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Description - From Word To Play: A Textual Handbook for Actors and Directors by Cicely Berry

"There is a mystery in every play that is written, no matter whether classical and poetic or modern and demotic, and it is the sound and the rhythm of the writing which take us there."

Cicely Berry, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Voice Director, has been working alongside some of Britain's greatest actors and directors for over fifty years and is widely regarded as one of the most significant voice teachers in the world.

From Word to Play draws on Cicely's extensive experience of working with theatre companies in Britain and throughout the world. It is her manifesto for a return to the words themselves: for moving away from an over-conceptualised, over-literal view of language and rediscovering the meaning in its sounds and rhythms. At the heart of this book is a concise, practical guide for directors in rehearsal, setting out work strategies that help bring out both the shape and the details within all kinds of text - whether verse or prose, seventeenth-century or contemporary.

With a Foreword by Michael Boyd, Artistic Director of the RSC.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781840026016
ISBN-10: 1840026014
Format: Paperback / softback
(244mm x 170mm x 18mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Oberon Books Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Cicely Berry

Cicely Berry O.B.E is Voice Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and is renowned in her work as a voice and text coach, having spent many years as an instructor at London's Central School of Speech and Drama.

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