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The Golden Rules of Acting: Andy Nyman

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Great actor, writer, director and good friend of mine, Andy Nyman has written this excellent book that I recommend to students and pro alike.  Check out Andy’s own website and please follow this link to purchase a copy.  Follow him on Twitter @andynyman

About the book:

A treasure trove of advice, support and encouragement that no performer should be without. Honest, witty and direct, The Golden Rules of Acting is every actor’s best friend – in handy paperback form.

‘When auditioning, rehearsing or in a performance, take a risk – the worst that can happen is that you get embarrassed. You won’t die.’

Easy to dip into, fully illustrated throughout, and designed to be both instructive and empowering, The Golden Rules of Acting won’t tell you how to act – but it will tell you how to be an actor.

‘Always remember, the people auditioning you want you to be brilliant.They want you to solve their casting problem.’

If you’re a working actor, drama-school student, someone who wants to become an actor, or simply someone who has a dream and wants to make it a reality, this book is for you.

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The Excellent Audition Guide

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The Excellent Audition Guide by Hurtwood House School’s Director in Residence Andy Johnson is a must-read for anyone thinking of applying to drama schools.  This book, combined with one-to-one tuition, will undoubtedly give you or your child a head start along the path to a life in performance.

“An engaging, upbeat guide for any student thinking of applying to drama school. In The Excellent Audition Guide, experienced actor, director and drama teacher Andy Johnson leads you through every step of the application process: researching schools, writing personals statements and CVs, audition fees and travel, choosing and working on your pieces, brushing up technical and vocal skills, learning about Shakespearean verse, and finally the auditions themselves.

A reassuring, encouraging ‘how to’ book that demystifies an often scary-looking process, The Excellent Audition Guide is ideal not just for the students themselves, but also for parents, teachers and careers advisors looking to help them fulfill their acting ambitions.”

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Shakespeare on Toast

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Who’s afraid of William Shakespeare? Just about everyone. He wrote too much and what he wrote is inaccessible and elitist. Right?

Wrong. Shakespeare on Toast knocks the stuffing from the staid old myth of Shakespeare, revealing the man and his plays for what they really are: modern, thrilling, uplifting drama.

Ben Crystal’s book for all ages “Shakespeare on Toast” will change your literary life!  Check out his website too for events and details of where to buy the book.

A brilliantly enjoyable, light hearted look at Shakespeare which dispels the myths and makes him accessible to all. I love it“, Dame Judi Dench.

The colourful words and vibrant world of the world’s greatest hack writer are brought brilliantly to life by actor Ben Crystal. Sweeping cobwebs from the Bard – his language, his life, his world – Crystal reveals man and work as relevant, accessible, alive. This is a book for everyone, whether you’re studying Shakespeare for the first time or you’ve never set foot near one of his plays, but have always wanted to. It smashes down the walls that have been built up around him, that have turned Shakespeare into an untouchable literary figure. Shakespeare, Crystal reminds us, invented popular culture.

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