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Tackling Text (and subtext): A Step-By-Step Guide for Actors

Tackling Text (and subtext): A Step-By-Step Guide for Actors
Your Price: $32.95 CDN
Author: Barbara Houseman
Foreword by: Daniel Radcliffe
Preface by: Kenneth Branagh
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 288
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 185459799X
ISBN-13: 9781854597991

About the Book:

Tackling Text [and subtext] is an intensely practical handbook for actors on how to cope with text, subtext, character, and situation.

Having helped the actor with basic vocal technique in her enormously successful book, Finding Your Voice, voice coach and director Barbara Houseman here shows your how to cope with the demands posed by the text [and the subtext] of the play itself. Tackling Text [and subtext] is full of enjoyable and effective exercises that connect deeply and swiftly with the text, whether classical or modern, so the words sound as if they are your own. These principles work on every piece of writing whether it be Shakespeare, modern prose or a presentation to the board of directors. You will discover ways of charting your inner journey and will find the way to express a deep and subtle inner story that engages your audience.

Developed over many years of working with actors of all ages and experiences, Tackling Text [and subtext] is an indispensable handbook for any actor working with text – from acting students and young professionals, to experienced actors wanting to tackle specific problems and acting coaches wanting to discover new ways of enabling their students.

What people say:

"If you want to improve as an actor, read this book… it helps restore the hard work of the actor as fresh, playful and fun! — Kenneth Branagh, from his Preface

"An inspiring teacher… a hugely motivating force in my work." — Daniel Radcliffe

"Barbara's work starts with the voice, passes through the physical – and results in a character. Her teaching helps total performance." — Jude Law

"…detailed, down-to-earth, useful… with one of the clearest explanations I've read of iambic pentameter." — The Stage

"…as useful to the experienced actor looking for a lifeline as the beginner wanting tips about the trade." — British Theatre Guide

About the Author:

Barbara Houseman is an English voice and acting coach and theatre director whose career spans nearly forty years. She trained as a voice teacher at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and worked alongside Cicely Berry in the Voice Department at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Since then she has worked extensively as a voice and text coach in the West End, and one-to-one with many well-known actors including Jane Asher, Kenneth Branagh, Jessie Buckley, Omid Djalili, Dynamo, Richard Fairbrass, Jerry Hall, Lenny Henry, Nicholas Hoult, Karl Hyde, Patrick Kielty, Jude Law, Clive Owen, Daniel Radcliffe, Scarlett Strallen, and Will Young.

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