Modern Voice by Catherine Weate
Working with Actors on Contemporary Text

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Modern Voice: Working with Actors on Contemporary Text has been designed to follow on from Catherine’s previous book, Classic Voice: Working with Actors on Vocal Style, focusing on the less defined demands within contemporary drama. Lifting contemporary speech rhythms off the page can be a challenge for actors. Sometimes these rhythms are realistic, resembling or mirroring the speech patterns of real human beings, sometimes they are non-realistic, distorting speech patterns for particular effect. Modern Voice not only provides an accessible approach for understanding speech rhythm but also presents an overview of different types and styles of contemporary text (including the rise of dramatic realism in England, America and Australia). Along the way there are a myriad of practical ideas for directors, lecturers, teachers, trainers and coaches to explore in their workshops and rehearsals.
 

About Catherine Weate

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Catherine Weate is a freelance voice and dialect coach. She has worked in theatre, film, television, radio, education, commerce, law and politics across England, Australia, Hong Kong, Africa and India. Her former roles include: Head of Voice at Rose Bruford College, Head of Voice and Vice Principal at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and Head of Examinations at LAMDA. Catherine's other titles published by Oberon Books are: Classic Voice: Working with Actors on Vocal Style, The Oberon Book of Modern Monologues for Women, The Oberon Book of Modern Monologues for Men and The Oberon Book of Modern Duologues.
 
Published June 11, 2012 by Oberon Books Ltd.. 244 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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