on 1 January 2003
This sequel to the "Right to Speak" is an excellent book for the Vocal/ Dialogue/ Acting Teacher and for all those interested in the way the speaking voice is transformed by the world in which we live. It has a two part structure.
Part one discusses why our voices are formed. It provides a controversial insight into the roles of the education system and media in the loss of eloquence amongst speakers today and more importantly the link between speaking, reading and writing. Discussion and debating, training for young actors, and a section on speaking Shakespeare as well as a detailed discussion on the cultural and physical barriers to speaking freely are provided.
Part two deals with the more practical, but no less important, concerns of finding a voice that is unique to the individual and taking that voice into the expression of text. It also deals with working with texts ranging from poetry to Shakepeare, Marlowe, Milton, Pope, Wilde, Shaw, Blake, Beckett and Pinter as well as Jacobean, Restoration and Greek Theatre. It even gives advice on working with 'bad texts'. There are some brilliant activities to use in the rehearsal space, the classroom or at home working on a text.
This book is a wonderful asset.