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Recommended Acting Books

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in-depth-acting-dee-cannonIN DEPTH ACTING

By Dee Cannon


ISBN: 9781849432320

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A book that will stand the test of time’ – Pierce Brosnan

An essential guide to the Stanislavski technique, filtering out the complexities of the system and offering a dynamic, hands-on approach. Provides a comprehensive understanding of character, preparation, text, subtext and objectives.

  • How to prepare for drama school and professional auditions
  • How to develop a 3-dimensional, truthful character
  • Preparation exercises to help you get in character
  • Rehearsal guidelines
  • An appendix of Transitive/Active Verbs and more

‘A wonderful, succinct book that no student or professional actor should be without.’ Jenny Lipman, LAMDA

‘Dee Cannon’s classes at RADA were legendary. An inspiring and intensely practical guide for anyone, at any stage of their acting life.’ Eve Best

‘This is the definitive version of the method I use to approach every role… How wonderful to finally have it all in book form!’ Gemma Arterton

‘Working with Dee and with this book I feel my process and preparation has been energized, activated and inspired’ Ramin Karimloo


Actions: The Actors ThesaurusACTIONS: THE ACTORS’ THESAURUS

By Marina Caldarone and Maggie Lloyd-Williams


ISBN: 9781854596741

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‘If you want to act, or act better, Actions will take you a long way on the journey to excellence’ Terry Johnson

A vital companion for actors in rehearsal – a thesaurus of action-words to revitalise performance, with a foreword by Terry Johnson.

Finding the right action is an essential part of the process of preparation for the actor. Using this thesaurus of active verbs, the actor can refine the action-word until s/he hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive. The method of ‘actioning’ is widely used in rehearsal rooms, but has never before been set down in a systematic and comprehensive way.

An Attitude for ActingAN ATTITUDE FOR ACTING : How to Survive (and Thrive) as an Actor

By Andrew Tidmarsh and Tara Swart


ISBN: 9781848421127


A ‘how to’ book for actors who want to develop a ‘can do’ attitude to their profession in the face of rejection and intense competition.

Feeling despondent about the acting profession?
Been out of work for longer than you care to remember?
Starting to resent the injustices of the job and the success of other actors?

If so, An Attitude for Acting will inspire you to break out of the cycle of despondency and start to view yourself as a creative and autonomous individual who is valuable and employable. The book focuses on:

  • Maintaining a healthy attitude
  • Dealing with negative emotions
  • Keeping productive and motivated
  • Developing self-belief and getting the support you need
  • Turning discouragement into activity and opportunity
  • Coping with nerves
  • Preparing for auditions
  • Being included and not feeling left out
  • Building a value system that includes trust, responsibility, flexibility, creativity, adaptability and courage

The book contains a series of intensely ‘hands-on’ exercises – some for practising alone, others for doing with friends or colleagues. These techniques will enable you to free yourself from potential states of inertia and hopelessness, and prevent any feelings of worthlessness becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, you will develop a self-confident, ‘can-do’ mentality that will help you shape the career you want.

Whether you’ve just completed your training and want to start your career with confidence or you’ve been acting a while and are having difficulty planning the next stage, this book will help you on your path to surviving – and thriving – as an actor.

‘sensible practical advice… anyone embarking on an acting career or currently in the doldrums would do well to invest in this book’ British Theatre Guide

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