Musical Theatre performers Louise Dearman and Mark Evans found themselves being asked so many questions by wannabe performers that they decided to launch a website where fans could submit their questions to them. These have now been put together into a handy little book which is a must have for anyone in theatre training or even just with a keen interest in theatre.
Questions such as how to choose the right course, getting an agent, staying healthy and dealing with negative responses are all answered through four handy sections of the book; Learning your craft, getting a job, doing the job and living the life. Louise Dearman (the only female to have ever played both leading roles in Wicked the Musical) and Mark Evans (who once starred alongside Louise in Wicked as Fiyero, is now living in New York having just finished playing Elder Price on the US Tour of Book of Mormon), give informative answers and pepper them with funny stories and anecdotes about their own careers.
For aspiring musical theatre actors, as they say in the Book of Mormon, ‘this book may change your life’. For everyone else, Secrets of Stage Success is a good, easy read that allows you to go behind the scenes and see what it takes to become that person we see up on stage. With simple, beautiful illustrations by West End caricaturist Mark Manley, you can’t get much stagier than this!
Reviewed by West End Wilma
Photo: Mark Yeoman
Read my interview with Mark Evans and Louise Dearman about their new book here
Secrets of Stage Success is out now, £8.99 paperback, published by Nick Hern Books. Get your copy for just £6.74 (that’s 25% off the rrp) plus free UK p&p – use code SECRETSWILMA at www.nickhernbooks.co.uk/secrets
Plus, everyone who purchases the book via the NHB website will receive a free, exclusive A3 poster of Louise and Mark (while stocks last).