Tough Acts

Steven Berkoff is a brilliant and innovative director, writer and performer whose radical approach has made him a cult figure among audiences and actors alike. For more than 25 years he has been at the cutting edge of British theatre, critically acclaimed in particular for his unique directing style and his adaptation of Kafka's Metamorphosis.

In Tough Acts, Steven reflects on some of the more extraordinary people he has had the privilege of working with on stage and on film. He writes with vivid detail about legendary directors and actors including Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Joan Collins, Sylvester Stallone and Eddie Murphy not from the viewpoint of a journalist or outside observer, but as a co-worker who has experienced them in the raw.

Steven vividly captures the unique kind of closeness that develops during the rehearsal period and run of the play or duration of the film shoot and the volatile and unpredictable experiences that this sudden intimacy can create. Full of compelling insights into the creative drives and varying styles of some of the most significant players of twentieth-century culture, Tough Acts is an enlightening read, providing a glimpse of what it is like to operate inside the intense and fascinating worlds of cinema and the theatre.

Tough Acts Steven Berkoff

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