Let Me Play the Lion Too

Let Me Play the Lion Too

by Michael Pennington


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How do you prepare for your first day on the set? Why might a bad audition lead to a good job offer? How should you research? What's the effect of a long tour on your love-life? Can you have a glass of wine before a matinee? What's the difference between transitive and intransitive corpsing? What is stage fright? In Michael Pennington's highly personal guide and memoir there are sections on rehearsals, on television then and now, on who does what on a film set, on the disciplines and rewards of musical theatre, and five directors discuss why the scenery is better on radio. Disability and racial bias in the theater are discussed and we sometimes hear from other, younger voices who are following parallel paths. Infectiously enthusiastic, both conversational and profound, Let Me Play the Lion Too draws on the author's fifty years of experience to celebrate the deadly serious, sometimes hilarious, often misunderstood but infinitely enriching life of a professional actor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780571231065
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 01/15/2015
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Robert De Niro 1

Introduction: The Way In 11

The 1960s: Michael Pennington - The 1980s: Jatinder Verma and David K. S. Tse - The 2000s: Annie Hemingway, Gwilym Lee and Gavin Fowler

Part 1 The Screen

1 Television Now 33

Trust Me, I'm a Doctor - The Continuing Drama of the Soaps - The Guests Tale - The Regulars Tale - The Directors Tale

2 Television Then 56

The Single Play - Green Shield Stamps and Craven A - Geoffrey

3 Film: Rehearsing 73

Who Does What - Your First Day on the Set

4 Film: Shooting 93

Your Story in Eight Set-Ups - Steadicam - The Wrap

Part 2 The Stage

5 Getting Hired 125

The Audition - The Wait - The Phone Call - An Interlude of Pleasure

6 The Time of Your Life 140

Rehearsal Weeks One to Four - The Technical - The Dress Rehearsals - Four Previews

7 First Night to Last 176

Opening Nights - Playing It In - Who's to Judge - Repertoire and Runs - Touring - The West End - Did I Leave the Fridge Door Open?

8 Musical Theatre 212

Yes You Can - Three Remarkable Women

Part 3 Three Essays

9 Sex and Drugs and Turning Up 233

10 The Scenery's Better on Radio 247

11 Wrongs and Rights 274

Part 4 Summing Up

12 My A-Z 301

From Availability to Zhoozh

13 Family Secrets 382

The Japanese - The Greeks - Edmund Kean and His Dagger -Trelawny of the Wells - You and Me - Let Me Play the Lion Too

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