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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 26 books in this booklist

  • Cover image of book Tastes of Honey: The Making of Shelagh Delaney and a Cultural Revolution by Selina Todd
    Tastes of Honey: The Making of Shelagh Delaney and a Cultural Revolution - by Selina Todd

    £18.99   hardback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781784740825 | ISBN 10: 1784740829

    The ground-breaking, firebrand playwright who changed our cultural and social landscape and put working-class lives centre stage.   On 27 May 1958, A Taste of Honey opened in a small fringe theatre in London. Written by a nineteen-year-old bus ... more

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  • Cover image of book Augusto Boal by Frances Babbage
    Augusto Boal - by Frances Babbage

    £19.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781138592018 | ISBN 10: 1138592013

    This newly-updated volume looks at the scope of Augusto Boal's career from his early work as a playwright and director in Sao Paulo in the 1950s, to the development of his ground-breaking manifesto in the 1970s for a 'Theatre of the Oppressed'. Offer ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Blue Touch Paper: A Memoir by David Hare
    The Blue Touch Paper: A Memoir - by David Hare

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780571294343 | ISBN 10: 0571294340

    When, in 2000, the National Theatre published its poll of the hundred best plays of the 20th century, David Hare had written five of them. Yet he was born in 1947 into an anonymous suburban street in Hastings. It is a world he believes to be as compl ... more

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  • Cover image of book Gilliamesque: A Pre-Posthumous Memoir by Terry Gilliam
    Gilliamesque: A Pre-Posthumous Memoir - by Terry Gilliam

    £14.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781782111085 | ISBN 10: 1782111085

    Now is probably as good a time as any to make a full confession...   Telling his story for the first time, the director of Time Bandits, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ... more

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  • Cover image of book Love Poems by Bertolt Brecht, translated by David Constantine and Tom Kuhn
    Love Poems - by Bertolt Brecht, translated by David Constantine and Tom Kuhn

    £11.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781631491115 | ISBN 10: 1631491113

    An historic publication in which the legendary dramatist emerges, quite like Goethe, as a poet driven by Eros.  Even in Germany, the scope and force of Bertolt Brecht’s poetry did not become apparent until long after his death and today, many of h ... more

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  • Cover image of book Ten Arab Filmmakers: Political Dissent and Social Critique by Josef Gugler (Editor)
    Ten Arab Filmmakers: Political Dissent and Social Critique - by Josef Gugler (Editor)

    £20.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780253016522 | ISBN 10: 0253016525

    Ten Arab Filmmakers provides an up-to-date overview of the best of Arab cinema, offering studies of leading directors and in-depth analyses of their most important films.  The filmmakers profiled here represent principal national cinemas of the ... more

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  • Cover image of book Charlie Chaplin by Peter Ackroyd
    Charlie Chaplin - by Peter Ackroyd

    £7.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780099287568 | ISBN 10: 0099287560

    A fresh look at Chaplin from the masterful Peter Ackroyd.  He was the very first icon of the silver screen, and is one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood, even a hundred years on from his first film. But what of the man behind the mous ... more

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  • Cover image of book Celluloid Ceiling: Women Film Directors Breaking Through by Gabrielle Kelly and Cheryl Robson (Editors)
    Celluloid Ceiling: Women Film Directors Breaking Through - by Gabrielle Kelly and Cheryl Robson (Editors)

    £15.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780956632906 | ISBN 10: 0956632904

    • Includes exclusive interviews with women directors   • Essential resource for film students, gender studies courses and film fans alike   Now Kathryn Bigelow has made history as the first woman to win an Oscar for directing, is ... more

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  • Cover image of book Joan Littlewood: Dreams and Realities: The Official Biography by Peter Rankin
    Joan Littlewood: Dreams and Realities: The Official Biography - by Peter Rankin

    £14.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781783190843 | ISBN 10: 1783190841

    ‘My only gift is to grow a show,’ said Joan Littlewood, annoyed by what she had not achieved. Even so, her ability to do just that put her and her company, Theatre Workshop, head and shoulders above mid twentieth-century theatre.   In the year ... more

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  • Cover image of book Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones
    Jim Henson: The Biography - by Brian Jay Jones

    £14.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780753555149 | ISBN 10: 075355514x

    For the first time ever—a comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth-century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson.   He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the w ... more

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  • Cover image of book Mid-Term Report by Phil Redmond
    Mid-Term Report - by Phil Redmond

    £9.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780099569169 | ISBN 10: 0099569167

    A masterclass in media studies from the creator of Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks. Described in Parliament as 'excellent' by Ed Vaizey, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport   GRANGE HILL  Swi ... more

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  • Cover image of book Danny Boyle: Creating Wonder by Amy Raphael
    Danny Boyle: Creating Wonder - by Amy Raphael

    £12.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780571301867 | ISBN 10: 057130186x

    How did the director of acclaimed cult British films become an Oscar-winner and the driving force behind the defining cultural moment of 2012, the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games?   In this revelatory career-length biography, prod ... more

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  • Cover image of book How I Escaped My Certain Fate by Stewart Lee
    How I Escaped My Certain Fate - by Stewart Lee

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780571254811 | ISBN 10: 0571254810

    In 2001, after over a decade in the business, Stewart Lee quit stand-up, disillusioned and drained, and went off to direct a loss-making opera about Jerry Springer.  How I Escaped My Certain Fate details his return to live performance, and h ... more

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  • Cover image of book My Life in Pieces: An Alternative Autobiography by Simon Callow
    My Life in Pieces: An Alternative Autobiography - by Simon Callow

