The Actor and the Space
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 240 pages ISBN: 9781839043000Publication Date:
14 Mar 2024
Size: 216mm x 135mm£16.99 £13.59You save £3.40 (20%)
Ebook, 240 pages ISBN: 9781788507530Publication Date:
14 Mar 2024
£16.99 £13.59You save £3.40 (20%)

The Actor and the Space

By Declan Donnellan

Paperback £16.99£13.59

Ebook £16.99£13.59

In his bestselling book The Actor and the Target, Declan Donnellan laid out a fresh and radical approach to acting that has inspired actors around the world.

Now, in The Actor and the Space, he develops and extends those ideas, exploring that most profound source of vitality in life as well as performance: the space around us.

Tackling fundamental questions that face any actor – What makes performance better? How do I create a space for my character to live in? How do I tap into that space, and draw energy from it? – Donnellan offers a universal set of keys to unlock the mysteries of performance.

Full of insightful precepts, acute psychology and practical, hands-on advice, the book presents a bold new way of thinking about acting, illustrated throughout with line-by-line analysis of scenes from Macbeth to show how it works in rehearsal and performance.

Essential reading for any actor or theatre director, The Actor and the Space is also a fascinating distillation of the work of a world-leading director that will reward and enrich anyone with an interest in theatre.

Also available: an exclusive two-book bundle deal: buy The Actor and the Space and The Actor and the Target for the special price of just £25! Click here for details.

'A hand grenade of a book. It contains all the humility and chutzpah you need to work in the theatre.' Cate Blanchett

'A wonderful book. Few directors think as deeply or perceptively about the art of acting as Declan Donnellan. This is an essential text for the actor, supremely useful, practical, elegant and profound.' Matthew Macfadyen

'Beautifully clear. This generous vision takes a very complex art form and makes it all seem so simple. The whole book is a key. Unlocking the problems actors face as they try to accept another reality long enough to let the audience get a glimpse of the best our art can offer – a glimpse into themselves.' Adrian Lester 

'Declan Donnellan's profound insight and point of departure is that great theatre, like a child's sandcastle, inhabits a vulnerable and ever-changing space between the safe and the dangerous. There is a whole lot of wisdom in this book – about tragedy, human psychology, words, dread and about how great acting really works – conveyed with remarkable clarity and simplicity. It's worth sharing with non-actor friends for its insights into Macbeth alone. Most of all, it's a distillation of hard-won lessons learned from decades of immersion in the mysteries of theatre by one of the great directors of our day.' James Shapiro, Shakespeare scholar and author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Blog Post: 'Acting is an essential part of being human': Declan Donnellan on how to bring performances to life. Read more on our blog>>

'There is no acting, only reacting to the space.'

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'Declan Donnellan succeeds at describing the indescribable, putting the ephemeral art of acting on paper in another gem of a book... A light in the dark... Essential and concise. It's a liberating read whether you perform or merely have a curious disposition'

Broadway World

'Very readable... replete with ideas for helping create the fertile space needed during rehearsals and will be welcomed not only by actors and directors alike, but also by the theatregoing public who might be interested in what goes on "under the bonnet" as a script becomes a living thing on a stage with the potential to move and delight'

StageTalk Magazine

'A fascinating read... some really wonderful quotes... engages the reader on a deeper level of understanding... it is the engagement with all elements of the space that is at the heart of finding and discovering text and character'

Word Matters (Journal of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama)
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback,240 pages ISBN: 9781839043000Publication Date:
14 Mar 2024
Size: 216mm x 135mm£16.99 £13.59You save £3.40 (20%)
Ebook,240 pages ISBN: 9781788507530Publication Date:
14 Mar 2024
£16.99 £13.59You save £3.40 (20%)

Also by Declan Donnellan:

The Actor and the Target & The Actor and the Space - BUNDLE DEAL
The Actor and the Target
Great Expectations
The Mandate

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