Creating Solo Performance
By Sean Bruno and Luke Dixon
“A welcome addition to an actor’s bookshelves.” – The Stage, 18 Sept 2014
Creating Solo Performance is an innovative toolbox of exercises and challenges focused on providing you – the performer – with engaging and inspiring ways to explore and develop your idea both on the page and in the performance space.
The creation of a solo show may be the most rewarding, liberating and stressful challenge you will take on in your career. This book acts as your silent collaborator as you develop your performance, by helpfully arranging exercises under the following headings Beginnings, Creating character, Generating material, Using your performance space, Technology, Endings and Collaboration
Exercises can be explored in sequence, at random or according to your specific needs and interests as a performer. By enabling you to create a bespoke formula that best applies to your specific subject, area of interest, style and discipline, this book will become an indispensable resource as you produce your solo show.
Play Acting: A Handbook of Theatre Workshops for Actors, Teachers and Directors
By Luke Dixon
A handbook of theatre workshops for actors, teachers and directors, by a leader in the field of physical theatre and research This is a book of theatrical beginnings for actors, teachers and directors. Divided into four parts, from Body through to Voice, Heart and Mind, the book covers all the elements you need to engage in order to train as an actor. The dizzying breadth of exercises and workshops offered here start you off on all the processes; from voice warm-ups and bodywork through to interacting with space and creating characters. Drawing on a plethora of influences, from Japanese Butoh to African dance, Shakespearean verse speaking and children’s games, this book is aimed to entice actors who need to refresh their skills, those who would like to take part in or run workshops, and many who have no experience at all.Praise for Luke Dixon’s directing: “Outstanding physical theatre…electrifying…an appearance of the most voluptuous glamour” -Independent
Shakespeare Monologues For Men/Women (Good Audition Guides)
Edited by Luke Dixon
For any actor a great deal depends on their coming up with something that is exactly suited both to the role they are auditioning for and to their particular performing skills. This is where “The Good Audition Guides” come in. Each book contains over 50 speeches drawn from across the whole of Shakespeare’s canon, from some of the best loved works such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry V to more intriguing less well-known speeches from plays like Love’s Labour’s Lost, King John and Titus Andronicus. Each monologue is prefaced with a neat summary of the information needed to place the piece in context and to perform it to maximum effect. Edited by Luke Dixon and drawing on his extensive experience as a director and teacher of Shakespeare the book also features a user friendly introduction on selecting the right speech, tackling Shakespeare’s language and handling the audition process. A must have for actors at every level, whether putting together speeches for a school exam, drama-school entrance or a professional casting.
Shakespeare Monologues For Young Men (Good Audition Guides)
Edited by Luke Dixon
As a young actor at any level-whether it be school exam, drama-school entrance or professional casting – you are likely to be called upon to perform a speech from Shakespeare. A great deal will depend on your coming up with something fresh that is suited both to your particular performing skills and to the purposes of the audition. Which is where this volume of The Good Audition Guides comes in.Drawing on his extensive experience as a theatre director and in drama training – including teaching numerous courses in auditioning with Shakespeare’s speeches – Luke Dixon has chosen forty monologues for young male actors from across the whole of Shakespeare’s canon.
Each monologue comes with a neat summary of the vital information (the who, where and when of the speech), plus descriptions of what is happening, what to think about when preparing it, and a glossary. There is also a user-friendly introduction to selecting your speech, tackling Shakespeare’s language and approaching the audition itself.