Words Into Action: Finding the Life of the Play by Gaskill WilliamWords Into Action: Finding the Life of the Play by Gaskill William

Words Into Action: Finding the Life of the Play

byGaskill William

Paperback | September 23, 2010

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 165 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Packed with insights from a lifetime of directing theatre, Words into Action is a fascinating read and a vital masterclass for actors and directors.Renowned theatre director William Gaskill was one of the founders of the Royal Court, whose ethos, as Christopher Hampton says in his Foreword, 'this book goes a long way towards defining'.Gaskill's acclaimed work as a director always began with the words of the playwright, and here, starting with a chapter on 'Trusting the Writer', he takes the actor through the vital steps needed to find the life of the play and then to articulate it on stage.Drawing instances from his own work in the theatre and from teaching at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he looks at action and intention, stillness and movement, sentences and rhetoric, punctuation and pauses. He pays detailed attention to staging Shakespeare's plays, and there are also chapters on masks, on language as character, and on verse and prose. Gaskill was, says Maggie Smith, ‘the best teacher in the world.'
William Gaskill (1930-2016) was a major theatre director who, in a wide-ranging freelance career, directed many productions of Brecht, Beckett and Shakespeare. He was closely associated with the Royal Court, where he directed Edward Bond's Saved. He co-founded Joint Stock Theatre in 1974 with Max Stafford-Clark, going on to stage some ...
Title:Words Into Action: Finding the Life of the PlayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.53 × 5.45 × 0.78 inPublished:September 23, 2010Publisher:Playwrights Canada PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1848421001

ISBN - 13:9781848421004

Look for similar items by category:


Editorial Reviews

'a fastidiously lucid and frank set of essays packed with practical advice, useful observations, and acute close readings' - Helen Simpson TLS, 'Books of the Year' - 20160822