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  • Constellations

    by Nick Payne ...
    One relationship. Infinite possibilities.'Let's go for a drink. I don't know what I'm doing here anyway. One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again.'Nick Payne's Constellations is a play about free will and friendship; it's about quantum multiverse theory, love and honey.Constellations premiered at the Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live

    Saturday Night is the intimate history of the original Saturday Night Live, from its beginnings as an outlaw program produced by an unruly band of renegades from the comedy underground to a TV institution that made stars of John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris, Joe Piscopo and Eddie Murphy. This is the book that revealed to the world ... Read more

    $10.26 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Will In The World

    How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

    Stephen Greenblatt's Will in the World is widely recognised to be the fullest and most brilliant account ever written of Shakespeare's life, his work and his age.Shakespeare was a man of his time, constantly engaging with his audience's deepest desires and fears, and by reconnecting with this historic reality we are able to experience the true character of the playwright himself. Greenblatt traces ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD

  • Frankenstein, based on the novel by Mary Shelley

    by Nick Dear ...
    Slowly I learnt the ways of humans: how to ruin, how to hate, how to debase, how to humiliate. And at the feet of my master I learnt the highest of human skills, the skill no other creature owns: I finally learnt how to lie.Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein's bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Illustrated + FREE audiobook link + Active TOC)

    by Oscar Wilde ...
    FEATURES:      •     Includes beautiful artworks and illustrations      •     A link of a FREE audio book to download at the end of the book      •     Active Table of Contents for an easy navigation within the book      •     Manually coded and crafted by professionals for highest formatting quality and standard... ... Read more

    $1.45 AUD

  • The Viewpoints Book

    A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition

    The Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the postmodern dance world. It was first articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie, who broke down the two dominant issues performers deal with—space and time—into six categories. Since that time, directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau have expanded her notions and adapted them for actors to function together spontaneously and ... Read more

    $23.99 AUD

  • 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write

    On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater

    by Sarah Ruhl ...
    100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write is an incisive, idiosyncratic collection on life and theater from major American playwright Sarah Ruhl.This is a book in which chimpanzees, Chekhov, and child care are equally at home. A vibrant, provocative examination of the possibilities of the theater, it is also a map to a very particular artistic sensibility, and an unexpected guide for anyone who has ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • Look Back in Anger

    by John Osborne ...
    In 1956 John Osborne's Look Back in Anger changed the course of English theatre.'Look Back in Anger presents post-war youth as it really is. To have done this at all would be a significant achievement; to have done it in a first play is a minor miracle. All the qualities are there, qualities one had despaired of ever seeing on stage - the drift towards anarchy, the instinctive leftishness, the ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Homecoming

    by Harold Pinter ...
    'An exultant night - a man in total command of his talent.' Observer'The most intense expression of compressed violence to be found anywhere in Pinter's plays.' The TimesWhen Teddy, a professor in an American university, brings his wife Ruth to visit his old home in London, he finds his family still living in the house. In the conflict that follows, it is Ruth who becomes the focus of the family's ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov

    by Stella Adler ...
    In her long-awaited book, the legendary acting teacher Stella Adler gives us her extraordinary insights into the work of Henrik Ibsen ("The creation of the modern theater took a genius like Ibsen. . .Miller and Odets, Inge and O'Neill, Williams and Shaw, swallowed the whole of him"), August Strindberg ("He understood and predicted the forces that would break in our lives"), and Anton Chekhov ( ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • An Actor's Work

    A Student's Diary

    Stanislavski’s ‘system’ has dominated actor-training in the West since his writings were first translated into English in the 1920s and 30s. His systematic attempt to outline a psycho-physical technique for acting single-handedly revolutionized standards of acting in the theatre.Until now, readers and students have had to contend with inaccurate, misleading and difficult-to-read English-language ... Read more

    $75.99 AUD

  • Shakespeare's Ear

    Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Theater

    by Tim Rayborn ...
    A “page-turningly entertaining” history of scandals and skulduggery onstage and off (William Lyons, historical adviser for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre).Filled with fact, folklore, and stories of revenge, murder, affairs, and persecution, Shakespeare’s Ear shows that in the world of theater, the drama can be just as intense behind the scenes. Learn about:An ancient Greek writer of tragedies who ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Mr. Foote's Other Leg

    by Ian Kelly ...
    When Samuel Foote was buried clandestinely in the cloisters of Westminster Cathedral, he may or may not have been reunited with his missing leg. (In eighteenth-century London it was customary for amputees to be buried with their sawn-off limbs, which were kept embalmed for this purpose.) How Samuel Foote lost his leg is one of the many extraordinary and gruesome elements in the story of a unique ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • No Applause--Just Throw Money

