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The Actor Speaks: Voice and the Performer

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In The Actor Speaks, Patsy Rodenburg takes actors and actresses, both professional and beginners, through a complete voice workshop. She touches on every aspect of performance work that involves the voice and sorts through the kinds of vexing problems every performer faces onstage: breath and relaxation; vocal range and power; communication with other actors; singing and a ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 17th 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade (first published 1997)
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Melanie Hopkins
Reading this book was like brushing my teeth --- necessary, helpful, and it made me feel better afterwards, but pretty tedious in the interim.

You have to take this one with a grain of salt not just because Ms. Rodenburg still thinks it's okay to use the word "Oriental" when referring to a person's ethnicity, but because following the workouts and discipline outlined in the book would require a monk's free time and dedication.

Judy B.
That I may find the courage and discipline to put these practices to use! Amazing how much goes into simply speaking. Speaking (physically) correctly, that is.

It's june 29, 2009 and I am re-reading this book and still intending to practice the exercises, as I prepare to record my book. It is a lot of work... but the art is worth it.
Catriona Gill
Many years ago I worked in the theatre as a director and I also taught voice classes. This was like a bible to me. Patsy knows exactly what she is talking about and is one of the best in the business.
Anya Behn
Sep 09, 2010 Anya Behn is currently reading it
This is a great book so far...the material is a bit dense, but that is to be expected. This is sortof a textbook, a compedium of the author's teachings.
Jul 01, 2007 Z rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I would have such a beautiful and flexible voice if I ever bothered to actually do the exercises outlined in this book.
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