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Actor and the Text

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ISBN-10: 1557831386

ISBN-13: 9781557831385

Edition: Revised 

Authors: Cicely Berry, Trevor Nunn

List price: $22.99
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These words of Cicely Berry, the voice director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, speak to anyone who needs to speak his or her piece - in any arena, at sales meetings or religious revivals. Berry's book will insure that the speaker and the text gets heard - accurately and with true emotional range. Never again will one be accused of simply "reading a prepared statement." Berry's exercises to develop relaxation, breathing and muscular control will literally help everyone breathe easier when confronting the printed page.
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 2/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

Attitudes to Voice and Text
Sound and Meaning
Attitudes to voice
The practical means
Heightened versus Naturalistic Text
Shakespeare - Setting out the Rules
Metre and Rhythm
Structures, Energy, Imagery and Sound
Energy through the text
Substance of the word
Discovery and movement of thought
Nature of the image, its logic, and its inquiry into nature
Argument and emotion
Word games and patterns
Structure of speeches
Shakespeare - the Practical Means
Introduction to the Exercises
Substance of the Text
Sounds: vowels and consonants
Nearing the language: substance of text
Language fabric
Metre and Energy
Energy through the text
Subversion - or making language your own
Acting, Text and Style
Further Points of Text
Heightened music
Scene structures
Recap on speech structures
Relating to Other Texts
Jacobean text
Restoration text
Formal modern text
Modern text
Voice Work
Finding the space
Using poetry
Cadence and note
Further Voice Exercises
Further Perspectives
Index of Quotations
Quotes by Subject