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The Half: Photographs of Actors Preparing for the Stage [Paperback]

Simon Annand
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18 Feb 2010
For twenty-five years actors have given Simon Annand unprecedented access to photograph them in the intimacy of their dressing-rooms during the 30 minutes before curtain-up - 'the half'. This magnificent book offers not only a dazzling gallery of actors - including Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett, Daniel Day Lewis, Judi Dench, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent, Jeremy Irons, Glenda Jackson, Jude Law, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Martin Sheen, Felicity Kendal, Kevin Spacey and Ralph Fiennes - but also a meditation on the mystery of the final stage of an actor's journey.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (18 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571237738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571237739
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A book of over 300 stunning photographs of actors preparing to go on stage.

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Simon Annand has been photographing theatre - from the National Theatre and the West End to the Comédie-Française and the Tricycle - for more than twenty-five years.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Half 25 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover
I received this book as a present for Christmas and I have to say that it's probably one of the most fantastic things I've ever owned.

It is a collection of over 300 photographs by Simon Annand of actors preparing for their theatre production during 'The Half', the 30 minuets before a show in which no one must be backstage except the cast and crew.

There are many great names, and many of the photos stretch back over 20 years. I'm an actor myself and in each photo I do wonder what each performer must be thinking...

The simple fact is I can't truly describe the book for you, find a copy of it and look through it, if you have any interest in art.

Worth every penny, a true artistic gem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Riley
Format:Hardcover
An entire book dedicated to photographs of the cream of stage-acting talent over the past 25 - 30 years in a situation and state of preparation the public doesn't usually see - a sheer delight and indulgence for any theatre fan. Thank you to Annand and his camera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ain't half good 10 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
What an amazing book! The book highlights the different approaches to undertaking concentrated, artistic work much more clearly than any mere words could.
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By Kay
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A wonderful, wonderful book which manages to reproduce in images the preparation actors undertake, in order to make their audiences believe the characters they portray on stage. Somehow the black and white photos seem to convey better the transformation process of each actor, as they turn themselves from someone we may 'know' as a celebrity, into a completely new and authentic character as required by the role they are about to play. If you like theatre, you'll love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrities - warts 'n' all! 5 April 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Delighting in photo essays, my appetite was whetted upon reading the review in a weekend supplement. The book is a wonderful compilation of so many familiar, respected and dare I say loved personalities in situations seldom shared. Either deep in script reviewing concentration or applying makeup in readiness for the all important first night. Sharing such intimate images is a rare privilege. Beautifully printed in black and white with sufficient captions to not overload the story presented in the images. Hardbound and fabric covered in a satisfyingly sized format. This book is a must have for all affectionardos of this genre and will be a long valued and enjoyed addition to my library. I really cannot recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding collection 10 April 2011
Format:Paperback
This book contains a stunning collection of black and white photographs of the vulnerable moments in an actor's life just before curtain-up, the minutes of exultation, the focussed periods of concentration, the 'getting into character' transformation, the off-guard, the hilarious, the shared and the isolated. Actors and actresses in make-up, in front of a mirror in preparation for performance. Smoking a last cigarette in the battle to calm stage fright; doing something else at the last minute that they can't do on stage! If you love photography, theatre and the life of the image, these pictures will transport you backstage and onstage to the 'smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the crowd'.The Half: Photographs of Actors Preparing for the Stage
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