Creating a Role

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Constantin Stanislavski

Published by Methuen

No-one has had greater influence on acting as we know it than Stanislavski

His 'system' or interpretations of it - has become the central force determining almost every performance we see on stage or screen

His teaching is principally set out in three famous books: An Actor Prepares, Building a Character and Creating a Role

It is still the only comprehensive theory of acting we possess

In the first book, An Actor Prepares, Stanislavski dealt with the inner imaginative processes

In the second Building a Character, he concentrated on the body, the voice and other physical means of expression

In Creating a Role, the third book, he describes the elaborate preparation that precedes actual performance


"For the actor in need of nourishment for his gifts and guidance for his enthusiasm, this book is immeasurably important; for anyone with an interest in the theatre it is terrific entertainment" Paul Scofield ~ Sunday Times

"Creating a Role describes the elaborate marination that precedes the acutal performance. The analyses of Othello and The Inspector General, which make up Parts Two and Three, show a mind cutting through text like an inspired psneumatic-drill...Altogether Creating a Role is a brilliant little treatise and a careful reading is worth several lessons in almost any English acting academy" ~ Charles Marowitz, The Observer

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