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Backstage Handbook: An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information

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First published in 1988, Backstage Handbook is one of the most widely used stagecraft textbooks in the United States, with about 10,000 copies sold every year.

This handy reference book brings together under one cover an incredible variety of information useful to designers, technicians and students who work behind the scenes in theatre, film and television. Its sturdy leat
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Paperback, 309 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Broadway Press (first published 1988)
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Aidan Best bet: second-hand from someone who has a copy, or a local distributor that specializes in English language books. Entertainment professionals migh…moreBest bet: second-hand from someone who has a copy, or a local distributor that specializes in English language books. Entertainment professionals might have some copies lying around. Light technicians, gaffers, sound guys, etc. You'll have to ask around.

I'd lend you mine but I'm not ever in the Netherlands.

PS. Some of the information in this book is outdated by now and not everything is applicable in Europe. And all the units are imperial (though there are conversion functions provided). Why do you want this particular book? Maybe I can recommend something better if I know what you're looking for. (less)

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Danielle
This is one of the most useful books I have ever purchased. If you work in theatre in any capacity, you should own this book.
Erin
Aug 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: theatrophiles
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The absolute go-to guide for ANYTHING backstage. This was so incredibly useful during my time in theatre. It's the boy scouts handbook for theatre techies. ...more
Vanessa
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great resource for anyone involved in theater. this book contains many illustrations, charts, tables and conversions that can be quite handy backstage.
Christine
Dec 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: theatre folk
I would not have survived my internship without it. Also a really great random reference.
Kylie
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Not great reading but a valuable resource for a theatre techie
Melvin Marsh, M.S.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Great little book. If one is in theater, this is a good book to keep in your back pocket or bag.
M. Lawrence
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I always keep this handbook nearby just in case my memory decides to fail me. This thing has kept me, my crew mates, and actors safe and out of all sorts of trouble.
Carlie Crowe
Backstage handbook: an illustrated almanac of technical information. (1994). Broadway Press.

Citation by: Carlie Crowe

Type of Reference: Handbook

Call Number: Ref 792

Content/Scope: This handbook geared towards any high school students in theatre and is is one of the most widely used stagecraft textbooks. It houses a variety of information from terminology, materials, and illustrations.

Accuracy/Authority/Bias: Broadway Press is known for books for theatre designers and technicians. Many thespians t
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Phillip Gallegos
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
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OK - so technically, it is a reference book (get it? technically...), but it is still one of my favorites. it has lots of handy conversions, shop math, and other assorted miscellany. It's not just useful on the set, but around the house, or for any tinkering or do-it-yourself type person. ...more
Sally Lopez
Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Classic. Useful. Necessary.
Sean Evans
The Backstage Handbook: An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information by Paul Carter (1994)
Amanda
Jun 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Comes in handy if you're on your own working on a project. It's the staple of the technical theatre world. I'm thinking, though, that some if it should be labeled "Don't try this at home." ...more
Seizure Romero
Not so much a cover-to-cover read as a regular reference. It gets high marks from experienced theater folk; I can attest it's also a great resource for the clueless. ...more
Red Shoes
Mar 14, 2008 is currently reading it
The reference for everything.
Gabriel
Oct 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in any aspect of theater
Incredibly useful and well illustrated manual regarding everything you need to know about being a stagehand.
Megan
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-shelves
Ah, tech class.
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Paul Carter was born in England in 1969. His father's military career had the family moving all over the world, re-locating every few years. Paul has lived, worked, gotten into trouble and been given a serious talking to in England, Scotland, Germany, France, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Tunisia, Australia, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo, Columbia, Vietnam, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, ...more

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