The Verbal Arts Workbook

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Actors need to learn not only how to use their voice, but to use voice and language together. This book is about the expressive potential of language, and how actors can develop the verbal skills to release that potential.

Written by tutors at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and authors of the successful companion title, The Vocal Arts Workbook and DVD, this book includes each aspect of verbal expression:

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The Verbal Arts Workbook: A practical course for speaking text.

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Overview

Actors need to learn not only how to use their voice, but to use voice and language together. This book is about the expressive potential of language, and how actors can develop the verbal skills to release that potential.

Written by tutors at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and authors of the successful companion title, The Vocal Arts Workbook and DVD, this book includes each aspect of verbal expression:

Sound: How to develop a sensitivity to the qualities of speech sounds and use them more expressively.
Image: How to bring life and specificity to images when you speak.
Sense: How to focus your energy on those words and phrases that convey what is most significant in a speech or scene.
Rhythm: How rhythm is created and used in both verse and prose.
Argument: How to understand the structure or logic of language and speak with authentic energy.

This book puts it all together using one classical and one modern scene as examples.

Each of the chapters consists of several sections addressing the learner throughout—framework, exploration, exercises, follow-up, suggested texts, and further reading—and also provides teaching tips that give specific notes for teachers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408123461
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Series: Performance Books Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Carey is a voice tutor at RADA. She has extensive theatre experience as an actor and voice coach in the US. David Carey is Acting Head of Voice, RADA. He was previously Principal Lecturer of Voice Studies at Central School of Speech and Drama and has worked internationally as a voice coach. They are the authors of The Vocal Arts Workbook+DVD.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements iii

Foreword vii

Introduction ix

1 Sound 1

Framework 1

Exploration 3

Exercises 4

Follow-up 29

Suggested Texts 30

Further Reading 31

2 Image 33

Framework 33

Exploration 35

Exercises 36

Follow-up 54

Suggested Texts 55

Further Reading 58

3 Sense 59

Framework 59

Exploration 61

Exercises 62

Follow-up 85

Suggested Texts 86

Further Reading 89

4 Rhythm 90

Framework 90

Exploration 93

Exercises 94

Follow-up 125

Suggested Texts 125

Further Reading 130

5 Argument 132

Framework 132

Exploration 133

Exercises 134

Follow-up 258

Suggested Texts 158

Further Reading 165

6 Putting It All Together 167

Appendix 1 Vocal Warm-Up 185

Appendix 2 Rudolf Laban 189

Appendix 3 Punctuation and Parts of Speech 191

Appendix 4 Curriculum Choices 195

Appendix 5 Professional Histories 199

Appendix 6 Bibliography and Resources 204

Index 211

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