A joyful celebration of amateur theatre This is the story of amateur dramatics in Britain. In a triumphant mix of memoir, social history, interviews and manifesto, Jenny Landreth opens our eyes to am-dram and shows us a vibrant world that is a crucial part of our culture. Starting with the Mystery Plays of the Middle Ages, we move, via Shakespeare, to the Georgian aristocrats who built opulent private theatres in their own homes, then to the halcyon days of radical lefties taking political theatre to the streets, and on to the present day. Along the way, we visit several thriving theatres - across the country, and beyond our shores - and meet a cast of characters who tell us about the joy amateur theatre brings them. And we follow the full arc of a production at the Midlands theatre where Jenny's parents met and she started out, from first auditions to last night party, with all the mishaps and forgotten lines that come in between. In Britain today there are millions of people involved, and amateur theatre takes many forms, from classic productions to panto, but also cutting-edge new work. Without it, there would be no professional theatre, no Judi Dench or Kenneth Branagh or Brenda Blethyn. Break a Leg is an emphatic celebration. It is also a rallying cry, a call to appreciate how amateur theatre enriches communities and many people's lives - and how, if you join in, it might just do the same for you. '[A] joyous celebration of amateur theatre; a triumphant mix of memoir, social history, interviews and manifesto... Break a Leg is an emphatic celebration and a rallying cry to appreciate how amateur theatre enriches communities and many people's lives' WhatsOnStage.com
A. C. Robat does not know that "Break A Leg" means good luck, and when the little clowns yell "Break A Leg" to him, he jumps of the wire and breaks his leg. He has to have a cast on his leg, but he still dares to do tricks with his cast on.
Ever wondered why actors don't wear green onstage? Or never wish each other "good luck"? Or avoid whistling in the dressing room? Or refuse to mention a certain Shakespeare play by name? "BREAK A LEG!" A TREASURY OF THEATRE TRADITIONS AND SUPERSTITIONS is a fascinating compendium of facts and fancies about theatre life, exploring the origin of the colorful traditions and superstitions that are as vital a part of theatre as the plays onstage. Includes entries on: Cats, Candles & Curtains - Peacock, Mirrors & Make-up - Flowers, Jewelry & Thread - The Gypsy Robe - The Ghost Light - Opening Night! - Why Is It Called "the Green Room"? - Don't Quote the Scottish Play! - St. Genesius & Other Saintly Aids to Actors - Unusual Theatre Terms - Famous Actors and Their Superstitions - Stage Turkeys and the Notorious Broadway Moose - Theatre Ghosts . . . and much more. "BREAK A LEG!" A TREASURY OF THEATRE TRADITIONS AND SUPERSTITIONS is the perfect Opening Night gift for your favorite theatre friends or for anyone interested in theatre life and lore.
A new memoir from acclaimed playwright and director Peter Sheridan, Break A Leg tells the story of his life in the theatre, and meanwhile touches on so much more. Blending social history with memoir, Sheridan's story is written in gutsy, fresh prose that captures your attention from the first page.
Do you hear booing from the blue fairies when you tread the boards? Did your clap trap work on the claque? Did that flash pot set off ÒMr. SandsÓ in the first electric? Do you even know what those last three sentences mean? If not, then you need to read this book! Authors Mark Brownell and Sue Miner have compiled this one-of-a-kind glossary of offbeat theatrical phrases, words and superstitions. Break a Leg! is a culmination of theatrical lore from more than 25 years in the business. It also represents a collective knowledge that has been passed down for centuries.
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No object encapsulates the subtle, mysterious richness of cricket as much as its most famous character, the cricket ball: the swinging, bouncing, spinning heart of the glorious game. Gary Cox tells us the life story of the ball in its many guises: new ball, old ball, live ball, dead ball, no-ball, lost ball, swing ball and dot ball. He untangles the complexities of spin bowling (with a little help from Shane Warne), the tricks and cheats involved in ball tampering (including a look at the 2018 Australian scandal) and explores the multi-coloured future of a rapidly changing game. A kaleidoscopic look at the ball through the lenses of everything from philosophy and science to history, politics and biography and the myriad facts and figures of the vast cricket universe, Cox brings you a brimming biography of this legendary leathern orb and the heroes, fools and villains it has created along the way.