A handbook for aspiring actors by two of the best-known names in the British theatre and television Written by two of the best-known actors in the country, this short book offers practical advice and do's and don'ts to anyone thinking of taking up acting. Both authors are passionate about actor training, know the profession inside out and, as they say in their intro, have more than a hundred years' experience between them! Writing alternate paragraphs throughout the book - and frequently contradicting each other! - they cover the whole gamut from * Applying to drama school * Auditioning * Training * Working in unpaid productions * Doing 'bits' on telly etc etc and on up to * Getting an agent and * Enduring a West End run - should you be so lucky. Published in slimline format (cf. NHB's Actions), this handy but pleasantly unstuffy manual is essential reading - or an essential gift! -for any aspiring actor.
Timothy West is best-known on TV for Brass and for playing real people such as Edward VII, Churchill and Beecham, and on stage for classic roles such as Lear, Prospero, Falstaff and the Master Builder. Prunella Scales is world-famous as Mrs Basil Fawlty and well-known on stage and screen for countless other roles often in modern comedy. She has played both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.