Page extent: 198
ISBN: 9781840029567
Binding: PaperBack

Actors' Voices: The People Behind the Performances

Patrick O'Kane

PaperBack (20 Feb 2012)

In conversation with Patrick O’Kane, eleven experienced actors who have made a living, a life, in theatre, television and film, share their process, comment on their experiences and consider their role as theatre artists within the broader spectrum of Art and Culture. Contributors, who have worked across a range of forms from mainstream theatre to experimental performance practice, include: Claire Price, Ruairi Conaghan, Mojisola Adebayo, Tim Crouch, Olwen Fouéré, Gerrard McArthur, Gabriel Gawin, Selina Cadell, Simon Russell Beale, Paterson Joseph and Jim Norton.

A book that actors can mine for tips on craftsmanship and the business. A book that reveals to directors which approaches enable actors and which block them. A book that calls the UK industry to attention: actors should be embraced as primary creators along with the writer, director and designer of any production.

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781840029567
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 198



'This is a book about the precious dedication that makes this profession ancient and new. A clutch of wonderful minds provoked, represent the important ongoing conversation about stories, skill and life. It’s a treat.' Fiona Shaw

'The book is a rare creature, offering privileged and disarmingly frank encounters with the people behind the performances. It will engage anyone involved in or in love with theatre – practitioners, critics, customers, administrators, agents, teachers, students' Irish Theatre

'An excellent exposé of the trials and tribulations, joys and insecurities of a life on the stage.' British Theatre Guide

'Plenty of tips here both on actor craftsmanship and on how the industry works… the real strength of O’Kane’s book is its breadth' The Stage

‘It is enlightening to read about plays and theatre from the perspective of the actors...O’Kane’s questions are searching…These are in-depth interviews – each is 25 pages or so long and includes a wealth of extensive response. Together they make a pretty meaty book, likely to appeal to teachers of drama at all levels and, perhaps, to older students seriously interested in the craft of acting.’ Teaching Drama