Contains practical information and advice, both in the text and in the illustrations, to help smooth the path of the simplest or most complex production. This book aims to enable even the most inexperienced amateur group to attain professional standards. The contents include directing, stage management, acting, set design, lighting, costumes, administration and make-up. Other areas covered include the workshop, which deals with all the equipment necessary for the work of most amateur theatre companies, as well as step-by-step instructions on scenery building and prop making. In addition, many different types of play - from Shakespeare to cabaret and revue - are discussed with details of the size of cast and technical resources required. Finally, the book offers advice on three major areas of theatrical activity - festivals, touring and competitions.