Actor-musicianship is a permanent feature of the musical theatre landscape. Actor-musician shows can be seen from Bradford to Broadway, from village halls to international arena tours. However, with the exception of a couple of academic papers, there has been nothing written about this fascinating area of theatre practice.
Jeremy Harrison's book addresses this deficit, operating as both a record of the development of the actor-musician movement and as a practical guide for students, educators, performers and practitioners. It explores the history of actor-musicianship, examining its origins, as well as investigating - and offering guidance on - how this specialist form of music theatre is created.
It, in turn, acts as a means of defining an art form that has to date been left to lurk in the shadows of musical theatre; a subset with its own distinctive culture of performer, maker and audience, but as yet no formal recognition as a specialism in its own right. The actor-musician show is multifarious and as such this book targets those interested in mainstream commercial work, as well as alternative and avant-garde theatre practice.
The book draws together expertise from a range of disciplines with contributions from many of the leading figures in this field, including performers, directors, teachers, MDs, producers and writers. It also features a foreword by theatre director John Doyle.
Jeremy Harrison was one of the country's leading actor-musicians before going on to run Rose Bruford College's unique Actor-Musicianship programme. Since graduating from RADA (1987), he has worked in theatre, film and television as a performer, MD, composer and director both in the UK and internationally. He is Chair of Rose Bruford College's Theatre for Young Audience's Centre and has presented practical workshops and papers on actor-musicianship and the musicality of acting in institutions around the world.
Chapter 1: From The Bubble to Broadway Chapter 2: Jack and Master Chapter 3: Training the actor-musician: an introduction Chapter 4: Directing actor-musicianship Chapter 5: Choreographing actor-musicianship Chapter 6: Musically Directing actor musicianship Chapter 7: A Young Theatre