Francis Greenslade has been an actor for thirty years. Here he tells the story of how as an enthusiastic but formally untrained actor he learnt to manage the demands of text and character and emotional connection with the character. Along with how to stand on your mark, and read a call sheet, and deal with directors.
Half acting manual, half entertaining tale of the world of professional acting in Australia, this is a book for all actors, whether amateur or professional, novice or veteran, and indeed anyone who has ever wondered what it is that actors actually do.
'One of Australia's finest comic actors has generously given us two books for the price of one: a disarmingly frank account of a thespian life and a compendium of practical advice for actors of any age. Sagacity, insight and perceptiveness illuminate every page.'
'I laughed a lot, and I learned even more and I implore anyone interested in a career in acting – not sure why you would be – to please read this book. Do not embark without it. It is wonderful.'
'Creative, meticulous and generous in the execution of his craft,
Francis' book is a worthwhile and much anticipated read.'
'Francis Greenslade's book is an insightful, entertaining and at times painfully honest account about a life in performing arts. His advice is priceless because it's born of lived experience.'