Backstage Stories

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Gaining a view behind the scenes into the jobs and personalities of people who work in the theatre is a privilege afforded to few. This book grants that privilege to all its readers. Twenty-one highly respected backstage professionals are interviewed, from artistic director to wig maker, working in all kinds of theatres in Britain and the United States. Their stories inform and entertain as they describe what they do and how they got to do it. Their anecdotes and observations intrigue and amuse as they reminisce ...

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Overview

Gaining a view behind the scenes into the jobs and personalities of people who work in the theatre is a privilege afforded to few. This book grants that privilege to all its readers. Twenty-one highly respected backstage professionals are interviewed, from artistic director to wig maker, working in all kinds of theatres in Britain and the United States. Their stories inform and entertain as they describe what they do and how they got to do it. Their anecdotes and observations intrigue and amuse as they reminisce about working with people such as Alan Bennett, Judi Dench, Placido Domingo, Ian McKellen and Andrew Lloyd Webber, to name just a few. Whether you enjoy watching theatrical performances and want to know more about them, or you would like to work in the theatre, Backstage Stories is the book for you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826492470
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.71 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Baker worked in stage management before becoming a full-time writer. Her previous books include The Way We Write, Chinese Ink, Western Pen: Stories of China, Let the Credits Roll: Interviews with Film Crew and Why We Garden: Stories of a British Obsession.

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionArtistic Director and Actress - Martha LaveyBody Control Instructor - Jane ParisCasting Director - Joyce NettlesChoreographer - Susan StromanCostume Designer - Paul TazewellDeputy Stage Manager - Andy HallDesigner - Bob CrowleyDirector - Sir Richard EyreDramaturg - Anne CattaneoDresser - Kate SlocombeFight Arranger - Terry KingFootwear and Stock Co-ordinator - Sara WanFlying Director - Ben HaynesHead of Sound - Ian DickinsonLighting Designer - Paule ConstableProducer - David IanProduction Manager - Andy KeoghProp-maker and Welder - Ewan HunterStage Manager - Trish MontemuroVoice/Speech/Dialect Coach - Deborah HechtWig & Make-up Co-ordinator - Claudia StolzeIndex

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