This is not a book of technique, it is not a book that describes that an a-z of directing, or a twelve step guide to the perfect production. Instead it is an inspiring piece of work that reflects the values and ideas of Bogart's artistic theory. This is quite simply one of my favourite works on directing, it provides a series of provocations and challenges, a set of theatrical ideals. The ideas Bogart presents resonate deeply with my own work, aesthetically our work may be different, but we are both searching for answers to the same challenges. Bogart has been deeply influenced by her work with Tadashi Suzuki, and this is reflected in her work. I'm lucky to have worked with members of Frank Theatre company, who have also worked closely with Suzuki and developed a physical training and aesthetic from his work, and so have gained some practical insight into ideas from a similar source. I recommend this work to anyone involved in creating art, or theatre. Whether you agree with the ideas presented, or rail against them, I hope it will provide as much inspiration to you as it has to me.
The Chapter headings look intriguing but are misleading - take the one on Violence. Is being decisive really 'violent'? "To be articulate in the face of limitations is where the violence sets in" - an odd definition of violence. Similarly chapter heads of Memory, Eroticism and Terror seem to be tangential to what is discussed within the chapter. The headings seem to have been chosen to titivate not illuminate.
There are very good pieces too, especially on Stereotype and Resistance and the chapter on Embarrassment with its ten helpful notions, not must dos nor a list of actions with a guaranteed outcome, does offer points for thoughtful reflection.