Actors need actions. They cannot “act” adjectives. They need verbs which give them an action to perform. The indispensible companion for actors and directors is a handy, pocket-sized thesaurus of action words to revitalize performance.
Long a secret of the acting community are those random lists of action words (in very dog-eared photocopy format) that circulate through rehearsal rooms. This book pulls these vital words together and makes them available for the first time in an organized and comprehensive format.
Actions are active verbs. “I tempt you.” “You taunt me.” In order to perform an action truthfully –and thus convincingly–the actor needs to find exactly the right action to suit a particular situation and a particular line reading.
This is where Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus comes to the rescue. Author and director Terry Johnson contributes the foreword.
Marina Caldarone has been a freelance theatre director since 1984, as well as Associate Director of Theatr Clwyd, resident director at National Theatre studio, and Artistic Director of Queens Theatre, Hornchurch. She has been a radio drama producer since 2000 and an acting coach for television. She is drama director of Crying Out Loud, a voice-over CD production company, and compiles monologue and duologue collections.
Maggie Lloyd-Williams has acted on stage and for television most particularly at the Royal National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe.
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