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recommended reading

One of the questions I get asked the most by my students is what books and plays I recommend, because it can be a bit daunting if you don't know where to start. If I've left any off these lists that you think are incredibly important, feel free to get in touch.


The Actor and the Target by Declan Donnellan

The Actor's Art and Craft by Damon DiMarco and William Esper

Actions: The Actor's Thesaurus by Marina Calderone and Maggie Lloyd-Williams

Tackling Text [and Subtext] by Barbara Houseman

The Viewpoints Book by Anne Bogart

Maybe I Don't Belong Here by David Harewood


Different Every Night by Mike Alfreds

Notes On Directing by Frank Hauser and Russell Reich

The Director's Craft by Katie Mitchell

The Field of Drama by Martin Esslin

The Art of the Artistic Director by Christopher Haydon

Creating Worlds: How to Make Immersive Theatre by Jason Warren

A Director Prepares by Anne Bogart

Directing by Rob Swain

The Theatre and Its Double by Antonin Artaud

Taking Stage by Helen Manfull

Theatre of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal

Contemporary Women Stage Directors by Paulette Marty


A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver

How To Be A Poet by Jane Commane and Jo Bell

100 Essays I Don't Have Time To Write by Sarah Ruhl

Playwriting by Stephen Jeffries

The No Rules Handbook For Writers by Lisa Goldman

Into the Woods by John Yorke

Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder

Being A Playwright by Chris Foxon and George Turvey


The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs by Iman Qureshi

Original Death Rabbit by Rose Heiney 

Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins 

Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins 

Sweat by Lynn Nottage 

People, Places and Things by Duncan Macmillan 

Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Shook by Samuel Bailey 

The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer

This is War by Hannah Moscovitch 

Love Steals Us From Loneliness by Gary Owen 

Acceptance by Amy Ng 

Hookman by Lauren Yee 

Bottleneck by Luke Barnes 

No One Will Tell Me How to Start a Revolution by Luke Barnes 

Heroine by Nessa Muthy 

Freak by Anna Jordan

My Mum’s A Twat by Anoushka Warren 

Posh by Laura Wade 

Wolfie by Ross Willis 

The High Table by Temi Wilkey

Love and Other Acts of Violence by Cordelia Lynn

Skin A Cat by Isley Lynn

Blank by Alice Birch 

Betrayal by Harold Pinter 

Violence and Son by Gary Owen 

Julie by Polly Stenham (after Strindberg) 

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons by Sam Steiner 

I’m Not Running by David Hare 

A Hundred Words For Snow by Tatty Hennessy 

Blood Knot by Athol Fugard 

Downstate by Bruce Norris 

Ramona Tells Jim by Sophie Wu

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Scenes with girls by Miriam Battye

The Duke by Shôn Dale-Jones

Girls and Boys by Dennis Kelly

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith

The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler

Midnight Movie by Eve Leigh

The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez

Emilia by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm

The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh

Bull by Mike Bartlett

Barbecue by Robert O'Hara

What I (Don't) Know About Autism by Jody O'Neill

Consent by Nina Raine

Linda by Penelope Skinner

The Funeral Director by Iman Qureshi

Poet In Da Corner by Debris Stevenson

Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind

Woyzeck by Georg Buchner

The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov

Since U Been Gone by Tabby Lamb

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall

Lungs by Duncan MacMillan

Overflow by Travis Alabanza

Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon

The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman

Indecent by Paula Vogel

Rotterdam by Jon Brittain

An Oak Tree by Tim Crouch

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