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5.0 out of 5 stars A massively useful book, 3 April 2012
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This is a great book to read on acting. I have read several similar books before but this has got to be the best one. Its an easy read, very informative and everything is explained with practical examples.

I have learned alot from this book, even though I have read Stanislavsky's An Actor Prepares and browsed his other books, I've never completely understood alot of it. But this Stanislavsky toolkit really does explain the most important parts of Stanislavsky's teaching in a much more accessible way, breaking them down into practical 'tools' to use when aproaching the play, getting into the mind of the charcater and then embodying the character in performance.

I'm finding it very useful in preparing monologues for my drama school auditions. This book takes you systematically from relaxation, breathing and concentration of attention to the chapter on rehearsal processes which is very useful in studying a play and for monologues as it involves valuable information on the first reading of the play and then tools to aid in characterisation and finding the given circumstances of the character. It then goes on to embodying a role by using tools such as the imagination, the magic if and observation. It then goes on to other great tools but I havn't yet finished the book!

I will definately be re-reading this again once i've finished and will be constantly referring to it again and again.
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Initial post: 21 Jan 2013 01:08:37 GMT
Hi

You said you used this book for prep for drama school auditions - did you get any recalls or get into drama school?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2013 13:43:35 GMT
Pharoah says:
Hi, my auditions for drama school went really well and I did get one recall but did not make it to the final stage. However, I wouldn't say that's a reflection of the book of course but my own. the book did however help me greatly in my connection with the monologues and the words of the text and the character as a whole.
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