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Voice

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Red Globe Press

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Readings in Theatre Practice

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This wide-ranging volume explores the technical and physical aspects of voice as a craft, questioning its definitions, its historical presence, training practices and its publications. Drawing on a wealth of experience, Jane...

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This wide-ranging volume explores the technical and physical aspects of voice as a craft, questioning its definitions, its historical presence, training practices and its publications. Drawing on a wealth of experience, Jane Boston presents a selection of readings that demonstrate and contextualize some of the defining moments of voice throughout history. This clear and accessible text examines the relationship between voice and aesthetics and poetics, against the backdrop of class, race and gender politics, demonstrating how vocal training has been and still is inevitably connected to such issues.

Underpinned by theory, voice practitioner accounts, and cultural and historical contextualization, this comprehensive resource will be invaluable for practitioners, researchers and students of voice studies, physical theatre and theatre history.

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  • Appraises a rich tapestry of theories and protocols about voice that include both the material and the abstract
  • Takes a global approach, with readings from materials written by Northern American, British and European practitioners, philosophers and theorists
  • Brings together a range of extracts that relate to defining moments in voice throughout the twentieth century
  • Explores the ways in which voice is shaped by both the poetic and dramatic canons that are central to mainstream interpretive theatre practice
  • Examines the prevailing orthodoxies and thinks more specifically about new ways of conceptualizing the voice and its function in theatre
  • Considers the dynamic interplay between biomechanical approaches and the spoken voice aesthetics they generate
  • Looks at theatrical voice in relation to social and cultural dynamics

Acknowledgements.- Part One:  Introductions.- Preface.- Chapter One: Voice Locations.- Part Two: Histories.- Chapter Two:  Voice as an Instrument of Theatre.- Chapter Three: Voice Stylistics.- Part Three: Theatre Spaces.- Chapter Four: The Voice Performs Theatre spaces.- Interview with Kristin Linklater.- Part Four: Theatre Speaks.- Chapter Five: Voice and Logos.- Interview with Claudette Williams.- Part Five: Contested Trainings.- Chapter Six: Sequences for the Voice: The Theatre Voice Manual.- Interview with Patsy Rodenburg.- Chapter Seven: Extremities: Experiments in Theatre Voice


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Jane Boston is Senior Lecturer in Voice at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and Head of the International Centre for Voice. She has been a voice and communication consultant for over twenty-five years and has worked extensively in higher education and the conservatoire. Prior to her current position at Central School of Speech and Drama, she was Senior Voice Specialist at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (R.A.D.A.). Jane has active professional interests in performing verse and authoring poetry.


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Jane Boston is Senior Lecturer in Voice at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and Head of the International Centre for Voice. She has been a voice and communication consultant for over twenty-five years and has worked extensively in higher education and the conservatoire. Prior to her current position at Central School of Speech and Drama, she was Senior Voice Specialist at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (R.A.D.A.). Jane has active professional interests in performing verse and authoring poetry.


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