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Australian actors are now taking their place on the international stage, becoming regulars among the nominees and winners of major international acting awards. They are famously indifferent to the honing of their skills outside of the actual workplace...this book is a response to a nagging feeling I've had for many years that Australian actors are making it up as they go along...' (Terence Crawford). So what is it about the approach, technique and focus of the Australian actor that has the entertainment world's favour and respect? How do our best actors do what they do? 'Trade Secrets' is a fascinating examination of the acting processes of fourteen of Australia's finest actors and will feature interviews with: Paula Arundell, Bille Brown, Helen Buday, Joel Edgerton, Judi Farr, John Gaden, Paul Goddard, Robert Grubb, Wendy Hughes, Heather Mitchell, Sean O'Shea, Pamela Rabe, Geoffrey Rush and Charles 'Bud' Tingwell. Each chapter gives an overview of the actors' life, training, inspiration and reputation followed by an extensive interview with them about their craft and how they approach it.
Terence Crawford, is an actor, playwright, teacher and academic. A graduate of NIDA, he is considered one of Australia's most experienced and esteemed acting teachers, having worked with many of the actors he has interviewed. His plays, including: Pushing' Up Daisies, Autumn, Love's Triumph, have been produced by Griffin, New England Theatre Company, Theatre of Image and Sydney Theatre Company. He has had work produced on radio and television, and his short fiction has been published.