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1st Edition

The Mask Handbook
A Practical Guide

ISBN 9780415414371
Published December 5, 2006 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

This book, from Europe’s leading Mask director and co-founder of the Trestle Theatre Company, provides a fascinating demystification of the process of using masks.

Full of simple explanations, and collating over twenty-five years’ experience of writing for, directing and acting in masks, The Mask Handbook examines how masks have the ability to play the fundamental game of theatre – the suspension of disbelief.

The Handbook includes:

  • an introduction to the origin of masks
  • advice on preparing, making and using masks
  • tips on writing, devising and directing maskwork
  • lots of fun and effective practical exercises.

This accessible and inspiring handbook will empower teachers, directors and actors to fully explore the world of the mask.

Table of Contents

1. Masks!! In the Twenty First Century?  2. Where do our Masks Come From?  3. How the Mask Works  4. Applications  5. Preparing for the Mask  6.  Using the Mask  7. Devising with Masks  8. Directing Masks  9. Developing Time on Stage  10. The Half Mask  11. Other Mask Types  12. Mask Design and Making

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Toby Wilsher trained at Middlesex University then co-founded Trestle Theatre Company in 1981. For 23 years he was an actor, writer, maker, designer and director for Trestle, seeing his work performed in 31 countries. Since 2004 he is a freelance director, writer and corporate trainer.