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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848420838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848420830
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,300 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.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johanna MacDonald on 18 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
In one of the most eloquent handbooks
I've ever had the pleasure to peruse,
Kristin Linklater guides you through a rich
and expertly constructed path designed
to help you give your voice to Shakespeare's text.
For her, the body and the voice are one:
an instrument that needs each part to work.
To speak the speech, you start with how it sounds -
the open vowels and clear consonants
each bring a unique bodily sensation.
Then you progress to what it actually means -
the content, the "emotional", the life -
and later bring this to poetic form.
Ms.L insists you also understand
Th' Elizabethans and their take on life -
her explanations always held me rapt.
Her methods are direct; each chapter builds
upon the one that came before. However,
this shouldn't mean the structure is rigid:
there's lots of room for your experiments.
This book is one of my best purchases.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
How to take your Shakespeare to the next level 18 Dec. 2005
By Johanna MacDonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In one of the most eloquent handbooks

I've ever had the pleasure to peruse,

Kristin Linklater guides you through a rich

and expertly constructed path designed

to help you give your voice to Shakespeare's text.

For her, the body and the voice are one:

an instrument that needs each part to work.

To speak the speech, you start with how it sounds -

the open vowels and clear consonants

each bring a unique bodily sensation.

Then you progress to what it actually means -

the content, the "emotional", the life -

and later bring this to poetic form.

Ms.L insists you also understand

Th' Elizabethans and their take on life -

her explanations always held me rapt.

Her methods are direct; each chapter builds

upon the one that came before. However,

this shouldn't mean the structure is rigid:

there's lots of room for your experiments.

This book is one of my best purchases.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Absolute necessary for the Shakespearean Scholar 10 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The master teacher Kristin Linklater has written a user-friendly, brilliant book on her approach to Shakespeare's language. Anyone interested in reading or performing Shakespeare shouldn't be without it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Required reading for serious actors 11 Mar. 2014
By Brian Myers Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Kristin Linklater is a legend in the acting community for her comprehensive breath and voice work. Her work has evolved over 50 years, working side by side with such Shakespeare icons as John Barton and Tina Packer. Her full progression, found in her Freeing the Natural Voice, is honed here specifically to help actors bring their full voice to Shakespeare's demanding text.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Let your voice be heard 31 Aug. 2012
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Your voice can open any door for you and one way to make your voice heard is by reading the right books. For any great actor Shakespeare's voice: The Actors's Guide to Talking the Test is well written and is worth the read and study.
Fabulous book for the training and professional actor.... 18 Feb. 2014
By Sir Shecky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Are you serious about being an actor, whether you'll be performing in classcial theater or not? This is a must read to any serious student or professional.

Written for those who care about the spoken word in the theater.
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