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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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.
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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