The Actor and the Text

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(Applause Acting Series). 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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Overview

(Applause Acting Series). 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557831385
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Applause Acting Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 789,643
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Acknowledgments 8
Introduction 9
Pt. 1 Attitudes to Voice and Text
Ch. 1 Sound and Meaning 14
1 Attitudes to voice 15
2 The practical means 24
Ch. 2 Heightened versus Naturalistic Text 32
Pt. 2 Shakespeare - Setting out the Rules
Ch. 3 Metre and Rhythm 52
Ch. 4 Structures, Energy, Imagery and Sound 82
1 Energy through the text 82
2 Antithesis 90
3 Substance of the word 95
4 Discovery and movement of thought 104
5 Nature of the image, its logic, and its inquiry into nature 110
6 Argument and emotion 115
7 Word games and patterns 121
8 Structure of speeches 128
Pt. 3 Shakespeare - the Practical Means
Ch. 5 Introduction to the Exercises 140
Ch. 6 Substance of the Text 143
1 Sounds: vowels and consonants 143
2 Nearing the language: substance of text 148
3 Language fabric 157
Ch. 7 Metre and Energy 171
1 Metre 171
2 Energy through the text 178
3 Subversion - or making language your own 185
Ch. 8 Acting, Text and Style 189
Ch. 9 Further Points of Text 205
1 Prose 205
2 Heightened music 213
3 Scene structures 220
4 Recap on speech structures 229
5 Sonnets 240
Ch. 10 Relating to Other Texts 251
1 Jacobean text 251
2 Restoration text 253
3 Formal modern text 254
4 Modern text 255
Pt. 4 Voice Work
Ch. 11 Preparation 260
1 Finding the space 260
2 Using poetry 265
3 Cadence and note 273
Ch. 12 Further Voice Exercises 274
Further Perspectives 285
Index of Quotations 297
Quotes by Subject 301
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