Select bibliography

A select, annotated bibliography for those who are interested in further reading in this area.

Bates, B. (1987) The Way of the Actor, Boston: Shambhala Publications.

Certainly the best, possibly the only reliable discussion of the actor's function by a psychologist. Based upon seven years of work with students at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and interviews with leading actors. While of interest to the casual reader, the book is embraceable by the professional, owing to its great virtue of being written from the actor's rather than the psychologist's viewpoint.

Blau, H. (1990) The Audience, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

A comprehensive and erudite discussion of what constitutes the nature of an audience, and its relationship to the stage event. Not easy reading: essentially for the critic and theatre scholar.

Brett, S. (1987) What Bloody Man is That?, New York: Doubleday Dell.

No better flavour of the life of a working, or 'resting', actor can be found than in this mystery story (one of a series) by former actor Simon Brett. Through the frequently glazed eyes of his hero, Charles Paris, Brett takes an acute, affectionate, humorously ironical look at the daily trials of a seldom-working professional. True, and eminently readable.

Callow, S. (1984) Being An Actor, London: Methuen.

The most forthright book written by an actor upon the exigencies of a professional career. Set down with an avowed partiality, a strong flavour of the man comes through, and the controversial energy and humour of the book make it an invaluable document on the life of at least one actor in his and our time.

Goldman, M. (1975) The Actor's Freedom, New York: The Viking Press.

A critical work of enormous scope which, while deftly dealing with the idea of phenomenological doubleness of the actor, ranges across the whole spectrum of the drama. A scholarly but readable work, crucial to the contemporary student of theatre.

Guinness, A. (1985) Blessings in Disguise, New York: Alfred A. Knopf.


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