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  • 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)
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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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This book is fantastic. Astbury has a way of engaging the reader that truly draws you in. You can almost taste his excitement and passion for passing on all he has learned over the years through anecdotes and wonderfully described stories of all his experiences. His book really isn't just for wannabe writers. Some of the techniques he shares throughout the book can be used for business/self improvement/just improving how you tackle the road of life! The first section explains how he came to write the book with links back to his life in South Africa as a journalist/photographer and director of an incredibly important theatre company 'The Space'. Then through to his directing/teaching career at some of the worlds leading Drama Schools where he honed his skills. (Worth reading his book 'Trusting the Actor'! Highly recommended). After making me feel SO excited to start implementing his techniques, Astbury then goes into some detail on the best ways to publish in a digital age. He has done the research for you! To finish, Astbury showcases a number of his students short stories. I won't give anything away here but I was very impressed! I highly recommend this book. Thank you Brian Astbury.
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A brilliant and insightful read. The chapter on Aristotle is worth buying for the price alone, and I think Brian is the only person who thinks the same way I feel about Shakespeare's Othello play and in particular the character of Iago. Witty, anecdotal and no, I wasn't paid to write this! Have always procrastinated over writing prose or drama stuff. Got no excuses now and it's all Brian's fault.
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An inspiring and highly accessible read that helped break through my writer's block and got me enjoying the process of writing again. Found the self publishing info very useful for someone like me who's fearful of the digital world but I'm excited about reaching the point where I can have a go at self-publishing. A wise and witty book!
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Well on the back of reading this I have submitted two finished film scripts to production companies, so it's doing something right! I have been procrastinating for years and reading this book gave me the boost to just write and not to worry about anything else. Brian Astbury tells the story of his journey to enlightenment so that you can understand the processes he is talking about. It is like sitting in a comfy chair and being read to. I think this is a must for anyone who has a million note books on their shelves, each containing notes and outlines and snippets of dialogue, to read this and write that novel you've been dreaming about. Good Luck.xxxx
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I’ve read a fair number of books on writing, but this is easily one of my favorites. The tone is anecdotal rather than lecturing which makes it extremely accessible. It begins with an excellent summary of Aristotle and Joseph Campbell and proceeds through a couple of deviously simple and effective writing exercises. Towards the back is a practical guide to online publishing with references for tools (both free and for purchase). The author is clearly passionate about storytelling which infuses the book with an infectious energy that makes you want to grab a pen and paper and start writing! As the title says - everyone can write.
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