and surprises like Pee-wee's Big Adventure and Dr. Seuss's The Lorax. The book is influenced by the borderlands theory of Gloria Anzaldua and the work of the indie rock band Calexico, as well as the author's own discipline of western cultural history. Richly illustrated, primarily from the collection of the Autry Museum of the American West, Josh Garrett-Davis's work is as visually interesting as it is enlightening, asking readers to consider the American West in new ways.

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