- Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (23 Dec. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1540699765
- ISBN-13: 978-1540699763
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,054,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Everyone Can Write: How NOT to Learn How to Write Paperback – 23 Dec 2016
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About the Author
Brian Astbury founded and ran South Africa's first non-racial theatre/arts venue, The Space, in the 70's, where he commissioned internationally famous plays like Sizwe Banzi is dead, The Island and Statements after an arrest under the Immorality Act from playwrights like Athol Fugard, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Geraldine Aron and Fatima Dike, South Africa's first black woman playwright. Many of the 'graduates' of The Space have gone on to become mainstays of the post-Apartheid South African theatre, TV and film scene. At The Space he began his career as a director. In the 80's he moved to London when his wife, South Africa's greatest actress, Yvonne Bryceland, joined the National Theatre Company. Here he began to teach - first at LAMDA, then, in the 90's at Mountview, where he was Head of Acting, Directing and Musical Theatre Courses. In 2002 he moved to E15 where he set up the Contemporary Theatre Practice course to teach actors, directors and writers the arts of survival through production of their own material. Later he headed the MA in Professional Theatre for Writers and Directors, before retiring in 2009. Over the years Astbury has formulated the techniques for training actors, writers and directors described in his book Trusting the Actor in collaboration with students and professional actors. Many of these techniques have their basis in the use of energy and emotion to free the practitioner's imagination, allowing actors to understand and be able to access the mysterious state known as 'being in the moment'. He has also developed methods of accessing and freeing the imagination of writers through the use of mind-mapping and image-streaming. He has done workshops on these techniques at the Young Vic, the National Theatre Studio, the London Playwrights Collective among others He is currently working on a follow-up to Trusting the Actor, Create Theatre - a DIY Manual; The Exploding Suitcase, a personal journey through metaphor in theatre and film; and Theatre of Survival - the story of The Space. He has also published a novella - Jelly.
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Superb tool for greeting you out ooh the head space of thinking and feeling like you can't do it! Shows you that literally, EVERYONE can write. Helps you to trust in your pen.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is great for people who are new to writing or find themselves staring at the blank page in horror! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sabine