Nick Hern Books to publish book by Twitter sensation West End ProducerWednesday, August 21, 2013
He’s the anonymous Twitter sensation whose hilarious and unfailingly accurate barbs satirising and celebrating the theatre industry have won him over 35,000 followers.
His identity is the subject of feverish speculation in the media, fuelled by his regular appearances at West End opening nights in costume, wig and latex mask.
He has become a genuine theatre impresario, launching talent competitions Search for a Twitter Star and its successor, Search for a Twitter Composer.
And now West End Producer (WEP) has written a book, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Acting (But Were Afraid To Ask, Dear), to be published by Nick Hern Books on 21st November 2013.
(And no, his publishers don’t know his real identity, either. So don’t ask!)
The book is full of the wit and mischievous indiscretion that has gained him such a cult following. It is also packed with gossip and insider knowledge of the theatre business, and enough savvy advice on acting to kickstart a career. For wannabe stars, there are tips (both practical and deliciously impractical) on:
- getting into drama school (learning how to sit in a circle)
- auditioning, and perfecting the neutral vacant stare pose
- rehearsals and learning lines (various infallible methods)
- the different kinds of actor, from sex pest to company idiot
- acting techniques, including how to act in a serious play
- combating boredom (and avoiding backstage naughtiness)
- the correct way to bow at the curtain call
Also included are many of WEP’s most memorable tweets, miniature comic salvos despatched with all the shrewdness of a man who truly knows his Barrowmans from his Balls.
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Acting (But Were Afraid To Ask, Dear) is available to pre-order now, at 25% on our website - click here to do just that. And to whet your appetite, here’s just a handful of WEP’s insightful tweets:
‘Actors – always remember: what happens on tour, goes on Twitter, #dear.’
‘That old saying “there are no small parts, only small actors” is a complete lie. Of course there are small parts. I pay them a lot less, #dear.’
‘Actors – if you ever feel yourself getting an erection when wearing tight lycra, it’s not tight enough, #dear.’
‘Actors – in my experience if you are doing a three-act play, cut the second one, #dear.’