Synopsis

Classic Voice

Classic Voice $21.99

Catherine Weate

Published by Oberon

Those who teach, train and coach actors are always seeking new ideas for their workshops, rehearsals and classes

This is particularly true when it comes to working vocally on classical texts, where students must grapple with the demands of character and story, presented in an unfamiliar heightened language, using complex images and, more often than not, text that is written in verse form

Classic Voice is a unique resource that provides practical information, and ideas for dealing with the vocal demands of classical text in workshop contexts

The book focuses on how students and actors can be prepared prior to working on classical text, including: warming up their voices, setting reading projects to familiarise them with period language and content, coaching them on how to best approach the text aloud, and, focusing them on the particular demands of period voice

Classic Voice also discusses how to structure appropriate warm ups, again an area that has been explored in only a limited fashion in other publications and certainly not from the point of view of the teacher

Various parts deal with the specific demands of vocal style in Greek Tragedy, Elizabethan and Jacobean texts, and with the Restoration Stage, as well as with the classical elements in some contemporary texts.

A unique and useful guide for teachers and students alike by one Britain's leading voice coaches, essential for actors approaching classical roles

One of the few books offering insight into exploring the vocal style of other classical text forms with detailed workshop plans for teachers

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