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John Matthews

John Matthews is Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Acting at Theatre Royal Plymouth. He has written two books published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: Training for Performance (2011) and Anatomy of Performance Training (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Anatomy of Performance Training

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...At night, along a sandy forest track in Poland, and on a cliff top path in Wales, they are running. They are running as a group.A car passes, its headlamps throwing shadows of branches heaving in the wind and leaves across the track...

Settling Into Habits

Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg is Professor of Text and Poetry at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and was formerly at the Royal National Theatre where she created the voice department. Patsy has worked with many prestigious theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her artistic home in New York is at the Michael Howard Studios. Patsy has worked regularly with some of the best-known actors and biggest names in theatre, film and television including: Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom, Paapa Essiedu, Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz, Emily Watson, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cate Blanchett, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Right to Speak : Working with the Voice

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Habitual roles Physical problems aside, there are many insidious habits that can dull our vocal capacities as the years go by. As adults we adopt roles that lock our voices into place. This is especially true...

Exploring actor training for television

Exploring Television Acting

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018

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...I have run the BA (Hons) Acting programme at Guildford School of Acting (GSA) since 2012. GSA was founded in 1936 to provide vocational training for professional actors. In 2012, GSA merged formally with the University of Surrey, where we...

Theatre and Science: Reflections on Theatrical Efficacy in Antonin Artaud

Theatre and Cognitive Neuroscience

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Translation by Victor Jacono. From the plague to mirror neurons: A hypothetical reading A part of the most recent research in theatre studies has developed an interdisciplinary attention on converging...
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...Brains are sizzling in the seventh grade...The first day of seventh grade is probably the worst day of Duncan Dougal's life. He knows that things are really bad when he finds an alien's hand in a Dumpster and then gets plugged into an alien...

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John Matthews

John Matthews is Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Acting at Theatre Royal Plymouth. He has written two books published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: Training for Performance (2011) and Anatomy of Performance Training (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Anatomy of Performance Training

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...The bodies of Olympic athletes are national causes and this is never more evident than in the moments just before one fails on behalf of a cause. The political drama underlying international competition enhances the physical contest...

Working Further With the Voice

Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg is Professor of Text and Poetry at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and was formerly at the Royal National Theatre where she created the voice department. Patsy has worked with many prestigious theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her artistic home in New York is at the Michael Howard Studios. Patsy has worked regularly with some of the best-known actors and biggest names in theatre, film and television including: Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom, Paapa Essiedu, Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz, Emily Watson, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cate Blanchett, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Right to Speak : Working with the Voice

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Dialects and accents This is not a book about learning an accent or dialect but here are a few voice and speech hints which can help with these processes: The sound we finally produce from our...

The Growth of Habits

Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg is Professor of Text and Poetry at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and was formerly at the Royal National Theatre where she created the voice department. Patsy has worked with many prestigious theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her artistic home in New York is at the Michael Howard Studios. Patsy has worked regularly with some of the best-known actors and biggest names in theatre, film and television including: Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom, Paapa Essiedu, Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz, Emily Watson, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cate Blanchett, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Right to Speak : Working with the Voice

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...I often wonder if our society actually likes to hear children? ‘Children should be seen and not heard’ is an all too popular and widely accepted axiom.We see parents in supermarkets constantly shaking and ‘shushing’ their children...

The Roots of Habits

Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg is Professor of Text and Poetry at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and was formerly at the Royal National Theatre where she created the voice department. Patsy has worked with many prestigious theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her artistic home in New York is at the Michael Howard Studios. Patsy has worked regularly with some of the best-known actors and biggest names in theatre, film and television including: Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom, Paapa Essiedu, Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz, Emily Watson, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cate Blanchett, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Right to Speak : Working with the Voice

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Throughout my work I refer a great deal to the ‘natural’ as opposed to the ‘habitual’. The meanings are simple and clear enough.The natural voice and its potential are what we came to the world with at birth – a free and wonderful voice...

Heart

John Matthews

John Matthews is Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Acting at Theatre Royal Plymouth. He has written two books published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: Training for Performance (2011) and Anatomy of Performance Training (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Anatomy of Performance Training

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...The average heart beats between 50 and 100 times per minute but in ‘highly trained apneists the heart rate can drop to values well below the average – as low as 30-40 beats per minute – with great advantage to apnea...