    The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous

    by Trav S.D. ...
    A seriously funny look at the roots of American EntertainmentWhen Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin were born, variety entertainment had been going on for decades in America, and like Harry Houdini, Milton Berle, Mae West, and countless others, these performers got their start on the vaudeville stage. From 1881 to 1932, vaudeville was at the heart of show business in the States. Its stars were ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Harold Pinter Plays 1

    The Birthday Party; The Room; The Dumb Waiter; A Slight Ache; The Hothouse; A Night Out; The Black and White; The Examination

    by Harold Pinter ...
    This volume contains Harold Pinter's first six plays, including The Birthday Party.The Birthday PartyStanley Webber is visited in his boarding house by two strangers, Goldberg and McCann. An innocent-seeming birthday party for Stanley turns into a nightmare.'Mr Pinter's terrifying blend of pathos and hatred fuses unforgettably into the stuff of art.' Sunday TimesThe Room and The Dumb WaiterIn ... Read more

    $22.99 AUD

  • In-Yer-Face Theatre

    British Drama Today

    by Aleks Sierz ...
    The most controversial and newsworthy plays of British theatre are a rash of rude, vicious and provocative pieces by a brat pack of twentysomethings whose debuts startled critics and audiences with their heady mix of sex, violence and street-poetry.In-Yer-Face Theatre is the first book to study this exciting outburst of creative self-expression by what in other contexts has been called Generation ... Read more

    $20.99 AUD

  • The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam

    A full-color graphic memoir inspired by the award-winning documentary-and the life and mystery of China's greatest magician.Who was Long Tack Sam?He was born in 1885. He ran away from Shangdung Province to join the circus. He was an acrobat. A magician. A comic. An impresario. A restaurateur. A theater owner. A world traveler. An East-West ambassador. A mentor to Orson Welles. He was considered ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • A Little Devil in America

    In Praise of Black Performance

    **As featured on Barack Obama's Summer 2022 Reading List**Winner of the Gordon Burn PrizeWinner of the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in NonfictionFinalist for the National Book Critics Circle AwardFinalist for the Pen/Diamonstein-Spievogel Award for the Art of the EssayShortlisted for the National Book Award'Gorgeous' - Brit B... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • How Beautiful It Is And How Easily It Can Be Broken


    Whether he's on Broadway or at the movies, considering a new bestseller or revisiting a literary classic, Daniel Mendelsohn's judgments over the past fifteen years have provoked and dazzled with their deep erudition, disarming emotionality, and tart wit. Now How Beautiful It Is And How Easily It Can Be Broken reveals all at once the enormous stature of Mendelsohn's achievement and demonstrates why ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • Ottoman Empire and European Theatre Vol. I

    The Age of Mozart and Selim III (1756-1808)

    Book 1 - Ottomania
    The first volume of the book series Ottoman Empire and European Theatre focuses on the period between 1756 and 1808, the era of W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) and Sultan Selim III (1761-1808). These historical personalities, whose life-spans overlap, were towering figures of their time: Mozart as an extraordinary composer and Selim III as both a politician and a composer. Inspired by the structure of ... Read more

    $82.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Writing The Broadway Musical

    by Aaron Frankel ...
    Brimming with advice and techniques, this essential reference for book- and songwriters clearly explains the fundamentals of the three crafts of a musical-book, music, and lyrics. Using copious examples from classic shows, Frankel has created the quintessential musical writers' how-to. Among the topics:definitions of musical theater; differences between musical books and straight plays and between ... Read more

    $24.99 AUD

  • Rise Up!

    Broadway and American Society from 'Angels in America’ to ‘Hamilton’

    Penned by one of America's best-known daily theatre critics and organized chronologically, this lively and readable book tells the story of Broadway's renaissance from the darkest days of the AIDS crisis, via the disaster that was Spiderman: Turn off the Dark through the unparalleled financial, artistic and political success of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton.It is the story of the embrace of risk ... Read more

    $36.99 AUD

  • Conversations with Anne

    by Anne Bogart ...
    From one remarkable mind to another, Conversations with Anne documents the series of intimate interviews that theater director Anne Bogart has conducted-before live audiences-with major artists and cultural thinkers at her West Side studio over half a decade. In these extraordinary conversations, Bogart and her guests consider such free-ranging topics as the driving forces in their work, the paths ... Read more

    $28.99 AUD

  • Wonder in Shakespeare

    by A. Cohen ...
    In the first part of this book, Adam Max Cohen embraces the many meanings of wonder in order to challenge the generic divides between comedy, tragedy, history, and romance and suggests that Shakespeare's primary goal in crafting each of his playworlds was the evocation of one or more varieties of wonder. ... Read more

    $98.99 AUD