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‘The organic and the technical’: A psychophysical approach to television acting

Tom Cantrell

Dr Tom Cantrell is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York, UK. He has published on modern British drama on stage and screen, documentary theatre and acting processes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Exploring Television Acting

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018

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...Introduction Jason Watkins is a familiar face on British television and has been particularly associated with his comic roles...

Section 1: Skills for the job

Paul Elsam

Paul Elsam trained as an actor at the former Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre, UK, and has worked widely as a performer in theatre, radio, film and television, including in BAFTA and Olivier-nominated productions on stage and screen. He has directed professional actors and students in both the UK and the USA, often working ‘in the round’. He has held teaching posts at the universities of Hull and Teesside, and at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. He maintains a strong research interest in post-war theatre historiography, and in the praxis of actor training. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Acting Characters : 20 essential steps from rehearsal to performance

Methuen Drama, 2011

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...In this Section we will be considering the range and type of skills an actor needs to operate effectively. This Skills Inventory offers you the chance to see how you measure up for the job of acting, and makes suggestions on where to seek...

Section 2: Planning to act

Paul Elsam

Paul Elsam trained as an actor at the former Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre, UK, and has worked widely as a performer in theatre, radio, film and television, including in BAFTA and Olivier-nominated productions on stage and screen. He has directed professional actors and students in both the UK and the USA, often working ‘in the round’. He has held teaching posts at the universities of Hull and Teesside, and at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. He maintains a strong research interest in post-war theatre historiography, and in the praxis of actor training. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Acting Characters : 20 essential steps from rehearsal to performance

Methuen Drama, 2011

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...This Section looks at the planning stage of acting. Actors need to plan for acting so that they can set to work rehearsing with confidence, knowing that they understand the story and the context of the play, the likely personality...

Section 4: The voice

Paul Elsam

Paul Elsam trained as an actor at the former Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre, UK, and has worked widely as a performer in theatre, radio, film and television, including in BAFTA and Olivier-nominated productions on stage and screen. He has directed professional actors and students in both the UK and the USA, often working ‘in the round’. He has held teaching posts at the universities of Hull and Teesside, and at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. He maintains a strong research interest in post-war theatre historiography, and in the praxis of actor training. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Acting Characters : 20 essential steps from rehearsal to performance

Methuen Drama, 2011

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...Voice is quite simply the sound you make when the edges of your vocal cords vibrate. Speech builds on this sound: it is the use of (mainly) lips and tongue to manipulate that sound into words. In this Section we’re concerned mainly...

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...

Creating Spaces: Conversations with Judith Adams and Karen Christopher

Eilon Morris

Eilon Morris is a core member of DUENDE and OBRA Theatre Co, in which he works as a performer, composer and trainer. A percussionist and theatre practitioner, Eilon completed a PhD at Huddersfield University in 2013 examining the role of rhythm in psychophysical actor training and has contributed to the book Encountering Ensemble (2013) as well as having work published and presented in Stanislavski Studies, Total Theatre Magazine and at various international conferences. Eilon performs and teachers throughout Europe, presenting workshops and masterclasses at universities and other training centres. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rhythm in Acting and Performance : Embodied Approaches and Understandings

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Judith Adams Talking with the playwright Judith Adams about her approaches to writing a script she explains: I like to be working with a group of people...

Adaptation and the Theatre

Frances Babbage

Frances Babbage is Reader in Theatre and Performance at the University of Sheffield, UK. She has published widely on performance, adaptation and rewriting and is the author of Re-Visioning Myth:Modern and Contemporary Drama by Women (2011) and Augusto Boal (2004). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre : Performing Literature

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018

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...Adaptation finds a natural home in the theatre. Here, audiences expect and want retellings: reproduction and reinterpretation are central to theatre’s raison d’être. In the Darwinian sense of the term, adaptation signals that rather than ‘a...

The Tune Is a Framework: A Conversation with Chris Coe and Frankie Armstrong

Eilon Morris

Eilon Morris is a core member of DUENDE and OBRA Theatre Co, in which he works as a performer, composer and trainer. A percussionist and theatre practitioner, Eilon completed a PhD at Huddersfield University in 2013 examining the role of rhythm in psychophysical actor training and has contributed to the book Encountering Ensemble (2013) as well as having work published and presented in Stanislavski Studies, Total Theatre Magazine and at various international conferences. Eilon performs and teachers throughout Europe, presenting workshops and masterclasses at universities and other training centres. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rhythm in Acting and Performance : Embodied Approaches and Understandings

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Talking with Chris Coe and Frankie Armstrong about their rich experiences and understandings of rhythm in singing and voice work, we reflect on the relationships between melody, phrasing, movement and imagination. Coe begins by explaining...

Nicolás Núñez: Becoming Present

Eilon Morris

Eilon Morris is a core member of DUENDE and OBRA Theatre Co, in which he works as a performer, composer and trainer. A percussionist and theatre practitioner, Eilon completed a PhD at Huddersfield University in 2013 examining the role of rhythm in psychophysical actor training and has contributed to the book Encountering Ensemble (2013) as well as having work published and presented in Stanislavski Studies, Total Theatre Magazine and at various international conferences. Eilon performs and teachers throughout Europe, presenting workshops and masterclasses at universities and other training centres. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rhythm in Acting and Performance : Embodied Approaches and Understandings

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...The work of Nicolás Núñez and the Taller de Investigación Teatral (Theatre Research Workshop or TRW) is focused on the application of sacred practices within the secular context of theatre and acting. Founded in 1975 by Núñez and a group...

The Big Differences

Bill Britten

Bill Britten is a senior lecturer in Screen Acting and Directing at the Drama Centre, London. He regularly runs classes for professional actors at the Actors Centre and coaches performers from other disciplines wanting to move into acting. He also works extensively internationally as a business communications coach. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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From Stage to Screen : A Theatre Actor's Guide to Working on Camera

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...There are three primary differences between stage and screen:The camera comes so close there is no need to project. The screen actor must concern himself primarily with the character's reality rather than the audience's experience of his...