- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 30, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0020415559
- ISBN-13: 978-0020415558
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Speaking is part of a whole: an expression of inner life." CicelyBerry has based her work on the conviction that while all ispresent in nature our natural instincts have been crippled frombirth by many processesby the conditioning, in fact, of awarped society. So an actor needs precise exercise and clearunderstanding to liberate his hidden possibilities and to learn thehard task of being true to the instinct of the moment.As her book points out with remarkable persuasivenesstechnique as such is a myth, for there is no such thingas a correct voice. There is no right waythere are only amillion wrong ways, which are wrong because they deny what wouldotherwise be affirmed. Wrong uses of the voice are those thatconstipate feeling, constrict activity, blunt expression, level outidiosyncrasy, generalize experience, coarsen intimacy. Theseblockages are multiple and are the results of acquired habits thathave become part of the automatic vocal equipment; unnoticed andunknown, they stand between the actor's voice as it is and as itcould be and they will not vanish by themselves. So the work is nothow to do but how to permit: how, in fact, to set the voice free.And since life in the voice springs from emotion, drab anduninspiring technical exercises can never be sufficient. CicelyBerry never departs from the fundamental recognition that speakingis part of a whole: an expression of inner life . After avoice session with her I have known actors speak not of the voicebut of a growth in human relationships. This is a high tribute towork that is the opposite of specialization. Cicely Berry sees thevoice teacher as involved in all of a theatre's work. She wouldnever try to separate the sound of words from their living context.For her the two are inseparable. from Peter Brook's forewordto Voice and the Actor
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I am a theater goer rather than an professional, yet this book helped me understand the theater better and overcome some personal voice issues. If there is a slight caution with this book, it would be to say that the vowels are approached from a British standpoint.
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