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The Actor and the Text

The Actor and the Text by Cicely Berry The Actor and the Text
Your Price: $21.99 CDN
Author: Cicely Berry
Foreword by: Trevor Nunn
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 304
Pub. Date: 2000
ISBN-10: 1557831386
ISBN-13: 9781557831385

About the Book:

Designed for actors and public speakers who need to bring a spoken text to life, The Actor and the Text is a guide for both the beginner and the professional. Building on the exercises covered in her first book, Cicely Berry relates the practicality of voice production to the challenges of a difficult text. By getting inside the words we use she shows how to release their energy and excitement to an audience.

The 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. The Actor and the Text 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." Cicely Berry's exercises to develop relaxation, breathing and muscular control will literally help everyone breathe easier when confronting the printed page.

About the Author:

Cicely Berry trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She then taught there, working with Peter Finch, Sean Connery, Ann Bancroft and Richard Chamberlain. In 1969, she was invited by Trevor Nunn to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) where her work has been based ever since. She has worked at the Stella Adler Studio in New York and for different theatre companies in over 25 countries. She appeared at the Chicago Festival of Theatre with Charles Marowitz and with Howard Davies in Zimbabwe. In China, she coached actors for Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor.

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