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By Lorna Marshall, Yoshi Oida

A founding member of Peter Brook's foreign theatre corporation, Yoshi Oida infuses his appearing and directing with the artistry of the Oriental traditions and a mastery of Western types. during this disarmingly obtainable examine of the artwork of acting he stocks his distinct event and variety of craftsmanship. An Actor's tips offers a meticulous scrutiny of the actor's coaching for functionality and springs with a foreword via Peter Brook.


Drawing on an unrivalled wealth and variety of workmanship within the fields of appearing, directing and coaching, Yoshi Oida and Lorna Marshall offer an authoritative and interesting learn of the artwork of the actor.

In scrutinising the method of functionality from the dual views of the actor and director, An Actor's Tricks is stuffed with hints, insights and stories from productions with Peter Brook and from all over the world.

Beginning with the day-by-day practise to coach the physique, it strikes to the method of practice session for a functionality correct up-to-the-minute while the actor steps onstage. An appendix of practical routines is incorporated for the actor to follow.

The books combines ideas and methods from either Western and japanese disciplines of performing to supply a masterful research crucial for each actor and director.

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M. Entering the Theatre 45 This is the magic of performance. Logically, when you act, the body that appears on the stage should be the same as the one you saw in the dressing-room mirror; your outside cannot actually change. But when you start to act from the inside with a strong imagination, the public sees something different from the realistic reflection. When you are playing on the stage, you are working with something very familiar: your own face and your own body. But then something different occurs.

So in the end three out of the four characters had false noses and the performance went very well. About fifty years ago a Japanese actor played a major role in one of Yukio Mishima’s plays called Roku Meikan (The Castle of Rokumei). His role was that of an honourable politician, a member of the opposition to the government. But in fact he was too young to play that role, since he was only in his early thirties. The director tried very hard, but nothing seemed to work. The company was on the edge of despair.

It is equally delighted if we give it newly baked bread or a cup of freshly brewed coffee. And while it enjoys being decorated with jewellery or make-up in ways that enhance its actual beauty, it won’t complain if we dress it in torn old rags (even though it isn’t actually very pleased with our choice). We could say that the body is a perfect servant, even a slave, but in fact it is a friend . . and none of us will find a better partner anywhere in the world. Entering the Theatre 39 It is thanks to their bodies that remarkable people have achieved their aims.

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