on 24 March 2014
A worthy companion to Bella Merlin's Stanislavsky Toolkit. As far as possible this book puts Brecht's convoluted writing and often contradictory pronouncements in a clear historical and ideological framework , all the while keeping a firm grasp on the essentially pragmatic, show by show, nature of the evolution of his dramaturgy. This is sure to become an essential tool for teachers ad all types and students. With luck we shall see a rebirth of committed and questioning Theatre as students realise just how essential to Brecht was for the development of modern Theatre, and just how essential good Theatre is to democracy.
on 18 February 2015
The Complete Brecht Toolkit provides the reader exactly what the title says. Approaching Brecht remains a challenge to any contemporary theatre artist, and although his works are rarely produced and often misunderstood, his influence cannot and should not be ignored. Stephen Unwin offers more than just a `way in' to Brecht's dense and extensive writings, but also a practical companion to understanding the theory, and most importantly: staging the plays. A bonus final chapter consists of brilliant rehearsal exercises contributed by Julian Jones. Whether you are a teacher, actor, director, reader, or theatregoer, if you are interested in Brecht you should have this book on your shelf. As Bertolt himself was fond of saying, `The proof is in the pudding is in the eating'.
on 25 January 2015
As a teacher teaching A Level Drama and Theatre Studies for the first time, I found this book invaluable. Well, to be honest, I found it frickin' amazing. It has all the information you need to pass on a good working knowledge of Brecht, and the activities at the back are practical, useful and well explained. They tell you what you have to do as the group leader but also link the activity back to Brecht's theories and explain in what ways they are useful. Many of them are excellent for building a good understanding of Brecht's theories, but most of them are even suitable for use as just introductory warm ups that you can use for other groups, too. Excellent stuff. Don't know where I'd be without it!
on 3 December 2015
This book is fantastic! Clear, concise, as well as interesting. If you are curious about Brecht, and want to read or see his plays, and want to understand where his work begins and how it evolved over the years, but don't know where to begin, this book is for you. Stephen Unwin was my professor at East 15/University of Essex in London, UK for Theatre Directing and he is one of Britain's leading theatre directors. I loved his classes and his books are just as inspiring!