West End Producer Writes EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ACTING Book, Set for Nov 21 Release
West End Producer is the anonymous blogger and Twitter sensation whose hilarious and unfailingly accurate barbs satirising and celebrating the theatre industry have won him over 35,000 followers.
His identity is the subject of feverish speculation in the media, fuelled by his regular appearances at West End opening nights in costume, wig and latex mask.
He has become a genuine theatre impresario, launching talent competitions Search for a Twitter Star and its successor, Search for a Twitter Composer.
And now West End Producer (WEP) has written a book, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Acting (But Were Afraid To Ask, Dear), to be published by Nick Hern Books on 21st November 2013. [And no, his publishers don't know his real identity, either. So don't ask.]
The book is full of the wit and mischievous indiscretion that has gained him such a cult following. It is also packed with gossip and insider knowledge of the theatre business, and enough savvy advice on acting to kickstart a career. For wannabe stars, there are tips (both practical and deliciously impractical) on:
• getting into drama school (learning how to sit in a circle)
• auditioning, and perfecting the neutral vacant stare pose
• rehearsals and learning lines (various infallible methods)
• the different kinds of actor, from sex pest to company idiot • acting techniques, including how to act in a serious play
• combating boredom (and avoiding backstage naughtiness) • the correct way to bow at the curtain call
Also included are many of WEP's most memorable tweets, miniature comic salvos despatched with all the shrewdness of a man who truly knows his Barrowmans from his Balls.
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Acting (But Were Afraid To Ask, Dear) by West End Producer
published 21st November 2013
£10.99 paperback • 224pp
West End Producer has been involved in the entertainment business ever since he was born onstage during a performance of Titus Andronicus. WEP's life these days revolves around producing, tweeting, blogging, playing with his Lloyd Webber glove puppet, and supporting emerging talent. In 2012 he ran Search for a Twitter Star - which was the first online competition to find musical-theatre performers. The live final was held at the Lyric Theatre in the West End. WEP followed this with a competition for new composing talent - Search for a Twitter Composer - with heats and a live final at Soho Theatre. WEP can regularly be seen attending theatrical first nights with his Jean Valjean teddy.