Introduction Part One: Preparing for Rehearsals 1. Organising your early responses to the text 2. Organising information about each scene 3. Investigating the big ideas of the play 4. Analysing the action of the play 5. Deepening work on character 6. Building relationships with your production team 7. Selecting actors and testing starting points for rehearsals 8. Preparing the rehearsal environment Part Two: Rehearsals 9. The initial few days of rehearsals 10. Building the world of the play 11. Working on the scenes of the play Part Three: Getting into the Theatre and the Public Performances 12. Technical and dress rehearsals 13. The public performances Part Four: Context and Sources 14. How I learnt the skills the book describes
Katie Mitchell has directed plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, The Young Vic, and The Donmar Warehouse. Outside the UK she has directed at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Sweden, the Koln Schauspielhaus in Cologne and the Piccolo Theatre in Milan. Her opera work includes productions for Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and English National Opera. She has received two Time Out Awards and one Evening Standard Award for Best Director.
'As an introduction to Stanislavski, and a demystification of the director's role, this is a comprehensive read.' - Total Theatre
'This is particularly useful for A level students... The book has a clear, matter-of-fact style throughout... A useful resource to staff and A level students alike.' - Teaching Drama