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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama (21 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041376270X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413762702
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patsy Rodenburg is the author of "The Right to Speak", "The Need for Words" and "The Actor Speaks" and runs the Voice Department at Britain"s Royal National Theatre. She has worked with actors such as Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Ralph Fiennes and Maggie Smith and international companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Cheek by Jowl, Shared Experience and the Michael Howard Studio for actors in New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Frances Brownlie on 22 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
For any one studying Shakespeare this is a must and should be coupled with the DVD Clearly Shakespeare to give a clear idea of Shakespeares verse.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Blackhall on 15 April 2011
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It's practical.
It's down to earth.
It's human.

It's like a series of very reliable road signs, that you can trust will take you home.
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By Paul Cairns on 26 Feb. 2015
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Telling It Like It Is 7 Dec. 2002
By Harry Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure why I purchased this book in the first place--something told me I wouldn't understand Shakespeare simply by reading it unless I really learned to speak it.
It's blown my world wide open. This is an astonishing book--which even if it apparently looks like a workbook for actors, is more importantly a guide for anyone who'd like to know what planet she's landed on. Because you can't know much about planet earth if you don't know much about Shakespeare--and the secrets Shakespeare is willing to share with you aren't available unless you can hear his lines, and you can't hear them if you can't speak them.
Understand, I've been reading Shakespeare for 40 years. this book has doubled the pleasure and depth of the experience for me.
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Buy this book as fast as you can... 28 Sept. 2007
By nyc_tm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Oddly enough, words seem completely inadequate to describe Patsy and her teaching. She is an absolute hero and beyond extraordinary...there are few who understand the human being and their voice better than she. If you don't have the opportunity to be in her presence, and learn from her in person (an undeniably mind-blowing experience), then her books are definitely next best thing. Her writing is always incredibly concise and powerful, but this one is particularly full of wonderful examples and imagery. Her structure and method is so clearly laid out, and her passion is always present in her writing (no matter the book), it is almost as if you are in the room with her. This book would be an invaluable addition to any library, as would any or all of her other works. Patsy Rodenburg is quite simply one-of-a-kind amazing!
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EXCELLENT! 4 April 2009
By Phyllis L. Townley - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was purchased for a young actor friend who is studying Shakespeare. He has the added challenge of being a non-native speaker and this book has been a tremendous help with learning the rhythms of English speech. Highly recommended for anyone interested in performing Shakespeare, with advice from someone who is clearly an expert.
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A must... 25 Aug. 2013
By Brad C. - Published on Amazon.com
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Patsy Rodenburg goes to the heart of the matter. Some useful "intellectual" exercises, and then on to the business of acting -- i.e. leaving the intellectual in the studio (where it belongs) and "taking action" through the use of Shakespeare's language.
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Speaking Shakespeare 23 Aug. 2011
By NurseJackie - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful, easy-to follow, passionately-written guide to playing Shakespeare. Classical actor or not, you'll benefit from reading this great book from Shakespeare-afficianado Patsy Rodenburg.
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