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The Actor Speaks


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Foreword by Judi Dench Introduction Stage One - The Actor First Speaks Stage Two - Extending the Voice into Resonance, Range and Speech Stage Three - Voice and Speech Meet Word and Text Stage Four - Voice and Text Meet the Rehearsal Stage Five - Voice, Text and Rehearsal Meet the Stage Stage Six - The Production Meets an Audience Stage Seven Recreating the Work Again and Again Index

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A brand new edition of legendary voice coach Patsy Rodenburg's work on voice for actors

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Patsy Rodenburg is Head of Voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was formerly at the Royal National Theatre. She trained in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is recognized as one of the world's leading voice and acting coaches. Previously, Patsy was in residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company for nine years and also worked with the Royal Court Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse and the Almeida Theatre, London. She has worked extensively with many of the great world theatres including the Moscow Art Theatre, Complicite, Cheek by Jowl and Comedie-Francaise. Patsy has worked regularly with some of the best-known actors and biggest names in theatre, film and television including: Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz, Emily Watson, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Kim Cattrall and David Schwimmer.


Seven steps to a thespian heaven . . . The Actor Speaks is a stimulating read and an invaluable reference for all actors . . . a landmark book. * The Stage *
I am an enormous fan of her work. What is wonderful about her is the directness and clarity of her teaching and her enthusiasm. * Judi Dench *
What leaves actors tongue-tied for years, Patsy releases in minutes . . . through simple, practical actions that can empower anyone. * Simon McBurney *
Patsy's guidance and the clarity and directness of her approach have been invaluable to me. * Ralph Fiennes *

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