- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Press (4 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091951283
- ISBN-13: 978-0091951283
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.9 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Rules of Acting Hardcover – 4 Jul 2013
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"Readers at large will be rewarded with self-helpless laughter, generated by the absurdity and the blessedness of the job Simkins loves" (The Times)
"As well as being an all-round actor, Simkins is a wonderfully knockabout writer, somehow managing to be world weary and full of joie de vivre at one and the same time" (Mail on Sunday)
"Hilarious ... a masterclass in the perils of being a luvvie" (Daily Mail)
"One of Britain's funniest writers" (Daily Mail)
"Readers at large will be rewarded with self-helpless laughter, generated by the absurdity and blessedness of the job Simkins loves" (The Times)
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Ostensibly, the book is a guide to people wishing to start a showbiz career, and it does contain a lot of useful advice on drama schools, auditions, theatre work, TV etc. But really all of this is just an excuse for Simkins to share some reminiscences and anecdotes about the weird and wonderful world of the luvvie. And he does so with a gusto that frequently took me way beyond giggling to howling with laughter.
Some of the stories are clearly true, some apocryphal, some possibly embroidered (or dare I say it) perhaps even made up, but they build up to a picture of someone who has thoroughly enjoyed his career - the lows as well as the highs. Simkins has worked alongside some of the true greats of British theatre and TV, and generously praises many of them. The ones he's less polite about he tends not to name, but mostly it's quite possible to make a good guess about who he means, which adds a whole other element of fun. There's a lot of swearing and jokes of a sexual nature, so perhaps not for the over-sensitive - I could have done with less of the extremes of swearing myself in places - but overall the book is so good-natured it would be hard to take offence.
Simkins takes us through his career from his days at RADA in the 1970s, his apprenticeship in the provincial theatres, on to the West End and the National Theatre.Read more ›
Not only is Michael Simpkins talented as an actor, he is also a talented writer. This is a book full of real information about the world of acting. All the questions a budding young thespian could have are answered in a humorous and accurate way. Each step from which drama school, the do’s and don’ts of auditions, theatrical etiquette, the highs and lows, successes and failures and reaching Hollywood, is covered in a logical progression by Simpkins. I think The Rules of Acting is a real guidance about the industry covering small details that can only be given from the inside. As Simpkins shares the details directly with the reader, I found it a humorous book making me laugh out loud.
If you seriously have a desire to join the industry then you must read this book. It is honest, and encouraging to those wishing to do so.
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Taking a look at the various stages in becoming and being an actor, the subject is addressed by Michael Simmons in his usual amusing style. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr Simon Walton
A no nonsense approach on how to survive an acting career. The quality of the prose, which is bright, economic in style and informative makes it an entertaining read.Published 12 months ago by Aceview
I really do enjoy the style of writing. A good read. A great way to forget your woes & be entertainedPublished 12 months ago by Stephen Isted
What a fantastic read. It makes you wonder why anyone would want to enter the acting profession.Published 18 months ago by john silvester
I've always wanted to be able to act , but in reality I can only ever be myself so that's a little bit of a problem straight away . Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gerard Wilkie