Simon Callow and Harriet Walter - Words in the Square

Simon Callow and Harriet Walter appear in a panel event on 'Building a Character' in the London Library's Words in the Square festival on Sunday 8 May, 1pm-2pm.

How do actors, writers and directors develop their understanding of character to avoid cliché and create believable and compelling drama? In this revelatory look behind the scenes Simon Russell Beale, Simon Callow, Natascha McElhone and Harriet Walter discuss the process of research and rehearsal, revealing how they have developed specific techniques to help them find their own particular truths about human behaviour and performance. Nicholas Hytner, former Artistic Director of the National Theatre, chairs.

Other People's Shoes - Thoughts on Acting, My Life in Pieces - An Alternative Autobiography, Love Is Where It Falls - An Account of a Passionate Friendship

Harriet Walter, Simon Callow

Date:  Sunday 8th May 2016 1.00pm
Location:  London Library, St James's Square SW1

Paul Clayton - How to Be a Working Actor

Join NHB author Paul Clayton (Chairman of The Actors Centre, with over forty years' experience as an actor himself) in conversation, to discover the essential steps to building a successful career – including how to get work, keep getting it, and make a living from it.

Paul Clayton's new book The Working Actor: The Essential Guide to a Successful Career offers inspiring advice on a range of topics including working with your agent, nailing auditions and meetings, networking on- and offline, and supporting yourself between jobs. All of these will be discussed and more; plus you'll have the chance to ask Paul questions yourself in an audience Q&A.

This Samuel French event at Camden People's Theatre will be followed by a booksigning. Monday 9 May, 8pm. Tickets £5.

The Working Actor - The Essential Guide to a Successful Career

Paul Clayton

Date:  Monday 9th May 2016 8.00pm
Location:  Camden People's Theatre, London

Bella Merlin on Facing the Fear

Actor and academic Bella Merlin introduces her new book, Facing the Fear: An Actor's Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright, in a National Theatre Platform event on 7 June.

Joined by special guests, she explores misunderstood and often secretive condition of stage fright, looking at the neuroscience of learning, the psychology of fear, and practical solutions to deal with performance nerves.

Facing the Fear - An Actor's Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright

Bella Merlin

Date:  Tuesday 7th June 2016 5.30pm
Location:  National Theatre, London