A truly inspirational teacher...
He taught me that

you can have a social conscience

and be an actor -

that you can affect change through your work


Actor, Broadchurch, Happy Valley, Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster (for which she won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Female Actor in a Drama), Hayley in Coronation Street (for which she she won Best Serial Drama Performance at the 2014 National Television Awards and Best Actress at the 2014 British Soap Awards)

An idiosyncratic, challenging and practical guide

to the craft of acting...


Actor, writer, director. Withnail and I, The Player, L.A. Story, Gosford Park, The Age of Innocence, Game of Thrones, Wah Wah

A unique figure in British theatre. Provocative, controversial, doggedly inspiring and fearless in his pursuit of the truth

...the pivotal teacher for me and countless others

Director of the National Theatre

This revolutionary book is more than just a dry theoretical study of acting techniques.
It tells the story – both humorous and moving – of how teacher/director Brian Astbury - founder of South Africa’s legendary Space Theatre - and hundreds of actors and acting students both in production and at Britain’s top drama schools developed a set of exercises over two decades to help actors overcome problems not addressed in other methods.