A great stage performance is usually achieved through high practice standards in rehearsal. In a series of engaging case studies exploring how actors and directors work, this authoritative volume, written by some of the world's leading pioneers in the field, takes the reader into that most sacred of spaces and gives a unique insight into theatre making at its best. Covering a wide range of practice from the traditions of Commedia de'll Arte to contemporary reworkings of Shakespeare, cutting edge performance and applied theatre, this book examines the work of modern influential figures such as Ferruccio Soleri, Ann Bogart and Malachi Bogdanov. Invaluable to all drama students and teachers at school, college or university, theatre professionals and anyone with a passionate interest in this most ephemeral of art forms.
Ronan Paterson has been part of professional theatre for more than thirty years. He is currently the head of performing arts at the University of Teesside.