Acting Characters: 20 Simple Steps from Rehearsal to Performance

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A&C Black, Feb 20, 2006 - Drama - 175 pages
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"Clear and helpful pathways to guide the student actor" Alan Ayckbourn

"The sort of information you would only get in a professionally run workshop, in a clear, easy form. Clear presentation of the key concepts of Stanislavski. A real delight" uktheatreweb

"Very valuable prepatation for the rigours of drama school training" British Theatre Guide

Acting Characters is a simple, no-nonsense guide to researching, planning and performing more truthful and realistic characters. It describes 16 easily followed steps designed to simplify Stanislavski's teachings, with practical exercises to follow. The book considers key elements of communication and the characteristics of human behaviour, and shows how you can harness these behaviour types to sharpen skills and awareness through the use of body, voice and speech. A Character Profile Sheet helps you plan your character as you build up your research. Boxed sections introduce new theories and concepts at a clear, introductory level.

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About the author (2006)

Paul Elsam is a former stage, television, radio and film actor who now teaches and directs. For the past eleven years he has taught acting at Yorkshire Coast College.

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