Tackling Text [and Subtext]: A Step-by-step Guide for Actors

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Nick Hern, 2008 - Drama - 318 pages
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An intensely practical handbook for actors on how to cope with text, subtext, character and situation. Preface by Kenneth Branagh.

Having helped the actor with basic vocal technique in her enormously successful book, Finding Your Voice, Barbara Houseman here shows the actor how to cope with the demands posed by the text [and the subtext] of the play itself.

Full of practical exercises 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.

'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

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Contents

WHY READ THIS BOOK?
3
WHERE DO I START?
9
ARE THERE ANY GOLDEN RULES?
31
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About the author (2008)

Barbara Houseman is a well-known and highly respected voice, text and acting coach, with thirty years' experience. She has worked in the voice departments at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Young Vic, and one-to-one with many well-known actors, as well as directing professionally in her own right.

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