1st Edition

The Actor's Survival Handbook

ISBN 9780878301751
Published July 26, 2005 by Routledge
360 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Worried about short rehearsal time? Think that fluffing your lines will be the end of your career? Are you afraid you'll be typecast? Is there such a thing as acting too much? How should a stage actor adjust performance for a camera? And how should an actor behave backstage?

The Actor's Survival Handbook gives you answers to all these questions and many more. Written with verve and humor, this utterly essential tool speaks to every actor's deepest concerns. Drawing upon their years of experience on stage, backstage, and with the camera, Patrick Tucker and Christine Ozanne offer forthright advice on topics from breathing to props, commitment to learning lines, audience response to simply landing the job in the first place. The book is rich with examples - both technical and inspirational. And because a director and an actor won't always agree, the two writers sometimes even offer alternative responses to a dilemma, giving the reader both an actor's take and a director's take on a particular point.

Like Patrick Tucker's Secrets of Screen Acting, this new book is written with wit and passion, conveying the authors' powerful conviction that success is within every actor's grasp.



Patrick Tucker has staged plays and musicals, directed for television, and taught acting workshops throughout the world. A member of the board of Shakespeare's Globe (which rebuilt the Globe Theatre on London's Southbank), he is the author of Secrets of Screen Acting and Secrets of Acting Shakespeare. Christine Ozanne trained at RADA, acted in the original production of Tom Stoppard's Dirty Linen, and has since worked as an actress, teacher, and prompter. Tucker and Ozanne are cofounders of the Original Shakespeare Company. They live in London.