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The Actor and the Space

An inspirational book on acting, tackling the fundamental questions that face any actor. By a world-leading theatre director, the founder of Cheek by Jowl.

Curtain Up!

How to Stage Great Youth Productions

A comprehensive, hands-on guide to making theatre – perfect for any school, college, youth group or amateur-theatre company.

The Drama Workshop Leader

A Practical Guide to Delivering Great Sessions

A comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to planning and delivering effective drama sessions, getting the best out of your participants, and developing an empowering leadership style that works for you.

Running the Room

Conversations with Women Theatre Directors

Our most brilliant, fearless and creative women directors open the door on their craft, discussing their work in the theatre in intimate and illuminating detail.

What Actors Do

Advice to the Players in Seven Paradoxes and a Manifesto

Revered theatre director Mike Alfreds explores the wellspring of the actor's craft. Frank, uncompromising and full of sharply focused insights, this book will show you how to generate truthful performances by trusting your inner creativity and remaining radically open, responsive and present in every moment.

Drama Menu: Second Helpings

Another 160 Tasty Theatre Games

160 all-new games and exercises from the author of Drama Menu, the bestselling companion for drama teachers and workshop leaders.

Exploring Shakespeare

A Director's Notes from the Rehearsal Room

A Shakespeare masterclass from an acclaimed theatre director, going inside the rehearsal room to reveal – in unprecedented and captivating detail – exactly what happens there. An essential book for directors and actors, and a fascinating insight for anyone interested in Shakespeare.

Drama Games for Exploring Shakespeare

Dozens of games to help bring Shakespeare’s plays to life in the classroom or rehearsal room – making them fun and accessible to actors, students, directors and teachers.

Staging Story: Five Fundamentals for the Beginning Stage Director

Essential advice for theatre directors, focusing on five fundamentals for staging a play - Story, Intention, Character, Space and Theme.

Making Your Solo Show: The Compact Guide

A clear, accessible guide to creating and putting on a solo show, packed with inspiring, practical advice for writers, actors, directors and anyone who wants to know how solo shows are actually made.

Keeping It Active: A Practical Guide to Rhetoric in Performance

A clear and concise guide to how rhetoric works in plays, and how actors can use it to bring their performances to life on stage.

Shakespeare on the Factory Floor

A Handbook for Actors, Directors and Designers

A passionate, illuminating exploration of Shakespeare's greatest plays and characters, from the director of the acclaimed theatre company Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.

What Country, Friends, Is This?: Directing Shakespeare with Young Performers

A highly practical, comprehensive guide to exploring Shakespeare with young people – ideal for directors, youth theatre leaders, workshop facilitators and teachers.

Drama Menu at a Distance

80 Socially Distanced or Online Theatre Games

Created specifically to help anyone teaching drama during the COVID-19 pandemic, this collection features 80 games and exercises, all of which are safe and secure to play in this new era of socially distanced teaching and online learning.

The Actor and the Target & The Actor and the Space - BUNDLE DEAL

Limited-time offer: both books for just £25!

A special bundle deal: Declan Donnellan's bestselling theatre book The Actor and the Target and its follow-up, The Actor and the Space, at a special discounted price

Improv Beyond Rules

A Practical Guide to Narrative Improvisation

An inspiring, hands-on guide to narrative improvisation, by the co-creator and director of the Olivier Award-winning improv show Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.

Puppetry: How to Do It

A practical, accessible and inspiring guide to using puppetry in theatre, by a leading expert in the field.

Brecht: A Practical Handbook

A bold and exciting new approach to Bertolt Brecht, making his theories and ideas about theatre accessible to a new generation of actors, directors, students and theatre-makers, and showing how they can be put into practice.