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Freeing the Natural Voice [Paperback]

Kristin Linklater , Douglas Florian


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Nov 1988
This is one of the best-known 'voice' books in the world, by a doyenne of the RSC and the New York theatre - now published in Britain in a revised and expanded edition. "Freeing the Natural Voice" offers a logical progression of exercises designed for professional and student actors, teachers of acting and voice, and everyone interested in vocal expression. The emphasis is on the removal of the physical and psychological blocks that inhibit the human voice; its objective is that the voice is brought into direct contact with the emotions, shaped by the intellect but not restricted by it. This revised and expanded edition of a book first published in America in 1976 - and now published in Britain for the first time - incorporates further exercises developed over the past three decades. The whole book is dedicated to 'freeing' the voice we were naturally born with.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Quite Specific Media Group; First Edition edition (Nov 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896760715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896760714
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kristin Linklater was born in 1936 and brought up in the Orkneys. Her father was the novelist Eric Linklater, and her brothers, Magnus and Andro, are both writers. She trained in London at LAMDA before moving to the USA to work with a number of well-known theatres there, returning occasionally to work with the RSC. She has just retired as Professor of Theatre Arts at Columbia University, New York. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Read 10 Sep 2001
By Bridget Bean, Grove Theatre Acting Studio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is very hard to read. I don't mean the subject matter - that is dense and complicated, but I think well explained. In any case, anyone reading this book is going to be highly motivated to learn from it and willing to work at understanding the material. What I found insurmountably difficult, though, is the appallingly small, faint, irregular print (it looks like it was reproduced on a 1970's Xerox copier) and the HORRIBLE illustrations. Every time I pick up this book - and my magnifying glass - I know I am in for a difficult difficult time. Are there any plans for a nice clear reprint? I would definitely be interested in getting one.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free the mind, body and soul! 24 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Reading this book has helped me break away from the bad habits used in everyday speech in our society. It frees the body and soul along with the voice. The only thing better than reading this book and using the Linklater Technique is having Kristen teach you the technique herself. I was lucky enough to have that experience years after I bought the book.
52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Linklater's method frees the voice to create catharthis. 17 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am absolutely amazed with the progress I have made this semester in my Stage Voice class which utilizes the Linklater method. When I began her method two months ago, I had problems with articulation, projection, and breathing. In addition to that, my muscles in my throat had atrophied to the point that I was a AltoII in vocal range. However, with persistent work with her method, my vocal range is between SopranoII and AltoII, and I can project and articulate my words with no problem. Indeed, I am currently in a mainstage production at my school that demands I use a West Indies accent. Because I have learned to "free the voice" my performances have literally knocked my audience dead. People just can't believe the change! Run, don't walk to buy this book.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freeing the... is extraordinarily helpful for new actors. 21 Sep 1999
By Matthew Mager (mattmager@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is an amazing resource for those who are looking to become more self aware in terms of breath and vocal control. Many teachers incorporate some of Linklater's philosophy and method -- both found in this book -- into their particular teaching of acting method and self freeing vocalization. The drawings in the book may be a little difficult to get past, but this book is overall an incredible place to find ways of doing just what the title suggests.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic - excellent, well written, approachable 16 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a perennial favorite of mine - I use it to support my teaching of voice and speech for the actor. Linklater method voice work, based on the work of Iris Warren, has helped to redefine the voice of American performers in the second half of the 20th century. Kristin Linklater's book helps the actor to clarify what is essential to their art, and communicate it vocally. Hu-humm-uh!
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