One of two volumes in NHB's successful series of "Good Audition Guides". For any actor a great deal depends on their coming up with something that is exactly suited both to the role they are auditioning for and to their particular performing skills. This is where "The Good Audition Guides" come in. Each book contains over 50 speeches drawn from across the whole of Shakespeare's canon, from some of the best loved works such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and Henry V to more intriguing less well-known speeches from plays like Love's Labour's Lost, King John and Titus Andronicus. Each monologue is prefaced with a neat summary of the information needed to place the piece in context and to perform it to maximum effect. Edited by Luke Dixon and drawing on his extensive experience as a director and teacher of Shakespeare the book also features a user friendly introduction on selecting the right speech, tackling Shakespeare's language and handling the audition process. A must have for actors at every level, whether putting together speeches for a school exam, drama-school entrance or a professional casting. A companion piece, Shakespeare Monologues for Young Men is to be published by NHB in November 2012.
THEATRE MAKER (and BEEKEEPER)
Luke's work as a theatre director has embraced Love and the Revolution with the Berliner Ensemble, The Golem with Theater Brostowska in Prague and Bratislava, Age of the Saints in Dublin, the British tour of Noël Coward's Brief Encounter, UK productions of Jonson's Bartholomew Fair and the musicals Blood Brothers, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver, and in London the devised site specific pieces Singing the Body Electric (Serpentine Gallery) and It's a Wonderful Life (Marylebone Station). He has also worked widely in the world of contemporary burlesque.
Recent work has included A Midsummer Night's Dream in South Africa, Sweetness & Light in London and Colchester and A Summer of Ecosex (with Annie Sprinkle & Elizabeth Stephens) in France and England. He is currently working on CORPUS - writings on the human body.
His productions for theatre nomad, of which he was Artistic Director for 20 years, included Macbeth, Miss Julie, Duke Bluebeard's Castle, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Survivors, As You Like It, At Break of Day, Pericles and Triumphant Desire. These productions have been seen in China, North America, South Africa, Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Czech and Slovak Republics, Spain and the UK.
Luke is internationally known for his innovative theatre workshops. He has run workshops on Shakespeare in the townships of South Africa, on trance performance in England, on the acting of gender in North America and on text and theatre skills in schools and colleges around the world.
In the summer months Luke escapes from the theatre and keeps bees in places as diverse as Kensington Palace, London's Natural History Museum, the London School of Economics and the London College of Fashion.