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The Director's Craft: A Handbook for the Theatre [Kindle Edition]

Katie Mitchell
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Director’s Craft is a unique and completely indispensable step-by-step guide to directing for the stage.

Written by one of the most adventurous and respected directors working today, this book will be an essential item in every student and practitioner’s kitbag. It provides detailed assistance with each aspect of the varied challenges facing all theatre directors, and does so with startling clarity. It will inspire everyone, from the beginner just starting out to the experienced practitioner looking to reinvigorate their practice.

Katie Mitchell shares and explains the key practical tools she uses to approach her work with both actors, production teams, and the text itself. She addresses topics such as:

  • the ideas that underpin a play’s text

  • preparing improvizations

  • Twelve Golden Rules for working with actors

  • managing the transition from rehearsal room to theatre

  • analyzing your work after a run has ended.

Each chapter concludes with a summary of its critical points, making this an ideal reference work for both directors and actors at any stage of their development.



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'As an introduction to Stanislavski, and a demystification of the director's role, this is a comprehensive read.' - Total Theatre

'This is particularly useful for A level students... The book has a clear, matter-of-fact style throughout... A useful resource to staff and A level students alike.' - Teaching Drama

About the Author

Katie Mitchell has directed plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, The Young Vic, and The Donmar Warehouse. Outside the UK she has directed at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Sweden, the Koln Schauspielhaus in Cologne and the Piccolo Theatre in Milan. Her opera work includes productions for Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and English National Opera. She has received two Time Out Awards and one Evening Standard Award for Best Director.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1576 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (18 Aug. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001ON78F2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,020 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Director's Craft 10 Jun. 2009
An excellent and very detailed account of Mitchell's approach to directing. Her focus is on "The Seagull" and it helps - but is not essential - to have read the play. The amount of preparation, research and analysis she puts in before ever setting foot in a rehearsal room will be mind-boggling for many students or wannabe directors. This is a welcome balance of intellectual rigour, insight and common sense - with no wishy-washy artbollox terminology whatsoever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! 31 Oct. 2010
Essentially, "the next to perfect" breakdown of how to direct a show in a very profound professional way. This definately takes you to the next level and definately heightens how to make the best of what your trying to achieve!!!

I'm an assistant director putting on a play in 3.5 months time. This totally put things into perspective. Buy it. Its a must! Why are you still reading? Go do it NOW
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable for a novice 4 Nov. 2013
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I bought this as a guide to directing my first opera - actually my first anything. Although it is about directing a play, the method adapts well. As amateurs our rehearsal time is only a fraction of what is required here, but the background research and development allowed us to go into rehearsal well prepared. The tips on dealing with actors (singers) and likely problems were invaluable. While it was impossible to do everything recommended in the book, following the advice wherever possible enabled a smooth, successful and relatively hassle-free production. This handbook had my back - so glad I found it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So pleased I bought this fabulous book 25 Dec. 2014
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Brilliant, practical, inspiring and very easy to read - any aspiring director (and I suspect many established ones) would benefit from reading this book. Every aspect of what makes a good director is covered. Deserves it's reputation for being the most recommended, "if you only buy one book on directing buy this one" offering. So often handbooks can be dry and tedious, but this, with all it's practical examples and reassurance is interesting as well as instructive and informative. Cannot recommend highly enough
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a book! 13 Jun. 2014
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I have been wanting a book like this for a very long time - it's so practical, full of great examples and is really helpful.
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