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Not Hamlet: Meditations on the Frail Position of Women in Drama (Oberon Masters) Hardcover – 1 Jun 2012

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  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd. (1 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849432015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849432016
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 944,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anyone who is considering directing or playing any one of these roles would do well to learn from this deeply considered short book written by someone who is clearly as well qualified as anybody to provide guidance.… impassioned… insightful… --British Theatre Guide

A thoughtful and considered kick up the a*se to conspiracy theorists and to Patriarchy. --Michael Boyd, Artistic Director of the RSC

An absolute gem of a book. Clever, witty, original, backed up research and analysis, a stunning voyage around some of the greatest stage characters from Saint Joan to Cleopatra. --Kate Mosse (Author of Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel)

The book is a wonder. I raced through each provocative and insightful chapter, nodding agreement throughout. It should be in all the best-seller lists, and...in many a Christmas stocking. --Sir Ian McKellen

About the Author

Janet Suzman is a well known actress and director. Born in Johannesburg, Suzman trained at LAMDA, and joined the RSC for its inaugural quarter centenary season. She stayed on and off in Stratford and London for a decade playing many of the heroines and culminating in a memorable Cleopatra in 1973. She has since pursued a richly varied career in all manner of performance disciplines; among them, The Singing Detective on TV and The Draughtsman's Contract on film, and her favourite, Fellini's And The Boat Sails On. She has twice won The Evening Standard Best Actress Award, had Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations (Nicholas and Alexandra), twice won The Liverpool Echo Best Production Award (Miller's Death of a Salesman and Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra), and also the TMA Best Production for her production of The Cherry Orchard at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1997. The Johannesburg Othello - so named by Channel Four TV and aired in 1987 was her directorial debut for The Market Theatre, of which she is a founding Patron. She re-wrote and directed Brecht's Good Woman of Setzuan, renamed The Good Person of Sharkville changing it to a Johannesburg slum setting. Suzman was appointed DBE for services to drama in 2011.

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