Acting and How to Survive it

Film and TV is stalled globally – but in New Zealand production for both domestic and overseas shows is proceeding at a gallop. The government is investing millions in screen production. There has never been a better time in our history to upskill and refresh your acting. Start by buying this book!


Buy here, on Amazon or UK Book Depository, or at one of the NZ bookstores below. RRP NZ$45.

‘Acting and How to Survive It is a generous and impressive read, well-written, entertaining and packed with invaluable information.’ – Karen McMillan, NZ BookLovers

A one-stop actor’s shop for everything they need to know about acting – the craft, the profession, and the life. Here’s the skinny on not only to survive your time as an actor, but thrive at it.

Acting and How to Survive It is the culmination of a quarter century of performing, teaching and investigation. Peter Feeney brings together the best of traditional approaches with the very latest practical know-how. Exacting and inspirational, this book is every actors must-have.

‘Peter is a very gifted actor who will always be genuinely interested in exploring his work and finding new approaches to it, and opening this out to his fellow actors.’

Cicely Berry, OBE, Voice Director,
Royal Shakespeare Company

Available at these stores


Auckland University Campus Shop
Kate Edger Information Commons Building
Level 1, 2 Alfred Street, Auckland Central 1010

Unity Books Auckland
19 High Street, Auckland, 1010

Dear Reader Bookshop
436 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021


Unity Books Wellington
Willbank House, 57 Willis Street, Wellington Central, Wellington 6011

Vic Books – two locations in Wellington
Easterfield Building, 1 Kelburn Parade, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn, Wellington 6012
Rutherford House, 27 Lambton Quay, Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea, Wellington 6011

Schrödinger’s Books
137 Jackson Street, Petone, Wellington 5012


Scorpio Books
120 Hereford Street, Christchurch 8011


University Book Shop
378 Great King St, Dunedin North 9016

More to come…


Review from Karen McMillan at NZ BookLovers

There is a lot of information about the creation of characters, which is helpful for writers as well as actors. Peter discusses everything from physical characteristics to social aspects and their psychology. He asks us to imagine their jobs, how they express their feelings and their natural rhythm.

I also found the section on sub-text interesting and loved the idea of ‘interviewing your character.’ There is also a section on script analysis that would be helpful to use as a checklist for many creative writing projects. The chapter where a variety of well-known actors share how they prepared for their roles is also a highlight of the book. And the section of the book dealing with rethinking failure is relatable to the writing life as well as the acting life.

Read the full review here