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on 16 October 2001
Peter Brook is one of the most influential theatre directors and practioners in modern drama. In 'The Empty Space' Brook gently guides the reader through his concept of performance, and all the elements that surround it. He explores the philosophy of what constituates a performance, and draws your attention to the potential of an empty stage. I promise you that it will ignite your imagination and make you either what to become an actor, or go see a show.
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on 18 March 2006
The Empty Space is a fantastic read. I read it first before I even knew how influential Brook was in the theatre world, and so I was completely unbiased. It's so enjoyable because it's a book that question you about your own impressions of theatre and challenges you to see the theatre in a whole different light. It's essential reading not just for those on a Drama course, but for those who have any interest in theatre full stop!
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on 15 February 2001
Easy to get into. Makes some thought provoking comments. Gives clear vision of how Peter Brook views theatre in general, and how theatre is used by practitioners and viewed by the public, and what it means to have 'vital' and 'living' theatre. Good pointers for new directors, but not in any specific sense.
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on 2 November 2010
Peter Brook really knows his stuff, he breaks down all the aspects of theatre into understandable chunks. Wanna know why some shows are bad? Give this a read!
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on 15 February 2015
A great book to make you think, not the most clearly written book but as almost everyone in the world writing about modern theatre mentions it, it's sort of a must read.
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on 21 December 2001
this is a great book for understanding different ways of looking at drama techniques. It makes us understand why brook is as popular as he is. It also inspires good ideas of your own to try. Quite easy to understand, only a few parts which are a little difficult.
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on 7 April 2015
A comprehensive study of theatre since the fifties.
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on 9 November 2012
This is a seminal book in terms of the philosophy and practice of drama performance. It is highly recommended for anyone interested in reading what one of the top creative minds has to say about his profession. As well as being influential when it came out, this text remains vital today. I particularly like the comments about Brook's 1955 Titus, a production that reinstated the play after 300 years of neglect.
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on 20 April 2016
Many friends of mine swear by this book, as do I :)
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on 7 January 2011
This book is handy to have when studying space and critical theory or performance analysis. I would recommend this to anyone interested in stage management and performance.
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