The Theatre of Max Stafford-Clark
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Taking Stock by Max Stafford-Clark
Book DescriptionMax Stafford-Clark has been at the cutting edge of theatre in Britain for the last thirty years or more. His career as a director began in 1966 at the Traverse, Edinburgh. With William Gaskill, he co-founded, in 1974, the Joint Stock Theatre Group, which forged a new creative bond between actors and writers. From 1979-1993, he was artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre, famous as a foundry for new plays. And in 1993, he set up the extremely successful Out of Joint, which he still runs today. Drawing on diaries, photos and interviews with all involved, this book recreates the evolution of nine of his most famous and influential productions, three from each of his three main companies. They are: Joint Stock - David Hare's "Fanshen", Howard Brenton's "Epsom Downs", and Caryl Churchill's "Cloud Nine"; Royal Court - Andrea Dunbar's "Rita, Sue and Bob Too", Caryl Churchill's "Serious Money", and Timberlake Wertenbaker's "Our Country's Good"; Out of Joint - Sebastian Barry's "The Steward of Christendom", Mark Ravenhill's "Some Explicit Polaroids", and William Shakespeare's "Macbeth". The result is one of the richest, most intimately informative books ever published on the making of theatre. Not only is Stafford-Clark's own role as director anatomised, but the roles of actors and writers in this essentially collaborative creative process are assessed with equal rigour and candour.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781854598400
(216mm x 138mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Publish Date: 11-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Max Stafford-Clark
Journal of the Plague Year, Paperback (January 2014)
A truthful, personal and insightful exploration of the state of arts funding and carrying on in the face of adversity, by the renowned founder of Out of Joint.
Our Country's Good - Page to Stage, Paperback (November 2010)
A study guide on Timberlake Wertenbaker's modern classic play Our Country's Good. In the Page to Stage series of authoritative introductions to classic texts by theatre professionals. Ideal for A-Level students and their teachers, as well as actors, directors and theatregoers encountering the play.
Beyond Stanislavsky, Paperback (April 2001)
When Stanislavsky died, he was working on a new system -Psycho- Physical Acting. This work provides a course in this acting system. Because it is infused with the author's experience the reader should find that it is not a dry set of instructions. Every chapter contains exercises.
Letters to George, Paperback (May 1997)» View all books by Max Stafford-Clark
A reissued paperback of an account of how a theatre director stages a play, written in the form of letters to George Farquhar, the Restoration writer of THE RECRUITING OFFICER, which describe each part of the rehearsal process. First published in 1989.
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Author Biography - Max Stafford-Clark
Max Stafford-Clark is one of Britain's most respected directors. Dr Philip Roberts is an Emeritus Professor of English and a theatre historian, particularly of the Royal Court.
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