Stage Management - The Essential Handbook.
The highly successful "Bible for any stage manager", in a revised and updated edition By Gail Pallin.
The stage manager is at the core of every successful theatre production. He or she organises, manages and runs rehearsals and performances; researches and procures the props and furniture; and provides a creative information flow between the production and design departments.
This handbook is aimed at students, graduates and all those who aspire to stage management, whether amateur or professional, on a large or small scale. Complete with illustrations, diagrams and helpful checklists, it takes the reader through a typical production, week by week.
Other useful topics covered are:
• Team dynamics and job roles
• Theatre unions
• Health and Safety legislation
• The job market
• Information and communication technology
• Production templates
• Management techniques and interpersonal skills
As well as updated information and resources throughout, this new edition includes two brand new chapters: case studies of professional stage managers and producers working in the field, and an essay on creativity in stage management.
‘Classic... one of the easiest to read text books on stage management - and well worth getting at any stage of your career’ The Stage
'highly recommended for the newcomer, the aspiring stage manager, the student, and for those of us who'd just like to confirm that what we've been doing for years is actually what we're supposed to be doing' Sightline, Journal of Theatre Technology and Design
‘A comprehensive guide for the aspiring stage manager’ Alan Ayckbourn
'A very useful, practical how-to book aimed at students and practitioners, both professional and amateur' Susan Elkin, Teaching Drama
Gail Pallin began her career as a stage manager at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, and has worked at many of the major rep theatres throughout Britain, including stage managing the original production of Road at the Royal Court Theatre, London. She has directed various productions with youth and community groups in Scotland, and taught Stage Management at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, and Adam Smith College in Fife.