Getting Directions
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 304 pages ISBN: 9781848421820Publication Date:
16 Aug 2012
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Getting Directions

A Fly-on-the-Wall Guide for Emerging Theatre Directors

By Russ Hope Foreword by Dominic Cooke

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The theatre rehearsal room is a sacred place. What goes on there is mysterious, alchemical and closely guarded. So how are aspiring theatre directors supposed to learn their craft?

In Getting Directions, Russ Hope gives us the benefit of unprecedented, fly-on-the-wall access to eight rehearsal rooms. He has shadowed some of the UK's most exciting young directors at each step of the way, on productions as diverse as Shakespeare at the Globe, Greek tragedy at the Gate, Tennessee Williams at the Young Vic, panto at the Lyric Hammersmith, and a touring Dickens dramatisation.

Describing each of these rehearsal periods from first concept to first night in revealing and often remarkable detail, Hope gets under the skin of the professional director, and reveals the decisions they must make on a daily basis: How best to arrive at a concept and communicate this to a design team? Which games and exercises really help to unlock the text for actors? And what should you do if everything is falling apart during the tech?

Getting Directions will equip emerging directors with a practical handbook, not bogged down with theories or precepts, that lifts the lid on what it means to be a director. The result is both a portrait and a masterclass from a generation of theatre practitioners, essential reading for anyone who wants to follow in their footsteps, or to understand what directing really entails.

'An incisive kaleidoscope of rehearsal-room practice which is a useful tool for directors to borrow from and a fascinating insight for the curious.' Dominic Cooke, from his Foreword

Blog Entry: Russ Hope on the pitfalls of a career in theatre directing. 'Stories are about choices, and staging any event means making a thousand editorial choices, big and small...' Read on >>

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'Those wanting to direct would do well to read Russ Hope's Getting Directions... a detailed account of what happens in rehearsal rooms'

The Stage

'A useful weapon in the armoury of any aspiring director and of great interest to anyone who would like to know more about what goes on in the rehearsal rooms in the modern theatre'

British Theatre Guide

'Vital reading for anyone working or wanting to work as a director'

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Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 304 pages ISBN: 9781848421820Publication Date:
16 Aug 2012
Size: 216mm x 138mm£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
EPUB, 304 pages ISBN: 9781780011936Publication Date:
16 May 2013
£12.99 £8.45You save £4.54 (35%)
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Also by Russ Hope:

Directing Tennessee Williams
Directing Shakespeare
Directing Adaptations
Directing Greek Tragedy
Directing Pantomime

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Also by Dominic Cooke:

Noughts & Crosses (stage version)
Arabian Nights (RSC version)
Arabian Nights (Young Vic version)

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