The Rules of Acting Hardcover – 4 Jul 2013
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"Readers at large will be rewarded with self-helpless laughter, generated by the absurdity and the blessedness of the job Simkins loves" (The Times)
"As well as being an all-round actor, Simkins is a wonderfully knockabout writer, somehow managing to be world weary and full of joie de vivre at one and the same time" (Mail on Sunday)
"Hilarious ... a masterclass in the perils of being a luvvie" (Daily Mail)
"One of Britain's funniest writers" (Daily Mail)
"Readers at large will be rewarded with self-helpless laughter, generated by the absurdity and blessedness of the job Simkins loves" (The Times)
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Ostensibly, the book is a guide to people wishing to start a showbiz career, and it does contain a lot of useful advice on drama schools, auditions, theatre work, TV etc. But really all of this is just an excuse for Simkins to share some reminiscences and anecdotes about the weird and wonderful world of the luvvie. And he does so with a gusto that frequently took me way beyond giggling to howling with laughter.
Some of the stories are clearly true, some apocryphal, some possibly embroidered (or dare I say it) perhaps even made up, but they build up to a picture of someone who has thoroughly enjoyed his career - the lows as well as the highs. Simkins has worked alongside some of the true greats of British theatre and TV, and generously praises many of them. The ones he's less polite about he tends not to name, but mostly it's quite possible to make a good guess about who he means, which adds a whole other element of fun. There's a lot of swearing and jokes of a sexual nature, so perhaps not for the over-sensitive - I could have done with less of the extremes of swearing myself in places - but overall the book is so good-natured it would be hard to take offence.
Simkins takes us through his career from his days at RADA in the 1970s, his apprenticeship in the provincial theatres, on to the West End and the National Theatre.Read more ›
I've read most of his books and he always gives me a laugh. I'm not a cricket fan though but I love his books that aren't cricket related.
Regarding the acting game, he tells it like it is. This book covers everything a would be actor needs to know. From applying to drama school, to getting an Agent, to staying in Digs.
And it is all told with humour and wit.
It's not a stuffy list of Do's and Dont's.
It's a fun read.
And I think it will appeal to everybody, not just those of a thespian persuasion.
Another good book from this author.
Thanks Mr Simkins, please keep them coming.
I am dying to know who that snotty actress who played an Angel was though. You should have named and shamed.
Well written and structured the book is ful of funny anecdotes. What else can you say other than a thoroughly entertaining read for anyone who is into any form of acting, drama, TV, theatre or film.
The book has some really laugh out loud moments and so many its observations on his chosen profession could serve well as a metaphor for life itself.
Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish - and certainly entertaining, even if you have no real interest in the vagaries of a thespians lot; but it's unputdownable if you have -buy it!
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Entertaining and insightful guide to the acting biz. Every line rings true, highly amusing. A great guide for drama students!Published 5 months ago by trevor topp
A no nonsense approach on how to survive an acting career. The quality of the prose, which is bright, economic in style and informative makes it an entertaining read.Published 18 months ago by Aceview
I really do enjoy the style of writing. A good read. A great way to forget your woes & be entertainedPublished 19 months ago by Stephen Isted
What a fantastic read. It makes you wonder why anyone would want to enter the acting profession.Published on 13 Aug. 2014 by john silvester
I've always wanted to be able to act , but in reality I can only ever be myself so that's a little bit of a problem straight away . Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2014 by Gerard Wilkie