A unique new approach to the understanding and training of the actor's voice.
Structured as a series of practical workshops, the book leads you, session by session, through the foundations of release and relaxation, breath and voice support. Later sessions concentrate on developing stamina and muscularity, deep resonance, and the ability to create and sustain extreme vocal states.
The book will help you to develop a voice that is utterly integrated with your body, breath, mind and emotion – and, therefore, with any character or text you are working on.
Accompanying the book is a 110–minute DVD, showing many of the exercises and sessions in action, and featuring full-length workouts and warm-ups which you can join in with, to help you prepare your own voice.
The result is a systematic and rigorous course to train and improve one of your most important instruments as an actor. It will benefit students, training actors, working professionals, as well as voice and acting teachers and coaches.
'It's clear, warm in tone, easy to read and very user friendly. The 'thought, breath, physical connection' that lies at the heart of the work is fanfuckingtastic. The movement context in which (she) places the work is what makes the work so vital and accessible because it's totally practical.
Her philosophy about the integrated voice should be read by every director working today. I loved the visualisations. They work how the actor's mind works, seeing the images as they speak the text - fantastic. What's really great about the writing is that it doesn't scare the reader, you feel you can achieve what's being asked of you, because she makes all technical work needed to train the voice, so accessible, which is the real genius of her writing.' Lawrence Evans, Theatre Director and Movement Director
'A great cause for celebration... a trustworthy and highly instructive companion to the work that takes place in the studio' Jane Boston, Head of the International Centre for Voice
'A valuable addition to your library...of all the books I know, some by distinguished practitioners as Cicely Berry and Patsy Rodenburg, Sarah Case's is the most accessible... a text which communicates with energy, encouraging the reader to try the ideas for themselves.' Word Matters (Journal of the Society of Teachers of Speech & Drama
'Approachable, down-to-earth... will sustain you for the rest of your career' The Stage
'Exciting, exploratory and fun... I particularly love the way [Sarah Case] uses physicality to ground the diction work, engage the whole body, and make it extremely enjoyable.' Youth Drama Ireland