Voice and Speech in the Theatre / Edition 5

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This is a classic book on voice and speech, designed for actors at all levels. First published in England in 1950, and now substantially revised for its fifth edition by Malcolm Morrison, it is now published for the first time in North America.

Voice & Speech in the Theatre explains how breath, note, tone and word combine to create voice. One of the great voice teachers of his day, J. Clifford Turner here uses simple and direct language to impart the necessary technical 'basics' of speech and voice. He then provides extensive exercises to help you master breath control, articulation, tone and other essential elements of the actor's craft.

The book includes a wide variety of exercises-some using nonsense sounds, others using Shakespeare, Whitman, Tennyson, and other literary materials-to strengthen the control of vowels, of breath, and voice production. Many of these exercises are newly created for this edition by Malcolm Morrison.

Turner's goal is to help the actor strengthen the voice so that it becomes the servant of the actor's will and feeling. Far from encouraging hammy, theatrical speaking, Turner warns that "anything in the voice which calls attention to itself, either because the actor appears to be voice conscious, or because the utterance is defective in some respect, will make a performance bad, shallow, or otherwise unconvincing."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878301126
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: Theatre Arts Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Clifford Turner was a leading voice teacher who gained his experience at RADA. Jane Boston is Senior Voice Practitioner and Head of Artistic Research and Development at RADA.

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Table of Contents

Note to the Fifth Edition; 1. The Voice in Theory; 2. The Voice in Practice; 3. The Tone; 4. The Note; 5. The Word; 6. The Voice in Action; 7. Conclusion; Appendix: Voice and Speech Routines; Index
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