    £14.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781848421714 | ISBN 10: 1848421710

    An alternative autobiography of the well-loved actor and man of the theatre.  In My Life in Pieces, Simon Callow recaptures the multifarious people, productions and events which have fed into his lifeblood and left their indelible mark. Starting w ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Reluctant Escapologist by Mike Bradwell, with a Foreword by Mike Leigh
    The Reluctant Escapologist - by Mike Bradwell, with a Foreword by Mike Leigh

    £14.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781854595386 | ISBN 10: 1854595385

    An unrivalled unofficial history of the rise – and partial fall – of fringe theatre, Mike Bradwell’s deadpan account of his adventures is one of the funniest and angriest books to come out of theatre today.   As he travels through a countercu ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Empty Space by Peter Brook
    The Empty Space - by Peter Brook

    £9.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780141189222 | ISBN 10: 0141189223

    In The Empty Space, groundbreaking director Peter Brook draws on a life in love with the stage to explore the issues facing any theatrical performance.   Here he describes important developments in theatre from the last century, as well as sm ... more

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  • Cover image of book X-Films: True Confessions of a Radical Filmmaker by Alex Cox
    X-Films: True Confessions of a Radical Filmmaker - by Alex Cox

    £19.99   hardback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781845115661 | ISBN 10: 184511566x

    Philip French has called Alex Cox, 'British Cinema's oldest enfant terrible'; it's a description that its recipient fully approves of. He is a radical, international, independent filmmaker, who is also an insightful commentator on cinema now, and exp ... more

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  • Cover image of book Shakespeare by Bill Bryson
    Shakespeare - by Bill Bryson

    £8.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780007197903 | ISBN 10: 000719790x

    World-famous writer Bill Bryson brings us this brilliantly readable biography of our greatest dramatist and poet, William Shakespeare.  Examining centuries of myths, half-truths and downright lies, Bill Bryson tries to make sense of the man b ... more

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  • Cover image of book Memoirs by Tennessee Williams
    Memoirs - by Tennessee Williams

    £12.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780141189291 | ISBN 10: 0141189290

    When Memoirs was first published in 1975, it created quite a bit of turbulence in the media - though long self-identified as a gay man, Williams' candour about his love life, sexual encounters, and drug use was found shocking in and of itself, and su ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Worst it Can be is a Disaster: The Life Story of Braham Murray and the Royal Exchange Theatre by Braham Murray
    The Worst it Can be is a Disaster: The Life Story of Braham Murray and the Royal Exchange Theatre - by Braham Murray

    £25.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780713684902 | ISBN 10: 0713684909

    The Worst It Can Be is a Disaster is the autobiography of Braham Murray, founding director of the Royal Exchange Manchester which in 2006 celebrated its thirtieth anniversary.  Born into a Jewish family, Braham Murray struggled against his pa ... more

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  • Cover image of book The View From Here: Conversations with Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers by Matthew Hays
    The View From Here: Conversations with Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers - by Matthew Hays

    £19.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9781551522203 | ISBN 10: 1551522209

    The history of gay and lesbian cinema is a storied one, and one that became much larger with the recent success of Brokeback Mountain, Capote, and Transamerica. But the history of gay and lesbian filmmakers is its own story. In The View from Here, qu ... more

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  • Cover image of book Harold Pinter by Michael Billington
    Harold Pinter - by Michael Billington

    £14.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780571234769 | ISBN 10: 0571234763

    Michael Billington's engrossing biography takes Harold Pinter from his Hackney childhood to his current eminence. This new edition includes a full transcript of the Nobel lecture, as well as an additional chapter and accompanying photographs covering ... more

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  • Cover image of book Theatre Workshop: Joan Littlewood and the Making of Modern British Theatre by Robert Leach
    Theatre Workshop: Joan Littlewood and the Making of Modern British Theatre - by Robert Leach

    £22.00   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780859897600 | ISBN 10: 0859897605

    This book is the first in-depth study of Theatre Workshop, perhaps Britain's most influential twentieth-century theatre company. The book sets the company's aims and achievements in their social, political and theatrical contexts, and explores the el ... more

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  • Cover image of book National Service: Diary of a Decade at the National Theatre by Richard Eyre
    National Service: Diary of a Decade at the National Theatre - by Richard Eyre

    £8.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780747565901 | ISBN 10: 0747565902

    The riveting, star-studded journals from the former director of the National Theatre.  During the ten years from 1987 to 1997 that he was Director of the Royal National Theatre, Richard Eyre kept a diary — a record that disarmingly captured a l ... more

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  • Cover image of book Hamlet and the Baker
    Hamlet and the Baker's Son: My Life in Theatre and Politics - by Augusto Boal

    £30.99   paperback   (2001) - ISBN 13: 9780415229890 | ISBN 10: 0415229898

    He is the inventor of the internationally renowned Forum Theatre system and 'Theatre of the Oppressed', including Image Theatre, Invisible Theatre, Rainbow of Desire and Legislative Theatre. He travels the world giving workshops and inspiration to te ... more

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  • Cover image of book In Contact with the Gods? Directors Talk Theatre by Edited by Maria Delgado and Paul Heritage
    In Contact with the Gods? Directors Talk Theatre - by Edited by Maria Delgado and Paul Heritage

    £14.99   paperback   (1996) - ISBN 13: 9780719047633 | ISBN 10: 0719047633

    In 1994 the Arts Council of Great Britain brought together a number of theatre directors as part of the City of Drama celebrations.  This is a collection of interviews and discussions with directors who have helped shape the development of theat ... more

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