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How to Do Accents: The Essential Handbook for Every Actor
How to Do Accents: The Essential Handbook for Every Actor
by Edda Sharpe
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliantly clear overview, 1 July 2008
This book is not for those who want spoon-feeding, or a full account of a specific accent - other books and tapes may accomplish that. This is, however, a brilliant, clear and accessible overview of the whole process of how to work on accents and how to give actors the tools to achieve accents independently. Its a resource that will never date: practical, universal and stimulating.
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Acting on Impulse: Reclaiming the Stanislavski Approach: A Practical Workbook for Actors (Methuen Drama): 1
Acting on Impulse: Reclaiming the Stanislavski Approach: A Practical Workbook for Actors (Methuen Drama): 1
by John Gillett
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.78

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an inspiring and essential guide to empower the actor, 1 Jan 2008
This book is a brilliant and understandable guide to Stanislavski's approach, written by an actor for actors. It takes the rather randomly organised ideas from Stanislavski's books and condenses and orders them into an accessible and comprehensive structure. Also, unusually in my experience, it clarifies and enhances this through the techniques of his pupil, Michael Chekhov. It demystifies Stanislavski and makes it creatively usable but not at the cost of oversimplifying it. To the contrary, you can tell Gillett has years of experience as an actor and director because this is an enormously rich book of many layers and depth. You get the feeling that you are constantly looking into the essence of the entire process of acting, from the development of the basics an actor needs to the tools to fully embody the character and communicate the play. It inspires you to do the exercises (thankfully placed within each chapter!), which create a taste for what it means to use human experience to create truthful acting. It also tackles misconceptions about Stanislavski, and this is really helpful: it looks at other well-known modern practitioners, revealing and comparing their approaches and providing biographies. This is actually a thrilling read - it is lucid, intelligent, passionate and scholarly, and has flashes of humour that can only come from true understanding and experience. It also challenges, providing a critique of the British entertainment industry and actor training - and, refreshingly, this book has a social conscience and places the actor firmly within the real world. Every actor should read this who wants to be more than a puppet-on-a-string. This book truly empowers you to unleash your creativity. An amazing read!


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